July 2020
As part of our commitment to keeping our industry partners informed, we’ve launched this quarterly newsletter to share information with you and foster dialogue on current and emerging property assessment industry topics.
Industry connections and market insights
MPAC recently connected with industry partners to discuss the challenges of the pandemic in two panel discussions as part of a webinar series co-hosted by the Institute of Municipal Assessors (IMA) and International Property Tax Institute (IPTI).

We are actively reviewing market information and broader economic indicators to determine how events over the last four months have impacted the residential and business markets in Ontario.

“Throughout the year, property information and sales data is collected and analyzed to inform the valuation process and these efforts continue with a greater focus during these uncertain times,” said Greg Martino, Vice President and Chief Valuation & Standards Officer. Even with the postponement of the 2020 Assessment Update, our work continues and appraisal and market specialists are monitoring sales activity, building permits and other published statistics.

Our industry engagement and collaboration are another important part of this work and this fall we will be reaching out to industry stakeholders.

“Earlier this year, we paused our Industry Advisory Group meetings in recognition of our partners’ focus on responding to the pandemic,” said Greg Martino. “Our Industry Advisory Group will meet virtually this fall and we hope to continue our dialogue with stakeholders across the business community through webinars and other opportunities to share insights and collaborate.”

If you would like to be part of our industry mailing list and receive regular updates, please send your request to industry@mpac.ca .
Returning to Field Work
In June, we began a gradual return to field work and external property inspections in specific communities throughout Ontario, allowing us the opportunity to ensure our new health and safety protocols are effective.

Based on the receptiveness of property owners and feedback from employees on their experiences, we expanded external property inspections to communities across the province as they moved to Stage 2 of reopening. We remain diligent and aware of heightened safety and health concerns, and therefore will be knocking on doors and seeking permission to walk around the exterior of the property and measure structures, all while observing physical distancing guidelines.

This is an encouraging milestone. While our offices remain closed to the public, collecting and validating property information is vital in ensuring the currency of Ontario’s property data and the accuracy of assessments. Stay up to date with the latest information about our response to COVID-19 at  mpac.ca/COVID19resources .
2020 Deadline Extensions

Due to the emergency declared by the Ontario government, deadlines to file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) for the 2020 property tax have been extended. Property owners should check the RfR deadline printed on the notice they receive from MPAC and refer to mpac.ca for the  most current deadline extensions .
New look and feel for mpac.ca
We’ve refreshed our website with a focus on making information clear and easy to find for property owners, including two new sections: Understanding Your Assessment and Making Changes and Updates .

Visit mpac.ca to learn more.
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