After the provincial government announced a new tax policy tool for municipalities in the 2020 Ontario budget, the City of Ottawa quickly sought out help from our municipal and stakeholder relations team to implement a new small business subclass.
“MPAC supported us by attending some of our stakeholder consultations, providing analytical support and working alongside us as we designed our process to understand what we needed on an ongoing basis and what was feasible,” says Joseph Muhuni, Ottawa’s Deputy City Treasurer.
“Being one of the first municipalities to implement the small business subclass in Ontario, we had to work closely with MPAC to iron out the flow of information and key dates for this municipally-driven subclass.”
Our team provided key support by showing the City different options for how to review their data geospatially and evaluate several different scenarios to inform policy decisions.
“By making sure the City of Ottawa had access to good data, we helped them make informed decisions and work as efficiently as possible,” says Jake Lefebvre, Account Manager, Municipal & Stakeholder Relations. “They were the first municipality to implement the new subclass for our 2021 roll return, meaning it takes effect with the 2022 taxation year.”
The City of Ottawa was also an integral partner in the development of a report on Ontario’s optional small business subclass. MPAC, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and other municipal representatives were also part of the working group that developed the report.

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