Each year, City Council approves the budget needed to support City services. To get the amount of revenues required from property taxes, The City takes the overall expenditure and subtracts all other sources of revenue such as licence fees, permits, user fees, and provincial grants. The balance is the amount to be raised through municipal property taxes.
Property tax rate calculation
To calculate property tax, tax rates are established and reflect the amount of tax to be paid for every $1 of assessed value.
The Municipal tax rate equals the total property tax revenue required by The City of Calgary divided by the total assessment.
The Province of Alberta also establishes a tax rate based on the revenues it requires from property tax. The provincial tax rate is determined by dividing the total revenue required for the Province of Alberta by the total assessment. The City of Calgary bills and collects this tax amount for the provincial government.
Property tax bill calculation
Your property tax is calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the applicable current municipal and provincial tax rate(s). The City bills and collects the provincial property tax amount for the Province of Alberta.
Your annual property tax bill covers the period of January 1 to December 31.
Current 2022 property tax rates
2022 property tax rates are set by Property Tax Bylaw 10M2022.
For more information on how the tax rate is determined or how your tax bill is calculated, visit Tax bill and tax rate calculation or visit the Property tax calculator to see a breakdown of your 2022 Property Tax.
Property tax calculator: https://www.calgary.ca/pda/assessment/revenue-neutral-policy-and-calculator.html?redirect=/taxcalculator
Property tax breakdown: https://www.calgary.ca/ca/city-manager/our-finances/taxes/tax-breakdown.html
Property tax statistical information
For assessment inquiries, contact the Assessment business unit.
Get an estimate and breakdown of your property tax bill. Learn more about how we invest your property tax dollars to deliver the municipal services Calgarians value and use every day. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 403-268-2888.
Your assessment value is mailed each January. Visit calgary.ca/assessmentsearch to obtain your assessment value online.
Municipal Tax Shift and addressing the business property tax issue
City Council has gradually decreased the distribution of municipal tax for businesses since 2001. In 2019, Council approved a tax shift from non-residential to residential property owners to support businesses and our local economy. Today, the distribution of municipal taxes for non-residential properties is 48 percent vs 52 percent for residential. Click here to learn how property tax is divided.
You can find the Municipal Tax bylaw here for further information.