Please review your Notice carefully to make sure the information is correct. If a factual error has been made, we will correct it.
1. Ask MPAC to Review your Assessment through a Request for Reconsideration (RfR)
If you feel your assessed value as of the legislated valuation date or property classification is not correct, we will review it free of charge. The deadline to file your RfR is April 2, 2012.
There are two ways to file a RfR:
2. File an Appeal with the Assessment Review Board (ARB)
You may also choose to file an Appeal with the ARB, an independent tribunal of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.
Residential, Farm and Managed Forest Properties
If your property, or a portion of it, is classified as residential, farm or managed forests, you must first file a RfR with MPAC before you are eligible to file an Appeal with the ARB. The classification of your property is indicated on your Notice.
If you are required to, or choose to file a RfR first, you have 90 days after MPAC has notified you of its decision on your RfR to file an Appeal with the ARB.
The ARB has its own Appeal process. For more information, please contact the ARB at 1 866-448-2248 or 416-212-6349 or visit their website at www.arb.gov.on.ca.
To request that your property be eligible for the farm or managed forests classes or conservation land exemption, you must file a RfR with the respective program administrator. For more information, please contact MPAC or visit www.mpac.ca.
For any other property types, you can choose to file a RfR with MPAC or file an Appeal with the ARB. The deadline to file your RfR and/or Appeal is April 2, 2012.
MPAC’s Role at an ARB Hearing
At an ARB hearing, the onus is on MPAC to prove the accuracy of our assessed value. MPAC will present comparable properties as evidence and will share that information with you prior to the hearing.
You will also be asked to provide evidence to support your position. Ideally, you should select properties that are most similar to yours (for example, neighbourhood, lot dimensions, living area, age of structure(s) and quality of construction). Please contact MPAC if you have any questions.