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Understanding Your Tax Bill

Taxes are calculated based on your property assessment and the tax rates that apply.

The assessed value of your property is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). All properties in Ontario are assessed and taxed based on a market value as of January 1, 2016. New notice of assessments were mailed to each property owner June 20, 2016 for assessed values as of January 1, 2016.

Increases from the previous assessed value as of January 1, 2012 are phased in to the new January 1, 2016 value and used for taxation over four tax years, 2017 through 2020.

If you have questions about your assessment, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit the MPAC website.

Who determines the tax rates?

  • The municipal tax rate on your property tax bill is determined by Clarington Council
  • The regional tax rate is determined by the Region of Durham
  • The education rate is determined by the Province of Ontario

Example of an average tax bill

For the 2020 tax year, the average assessed value for a home in Clarington is $390,700.

Your Clarington tax rate is: 0.393076%
Your Regional tax rate is: 0.585522%
Your Education tax rate is: 0.153000%
Total Tax Rate: 1.131598%

Total 2020 taxes:  $390,700 x 1.131598% = $4,421.15

Of which:

  • $1,535.75 goes to Clarington (34.7%)
  • $2,287.63 goes to Regional Municipality of Durham (51.8%)
  • $597.77 goes to pay for education (13.5%)


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