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Powell River, Whistler, top list of B.C.’s highest and lowest property tax rates

Powell River $1 million homeowner would fork over more than $4k in taxes than in Whistler
Property tax rates range from 0.24 per cent to more than 0.6 per cent in a list of B.C. municipalities compiled by a Canadian brokerage. (Black Press Media file photo)

The property tax difference between the B.C. municipalities with the highest and lowest rates was more than $4,000 in 2022 – that equates to more than three months’ worth of groceries for a family of four.

Zoocasa, a Canadian brokerage, compiled a list of 31 municipalities across B.C., looking at 2022 residential property tax rates and calculated the amount of taxes a resident would pay on a home valued at $500,000, $1 million, $1.5 million, and the average price.

Home prices were sourced from area real estate boards, and based on December 2022 prices. Total property tax rates were sourced from each municipality’s website and include the municipal tax rate as well as the rates collected on behalf of other levels of government.

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Listed from lowest to highest, Whistler tops the list with a total property tax rate in 2022 of 0.24 per cent. Taxes assessed on a home worth $500,000 would be $1,179.50 while taxes on a home at $1.5 million would be $3,538.50. Following Whistler is Vancouver at 0.27 per cent, Surrey at 0.28 per cent, Burnaby at a little more than 0.28 per cent and North Saanich rounds out the lowest five at 0.29 per cent.

Nanaimo, Kamloops and Powell River round out the bottom three and were the only municipalities on the list with rates at more than 0.6 per cent.

Based on a home worth $1 million, the tax difference between Powell River (0.67 per cent) and Whistler is $4,352.50.

Zolo reports the median asking price for a Whistler house is $5.6 million. In Powell River, it is $694,000.

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Katherine Engqvist

About the Author: Katherine Engqvist

I took on the role of Bureau Chief when we created the Greater Victoria editorial hub in 2018.
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