Cities with the Lowest Taxes in Canada

Tax rates range from 5% to 15%. See where to find the lowest


 

    Canadians seldom think twice about the cost of going to the doctor or sending their kids to school, but nothing in this country really comes for free. Taxes pay for everything from the roads we drive on to our universal health care. They’re the unavoidable cost of living in a modern society. But that doesn’t mean we enjoy paying them.

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    Taxes set at the provincial level like sales and income taxes are the biggest determinants of how much you’ll pay and vary a great deal across the country. Sales taxes range from a low of 5 per cent in Alberta up to 15 per cent in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Income taxes are just as varied. Someone earning $50,000 in British Columbia could expect to pay roughly $8,300 in income taxes, assuming no dedications or write-offs, whereas a persons in the same situation living in Quebec should expect to pay $2,600 more.

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    Victoria, B.C. (Mitch Diamond/Getty Images)

    As much as Canadians detest income taxes, we are just as happy to gripe about their property taxes too. And these taxes can vary widely between neighbouring cities. Move across the Rouge Valley from Toronto into Pickering and you can expect your property tax rate to jump from 1.69 per cent to 2.75 per cent. In dollar terms, that works out to a $2,000 more a year difference for most families.

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    Below you’ll find our ranking of Best Places for Taxes. But remember with taxes, it’s not simply a matter of looking at how much any one is paying, but also how much of a burden they place on Canadians. A $2,000 property tax bill of won’t affect a high-income family, but it could place a huge burden on some families making less than the national average. Our ranking takes this into account.

    British Columbia dominates our list thanks to the low income and sales tax rates in that province, but don’t expect to find any cities in Atlantic Canada. Stare at the list below all you want, you won’t find a single city east of Ottawa on our ranking for the Best Places for Taxes.

      Rank Name Province Property
      Tax (%)
      Average
      Property
      Tax ($)
      Average
      Property Tax
      as a % of
      Income
      Sales
      Tax
      Income
      Tax
      1VictoriaB.C.0.82% $770.631.11%12.0% $8,286
      2Prince RupertB.C.1.15% $1,110.821.25%12.0% $8,286
      3Dawson CreekB.C.1.10% $1,197.751.23%12.0% $8,286
      4Fort St. JohnB.C.1.01% $1,336.191.14%12.0% $8,286
      5QuesnelB.C.1.28% $1,153.261.33%12.0% $8,286
      6EsquimaltB.C.1.21% $1,124.021.49%12.0% $8,286
      7NelsonB.C.1.26% $1,101.111.49%12.0% $8,286
      8North VancouverB.C.1.11% $1,254.571.51%12.0% $8,286
      9New WestminsterB.C.1.22% $1,211.161.50%12.0% $8,286
      10WhistlerB.C.0.75% $1,461.341.33%12.0% $8,286
      11Williams LakeB.C.1.40% $1,218.201.46%12.0% $8,286
      12Greater VancouverB.C.0.52% $1,451.161.46%12.0% $8,286
      13Prince GeorgeB.C.1.38% $1,356.731.45%12.0% $8,286
      14WhitehorseYT1.15% $1,312.911.26%5.0% $8,541
      15VancouverB.C.0.99% $1,471.571.61%12.0% $8,286
      16YellowknifeNWT1.18% $1,929.681.27%5.0% $8,314
      17TerraceB.C.1.40% $1,429.981.57%12.0% $8,286
      18PentictonB.C.1.48% $1,310.241.75%12.0% $8,286
      19Mackenzie CountyAlta.1.21% $1,205.391.24%5.0% $9,110
      20LangfordB.C.1.40% $1,649.381.69%12.0% $8,286
      21LangleyB.C.1.56% $1,381.131.83%12.0% $8,286
      22CranbrookB.C.1.49% $1,591.661.75%12.0% $8,286
      23KelownaB.C.1.48% $1,606.521.76%12.0% $8,286
      24VernonB.C.1.48% $1,492.061.93%12.0% $8,286
      25Mountain View CountyAlta.1.35% $1,312.321.36%5.0% $9,110
      26White RockB.C.1.38% $1,704.891.93%12.0% $8,286
      27Lac Ste. Anne CountyAlta.1.23% $1,382.911.34%5.0% $9,110
      28BurnabyB.C.1.22% $1,724.532.02%12.0% $8,286
      29Lake CountryB.C.1.43% $1,789.871.81%12.0% $8,286
      30Grande PrairieAlta.1.14% $1,575.061.28%5.0% $9,110
      31KamloopsB.C.1.55% $1,708.421.78%12.0% $8,286
      32WetaskiwinAlta.1.47% $1,303.601.48%5.0% $9,110
      33Salmon ArmB.C.1.60% $1,556.941.94%12.0% $8,286
      34Campbell RiverB.C.1.62% $1,607.941.93%12.0% $8,286
      35CanmoreAlta.1.15% $1,763.651.38%5.0% $9,110
      36WhitecourtAlta.1.17% $1,806.121.31%5.0% $9,110
      37Cold LakeAlta.1.12% $1,880.511.29%5.0% $9,110
      38Clearwater CountyAlta.1.44% $1,587.001.38%5.0% $9,110
      39SookeB.C.1.63% $1,693.541.97%12.0% $8,286
      40Wood BuffaloAlta.0.81% $2,056.420.93%5.0% $9,110
      41Port AlberniB.C.1.91% $1,372.462.07%12.0% $8,286
      42AirdrieAlta.1.32% $1,767.681.48%5.0% $9,110
      43CalgaryAlta.1.34% $1,848.381.39%5.0% $9,110
      44SquamishB.C.1.52% $1,998.961.96%12.0% $8,286
      45West KelownaB.C.1.45% $2,087.462.00%12.0% $8,286
      46EdmontonAlta.1.40% $1,680.131.54%5.0% $9,110
      47SummerlandB.C.1.57% $1,803.402.13%12.0% $8,286
      48HintonAlta.1.41% $1,775.631.44%5.0% $9,110
      49Yellowhead CountyAlta.1.43% $1,707.121.49%5.0% $9,110
      50ColwoodB.C.1.59% $1,996.501.96%12.0% $8,286
      51NanaimoB.C.1.71% $1,672.192.13%12.0% $8,286
      52Powell RiverB.C.1.91% $1,537.322.14%12.0% $8,286
      53High RiverAlta.1.33% $1,707.901.77%5.0% $9,110
      54BrooksAlta.1.49% $1,755.991.57%5.0% $9,110
      55LloydminsterAlta.1.46% $2,007.001.38%5.0% $9,110
      56Fort SaskatchewanAlta.1.42% $1,952.831.51%5.0% $9,110
      57CamroseAlta.1.70% $1,594.141.56%5.0% $9,110
      58Bonnyville No. 87Alta.1.38% $2,205.231.46%5.0% $9,110
      59CourtenayB.C.1.91% $1,613.852.23%12.0% $8,286
      60OkotoksAlta.1.42% $2,009.021.59%5.0% $9,110
      61Stony PlainAlta.1.51% $1,897.821.60%5.0% $9,110
      62Wetaskiwin County No. 10Alta.1.58% $1,769.251.62%5.0% $9,110
      63Port MoodyB.C.1.56% $2,331.832.02%12.0% $8,286
      64Grande Prairie County No. 1Alta.1.36% $2,302.201.45%5.0% $9,110
      65LeducAlta.1.52% $1,933.631.67%5.0% $9,110
      66SurreyB.C.1.59% $2,186.472.22%12.0% $8,286
      67Medicine HatAlta.1.63% $1,716.061.73%5.0% $9,110
      68Lacombe CountyAlta.1.57% $1,924.811.64%5.0% $9,110
      69Red DeerAlta.1.53% $1,937.711.67%5.0% $9,110
      70RichmondB.C.1.44% $2,206.592.44%12.0% $8,286
      71Leduc CountyAlta.1.46% $2,271.911.43%5.0% $9,110
      72Saanich (DM)B.C.1.64% $2,201.232.19%12.0% $8,286
      73Spruce GroveAlta.1.50% $2,097.091.62%5.0% $9,110
      74AbbotsfordB.C.1.83% $1,974.872.23%12.0% $8,286
      75CochraneAlta.1.47% $2,250.151.56%5.0% $9,110
      76Pitt MeadowsB.C.1.77% $2,173.602.18%12.0% $8,286
      77LethbridgeAlta.1.72% $1,669.971.84%5.0% $9,110
      78ChestermereAlta.1.38% $2,491.341.50%5.0% $9,110
      79SidneyB.C.1.84% $1,936.102.41%12.0% $8,286
      80North CowichanB.C.1.69% $2,114.462.48%12.0% $8,286
      81Port CoquitlamB.C.1.72% $2,288.152.20%12.0% $8,286
      82CoquitlamB.C.1.77% $2,201.512.25%12.0% $8,286
      83ChilliwackB.C.1.88% $1,956.222.38%12.0% $8,286
      84ParksvilleB.C.2.02% $1,706.272.52%12.0% $8,286
      85MissionB.C.1.87% $2,053.882.35%12.0% $8,286
      86HawkesburyOnt.2.16% $1,300.582.04%13.0% $8,310
      87West NipissingOnt.2.15% $1,405.391.95%13.0% $8,310
      88StrathmoreAlta.1.73% $1,972.491.72%5.0% $9,110
      89Central SaanichB.C.1.63% $2,481.432.30%12.0% $8,286
      90Red Deer CountyAlta.1.56% $2,428.341.59%5.0% $9,110
      91LacombeAlta.1.65% $2,090.161.85%5.0% $9,110
      92Lethbridge CountyAlta.1.79% $1,929.531.88%5.0% $9,110
      93ColdstreamB.C.1.72% $2,696.652.17%12.0% $8,286
      94Maple Ridge (DM)B.C.1.87% $2,310.452.36%12.0% $8,286
      95BeaumontAlta.1.51% $2,674.621.62%5.0% $9,110
      96ComoxB.C.1.94% $2,224.542.42%12.0% $8,286
      97Moose JawSask.1.49% $1,345.701.50%11.0% $9,723
      98Perth EastOnt.1.92% $1,820.972.06%13.0% $8,310
      99Sturgeon CountyAlta.1.65% $2,489.061.71%5.0% $9,110
      100Sylvan LakeAlta.1.62% $2,351.531.87%5.0% $9,110

       

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