Taxes & Grants
To balance the operating budget Council must raise revenue from property taxes. The amount required is converted to a rate, which is applied to the taxable assessment of each property and determines the amount of the property taxes payable.
Download the 2014 Mayor's message, which includes 2014 tax rates.
Property assessment in British Columbia is the responsibility of the British Columbia Assessment Authority. Any questions about the assessment of property in Esquimalt should be directed to BC Assessment. More
Property tax notices
Property tax notices for the current year are mailed to property owners during the third week of May. Property taxes are due and payable on the first business day in July each year. You are responsible for the taxes on your property, even if you have not received a tax notice.
Property taxes can be paid in person, by mail, or through most financial institutions. More
Home Owner Grant
The purpose of the Home Owner Grant is to help reduce the amount of residential property tax British Columbians pay. The basic grant can reduce your property tax by as much as $570. More
Outstanding Taxes and Penalties
A penalty of 10% is applied to outstanding current year taxes at the close of business on the due date. Ensure that you claim your home owner grant by the property tax due date to avoid a 10% penalty on this outstanding amount. More