Note: For property tax & finance related forms, go to our Forms, Applications, Permits page.

2021 Tax Installment Due Dates

Installment due dates are always the 1st Monday of March, May and October, and the 2nd Monday of August:

  • March 1, 2021
  • May 3, 2021
  • August 9, 2021
  • October 4, 2021

If you are moving, or have changed your mailing address, 
please contact us immediately. 

The Tax Collector has no authority to waive or alter penalty and/or interest for any reason, including not receiving a tax notice.

 Property Tax Notices

Annual taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the Municipality's current consolidated tax rate. The consolidated tax rate is made up of a Township portion and a County portion (influenced by the respective budget requirements) and an Education portion which is set by the Province of Ontario. Through sound financial management, Selwyn boasts the lowest municipal property tax rate in the County of Peterborough. 

Interim Tax Notices are based on approximately 1/2 of the previous year's total tax levy. Interim Tax Notices are sent at the end of January, and Final Tax Notices are sent at the end of June.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation determines the assessed value of each property. 

Included with your 2021 tax notices: 
Interim: 2021 Interim Tax InsertExploring our online options and landfill site pass. Final: 2021 Final Tax Insert

Reading Your Tax Notice - Assessment Class Codes

Under Assessment Class on your tax notice, the first 2 characters indicate the Tax Class (these codes are also used in the Consolidated Tax Rates section):

CodeTax Class
C7 Commercial small on-farm
CT Commercial
CU Commercial Excess Land
CX Commercial Vacant Land
FT Farmland
IT Industrial
IU Industrial Excess Land
IX Industrial Vacant Land
JT New Industrial
MT Multi Residential
NT New Multi Residential
PT Pipeline
RT Residential
ST Shopping Centre
SU Shopping Centre Excess Land
TT Managed Forest
XT New Commercial
XU New Commercial Excess Land

The last character(s) identify school support:

CodeSchool Support
EP English Speaking Public School
ES English Speaking Separate School
FP French Speaking Public School
FS French Speaking Separate School
N No Directed Support

For information on changing your school support see Property Tax School Support page

 Penalty & Interest

Penalty and/or interest is fixed at a rate of 1.25% per month and will be added to unpaid taxes after the due date and the beginning of each month after. 

Reminder notices are sent for accounts with an outstanding balance over $10.00. 

 Payment Apply Sequence
All payments are applied in the following order:
  1. NSF fees or other charges that may be collected through the tax roll (if applicable)
  2. Penalty/interest (if applicable, oldest to newest)
  3. Taxes (oldest to newest) 
Current Municipal Tax Rates

Not sure whether your property taxes are based on the rural or village tax rate?

  • Wards 1, 2 and 4 are rural and ward 3 is village. The rate difference for the village ward is due to the cost of police services (Peterborough Police vs. OPP).

Not sure what ward you are?

2021 Consolidated Tax Rates
CodeTax ClassRuralVillage
RT Residential 0.812042% 0.904064%
FT/TT Farmland/Managed Forest 0.203010% 0.226015%
CT/XT/ST Commercial/Shopping Centre 1.604023% 1.705118%
C7 Commercial small on-farm 0.944023% 1.045118%
CU/CX/XU/SU Comm./Shopping Vacant/Excess 1.386816% 1.457582%
IT Industrial 1.897032% 2.039040%
JT New Industrial 1.897032% 2.039040%
IU/IX Industrial Vacant/Excess 1.541071% 1.633376%
MT Multi Residential 1.326224% 1.490041%
NT New Multi-Res 0.812042% 0.904064%
PT Pipeline 1.498577% 1.584948%
 Tax Rate By-law and Schedules
 Water & Wastewater

Properties located in the Village of Lakefield and Woodland Acres (including the new Summer Lane subdivision) are serviced by municipal water and wastewater.

The Village of Lakefield is billed directly by Peterborough Utilities, and Woodland Acres is billed by the Township on the final tax notice each year.

For current rates, please visit the Water, Wastewater & Utilities page.

Distribution of 2021 tax dollar based on average residential assessed value

2020 tax dollar distribution

For a breakdown of the County dollar, visit the Peterborough County website

Relationship between total residential assessment and residential tax rate

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government has postponed the 2020 Assessment Update. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. For more information, visit MPAC's websiteResidential assessment vs. tax rate 2013-2020

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