Cover Story - PROPERTY TAX: Does The Assessment System Treat Farmers Fairly?

After a major investigation by the provincial ombudsman, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation went through a major overhaul. But, say some farmers, it still inflates or miscalculates land values and it still lacks transparency


When Ontario Ombudsman André Marin investigated the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) four years ago, he received an avalanche of complaints.   

In fact, never in the Ombudsman office’s 30-year history had it received so many complaints in such a short time about any agency as it did about MPAC, a non-profit corporation that’s responsible for assessing and classifying properties in Ontario. (See sidebar on page 16.)

Better Farming - May 2010