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Frequently Asked Questions about Assessment

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Who is MPAC?

MPAC stands for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. MPAC is a non-profit, independent organization established by the Ontario Property Assessment Corporation Act in 1997.

What is the City of Kawartha Lakes’ involvement with property assessment?

None. MPAC is an independent organization. The City of Kawartha Lakes has no involvement or influence in how MPAC assesses properties.

Does MPAC’s re-assessment just apply for residential properties?

No. MPAC’s property assessment applies to residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial, pipeline, farm and managed forest/conservation.

How to do I change my school support?

Please contact MPAC (see link at the top of this page) to obtain an application to switch school boards.

Return the completed application to MPAC or a school near you.

How does MPAC assess my property?

Your assessment is determined using a variety of factors which include:

  • recent sales of similar properties in surrounding neighbourhoods and sub-neighbourhoods
  • three years of sales in most market areas are used in this analysis
  • property features such as: location, size of lot and dimensions, living area, age of property, renovations, and quality of construction are all factors taken into consideration when determining the market value of property in Ontario.

How can I find out more information about my assessed value?

You can access your assessment roll information (i.e. current value assessment, lot size, legal description) and obtain assessment roll values of comparable properties of your choice through “About My Property” on the MPAC website www.mpac.ca. This information is provided free of charge. Included on the assessment notice is a unique user id and password that allows you access to this information.

How can I compare my property to similar properties in my neighbourhood to see what their assessed value is?

You can view information on up to 100 properties and obtain detailed information about your property and information on up to 24 additional properties of your choice free of charge by visiting About MyProperty at www.mpac.ca. To access About MyProperty, you need a user ID and password. This information is included in the property assessment notice that was mailed to you.

What is About MyProperty?

About MyProperty is located under the Property Owners tab on the MPAC website. This page includes video clips that explain the assessment process in Ontario among other things. There is also an interactive page which explains the changes to the Assessment Notices. If the individual’s preferred language is not English, MPAC has translated the information into other languages and these can be selected on that page.

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