Top 100 Cities with the Lowest Taxes in Canada 2017

Cities with the Lowest Taxes in Canada

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

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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% in Alberta up to 15% 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% to 2.75%. 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.

  • Best of the Regions Best of the Regions

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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