Municipal Tax Competitiveness Study

Potential Postal Disruption

In the event of a postal disruption, you are still responsible to ensure your property tax payments are received by the due date. Penalty and interest charges will apply for payments received or postmarked after the due date.

There are several convenient payment options available:

  • At most banks or financial institutions in person, at the automated teller machine (ATM), or through their internet or telephone banking. Retain your receipt.
    Note: Property roll numbers are assigned to the property, not the property owner. Please ensure that the bank and online banking information reflects your correct 11-digit roll number to avoid payments being applied to the incorrect property. You will be charged a fee to correct a misapplied payment.
  • By mail. Please make cheques payable to the City of Hamilton and mail your payment to:
    • City of Hamilton
      Corporate Services Department, Taxation Section
      71 Main St. West
      PO Box 2040 STN LCD 1
      Hamilton, ON
      L8N 0A3
  • In person at Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at your local Municipal Service Centres in Ancaster, Dundas (closed Fridays), Flamborough (closed Fridays), Glanbrook and Stoney Creek from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours drop boxes are available at these locations.
  • Joining one of our five convenient pre-authorized payment plans, for which there is no fee to join.

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Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve taxpayers of their obligation. If you have any questions about your property tax bill, or if you did not receive your tax bill, please call 905-546-2489 (if calling from Campbellville 905-634-2971) or email

The City of Hamilton participates in an annual municipal competitiveness study.  The study includes a number of Ontario municipalities.

2017 Municipal Tax Competitiveness Study

Each year, staff report on the results of this study, mainly highlighting how Hamilton’s property tax burden compares to other municipalities both for the current year and the trend experienced over the previous years. 

Section 1: Introduction

The Executive Summary provides an overview of the analysis contained in the comprehensive 500+ page report. Provides a summary of the 98 Ontario municipalities included in the study with populations that range from 4,700 in population to 2.7 million.

Section 2: Socio Economic Factors

This section of the report includes information on population changes land area, density, household incomes,age demographics, assessment information and building permit activity to assist in understanding some of the basic facts about each municipality and the overall growth patterns. The executive summary includes excerpts of the socio‐economic factors.

Section 3: Municipal Financial Indicators

The Municipal Financial Indicators section of the report includes a number of measures including the financial position, operating surplus, asset consumption ratio, reserves, debt and receivables.

Section 4: Revenue & Expenditure Analysis & MPMPs

Net Municipal Levy per Capita and per $100,000 of assessment.

Section 5: Select User Fee and Revenue Information

The Select User Fee and Revenue Information section of the report includes development charges, building building permit fees, tipping fees and transit fares.

Section 6: Tax Policies

The relative tax burden in each class of property will be impacted by the type of tax policies implemented in each municipality. As such, an analysis of the 2015 tax policies that impact the relative tax position was completed. This section of the report includes an analysis of the tax ratios, identification of optional classes and also an identification of which municipalities increased or decreased their tax ratios from 2014‐2015.

Section 7: Comparison of Relative Taxes

Like property comparisons were undertaken on 11 property types that were of most interest to the participating municipalities. In order to calculate the relative tax burden of “like” properties, every effort was made to hold constant those factors deemed to be most critical in determining a property’s assessed value. However, given the number of factors used to calculate the assessed value for each property, and the inability to quantify each of these factors, the results should be used to provide the reader with overall trends rather than exact differences in relative tax burdens between municipalities. By selecting multiple property types within each taxing class (e.g. Residential—Detached Bungalow, Executive), and by selecting multiple properties from within each municipality and property subtype, the likelihood of anomalies in the database has been reduced. Every effort was made to select a minimum of 3‐8 properties from each municipality and from within each property type. 

Section 8: Comparison of Water/Sewer Costs 

The establishment of water and sewer rates is a municipal responsibility and the absence of standard procedures across Ontario has resulted in the evolution of a great variety of rate structure formats. There was considerable diversity diversity across the survey in terms of the costs of water/sewer and how services are charged. 

Section 9: Property Taxes and Water/Wastewater as a % of Income 

A comparison was made of relative property tax burdens and water/sewer costs on comparable properties against the median household incomes. The report also calculates the total municipal tax burden as a percentage of income available on an average household.

Section 10: Economic Development Programs

A summary was completed of programs that municipalities have implemented to promote economic development. This included a review of Business Retentioon & Expansion Programs, Downtown/Area Specific Programs, Brownfield Redevelopment and Industrial Parks.

Municipal studies for previous years

Municipal Study for 2016 (PDF, 5.2 MB)

Municipal Study for 2015 (PDF, 5 MB)
Information Report(PDF, 777 KB)

Municipal Study for 2014 (PDF, 5.56 MB)
Information Report (PDF, 920 KB)

Municipal Study for 2013 (PDF, 5 MB)
Information Report (PDF, 485 KB)

Municipal Study for 2012 (PDF, 4.7 MB)
Information Report (PDF, 127 KB)