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NEWS RELEASE · 15th November 2011
Ministry of Labour
Today, 64 communities across British Columbia will share $16.9 million in compensation for municipal property taxes.

Grants-in-lieu of property taxes are distributed as a way to reimburse municipalities for services that benefited government properties, such as sewers, roads and fire protection. The amounts paid are based on the assessed value of the properties and the municipality's tax rate.

In accordance with the Municipal Aid Act, a grant-in-lieu is payable on land owned by the provincial government, such as courthouses, provincial government office buildings, ambulance stations and warehouses. It is not provided for highways, forests, parks or land under the control, management or administration of a Crown corporation. Schools and hospitals are also exempt from paying municipal property taxes and will not receive a grant-in-lieu.

Since 2002, the Government of British Columbia has distributed more than $173 million as grants-in-lieu to B.C. municipalities. Each municipality distributes a portion of the funds to its regional district, and those governments use the money to help pay for local services.

The funds are distributed electronically on behalf of the Province by the Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government.

100 Mile House 23,065.09

Abbotsford 211,285.66

Burnaby 858,443.42

Burns Lake 7,206.67

Campbell River 73,540.34

Castlegar 21,936.28

Chilliwack 45,245.68

Coquitlam 723,755.54

Courtenay 34,978.80

Cranbrook 28,495.95

Creston 13,266.73

Dawson Creek 121,168.81

Delta 25,123.40

Fernie 3,027.01

Fort St. James 35,131.30

Fort St. John 104,162.43

Golden 4,403.16

Hazelton 23,671.30

Hope 13,169.69

Houston 3,635.35

Kamloops 1,234,641.52

Kelowna 352,917.33

Kent 2,454.24

Kitimat 7,801.22

Lumby 3,424.34

Maple Ridge 1,081,780.90

Masset 23,441.77

McBride 3,544.47

Merritt 28,146.99

Nakusp 6,115.60

Nanaimo 370,965.24

Nelson 189,855.23

New Westminster 250,868.14

North Vancouver 100,162.63

Northern Rockies (RD) 44,570.25

Oliver 4,205.22

Parksville 25,925.72

Penticton 86,842.86

Port Alberni 59,261.47

Port Coquitlam 844,458.33

Powell River 43,076.54

Prince George 2,123,940.49

Prince Rupert 62,819.26

Princeton 1,082.38

Queen Charlotte 3,348.73

Quesnel 52,991.48

Revelstoke 42,155.72

Richmond 12,786.31

Rossland 20,267.44

Saanich 410,424.72

Salmon Arm 14,292.43

Sicamous 4,806.27

Smithers 132,389.75

Squamish 4,495.94

Stewart 2,361.31

Surrey 520,696.61

Terrace 143,429.92

Vancouver 2,883,676.05

Vernon 90,627.10

Victoria 3,056,317.78

View Royal 149,939.37

Wells 1,434.08

Williams Lake 49,721.32

Zeballos 3,955.24

Total $16,927,132.32

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