2020 Tax Deferrals

2020 Final bills are scheduled to be mailed out in early August, with two installment due dates: September 15 and December 1.

Town of Aurora has implemented deferrals for the 2020 interim and final property tax bill payments for residential property owners and businesses that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible applicants will have their 2020 Interim and Final Property Tax Bill payments deferred.

Each application must be completed by the owner(s) of the property. A confirmation of your eligibility will be sent by email.

Applications must be submitted by the property owner. If applicants wish to defer their payments, they need to submit an applications prior to each due date with their up-to-date documentation.

The deadlines to submit these applications are:

Due Date

Application Deadline

Deferred Payment Date

June 30, 2020 (inclusive of 2020 interim February 25 and April 21)

June 19, 2020

September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

August 31, 2020

December 1, 2020

Property Tax Deferral Application Form


Your property taxes are billed twice per year, usually in January and June/July, with two payment installations due for each billing.

They're determined based on the value of your property, as determined and reported by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

MPAC also reports to us:

  • other data
  • assessed owner and address
  • property value and class

Each year after the budget setting process, we approve tax rates for each property class.

The Municipal Act requires your interim bill to be based on 50 per cent of your last year taxes.

Your final billing issued in June or July is figured out by using your determined value plus the approved tax rate, less the interim billing amount.

Both the interim billing and the final billing must be paid to satisfy your property tax obligation for the year.

2020 Interim Property Tax Bills

If you need your interim tax bill issued again or would like to know your account balance, please call Access Aurora at (905) 727-1375. 

Access Aurora is open Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Even if you don't get your tax bill, you will still need to pay by the due date and will not be excused from any possible late payment charges.

The due dates for the 2020 Interim tax bills are:

Property taxes are due from the originally assessed owner or from any owner after. If you've sold the property on which these taxes are levied, kindly forward the bill to the new owner or return it to Aurora Town Hall.

The Town of Aurora offers three payment plans:

  • 11-month payment plan: Starting in January and ending in November, payments are taken from your bank account on the last business day of each month
  • Installment plan: Tax payments are taken from your bank account on each of the four annual installment due dates.
  • Arrears plan: An agreed amount is taken from your bank account until your account is up-to-date. Monthly payments are taken on the last business day of each month to decrease the amount you owe. Interest is applied on a monthly basis at a rate of 1.25 per cent on any unpaid property taxes.

Sign up for a preauthorized-payment plan by completing the application form titled “Pre-authorized Tax Payment application form” found under the downloads section at the bottom of this page.

Can I get an extension to pay my property taxes or water bill due to COVID-19?

  • The Town of Aurora is supporting residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing additional property tax relief measures for the remaining 2020 property tax installations. Relief measures include extended property tax deadlines for all residents and businesses, as well as tax penalty relief for those who qualify.

  • Property owners who are unable to make their payments due to financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for tax penalty relief. Once approved these individuals will be able to defer their tax installments without penalty or interest. This excludes accounts that have previously been in arrears from 2019.
  • The final property tax instalment due dates are as follows:

    • September 15, 2020 (Final 2020 bill, first installment due)
    • December 1, 2020 (Final 2020 bill, second installment due)
  • There will be no penalties on payments made on or prior to these property tax final instalment due dates.

  • Commercial tax bills can be deferred by approval of the Treasurer if they demonstrate in writing that they have passed on this leniency to their tenants. This will be done on a case-by-case basis.
  • Water bills will continue to be sent out and we ask that residents still continue to pay to the best of their ability. Water bills that are not paid will still be moved to the tax account but will not accrue interest due to the temporary suspension of penalties on taxes.

If you are interested in deferring pre-authorized payments or Commercial tax bill payments or to put a hold on post dated cheques, please fill out the Property Tax Deferral application.

If you are deferring your Pre-Authorization payment plans we require 3 days notice before a PAP withdrawal date to process the request.

How your Town Budget Works

Where do my property taxes go?

How to pay your property taxes

There are five convenient ways to pay your property taxes:

  • On-line banking;
  • Telephone banking;
  • At your bank branch;
  • By mail: and
  • Through our after-hours drop box or in person.

Please do not send cash in the mail or through our drop box. You can pay by cash, cheque or debit in person at Aurora Town Hall.

We do not accept credit card payments in person for property taxes; however, if you want to pay by credit card, you can here. A service charge by the company will be added to the payment.

When paying for your property taxes (other than in person) and to avoid interest charges from being added, please remember to allow time for postal delivery or bank processing time. All payments must reach us by close of business on the due date.

If your property taxes are to be paid by your mortgage company, it's important for you to forward your property tax bill to them for payment.

How Property Assessment and Taxation Works

Current Value Assessment

Accurate assessments are the cornerstone of the property tax system. MPAC classifies and values all properties in Ontario under the Assessment Act and regulations established by the provincial government.

MPAC is committed to ensuring that every valuation is accurate. If you believe your property assessment is not accurate, they will review it for free. You can make a request for reconsideration any time prior to March 31 of each year. If you have any questions or concerns about the assessed value of your property, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit them here.

Late Payment Charges

To avoid interest charges, your payments must be received by us on or before the due date.

A charge of 1.25% will be added on the first day of the calendar month following default and on the first day of each calendar month thereafter, as long as the taxes remain unpaid.

Monthly interest charges will be given on any unpaid taxes from previous years. Interest rates are levied by the municipal bylaw pursuant to section 345 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c. 25.

Please know neither Council nor town staff have the authority to waive or alter interest charges.

Not receive a tax notice does not excuse a taxpayer from the responsibility for payment of the taxes nor relieve the assessed owner of the liability for interest charges due to late payment.

Supplementary Tax Billings

If your home or building is newly constructed, your property may not yet be fully assessed.

Once fully assessed, it will be taxed retroactively to your occupancy date, which may be up to three years. Please contact the revenue office for additional information and assistance. Failure to make financial plans for these eventual supplementary buildings can be damaging to your credit and your home financing.

Mortgage Company Payments

Some financing companies require they pay your taxes directly during the term of your mortgage. If this is the case, and you receive your tax billing directly, please contact the revenue office, as well as forward the tax bill to your mortgage company for their immediate attention and payment.

If you change your mortgage company, please have them contact our office directly to ensure the billings are correctly redirected.

Property Tax Deferral Program for seniors and low-income disabled persons

The Regional Municipality of York has made a Tax Deferral Program for seniors 65 or older, low-income senior or low-income disabled persons.

This program makes it possible to defer some increased taxes until the ownership of the property changes. Application forms are available by clicking on the link below or in person at the Municipal Offices. Additional information is available by calling the Access Aurora at 905-727-1375.

Are you planning to sell your property this year?

If, during the year the ownership of the property changes hands, please make sure that the person responsible for paying any unpaid taxes receives this bill.

Your statement of adjustments prepared on closing by your lawyer indicates the tax obligation of both the vendor and the purchaser.

If you plan on selling or purchasing a property, please complete the Property Ownership Change Form below to begin the property ownership change process.

Property Ownership Change Form

A statement of adjustments will be prepared on closing by the lawyer(s) indicating the tax obligation of both the vendor and the purchaser.

Notice: Cancellation of Vacant Unit Tax Rebate for Commercial and Industrial Properties

In 2016, the Province of Ontario, undertook a review of the vacant unit property tax rebate program. As a result, municipalities were provided with broad flexibility related to this program.

Following community engagements and on-line surveys in 2017, all the local municipalities in the Region of York, have passed resolutions to eliminate the program starting with the 2018 tax year.

As of May 3, 2018, O. Reg. 360/18 amending O. Reg. 325/01 under the Municipal Act, 2001 was enacted. The lower-tier municipalities in the Region of York are now exempted from having a program to provide tax rebates to owners of commercial and industrial properties for their vacant unit(s) effective 2018 tax year.

Property taxation rates and information

2019 Combine Tax Rate

2019 Capping/Clawback Rates

2018 Approved Operating Budget Summary 

2018 Property Tax Rates

2018 Interim Property Tax Brochure

2018 Clawback Rates

2017 Property Tax Rates

2016 Property Tax Rates

2017 Clawback Rates

1998 to 2016 Capping/Clawback Rates

Property Ownership Change Form

Banking Information Change Form

Pre-authorized Tax Payment application form

Pre-Authorized Payment Cancellation Form​​

Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan Frequently Asked Questions​

Property Information Request Form

Property Tax Deferral Program Form for Seniors​

Address Change Request Form