Tax & Utility Rates
- Property Tax Rates
- Municipal Tax Rates
- Solid Waste Rates
- Utility Rates
- School Tax Rate
- Regional District Tax Rate
- BC Assessment Tax Rate
- Regional Hospital Tax Rate
- Municipal Finance Authority (MFA) of BC Tax Rate
The property tax rates are the sum of each taxing authority's levy. Following are the approved rates for recent years:
Each year, after adoption of the financial plan but before May 15, Council must, according to bylaw, impose property value taxes for:
- the year by establishing rates for the municipal revenue proposed to be raised for the year from the property value taxes, as provided in the financial plan; and
- the amounts to be collected for the year by means of rates established by the municipality to meet its taxing obligations in relation to another local government or other public bodies (i.e., Regional Hospital District and Regional District).
Property value taxes are based on the assessed value of land and improvements other than land and improvements exempt by statute. Separate rates are established for each property class. Property value taxes are deemed to be imposed on January 1 of the year in which the Tax Rate bylaw is adopted.
Municipal property tax rates are set by the City of Chilliwack. The revenue from these taxes is used for public services, such as police and fire protection, street lighting and road maintenance, as well as operating parks and recreational facilities. Additional taxes are levied for drainage and dyking.
Solid Waste rates are billed quarterly. Please refer to the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Bylaw No. 2009 No. 3062 for other rates and charges.
View the Recyling & Garbage section for more information.
COVID-19 Utility Bill Relief Program - (April 28, 2020) Council has approved a new utility fee relief program for residential homeowners in Chilliwack that have stopped working due to COVID-19.
View the current water and sewer rates here.
School Tax Rates
School tax rates applicable to residential properties are set by the Provincial Government. Residential property school taxes are based, in part, on the number of residences as well as the total assessed value of residential property in the province, creating a different tax rate in each school district.
School tax rates applicable to non-residential properties are also set by the Provincial Government. The rates vary by property classification, but are uniform throughout the province within each non-residential property class.
Learn more about why you pay school taxes by visiting the BC Government's website.
Regional District tax rates are set by the Fraser Valley Regional District to raise revenue for budget needs. Tax revenues are used to fund a wide range of regional services of benefit to everyone with the boundaries of the region, such as animal control, regional parks, 911 services, mosquito control and air quality management.
Contact the Fraser Valley Regional District Chilliwack Headquarters at 604-702-5000.
BC Assessment property tax rates are set by BC Assessment, which is an independent Provincial Crown Corporation governed by a Board of Directors. The revenue from these taxes is used to produce independent, uniform and efficent property assessments on an annual basis to:
- tax authorities;
- property owners;
- municipal, provincial and federal government agencies;
- realtors, appraisers, lawyers, bankers, title search companies;
- other private and public agencies.
Contact BC Assessment at 1-866-825-8322
The Regional Hospital tax rates are set by the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District. The hospital tax rates raise revenue to repay the costs of major capital expenditures, such as hospital construction and acquisition of medical equipment.
Contact the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District Chilliwack Headquarters at 604-702-5000.
The MFA tax rates are levied in order to fund their operations. The MFA provides long and short term financing, investment management, leasing and other financial services to communities and public institutions in BC.
Contact the Municipal Finance Authority at 250-383-1181.