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School support - provincial property tax

The City of Calgary is required by legislation to bill and collect provincial property taxes on behalf of the provincial government. While The City of Calgary bills and collects provincial property taxes, the municipality has no jurisdiction or control over school board budgets or operations.

School support status is reflected on property assessment notices.

School Support Declaration

To request a School Support Declaration, please contact Property Tax. A School Support Declaration is automatically mailed to the new owner when a property is purchased. School support changes do not take effect until the following calendar year.

Provincial property taxes

All property owners whether they have children in the school system or not pay provincial property taxes. People who rent or lease property also pay provincial property taxes indirectly through their monthly rent or lease payments. People without children in school also pay provincial property taxes.

Seniors and provincial property taxes

All Alberta property owners, including seniors, pay provincial property taxes. Please contact the Government of Alberta at 310-0000 for information on programs for seniors such as the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program.

Separate schools and provincial property taxes

If you are of the same religion as the separate school district in your area, you must direct your provincial property taxes to the separate school board. In Calgary, Roman Catholic property owners must declare their faith as Roman Catholic in order for their provincial property taxes to be directed to the Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 1.

Private schools and provincial property taxes

Provincial property taxes can not be directed to a private school. By provincial law, money collected through provincial property taxes must only be used to fund the public education system (including public schools and separate schools). Private school funding comes from three sources: provincial general revenues, tuition or instruction fees paid by parents, and private fundraising.

More property tax information

Property tax home page

Property tax bills and tax rates

Property tax payment

Contact Property Tax

Contact Property Tax