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Property tax: school support - provincial education property tax

School support status

All property owners pay provincial education property taxes including people who don’t have children or don’t have children in school. While The City of Calgary is required by legislation to collect provincial property taxes on behalf of the Alberta government, the municipality has no jurisdiction over school board budgets or operations.

School support status is shown on your property assessment notice.

A School Support Notice is automatically mailed to the property owner when a change is registered at Land Titles (i.e. purchase, marriage, divorce, death, legal name change, adding or deleting an owner).​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Property owners can update their School Support Notice at any time. 
School support changes take effect the next calendar year.
Update School Support

Seniors and provincial education property taxes

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

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Separate schools and provincial education property taxes

If you are of the same religion as the separate school district in your area, you must direct your provincial education 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 education property taxes to be directed to the Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 1.

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Private schools and provincial education property taxes

Provincial education property taxes cannot be directed to a private school. By provincial law, money collected through provincial education 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 ​​​information

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Catholic School District​​​​​