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BIA tax: penalties and service charges

Note: Council has canceled the April 1 7% penalty on the 2020 BIA tax levy.

Late payment penalties


Current taxes: taxes levied in the current calendar year

Tax arrears: outstanding unpaid taxes and penalties from prior years

In accordance with the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax Bylaw, the penalties for late payment are:

  • On July 1, an additional penalty of 7% of the unpaid current taxes will be added to the balance.
  • Starting January 1, a penalty of 1% of any unpaid taxes from previous years (tax arrears) is added on the first day of each month.

Dishonoured payments and service charges


If your bank does not honour your cheque:

  • the payment will be removed from your account,
  • a service charge of $30 will be added,
  • if you are paying for more than one BIA tax account with a single cheque, an additional service charge of $10 will be added to each BIA tax account affected by the non-payment,
  • a statement of account will be mailed advising you of the returned payment and applicable service charge(s), and
  • penalties will continue to be added in accordance with the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax Bylaw.

Service charges are subject to change.

Penalties are added to your tax account if a returned cheque results in taxes not being paid by the due date.

Penalties for missing the BIA tax payment due date


Penalties are added to your tax account if a returned cheque results in taxes not being paid by the due date.

BTIPP non-payment and service charges


If you are paying your BIA tax using the Business Tax Instalment Payment Plan (BTIPP), see BTIPP – Non-payment and service charges.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​