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Property tax relief


The City of Calgary

Council Council approved the 2020 Property Tax Bylaws and additional relief measures to support taxpayers facing financial hardship.

Property Tax Bylaw Passed

Excluding the impact of assessment changes and Phased Tax Program (PTP) rebates, non-residential taxpayers will see a combined decrease of 12.07% or $2,640 per $1 million of assessed value annually ($220 per month) after the Council rebate.

There has been a significant decline in the combined municipal business tax and non-residential property tax responsibility from 2001 to 2020 compared to the property tax responsibility borne by residential property owners over the same time frame. More information can be found on the distribution of municipal tax page.

$30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses

City Council approved $30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses who have experienced the most significant municipal property tax increases over the past four years.

Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax penalties cancelled

City Council approved the cancelling Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax penalties between April 1 and June 30. This means that any business that has not already paid their BIA tax has until June 30, 2020 to pay, penalty free. A penalty of 7% would apply to taxes outstanding as of July 1, 2020.

Response to the COVID-19 payment extended to September 30

The City of Calgary is supporting citizens and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Council approved municipal property tax relief measures that support taxpayers facing financial hardship. Visit the Non-residential property tax deferral page for details.

Budget wisely, join or cancel TIPP without the filing fee

Modify your participation in the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) with no filing fee. The filing fee has been suspended until January 1, 2021. Join TIPP.

Property owners who stay on TIPP will be supporting essential services, and giving themselves more flexibility to budget by making smaller monthly payments, avoiding one large lump payment.

The Government of Alberta

The provincial portion of non-residential property tax will be defered for six months. This amount has been deducted from the TIPP amounts owing from April onward. Learn more at COVID-19 Support for Employers.

Financial aid


The City of Calgary

The City of Calgary is working closely with the province and the federal government to gain further information on the impacts to Calgary business of this relief. We’ll be posting up-to-date information on calgary.ca/covid19 as the situation progresses. Below are details on other supports available.

Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax penalties​ cancelled

City Council approved the cancelling Business Improvement Area (BIA) Tax penalties between April 1 and June 30. This means that any business that has not already paid their BIA tax has until June 30, 2020 to pay, penalty free. A penalty of 7% would apply to taxes outstanding as of July 1, 2020.

Water, waste and recycling charges

The City’s bill deferral for water, waste and recycling charges ended on June 18, 2020.

Small business customers (less than 2,500 m3 water consumption in 2019) who deferred payment and have not set up an installment plan will be automatically set up on a 10-payment installment plan after July 18, 2020.

Customers who used more than 2,500 m3 in 2019 and are finding it challenging to pay their bill, can contact ENMAX, The City’s contracted customer care and billing provider, at 310-2010 to ask for their request to be sent to The City of Calgary.

The Government of Alberta

The Province has announced similar provisions for gas and electrical bills deferrals without interest or penalty; please contact your service provider for details. Find more at the Government of Alberta’s supports for businesses site.

The Government of Canada

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Starting on Monday, April 27 companies can apply for the wage subsidy online if they are eligible. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a new online calculator to calculate your subsidy amount.

Canada Summer Jobs Program

The Government of Canada will subsidize 100% of wages (up to the local minimum wage) for businesses and non-governmental organizations to hire students for full time or part-time jobs. The end date for employment has been extended to February 28, 2021. For more information visit Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19.

Learn more about Government of Canada programs for businesses at Support to Businesses - Canada.ca.

Commercial insurance


The Insurance Bureau of Canada has created a COVID-19 Q&A outlining how coverage is triggered and how business interruption policies work. Find out more at IBC - COVID-19.

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