We understand that many of our residents and businesses are struggling with concerns around finances and the City of Sarnia is continually taking steps each day to assist our community during these trying times.

At its Open Session Meeting held on March 25, 2020, Sarnia City Council adopted initiatives intended to provide financial relief to residents and businesses to help them cope with the negative economic impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic emergency is having on our community.

THE PROPERTY TAX DUE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO MAY 28. Those wishing to make payment early may do so.

Penalty/Interest

Application of April and May penalty/interest has been cancelled.

Post-Dated Cheques

Post-dated cheques currently in our possession dated for the end of April will not be deposited until May 28th

Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment Plan

The Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments for Property Taxes will continue to be debited on the last business day of each month as scheduled. Altering or postponing payments will result in an increase of future monthly payments.

There will be no NSF fees charged by the City for returned payments from the March 31st Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment Plan withdrawal. The City cannot reimburse fees charged by your financial institution. If you need to suspend your April 30th PAP payment please email taxclerk@sarnia.ca, indicating your property address and the number of months you wish to suspend payments for.

Full Installment Due Date Pre-Authorized Payment Plan

The next Due Date Pre-Authorized Payment Plan withdrawal is scheduled for April 29th. Please note this withdrawal will be delayed until May 28th to accommodate the revised due date.

Mortgage Payments

For property tax payments made through a mortgage company, please contact your financial institutions. Payments are sent to the City and we cannot make adjustments to how the bank collects these funds on your behalf.

Supplemental Bills

Supplemental tax bill due dates have been extended for 30 days

Making Payments

Although our office is currently closed to the public, payments can still be dropped off in the mail slot to the right of the Christina Street entrance to City Hall. Additionally, payments can always be made via online banking, by searching “Sarnia Tax” as the payee, and using your 19-digit roll number (no spaces, dashes, or decimals) as the account number.

Requests for Reconsideration

The deadline for Requests for Reconsideration to be submitted to MPAC is usually March 31st of the applicable taxation year; however, this deadline has been extended to 16 days after the State of Emergency is lifted in Ontario.

2021 Provincial Reassessment

The scheduled 2021 provincial reassessment has been suspended. Property taxes for 2021 will be calculated using 2020 assessment values.

If you would like to suspend your monthly payments, please contact us at taxclerk@sarnia.ca or by phone to 519-332-0330 Ext 3131