How the City gets money

Most of the City’s revenue comes from residential and commercial property taxes. We collect additional revenue from the following sources:

  • User fees
  • Canada Community-Building Fund (Federal Gas Tax)
  • Provincial Gas Tax and Revenue Transfers
  • Other Revenues and Provincial Offences Act (POA) Fines
  • Payments in Lieu of Taxes
  • Investment Income and Dividends
  • Municipal Accommodation Tax

In addition to these sources, we are continuously exploring other ways to generate revenue to offset operating costs.

As Mississauga does not have permission from the Government of Ontario to create new revenue sources, such as the Land Transfer Tax, we are balancing our budget by looking for efficiencies, managing expenses, and increasing revenue from property taxes and user fees.

How property taxes are divided

For every property tax dollar collected, roughly one-third stays with the City of Mississauga. The rest is allocated to the Region of Peel and the Government of Ontario’s Ministry of Education to fund regional and provincial services.

Pie chart describing residential property tax bill, City 36 percent, region 45 percent and education 19 percent.
Pie chart describing residential property tax bill, City 36 per cent, region 45 per cent and education 19 per cent.

For commercial and industrial property taxes, the City receives about a quarter of the total revenue, while the rest is allocated to the Region of Peel and the Government of Ontario.

Pie chart describing commercial and industrial tax bill, City 24 percent, Region 30 percent and education 46 percent.
Pie chart describing commercial and industrial tax bill, City 24 per cent, Region 30 per cent and education 46 per cent.

The services your property taxes fund include the following:

  • By-law enforcement
  • Culture and Arts
  • Economic Development
  • Fire and Emergency services
  • Library and recreation
  • Local Road maintenance
  • Parks, Forestry and Environment
  • Planning and development
  • Transit
  • Snow removal
  • Tax collection
  • Stormwater
  • Paramedic services
  • Housing
  • Police
  • Public health
  • Regional roads
  • Social services
  • Waste and recycling
  • Water treatment and supply
  • Wastewater and treatment

For more information about where, when and how your property taxes are used, learn how the City spends money.

Frequently asked questions

Not necessarily. Every four years, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation re-assesses all homes in Mississauga. Once we receive the revised property assessments of all properties on our property tax roll from MPAC, we adjust our property tax rates accordingly.

If the value of your home increases in tandem with the average of the whole City, there will be no impact on your tax bill. However, if it increases by more or less than the average, there will be an impact.

If you disagree with your re-assessment, you can ask MPAC to reconsider your assessment. If you don’t agree with MPAC after they have reconsidered, you can appeal to the Assessment Review Board.

Residential tax bills include taxes collected for the Region of Peel, education, and City taxes. This means that only a portion of the increase that is visible on your 2023 property tax bill is related to the City budget.

The City approved a 6.1% increase to the budget, which means a 3.0% increase on the City’s portion of a residential property tax bill.

For the owner of an average, detached, single family home in Mississauga (value $730,000), a 3.0% tax increase comes to about $180.

We are working to find savings and efficiencies every year. One way we are strengthening our culture of continuous improvement is through the Lean program.

Lean enables us to find efficiencies and new ways to save and invest money and time. This includes purchasing and maintaining tools and equipment to reduce staff time, sorting library materials so that customers can conveniently find what they’re looking for and emailing pet licenses instead of printing and mailing them.

Lean became an official city program in 2014, and since then, we have achieved $24.7 million in cost savings and avoidance.

For more information about how we plan and budget, learn how the budget works.