April 6, 2020 – City Council voted unanimously to declare a state of local emergency for Winnipeg in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Along with its existing powers, the City of Winnipeg will be able to use the authority under the state of local emergency to acquire additional resources to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as required.
For more information, see the Frequently asked questions section.
Property and business tax relief
In support of property and business owners who may need temporary relief during the COVID-19 crisis, City Council approved options to defer tax payments without penalty.
For those who need it, the City is waiving penalties for unpaid property and business taxes for up to three months following their due date.
- Property taxes are due on June 30, 2020 (fees waived until September 30, 2020)
- Business taxes are due on May 29, 2020 (fees waived until August 31, 2020)
The City is waiving Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) program fees on both property and business taxes for the period of April 1, 2020 until October 1, 2020. This means no enrolment fee for the TIPP program and no penalty fee as a result of non-sufficient funds (NSF) during that time. In the event of a declined payment due to NSF, you would be allowed to remain enrolled in the program and make delayed TIPP payments without any late payment fees.
For those who are able to meet the property and business tax due dates, the City strongly encourages you to do so. Property and business owners who are not currently enrolled in the TIPP program are also encouraged to consider the benefits of the program, as it allows you to make regular monthly payments and avoid having to pay your entire tax bill at once.
Taxes owing from previous years are not eligible for waived fees and will continue to be charged monthly penalties at 2.5% on the outstanding amount.
For more information on property and business taxes, including how to enrol in the TIPP program, please visit: winnipegassessment.com.
For more information and a comprehensive listing of service impacts, please consult the Affected programs & services page.