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Muniscope is Canada’s national resource on municipal issues, sponsored by the Provincial-Territorial Officials Committee on Local Government (PTOC), formerly the Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research (ICURR). With a dedicated team of professional researchers backed by the largest circulating library of its kind in Canada, Muniscope is your best source for information to support local government policies, practices and service delivery.

 

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Grants in Lieu of Property Taxes (Report)

Grants in Lieu of Property Taxes (report)   Across Canada municipalities have three primary sources of
   revenue: property taxes, license fees, and user fees. The largest
   portion of municipal revenue is derived from property taxes.
   Typically, all levels of government are exempt from paying
   municipal property taxes, but in almost every province and
   territory, the government pays municipalities a grant in lieu of
   property taxes.

Most jurisdictions define the grant-in-lieu payment structure in legislation, aside from
Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories and
Nunavut. However, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have both created special
policies for a grant-in-lieu program.
(Click here for the full report)

The Muniscope library is one of Canada's foremost
document collections focusing on material related
to local government and planning. The catalogue
provides access to the library's many books,
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Book of Interest:

Petit Code des Municipalités (book)  Petit code des municipalités /
  Forbes, Pierre. (Ed.). — 6th edition.
  — Cowansville, QC: Éditions Yvon
  Blais, 2013.

   The book contains the French text of
   legislation relevant to municipal
governments in Québec. The first part includes legislation on municipal powers: the Cities, Towns and Villages Act; the Municipal Code of Québec; the Municipal Powers Act; the Municipal Ethics and Good Conduct Act; and An Act Respecting the Exercise of Certain Municipal Powers in Certain Urban Agglomerations. The second part includes the following municipal sector-specific legislation: An Act Respecting Land use Planning and Development, the Municipal Board Act, An Act Respecting Elections and Referendums in Municipalities, An Act Respecting Municipal Taxation, An Act to Ensure the Occupancy and Vitality of Territories, and An Act Respecting Municipal Territorial Organization. The final part includes the following related legislation: the Cultural Property Act (ss. 59 to 126), the Expropriation Act, the Police Act (ss. 48 to 114 and annexes A, B, C, E and G), An Act Respecting the Preservation of Agricultural Land and Agricultural Activities, the Civil Protection Act (ss. 16 to 59), and the Fire Safety Act (ss. 8 to 48).

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