The City of Colwood calculates and prepares all property tax notices each year. Tax notices are issued near the end of May and tax payments are due on the first business day after July 1st.

2020 tax notices have been mailed. If you don’t receive your notice by the end of the first week in June, please contact the City at 250-478-5999 or Property taxes are due July 2 2020.

Claim your Home Owner Grant.

Find Ways to Pay Taxes.

Read the Colwood Connection 2020 Property Tax Newsletter.

Property Tax Rates

Property taxation provides for city services and improvement projects. The property tax rate is set by Council each year. The tax rate, together with the assessed property value, determines the amount of property tax payable each year. 

See the 2020 Tax Rate Schedule (Mill Rates) [PDF] and check “Where your tax dollars go” for more information.

Where your tax dollars go

Less than half of the revenue from property taxes is controlled by the City of Colwood. Funds collected for other government agencies are simply passed on to them. This makes the system more efficient – residents receive a single tax notice rather than having each organization bill separately. Read more in the Property Tax Newsletter that will be attached to your tax notice.

The City collects approximately $30 million in property tax annually. Approximately $15 million is collected on behalf of other government agencies, including:

The nearly $15 million that is retained by the City funds city services such as police and fire protection, street lighting, road and drainage maintenance, operating parks and recreational facilities, and planning and managing city developments and enhancements.

Ways to Pay Your Property Taxes
Property Assessment
Home Owner Grants
Tax Sale Information
Where Your Tax Dollars Go
Frequently Asked Questions

Colwood Financial Plan, Official Community Plan and Strategic Plan

The Colwood Financial Plan (2020-2024) outlines the City's goal of delivering a high level of service that strikes a balance between affordability for citizens and city-building initiatives that will improve quality of life while expanding our tax base.

Colwood's overall direction for the future is detailed in the Official Community Plan. The new draft Colwood Official Community Plan which reflects input from more than 1400 direct interactions with residents and stakeholders. Read the draft now and learn more about the process at:

Council has set out the City's priorities for the next four years in the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan. They focus on four goal areas: Mobility, Prosperity, Governance and Vibrancy .

Need more information?

Please contact the Colwood Finance Department at or 250-294-8150