School Tax

School tax is one of the services you are charged for on your annual property tax notice.  The tax isn't based on if you or your family use the public or private school system. The education system benefits all B.C. residents including people without children in school. You pay school tax to share in the cost of providing education in B.C.

If your property is located within a municipality, you pay school tax to your municipal office. If your property is in a rural area, you pay school tax to the province’s Surveyor of Taxes.

School tax is charged on every property in B.C. unless the property qualifies for an exemption.

Tax Rates

Each year the province sets the residential school tax rate for each school district and is based equally on:

  1. the total number of residences in the district
  2. the total residential assessed value in the district

Generally, these rates increase each year based on the previous year’s provincial inflation rate.

Each year the province sets the school tax rate for each non-residential property class. Generally, these rates increase each year based on the inflation rate plus new construction.

School Tax Revenue

Revenue from school tax represented approximately 35% of the $5.498 billion spent by the Ministry of Education in 2015/16 (see public accounts, page 120).

The school tax revenue was $1.937 billion. School tax revenues from residential property represented about 14% and non-residential property represented about 21% of the education cost.

2015/16 Residential School Tax Revenue

Properties in Municipalities

$  687 million

Properties in Rural Areas

$    85 million

Total Residential

$  772 million

 

2015/16 Non-Residential School Tax Revenue

Properties in Municipalities

$    977 million

Properties in Rural Areas

$    188 million

Total Non-Residential

$ 1.165 billion

2016 School Tax Rates

Useful Contacts

Telephone: 250 387-0555 (Victoria)
Alternate
Telephone:
1 888 355-2700
Fax: 250 387-2210
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