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Property Tax Sales

The City is authorized under the Municipal Act to sell the properties to recover the outstanding taxes.  A Tax Arrears Certificate is registered on title if property taxes are unpaid on vacant or improved land for three years prior to January 1 of any year. 

A Tax Arrears Certificate indicates that the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the City are not paid within one year of registration of the certificate.  Upon expiration of the one year redemption period and the cancellation price remains unpaid, the municipality may advertise the property for sale for non payment of taxes.   Cornwall sells its Tax Sale properties via the public tender process.

Current Tax Sale Properties


How to find information about a future Tax Sale?

All tax sales conducted by the City of Cornwall are advertised once in the Ontario Gazette, www.ontariogazette.gov.on.ca, four times in the Standard Freeholder newspaper and on the City's website.  Eligible bids must be at least equal to the advertised minimum, which will include all outstanding taxes, penalties and interest, HST if applicable and the relevant land transfer tax.  Using forms provided on this website or from the municipal Financial Services office, the bid plus a certified cheque, bank draft or money order for 20% of the tendered amount must be submitted in a sealed envelope before the specified due date.

The City does not maintain a mailing list of upcoming properties eligible for sale or of possible interested purchasers as Tax Sales may not be held regularly. Interested parties are encouraged to check the City's website.

Related Information and Forms

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Need more information?
Send us your request in writing at the following address, leaving us your name, address, telephone number, email address and we would be pleased to respond to your query as expediously as possible.

Financial Services Department
City of Cornwall
PO Box 877
Cornwall, Ontario
K6H 5T9

Tel:  (613) 930-2787 ext. 2219
E-Mail: dcaskenette@cornwall.ca

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