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Reaction of the Town of Montreal West to the Montreal Agglomeration budget 2018

The Town of Montreal West adopted its 2018 budget at a public council meeting on December 18, 2017, taking into account statements made by the Mayor of Montreal regarding the expected increase in Agglomeration expenditures which all Island municipalities contribute to.In its 2018 budget, the Town of Montreal West honored its commitment to tax payers, respecting its 2018-2022 Strategic Financial Plan, by limiting the tax bill for the average home to 0.99%, which is below the CPI.

However, on January 10th, the city of Montreal presented its 2018 budget  breaking with its earlier statements. This resulted in a significant increase in the contribution the demerged municipalities now have to pay to the Agglomeration. In the case of Montreal West, it is a drastic increase of 9% rather than the expected 2.1%.

It is important to clarify that an increase of 9% to the Town’s Agglomeration contribution does not mean a 9% increase in one overall tax bill. However this increase is still unacceptably steep. Therefore, to offset this unexpected and untenable increase, the Town will redouble its efforts to limit the impact on citizens.Council is examining all possible options to ensure that this increase will not be borne exclusively by its tax payers. A revision of the budget is in process and will be adopted at the January 29th public meeting.

The Mayor of Montreal believes that these significant increases were justified, in part, because of the deficit in maintenance of the water infrastructure. However Montreal West believes the abruptness and magnitude of the increases are entirely unacceptable. Council is doing everything it can to pressure the City of Montreal to review and revise its Agglomeration budget.More information will follow in the coming days.

Finance and Taxes


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Property Tax

The Town of Montreal West taxes citizens for local services provided by the Town and regional services provided by the Agglomeration Council and la communauté métropolitaine de Montréal. The local services include Town Council and Administration, Public Works, Water and Sewer expenses, Recreation and Culture, Public Security, and Capital Projects. Residents’ tax assessments are based on the valuation of their property and are determined by multiplying this valuation by a mill rate, i.e. the rate determined by Council for each $100 valuation.


The MW tax bill is sent out in January and is due mid-February. It may be paid in two instalments, mid-February and mid-May.


If paying by cheques in instalments, we encourage you to include both cheques. Interest charges on late payments are charged at 12% per year, calculated daily from the date on which such instalment becomes due. A fee of $25 is charged on NSF cheques.




Water Tax

Montreal West also issues bills for water tax, based on usage. Residents are sent forms to be completed and returned to the Town Hall, indicating the reading from their water meter. In the absence of the forms, bills are based on estimated usage and a $50 fee is charged to the citizen.


Water tax bills are mailed out in October and generally due in November.


For information regarding your Montreal West tax bills, please contact the Administration at the Town Hall at 514 485-8941.




Duties on Transfer (Welcome Tax)

The Duties on Transfer or "Welcome Tax" is an amount assessed to the new owner on the purchase of property. It is based on the higher of either the sale price, the valuation roll or market value. The market value is calculated by the value of the property found on the current evaluation roll multiplied by a comparative factor. This comparative factor for 2018 is 1.01.


The calculation of this tax as follows:


  • 0.5% on values less than $50,400
  • 1.0% on values from $50,400 to $251,800
  • 1.5 % on values from $251,800 to $500,000
  • 2 % on values greater from $500,000 to $1,000 000
  • 2.5 % on values greater than $1,000 000




Property taxes, water taxes and Duties on Transfer are payable

-        By mail, attach the payment stub to your cheques

-        In cash, by cheque or debit card at the Montreal West Town Hall.  

-        Via the online bill pay services of the following financial institutions:

RBC Royal Bank of Canada

BMO Bank of Montreal

National Bank of Canada

Scotia Bank


Laurentienne Bank

TD Bank

When paying online, please enter the 18 digit account number beginning with "9", without hyphens.  Please be sure to select "Ville de Montréal-Ouest" or "Town of Montreal West" from the list of suppliers. 


Please note that credit card payments are not accepted.




Taxes from Other Sources

School Taxes:

The Montreal Island Council issues bills for school tax in the month of June, based on property valuation, with a rate set by the Montreal Island Council. Bills are sent out in June and are payable on July 31. Details of payment are available on the bills or at The school taxes are not sent by the Town.







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