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- Western Québec has prepared an official statement in the form of a press release regarding our tax rate drop. We invite all to read it by clicking here.

- Taxation invoices were sent out on August 18, 2017. Due dates are now September 18, 2017 for first payment and December 18, 2017 for second.

- We are currently experiencing a large volume of calls from tax payers. Please rest assured we will return all calls in priority of incoming calls.

School Taxation 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 school tax invoice issuance date is August 18, 2017 with payment due date on September 18, 2017. This invoicing covers the period of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. The taxation rate for 2017-2018 is 0.13694 per $100.00 of evaluation.

All accounts in arrears carry an interest rate of 16% (calculated daily to 0.0438%).

In an effort to maintain its educational objectives the Council of Commissioners has mandated the administration to collect all taxes which are in arrears.

Education Act: Transferring Taxes?

School taxes are collected in accordance with the current Education Act.

Which of the following best describes your situation:

I have a child currently attending a school under the Western Québec School Board

I have a child currently attending a French school on the Western Québec School Board territory

I currently do not have a child attending public school (elementary or secondary) on the Western Québec School Board Territory

I live outside Québec, I pay taxes for my secondary residence in Québec and I have no children attending school on the Western Québec School Board

I am an owner of a company, organization or association

If your situation is not listed above and you require additional information, please contact us

Access your School Tax Online

Please refer to the How to guide for step-by-step procedures to register on the TFP site to access your school taxation account.

Methods of Payment

Electronic Banking: through most financial institutions Important: Please verify the reference number on your invoice prior to making payment. You will find us registered as Commission scolaire Western Québec or a variation of our name depending on the financial institution, (i.e. Comm Scol Western). Please use the 20 digit reference number which appears on your coupon. It begins with ‘886’ and is unique per property, therefore, we ask that each property is paid separately on-line. Generally your payment is received the next business day and will be processed using that effective date.

By mail: send a cheque payable to "WQSB" or "Western Québec School Board" including the detachable coupon found on your invoice in the return envelope provided.

Bank : walk in at most financial institutions

Counter Service: Walk-in at the Western Québec School Board office

Hours of Operation

Regular Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: 12 to 1 p.m.

Summer Holidays

School Board is closed July 24 to August 8, 2017


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Property Owner Responsibility

All owners of taxable property in the province of Québec must pay school taxes. The current Education Act directs school boards in the process of invoice and collection of school taxes. Property owners are responsible to ensure payment is made. No interest on late payments can be adjusted or removed as prescribed in the Education Act.

The Western Québec School Board deposits by mail the taxation invoice to the property owner. The City or Municipal Regional County forwards the property owner’s address to the school boards for taxation purposes.

There may be a lapse of time in the transfer of new address information therefore verification can be made by contacting us.

The school board relies on the address information registered with the MRC or City to contact property owners. A legal recovery process may be deployed on accounts with outstanding balances in absence of a payment arrangement registered in the school board’s database.

Assessment Information /
Change of Mailing Address to the MRC

For a change of mailing address, please advise us in writing, and contact your city office or MRC :

Ville de Rouyn-Noranda

M.R.C. Vallée de l'Or

Ville de Senneterre

Ville de Val D’Or

M.R.C. Témiscamingue

Ville de Gatineau

M.R.C. Vallée de la Gatineau

M.R.C. des Collines

M.R.C. Papineau

M.R.C. Pontiac

Ville de Malartic

To view how the taxation funds are distributed within the school board budget. Please note that the 2017-2018 budget isn't yet available.

Why is the WQSB tax rate going down?

Electoral List

The law permits an individual to choose on which electoral list he/she would have their name appear.

Outside of a revision period for elections one may request, in writing, to the Director General of the School Board that their name be added to the current electoral list.

Exact name in full, date of birth, gender, full domicile address and signature are necessary to fulfill the request. The school board has made a form available to facilitate this procedure. Please complete, print and sign, sending original document to the School Board to the attention of the Secretary General.

Invoice description

Municipal roll values are determined through the municipal or city evaluators and are forwarded to school boards.

Standardization Factor is set by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to provide equity across the province.

Adjusted Value is calculated by multiplying the municipal value with the standardized factor and then staggering the resulting increases.

Neutral Rate School taxes will be shared on a percentage basis between the English and French school boards if you are a company, organization, association or if you are an individual who has purchased property from a contractor. An individual who has recently obtained property may register change to their future invoice with respect to supporting either the English or the French school board with 100% of their school taxes.

Modifications to the Education Act

In 2007, as a result of significant increases in municipal evaluations and the public’s reactions in regards to the impact on school board taxes, the ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche (MEESR) modified the Education Act (LIP - Loi sur l’instruction publique) with Bill 43.

Modifications in summary are the following:


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I did not receive an invoice for my property, what should I do? [+]

Why did I receive two annual taxation invoices for the same property? [+]

How do I choose to contribute my school taxation dollars to the Western Québec School Board? [+]

How do I inform the school board of a mailing address change? [+]

How can I contact the school taxation department to answer specific questions on my file? [+]

Do you issue receipts for income tax purposes? [+]

I have paid my annual invoice; why am I receiving another invoice? [+]

It has been months since my property modification (new construction, demolition, etc.) and I have not yet received a school tax revised invoice. [+]

Can I process my payment on-line (via the internet)? [+]

What can I do to ensure that my cheque is not returned to me?  [+]

I have entered an on-line payment in error, what are my options on having my funds returned to me? [+]

What should I do if I do not have the funds to pay my account by the due date? [+]

What happens if I do not responsibly manage my account and fall into arrears? [+]


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