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School Taxation 2016-2017
The 2016-2017 school tax invoice issuance date is July 29, 2016 with payment due date on August 29, 2016. This invoicing covers the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The taxation rate for 2016-2017 is 0.17978 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: Taxing choices?
School taxes are collected in accordance with the current Education Act.
Which of the following best describes your situation:
If your situation is not listed above and you require additional information, please contact us
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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.
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: July 25 to August 5, 2016 inclusively
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 1.819.684.1313
- Toll free within Canada 1.800.363.9111
- Extensions: 1109, 1123,1145,1162
- Fax: 1.819.684.9061
- Address: 15 Katimavik Gatineau Québec J9J 0E9
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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 /
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
Ville de Gatineau
M.R.C. Vallée de la Gatineau
M.R.C. des Collines
Ville de Malartic
To view how the taxation funds are distributed within the school board budget.
Why is the WQSB tax rate going down?
- The evaluation base of the school board territory has increased because of a rise in the property values and the significant number of new tax accounts.
- The total amount of taxation revenue is based on the school boards student population, and is capped by the Ministry of Education.
- These recurring factors have resulted in the decrease of the school tax rate over the past several years.
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.
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:
- All increases (or decreases) resulting from new municipal rolls are to be staggered over the period of the roll (i.e. 3 years)
- The option of payments in two instalments when an annual invoice due is calculated to equal $300.00 or higher.
- Removed with Bill 25 as of budget year 2013-2014: A reduction to the current invoice may be calculated per municipality to ensure a limited increase. Article 475.2 LIP dictates this complex calculation. The percent reduction rate is common to both French and English school boards to ensure equity across the shared territory.
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