Property Taxes

Taxes provide the main source of revenue to deliver services supplied by the Town, and school boards located in Hay River. Properties are assigned a tax class depending on the use or purpose of each property. Annual tax rates are set and applied to each tax class. The tax levy for property is calculated by using the applicable tax rate and the assessed value assigned to each property.

Penalty for late payment

Penalty is chargeable on the first day of default and on the first day of each calendar month thereafter in which default continues as set out in the C.T.V. Act.  The penalty rate is 1.5% per month.

The Senior Administrative Officer and/or other staff have no authority to waive or alter a penalty for any reason.

For tax inquiries, please call 867-874-6522 Ext. 213, or 246 or email

Tax certificate request forms are available here.

Tax Relief for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

This program is administered by the Town of Hay River on behalf of Government of Northwest Territories, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.

Applications must be made annually.

If you are 65 years of age or disabled, you may qualify for a property tax relief.

The following are some of the requirements.

Tax Relief for seniors:

  1. Attained the age of sixty-five (65) years;
  2. Owner or part owner of the land; and
  3. Ordinarily reside in a single family dwelling house or mobile home situated on that land;
  4. All other part owners are Senior Citizens or are dependent on the Senior Citizen.

Tax Relief for Disabled Persons:

  1. An individual who:
    1. is in receipt of a pension or allowance for disability under the Workers Compensation Act or Canada Pension Plan;
      1. produces a medical certificate satisfactory to the Minister responsible for Municipal and Community Affairs indicating that the person suffers from a severe or prolonged disability;
    2. Owner or part owner of the eligible property as defined in By-law No. 1892/GEN/04; and
    3. Ordinarily reside in the eligible property; and
    4. All other part owners of the eligible property are Disabled Persons or dependents as defined in By-law No. 1892/GEN/04.

If any of these eligibility requirements apply, the taxpayer may be eligible for a 50% exemption of property taxes.

Tax exemptions do not include arrears, local improvement charges or interest charges. Where a Senior Citizen or Disabled Person has more dwelling units than the one he/she occupies, the eligible property will only be that dwelling which is occupied.