We value the support we get from taxpayers. All make a fair contribution towards the quality bilingual education that Western Québec is committed to provide.
You can find information on school taxation on this page. Before contacting our tax department, please make sure to read it. We have prepared a section with our Frequently Asked Questions, among which you will find:
- How can I transfer my tax account to Western Québec? Answer.
- How can I quickly check if my tax account has been transferred? Use our search tool.
- Why is the tax rate going down at Western Québec but up at francophone school boards? Answer.
- I contacted the tax department a while ago and I still have not gotten any news. Why? Answer.
- I received a bill from your school board. How can I pay it? Answer.
- I am moving to your school board’s territory. Is there anything I need to do? Answer.
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.
You can see how the taxation funds are distributed within the school board’s budget.
There are many ways you can pay your tax bill.
Online – Available through most financial institutions – When doing so, 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 online. Generally, your payment is received the next business day and will be processed using that effective date.
By Mail – You can pay by sending a cheque payable to “WQSB” or “Western Québec School Board” including the detachable coupon found on your invoice in the return envelope provided.
At the Bank – You can pay at the counter at most financial institutions.
In our Offices – We have a tax counter available in our offices located at 15 Katimavik, Gatineau (QC) J9J 0E9. Our offices are open on weekdays from 9 to 12, and 1 to 4.
Here’s more information.
Municipal roll – Municipal roll values are determined through the municipal or city evaluators and are forwarded to school boards.
Standardization Factor – A Standardization Factor is set by the Minister of Municipal Affairs to provide equity across the province.
Adjusted Value – This one 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 et de l’Enseignement supérieur 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.
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 for ensuring 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 : 819-797-7111
- M.R.C. Vallée de l’Or : 819-825-7406
- Ville de Senneterre : 819-737-2296
- Ville de Val-d’Or : 819-824-9613
- M.R.C. Témiscamingue : 819-825-7406
- Ville de Gatineau : 819-243-2345
- M.R.C. Vallée de la Gatineau : 819-463-3241
- M.R.C. des Collines : 819-827-0516
- M.R.C. Papineau : 819-427-5138
- M.R.C. Pontiac : 819-648-5689
- Ville de Malartic : 819-757-3611
Find more information on this matter in our tax FAQ.
Changes pending for year 2018-2019 – Stay tuned, more to come!
Taxes for year 2017-2018 – You might have heard that school taxes are considerably cheaper at Western Québec, in comparison to francophone school boards on our territory. While this is true, it is important to understand why:
- The Western Québec School Board is a public institution guided by the Education Act under the government of Québec. Our lower tax rate is a direct result of this Act.
- Three factors led to this drop:
- A boost in the number of properties on the board’s territory, and the increase of their value;
- A rise in the number of taxpayers choosing to pay their school taxes to our school board, rather than to the francophone school board that covers their property;
- The total amount of taxation revenue, based on the number of students, being capped by the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (MEES).
- The staff of Western Québec School Board cannot dismiss taxpayers’ requests to transfer their school taxes, except if they have at least one child enrolled in a francophone school board on our territory.
Media – We have prepared an official statement in the form of a press release regarding our tax rate drop.
The law permits an individual to choose on which electoral list he/she would have their name appear. In other words, which school board he /she will exercise his/her right to vote.
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.
The school board has prepared a form to facilitate this procedure. Please complete, print and sign, sending original documents to the School Board to the attention of the Secretary General.
NOTE – Before contacting our tax team, please understand that most of your questions are answered on this very page, in our FAQ, and that there currently a delay of several weeks before we will get back to you. This is due to an abnormally large number of calls and emails from taxpayers. Please rest assured we will return all calls in priority to incoming calls.
Western Québec Tax Department
Phone: 819 684-1313 extensions 1109, 1123, 1145, 1162 or 1119
Toll-free within Canada: 1 800 363-9111 extensions 1109, 1123, 1145, 1162 or 1119
Fax: 819 684-9061
Address: 15 Katimavik, Gatineau (QC) J9J 0E9
Hours of operation: weekdays from 9 to 12, and 1 to 4