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How the City gets money

In 2019, 59 percent of the City’s revenue has come from property taxes. Other revenue sources include user fees, gas tax, fines, and payments in lieu of taxes.

Pie chart describing budget revenue sources. Property taxes 59 percent, user fees 21 percent, provincial gas tax and revenue transfers 7 percent, other revenues and POA fines 6 percent, payments in lieu of taxes 4 percent, investment income and dividends 3 percent.

 

The City is continuously seeking other revenues sources like the Municipal Accommodation Tax to offset operating costs. Unlike the City of Toronto, Mississauga does not have permission from the Province to create new revenue sources, such as the Land Transfer Tax. All new revenue sources require approval from the Province.

How your property tax is shared

The City of Mississauga is at the Municipal level of the four levels of government:

  • Municipal
  • Regional
  • Provincial
  • Federal

Property taxes in Mississauga are used to fund services provided by the first three of these levels: The City of Mississauga, the Region of Peel and the Province of Ontario (for the Ministry of Education).

This means about a third of every property tax dollar goes to the City; the rest is split among the Region of Peel and Province of Ontario. For commercial and industrial property taxes, the City only receives about a fifth of the total revenue.

Pie chart describing residential property tax bill, City 35 percent, region 44 percent and education 21 percent.Pie chart describing commercial and industrial tax bill, City 21 percent, region 27 percent and education 52 percent.

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