Frontenac Islands was formed in 1998 by the amalgamation of two of Ontario's oldest rural municipalities: Howe Island and Wolfe Island. Both islands can trace their European roots back to New France, but it was only in the years after the War of 1812 that settlement took place in any numbers.
The islands are named after two of Britain's generals from the time period of the Seven Year's War: James Wolfe (d. Sept 13, 1759) and William Howe (d. 1814), a subordinate of Wolfe's at the Plains Of Abraham and later Commander-in-Chief of British troops in North America during the American Revolution. The islands' current names first appeared on a map in 1818 when Captain William Fitzwilliam Owen of the Royal Navy conducted a naval survey of the 1,000 Islands.
Today, the islands have a mixture of agricultural and rural lifestyles with a growing proportion of residents working off the islands in Kingston or elsewhere in Frontenac County.
The islands, situated as they are at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River, provide a unique location to live and work. Access to the mainland is by boat: both islands are serviced by ferries year-round with the addition of a seasonal ferry to the USA from Wolfe Island from May to November.
The Wolfe Island ferry will be out of service for maintenance Wednesday November 5,2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
On October 24, 2014, the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) will begin mailing nearly one million Property Assessment Notices to property taxpayers across the province.
Each Notice mailed this fall shows the assessed value and classification of a property based on the legislated valuation date of January 1, 2012, which is in place for the 2013-2016 property tax years.
The last province-wide Assessment Update took place in 2012 when every property owner in Ontario received a Property Assessment Notice from MPAC. During non-Assessment Update years, MPAC continues to review properties as new homes are built, owners renovate, structures are removed and properties change use. The next province-wide Assessment Update takes place in 2016.
Although each Notice includes a variety of ways to contact MPAC, you may also receive enquiries. To help answer property taxpayers’ questions, an online information kit has been posted on mpac.ca. The kit includes:
- a sample Property Assessment Notice;
- a copy of the Information Insert included with every Notice;
- an Important Information About Your 2014 Property Assessment Notice brochure; and,
- a fact sheet about 2014 Notices.
The key dates for the 2014 Notice mailing are:
October 24 - November 7,2014 - Property Assessment Notice delivery period
November 21, 2014 - Amended Property Assessment Notice delivery
December 1-8, 2014 - Assessment Rolls delivered to municipalities
March 31, 2015 - Deadline for filing a Request for Reconsideration with MPAC or Appeal with the Assessment Review Board
Property owners are encouraged to visit www.aboutmyproperty.ca to confirm their property details and compare their property with others in their neighbourhood. Login information is included with every Notice mailed.
Enquiries about Property Assessment Notices and assessment matters in general may be directed to the Customer Contact Centre at 1 866 296-MPAC (6722) or 1 877 889-6722 (TTY). Property taxpayers may also visit www.mpac.ca or their local MPAC office. The hours and address for the local office are included on every Notice mailed.
We are pleased to provide support to help you answer questions and address the concerns of property taxpayers in your community and members of your associations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1 877 469-3829 Ext. 4491.
A/Municipal Relations Representative
Stakeholder Relations and Communications Department
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation