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A tax sale is a public auction of properties within a municipality that have unpaid property taxes from two years prior to the current year. Ontario tax sale listings have all kinds of properties: vacant land, acreage, farmland, waterfront houses & cottages, industrial & commercial, residential, and even islands.
The advantage of buying tax sale properties is that they can often be purchased far below market value. Municipalities conducting Ontario tax sales need to obtain the amount of property taxes owed plus interest, penalties, and the costs involved in conducting the tax sale, but nothing beyond this. The key difference between Ontario tax sales and other provinces is that there is no redemption period after a tax deed has been registered. This means that the former owner of the tax sale property cannot redeem it.
The vast majority of Ontario tax sales are conducted by public tender and must be submitted by bidders in sealed envelopes, in person, via post, or by courier. The municipality must receive your tender before the tax sale date and time indicated in the tax sale listings. If your tender is not received by that time, the municipality will reject it.
Every tax sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules, administered under that Act. The successful bidder will be required to pay in addition to what has tendered all applicable taxes, such as a relevant land transfer tax and HST.
Further information about Ontario tax sales can be found in our ultimate guide (updated: April 2022)
Our tax sale properties list includes upcoming Ontario tax sales as well as tax sale results, where you can make yourself familiar with the market and what others bid for different kinds of properties.
Every tax sale page on our website includes the following information:
Moreover, every available tax sale on our website has a link to download the documents package, which contains all the necessary documents and forms you need in order to submit your bid. We have all pieces of information you need to become a successful bidder.
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