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Capped Assessment Program

Prior to 2005, Nova Scotia families and seniors were concerned they could be forced out of their homes because they could not afford to pay fast-rising property taxes. In response to these concerns, the Province implemented the Capped Assessment Program (CAP), with the overall goal of protecting Nova Scotians from sudden and dramatic increases in property assessments. These assessments have a direct impact on how much property tax Nova Scotians must pay.

In 2007, the program was reviewed and expanded to include more properties. The CAP was changed from a constant rate of 10 per cent to a fluctuating rate, set by the increase in the Nova Scotia Consumer Price Index. This change was intended to expand the benefits to more Nova Scotians, while maintaining stability, predictability, and affordability for taxpayers.

The program was reviewed again in 2010. The province consulted the general public and experts, reviewed policies in other jurisdictions, and received input from a variety of stakeholder groups, including the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM), the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), municipal staff, the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia (AMANS), commercial sector representatives, and Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia (IPONS). After considering all the information and points of view, the Province determined the CAP continues to protect Nova Scotia property owners from sudden and dramatic increases in property assessments. It helps give homeowners the comfort of knowing they will not have to sell their homes due to tax bill increases related to rising property assessments. There were no further changes to the CAP.