Canadian Tax Sale Properties

A tax sale is the sale of a property by municipal or government tax authorities in cases where the owner has failed to pay the outstanding property taxes.

Canadian Tax Sale Properties

The sale can be held by public auction, by public tender or by sealed bids.

Usually, the successful purchaser acquires nearly immediate clear title and immediate possession of the property. On occasion, the purchaser’s right to possession of the property is postponed in order to enable the delinquent taxpayer a specified period of time in which to repay the tax.

There are risks involved, but Professional Real Estate Investors who do their research are assured of returns on their investment, depending on the property. Very few legal investments can beat this guarantee. The proceeds of the sale are used to pay the unpaid taxes and other expenses that were incurred in listing the property. The balance, if any, is usually given to the delinquent taxpayer.
Occasionally, when taxes due on a property remain unpaid, the tax authority may sell, at public auction, a “lien” obtained against the delinquent taxpayer’s property.


Canadian Tax Sale Properties

The successful bidder can subsequently convert this lien into ownership of the property if the sums due are not paid by the delinquent taxpayer within a specified redemption period. Professional Real Estate investors are aware of the risk and know that previous owner can redeem the property.
Each city, county, town, village, township and municipality in each province has their own way of dealing with tax defaulted property sales. Proper education can be key to the goldmine.

Simply put, tax sales are public auctions where properties are sold to the highest bidder. Throughout the year, cities, towns, villages, townships and municipalities, in each province, compile a list of properties against which taxes have been outstanding for at least two consecutive years. After this two year period, the municipal treasurer prepares a tax arrears certificate and registers it against the property in question.

This certificate gives an accurate description of the property and indicates that the land will be sold by public sale if all taxes are not paid to the municipality within one year of the registration of the certificate.

In spite of the municipality’s efforts to collect these taxes, they often go unpaid and the properties are put up for auction, allowing the public the opportunity to purchase these properties. This is how you get real bargains. Property can be bought for as low as 10cents or 20cents on the dollar. But these properties can only be purchased by informed educated Professional Real Estate investors.


Tax sale properties can be found in every province. They can include vacant lands (such as bush lots and timberland), improved lands (such as farms, cottages and houses), commercial or industrial properties, and occasionally islands. They vary from small lots to large parcels, with hundreds of acres.


First you have to know where and when the sales will take place, then you can proceed. There are two ways in which tax authorities sell properties: either by public auction or public tender, with sealed/closed bids.


There are many reasons why properties are sold for non-payment of taxes. Some of the most common ones are financial difficulties, death of an owner (with no apparent will or heir), owner living abroad and not realizing his/her obligations, owner moved and cannot be traced, disputes of ownership with no party resorting to the courts for settlement, etc…

Most tax deed sales are by competitive bid. Many Provinces only have one sale per year, Ontario has sales every month. Sheriffs may also conduct sales. In general, Canada tax sales have fewer properties than US tax sales because the Provinces can be fairly lenient on property owners. Each province handles sales differently. Tax sales are often conducted in the largest cities. You can learn more by taking Real estate Millionaire Strategies Apprenticeship (REMSA)

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The above information is provided as a guideline and is not intended to give a professional legal advice. Please consult a real estate lawyer for their opinion on your particular case.

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Tax Sale properties Grande Prairie-Alberta

Nov 27, 2015 Tax Sale properties Grande Prairie-Alberta

Notice is hereby given that under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act, the City of Grande Prairie will offer for sale, by public auction, in the First Floor Conference Room at City Hall, Grande Prairie, Alberta, on Friday, November 27, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., the following lands:Tax Sale properties Grande Prairie


Legal Description Address of Property

1061AE 26 25, 26 10130 – 105 Avenue

2032BQ 2 14 10425 – 102 Avenue

2839KS 18 16 9307 – 107 Avenue

3546KS 3 14 9802 – 95 Street

3634KS 10 46, 47 9813 – 111 Avenue

6966KS 5 3 10420 – 110 Avenue

5780MC 14 54 8618 – 99 Street

6041RS 10 40 9518 – 87 Avenue

3478TR 6 16 9837 Prairie Road

7521146 10 3 9645 – 77 Avenue

7622144 17 139 9414 – 78 Avenue

7823145 1 29 11918 – 98 Street

8923057 5 40 9135 – 105 Avenue

9421552 13 29 7822 Michaelis Blvd

9423773 15 22 10620 – 78 Avenue

9822216 4 11 6225 – 90 Street

9824455 3 16 10501 – 119 Avenue

0124876 9 113 11010 – 88A Street

0323781 59 55 9820 – 67 Avenue

0324691 6 45 13002 – 93 Street

0420906 10 5 17 Pinnacle Close

0420906 11 12 50 Pinnacle Crossing

0521784 12 40 12918 – 89A Street

0523796 11 60 8701 – 65 Avenue

0622699 2 33 7009 – 89 Street

0720778 2 76 8829 – 71 Avenue

0721709 8 23 11489 – 69 Avenue

0722113 2 51 10342 – 123 Avenue

0724434 85 302 9229 Lakeland Drive

0227569 102 329 10150 – 121 Avenue

0227569 111 344 10150 – 121 Avenue

0828220 88 421 9120 – 96 Avenue

Each parcel of land will be offered for sale subject to a reserve bid and to the reservations and conditions contained in the existing certificate of title.

The City of Grande Prairie may, after the public auction, become the owner of any parcel of land that is not sold at the public auction.

Terms: Cash

Redemption may be effected by payment of all arrears of taxes and costs at any time prior to the sale.

Dated at Grande Prairie, Alberta, September 4, 2015.

Scott Smith, Assessment & Tax Manager.


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