FAQ's


QuestionCan I get a lottery license?


Answer

In order to qualify for a lottery license the Town of Renfrew Lottery Licensing Officer will determine if your ogranization is eligible or not. The licensing authority will review all relevant documentation to determine eligibility. These decisions are based on what is considered charitable in law according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Your organization may qualify for a lottery license if it provides a charitable service to Ontario residents under one of these categories:

  • Relieve Poverty
  • Advance Religion
  • Advance Education
  • Benefit the Community

The following pre-requisites are mandatory to be considered eligible for a lottery license.

  • Organizations must have been in existence for at least one (1) year before being considered eligible for lottery licenses.
  • The organization must have a place of business in Ontario, demonstrate that it is established to provide charitable services in Ontario and use proceeds for objects or purposes which benefit Ontario residents.
  • Completion of the Town of Renfrew Application for Licensing Eligibility form.

QuestionWhat can we use the lottery proceeds for?


Answer

Once you have been approved for lottery licensing in the Town of Renfrew, your organizations eligible use of proceeds is outlined on the AGCO website.

http://www.agco.on.ca/llpm/en/chap2.pdf

QuestionHow can I pay my property taxes?


Answer

Property taxes can be paid in person or mailed to the municipal office located at 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1P8.

Forms of payments accepted include: cash, cheque, debit, tele-banking, on-line payment, pre-authorized payment.


QuestionHow do I find out more about my property assessment?


Answer

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is responsible for assessing and classifying more than five million properties in the province of Ontario while ensuring compliance with various regulations set by the Province of Ontario including the Assessment Act. If you have any questions related to your asssement, visit aboutmyproperty.ca or visit their website for more information.


QuestionHow are my property taxes calculated?


Answer

The Town of Renfrew determines its revenue requirements on an annual basis to pay for municipal services being offered to the ratepayers in our communities. These services include, but are not limited to: water distribution, wastewater collection, full time fire fighting, curbide garbage and recycling collection program, landfill, roads and winter maintenance, soft services such as Parks & Recreation and Library to name a few.

The property tax rate is made up of three components: Municipal tax rate (set by the Town of Renfrew), County tax rate (set by the County of Renfrew) and Education tax rate (set by the Ontario Government).The total tax rate is multiplied by the assessed value of the property and a tax bill is generated.

The municipality remits the County and Education portions of the property tax revenue generated back to each governing body on a quarterly basis.


QuestionI don't understand my property assessment notice?


Answer

MPAC issues an assessment notice every four years.They look at sales in our community and compare your property to similiar ones in the community.To learn more about how MPAC calculates the assessed value of your property please visit the MPAC website


QuestionWhat can I do if I disagree with the assessed value of my property?


Answer

If you disagree with MPAC’s assessment or classification of your property, you can file what is called a Request for Reconsideration  and MPAC will review your assessment, free of charge. Your deadline to file a Request for Reconsideration with MPAC is printed on your Property Assessment Notice.

Please note: Business properties are not required to file an RfR before filing an appeal with the ARB.

To find out more visit the MPAC website.


QuestionWho do I contact about property owned by the Town of Renfrew?


Answer

Please contact the Economic and Communnity Development Department by calling 613.432.4848 or email ed@renfrew.ca.

 


QuestionI need help growing or expanding my business in Renfrew. Who can I contact?


Answer

Please contact the Economic and Communiy Development Department by calling 613.432.4848 or email ed@renfrew.ca. We will be happy to assist you and answer your questions and then connect you with the right support program to assist you.

 

 


QuestionDo I have to register for e-Commerce?


Answer

No you do not have to register for the e-Commerce service.It is completely voluntary.

This service is available to customers who want to sign up to receive their bills electronically and / or make payments on-line using their credit card or PayPal account.

 


QuestionHow do I sign up for the e-Commerce


Answer

In order to sign up for this service, you will need internet access.

Simply go to the Treasury Department main page on the Town of Renfrew municipal website http://www.renfrew.ca/treasury.cfm. Select the  icon located on the right hand side of the page.

 

From there you will select “Register” and fill in all applicable information. We encourage you to watch the video “Learn how to Register” before starting your registration process.


QuestionWhat information do I need to register for the e-Commerce service?


Answer

To register for this service, you must create an on-line profile which includes entering a valid email address, creating a unique ID and password, and selecting / answering a security question.


QuestionWhat information do I need to sign up for e-Billing?


Answer

In order to sign up for e-Billing you must first register on the e-Commerce website and create an on-line profile.

Once your on-line profile has been created, select Option #1 “View & Pay Bills” from the main menu.

You will need the full account number, PIN# and name as it appears on your bill. The Water/Sewer account is a 6-digit number followed by an alphabetical letter (ex. 014218A) and the Property Tax account is a 19-digit number including dashes (ex. 47-48-000-099-12000-0000). 

Select the option to “Add an Account”.

Select either Property Tax Bill or Water Bill” from the drop down menu, enter the full account number and PIN# as shown on your bill.

Press continue.

Enter the security question and select “I agree”.

You will receive notification at the top of the screen that the account has been added to your user profile, but will not show up on your Account List until it has been verified. An email will be sent to you when the account has been verified.


QuestionDo I need to create more than one e-Commerce profile if I own multiple properties?


Answer

You will only have to register once on the e-Commerce site and create one on-line profile provided the registered owner is the same for each property. 

However, if ownership information is different, you will need to create an on-line profile for each owner (ex. numbered company).


QuestionWhy won’t it accept the account number I am entering?


Answer

You must enter the account number as it is shown on your bill. Make sure to include all dashes and alphabetical letters associated with your account.  For example:  47-48-000-099-12500-0000 or 014218A.


QuestionOnce I have registered for e-Billing, when will I receive my first e-Bill?


Answer

Depending on the timing of when you have registered for the e-Billing service, will determine when you will receive your first e-Bill.

Property tax bills are issued in January and July. Water / Sewer bills are issued every second month (March, May, July, September, November and January).

 


QuestionWill my e-Bill look the same as my paper bill?


Answer

The Property Tax e-Bill will look exactly the same as the paper version of your bill.

The Water / Sewer e-Bill has a slightly different format but all pertinent information is included.

 


QuestionCan I still receive a paper bill after I have added an account to my e-Commerce profile?


Answer

No you cannot.Once you add an account to your profile, your account will automatically be set up to receive e-Bills.If you do not wish to receive your bills electronically, simply remove the account from your profile and you will resume receiving your bills in the mail.


QuestionWhat if I decide that I don’t want to receive my bills electronically anymore? What do I do?


Answer

Simply log into your e-Commerce account, select the “X” under the header Remove.

You will need to call the Treasury Department at 613-432-4848 to notify the staff you have removed your account from e-billing and would like to resume receiving your bill in the mail via Canada Post.


QuestionWhat accounts can I add to my e-Commerce profile?


Answer

You can add property tax accounts and water /sewer accounts to your on-line profile.


QuestionAre e-Commerce transactions secured?


Answer

Yes. Personal information (ex. credit card number etc.) is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.The Town of Renfrew does not store your credit card number, billing address or CSC/CVV code when you make an e-Payment.


QuestionIs there a fee to pay my bill on-line using the e-Commerce site?


Answer

Yes there is.  Customers are charged 3% of the total amount being paid plus a $0.35 processing fee.  The system will automatically calculate the total fees (i.e. Convenience Fee) for you.  You must accept the Convenience Fee in order to complete your transaction.

For example, a $100 payment will result in $3.35 Convenience Fee.  A total charge of $103.35 will appear on your next credit card statement.

 


QuestionCan I make a payment on-line using my credit card without signing up for e-Billing?


Answer

Yes you can. 

You are still required to register for the e-Commerce site however; you will select the second option on the main menu “Pay Other Items”. This will allow you to make a one-time payment on-line using your credit card or PayPal account.