Canadian authorities are running out of money – Toronto Mayor wants to implement ‘rain tax’

12:07 15.05.2024 •

Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow (photo – left) is contemplating taxing residents based on the amount of rainwater that falls onto their properties.

The socialist Mayor of Toronto Olivia Chow is set to implement a “rain tax” on residents. You will be charged for however much rain falls on to your property, writes ‘The Countersignal’.

The city’s proposal calls it a wastewater usage tax, and it’s based on the amount of rainwater generated from residents’ hard surfaces, such as driveways and roofs.

Though still in its feedback phase of consideration, the proposal currently states that properties with more hard surfaces would incur higher taxes, as these surfaces contribute to runoff that can overwhelm the city’s sewer system during storms.

Other than shock and mockery, many are questioning the feasibility of accurately measuring and enforcing taxes based on individual property characteristics.

A statement from the city says they would categorize residents according to their property size.

“For properties less than one hectare in size, there would be a tiered, flat rate stormwater charge based on the average hard surface area of all properties in each tier.”

“Property tiers are determined by property size ranges for different property types – residential, multi-residential and condominium, and industrial commercial and institutional,” it reads.


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