The FNTC undertook a video project profiling First Nations to celebrate their successes in using property taxation to build their economies and generate revenues. The intent was to revisit the past 25 years of First Nation property taxation in Canada and allow First Nations themselves to share how property taxation has impacted their community and what it means to them.
White Bear First Nation video transcript
Background on community.
White Bear First Nation’s located in South East Saskatchewan. Population of around 2800 with about 650-700 living on Reserve.
What year was taxation implemented and what is the amount of leases and revenues collected?
Chief and Council passed the first bylaws in 1997. In 1998 the first tax notices went out. Annually right now we just taxed the commercial industrial developments on White Bear, so that is $350,000 that we are shortly going to be starting with the residential units within our lake resort area.
How does property tax support economic development in you community?
Property tax supports economic development by not only bringing in more revenue but also it helps to create a cost for putting in more infrastructure, the band members provide services for that infrastructure. So a lot of times the band membership is picking up the cost for the services and the improvements on those areas. With the property tax laws, we’re shifting most of the financial tax burden onto the users.