“The majority of residential home owners within the region can expect a slight increase, compared to last year’s assessment,” said Deputy Assessor David Keough, in a press release. “Most home owners in the northern B.C. will see changes in the -5 per cent to +5 per cent range.”
Some home owners will see increases or decreases outside of this range:
- Granisle in the area of +30%
- Valemount in the area of +20%
- Kitimat in the area of -20%
Commercial property owners in the region will see a similar increase in the range of 0 to 10 per cent. Some commercial property owners will see increases or decreases outside of this range:
- Northern Rockies Regional Municipality in the area of -20%
- Valemount in the area of +20%
- Dawson Creek in the area of -10%
- Pouce Coupe in the area of -10%
- Taylor in the area of -10%
BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year.
Overall, the northern B.C. region’s total assessments increased from $60.3 billion in 2017 to $61.8 billion this year. Approximately $1.5 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties.
The northern B.C. region encompasses approximately 70 per cent of the province stretching east to the Alberta border, north to the Yukon border, west to Bella Coola including Haidi Gwaii and to the south just north of Clinton.
The following summary provides the average 2017 and 2018 assessed values of single-family residential homes throughout the region, including the percentage changes.
|Average Single-Family Dwelling Assessed Value|
(as of July 1, 2016)
(as of July 1, 2017)
|Percentage Change In Value
(2018 vs. 2017)
|100 Mile House||$215,000||$223,000||+3.4%|
|Fort St James||$173,000||$178,000||+2.9%|
|Fort St John||$387,000||$369,000||-4.6%|
|Northern Rockies RM||$179,000||$164,000||-8.4%|
BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2018 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2018’s top valued residential properties across the province. The website also provides self-service access to a free, online property assessment search service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2018 property assessments for anywhere in the province.
“Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2017 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” said Keough. “If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31st, for an opportunity to present their information in front of the Property Assessment Review Panel for an independent, third-party review.”
The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
The Northern BC Region Assessment offices are located at:
Prince George Office – #200 – 1488 4th Ave
Prince George, BC V2L 4Y2
Dawson Creek Office – #1 – 11612 8 Street
Dawson Creek V1G 4R7
Terrace Office – #100 – 4545 Lazelle Ave
Terrace, BC V8G 4E1
Williams Lake Office – #202 – 350 Barnard Street
Williams Lake, BC V2G 4T9
During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online at bcasssessment.ca