In Alberta, education is a provincial program. The taxes that fund the program are raised and distributed on a provincial basis. Education property tax dollars are pooled in the Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) and then allocated among school boards throughout the province. Municipalities collect education tax dollars from their ratepayers, and send them to the province and, in some instances, to a separate school board.
This system of pooling taxes from all municipalities enables the province to provide all students with a standard level of education, no matter where they live.
Each year the province calculates the amount every Alberta municipality must contribute towards the public education system. The calculation is based on a formula that takes into account the equalized assessment in each municipality and the provincial uniform education property tax rate. The municipality then collects and forwards this amount to the ASFF, where it is pooled and then distributed among Alberta’s public and separate school boards on an equal per-student basis.
All property owners pay Education Property Tax on each property they own, with no exceptions based on age or income.
For more information on Education Property Tax call 780-422-7125 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-000) or access more information below.
Government of Alberta - Education Property Tax