The province’s Surveyor of Taxes office has implemented a process to notify landowners when property taxes related to an oil and gas lease remain unpaid. Any collection action to recover the tax arrears on a lease would be against the oil and gas company, not the landowner.
The resource company responsible to pay taxes on the portion of land leased from landowners will receive the annual Rural Property Tax Notice and monthly statements of the account. The company remains responsible for the property taxes on that portion of land.
In January of each year the Ministry of Finance will send a letter to landowners advising them of any unpaid taxes. This is a letter of notification only and does not require any payment of taxes from the landowner.
A copy of the sample letter sent out to landowners from the Ministry of Finance, Property Taxation Branch is included below.