BC Assessment - Vancouver Island 2023 Property Assessments in the Mail

January 3, 2023

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Jan. 03, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the next few days, owners of over 384,000 properties throughout Vancouver Island can expect to receive their 2023 assessment notices, which reflect market value as of July 1, 2022. “Homeowners across Vancouver Island can generally expect about 10% to 20% rise in assessment values with a few exceptions in the Central and North Island areas,” says Vancouver Island Deputy Assessor Jodie MacLennan. “While the current real estate market has been trending downwards, it is important to consider that 2023 assessments are based on what your home could have sold for as of July 1, 2022, when the market was performing higher.” As B.C.'s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year. Overall, Vancouver Island’s total assessments increased from about $342 billion in 2022 to almost $386 billion this year. About $4.78 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and the rezoning of properties. BC Assessment’s Vancouver Island region includes all communities located within Greater Victoria, South Island, Central Island, North Island, the West Coast, Northern and Southern Gulf Islands and Powell River. The summaries below provide estimates of typical 2022 versus 2023 assessed values of properties throughout the region. These examples demonstrate market trends for single-family residential properties by geographic area:* Single Family Homes by Community 2022 Typical Assessed Value as of July 1, 2021 2023 Typical Assessed Value as of July 1, 2022 % Change  Greater Victoria  City of Colwood$881,000$1,020,000+16%City of Victoria$1,072,000$1,157,000+8%District of Central Saanich$989,000$1,124,000+14%Township of Esquimalt$927,000$1,039,000+12%District of Saanich$1,063,000$1,187,000+12%District of Oak Bay$1,527,000$1,658,000+9%City of Langford$859,000$992,000+15%District of North Saanich$1,312,000$1,439,000+10%District of Metchosin$1,149,000$1,278,000+11%District of Sooke$748,000$831,000+11%District of Highlands$1,146,000$1,326,000+16%Town of View Royal$997,000$1,132,000+14%Town of Sidney$896,000$976,000+9%Gulf Islands$789,000$876,000+11%Central IslandTown of Ladysmith$643,000$737,000+15%Town of Lake Cowichan$521,000$642,000+23%City of Duncan$522,000$591,000+13%District of North Cowichan$667,000$758,000+14%District of Lantzville$878,000$998,000+14%City of Nanaimo$704,000$786,000+12%Town of Qualicum Beach$853,000$927,000+9%City of Parksville$677,000$750,000+11%District of Tofino$1,347,000$1,616,000+20%District of Ucluelet$704,000$850,000+21%City of Port Alberni$469,000$506,000+8%North IslandCity of Courtenay$660,000$747,000+13%Town of Comox$748,000$822,000+10%Village of Cumberland$727,000$849,000+17%City of Campbell River$620,000$680,000+10%District of Port Hardy$296,000$353,000+19%Village of Port Alice$264,000$261,000-1%Town of Port McNeil$329,000$415,000+26%Village of Gold River$282,000$341,000+21%Village of Tahsis$159,000$148,000-7%Village of Alert Bay$222,000$226,000+2%Village of Sayward$308,000$393,000+28%Village of Zeballos$123,000$108,000-12%Port Hardy$296,000$353,000+19%Powell RiverPowell River Regional District – Rural Areas$433,000$501,000+16%City of Powell River$524,000$608,000+16% *All data calculated based on median values. These examples demonstrate market trends for strata residential properties (e.g. condos/townhouses) by geographic urban area for select urban communities:* Strata Homes (Condos/Townhouses) by Community 2022 Typical Assessed Value as of July 1, 2021 2023 Typical Assessed Value as of July 1, 2022% ChangeVarious Urban Areas:City of Victoria$516,000$582,000+13%City of Colwood$529,000$616,000+16%District of Central Saanich$592,000$661,000+12%Township of Esquimalt$493,000$560,000+14%District of Saanich$518,000$610,000+18%District of Oak Bay$748,000$834,000+12%City of Langford$490,000$572,000+17%Town of View Royal$551,000$663,000+20%Town of Sidney$554,000$633,000+14%City of Nanaimo$400,000$470,000+18%City of Courtenay$404,000$444,000+10%City of Campbell River$350,000$404,000+15% *All data calculated based on median values. BC Assessment’s website at includes more details about 2023 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2023’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 2023 property assessments for anywhere in the province. Property owners can unlock additional property search features by registering for a free BC Assessment custom account to check a property’s 10-year value history, store/access favourites, create comparisons, monitor neighbourhood sales, and use our interactive map. “Property owners can find a lot of valuable 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, 2022 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” says Deputy Assessor Jodie MacLennan. “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 independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel,” adds MacLennan. The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the provincial government, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints. "It is important to understand that changes in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding change in property taxes," explains MacLennan. "As indicated on your assessment notice, how your assessment changes relative to the average change in your community is what may affect your property taxes." Have questions? Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825- 8322) or online at During the month of January, hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Follow BC Assessment on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Media contacts: Jodie MacLennanDeputy Assessor, BC Assessment Vancouver Island RegionTel. 1.866.825.8322 Ext. 00459 / Cell 778-899-7263Email: Maurice PrimeauDeputy Assessor, BC AssessmentVancouver Island Region (North and Central Island Areas) Tel. 1.866.825.8322 Ext. 04260 / Cell 250-713-3195Email: MEDIA BACKGROUNDERJanuary 3, 2023 Facts on B.C. Property Assessments and the 2023 Assessment Roll Total number of properties on the 2023 Roll is 2,160,828, an almost one percent increase from 2022. Total value of real estate on the 2023 Roll is over $2.72 trillion, an increase of nearly 12 percent from 2022. Total amount of ‘non-market change’, including new construction, rezonings and subdivisions is approximately $33.52 billion, a decrease of almost one percent from the 2022 Roll of $33.85 billion. In B.C., approximately 88 percent of all properties are classified with some residential (Class 1) component. This equates to $2,101,693,283,358 of the value on the total provincial roll. Over 98% of property owners typically accept their property assessment without proceeding to a formal, independent review of their assessment. Assessments are the estimate of a property’s market value as of July 1, 2022 and physical condition as of October 31, 2022. This common valuation date ensures there is an equitable property assessment base for property taxation. Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. When estimating a property’s market value, BC Assessment’s professional appraisers analyze current sales in the area, as well as considering other characteristics such as size, age, quality, condition, view and location. Real estate sales determine a property’s value which is reported annually by BC Assessment. Local governments and other taxing authorities are responsible for property taxation and, after determining their own budget needs this spring, will calculate property tax rates based on the assessment roll for their jurisdiction. BC Assessment’s assessment roll provides the foundation for local and provincial taxing authorities to raise over $8 billion in property taxes each year. This revenue funds the many community services provided by local governments around the province as well as the K-12 education system. BC Assessment’s website provides a listing of property assessments and sales to help property owners understand their property's market value and provide comparable sales information. Go to and use “Find your property assessment”. For more information on the 2023 Assessment Roll and regional and province-wide real estate market trends including lists of the province’s top valued residential properties, please visit and click on the “Property Information & Trends” link.  A photo accompanying this announcement is available at PDFs accompanying this announcement are available at

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