Mayor Ford Kicks Off the New Year by Saving Taxpayers Money

TORONTO, Jan. 1 /CNW/ - Mayor Rob Ford started off the New Year by celebrating the end of the Personal Vehicle Tax (PVT).

"Starting today, car owners in Toronto no longer have to pay this unfair tax," said Mayor Ford, who marked the occasion at the Toronto Dodge Chrysler dealership at Front and Parliament. "Ending this tax puts $64 million back into taxpayers' pockets. That's money back where it belongs."

The PVT was terminated by Toronto's new City Council at its first full meeting on December 16, 2010 and effective the 1st of January 2011.

As the PVT was collected by the Province of Ontario on the City's behalf when car owners paid for their licence plate validation renewal, the Mayor took the opportunity to acknowledge Premier Dalton McGuinty's support in abolishing the tax.

"I would like to thank Premier McGuinty for helping us make this happen quickly for the taxpayers of Toronto," said Mayor Ford. "We are all in this together."

The Canadian Automobile Association applauded the Mayor's quick action to abolish the car tax. "We want to applaud Mayor Ford for repealing the controversial vehicle registration tax which was imposed on Toronto drivers two years ago," said Christine Hogarth, CAA South Central Ontario Representative. "Eliminating this registration tax shows that our Members' issues are being heard."

The City began charging the PVT on September 1, 2008. In every year since then, the operating surplus has exceeded the amount brought in by this tax.  The Mayor has long said the tax is unnecessary.

  • 2008:  PVT brought in $13.1 MM, operating surplus was $88.6 million.
  • 2009:  PVT brought in $50.9 MM, operating surplus was $359.6 million
  • 2010:  PVT (projected) to bring in $51.0 MM, operating surplus (projected) is $282.9 million

The new City Council under Mayor Ford approved the termination of the PVT effective January 1, 2011, which means that all vehicle plate validation holders who live in the City of Toronto will no longer have to pay the PVT. Vehicle owners who purchased a two-year renewal in 2010 will receive a refund for the 2011 year.

City staff estimate that it will take approximately four weeks for the City to receive the renewal information from the Province. Those who qualify will automatically be reimbursed by the City by April 2011.

More information is available at and by calling the City of Toronto at 311.

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SOURCE City of Toronto

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Media contact: Adrienne Batra, Press Secretary, Office of the Mayor, 416-994-5892,

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