Archived – Details on transfer payment programs of $5 million or more—2015 to 2016 Departmental Performance Report

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General information

Name of transfer payment program

Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)

Start date


End date


Fiscal year for terms and conditions

The last major update of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act was in fiscal year 2000 to 2001.

Strategic outcome

High quality, central programs and services that ensure sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians and meet the program needs of federal institutions.

Link to the organization's programs


This sub-program administers the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program on behalf of the Government of Canada by issuing payments to taxing authorities under the authority of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. Local taxing authorities benefit through receipt of payments, which compensate them for the services they provide federal property located in their jurisdictions.

Learn more about payments in lieu of property taxes.

Results achieved

Local taxing authorities received payments that contribute to the operating costs of local governments where federal property is located.

Evaluations completed or planned

Planned – Departmental Risk-Based Audit and Evaluation 2016 to 2017.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

Taxing authorities, who are the recipients of PILT, received payments in a timely manner and in accordance with their due dates. Taxing authorities receive a letter with each payment providing them with the name and coordinates of the PILT regional office and instructions on requesting a review before the PILT Dispute Advisory Panel if they disagree with the amount of the payment.

Performance information (in dollars – totals may not add up due to rounding)
Type of transfer payment 2013 to 2014 Actual spending 2014 to 2015 Actual spending 2015 to 2016 Planned spending 2015 to 2016 Total authorities available for use 2015 to 2016 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2015 to 2016 actual minus 2015 to 2016 planned)
Payments to municipalities and other taxing authorities 535,347,554 549,406,363 581,160,615 450,405,782 450,405,782 (130,754,833)
Recoveries from custodian departments (535,348,288) (549,406,363) (581,160,615) (450,405,472) (450,405,472) 130,755,143
Total program  (734) 0 0 310 310 310

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