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November 19, 2021
Council this Week: Highlights from the November 24 County Council agenda

Update on funding for homelessness prevention, preliminary assessment and tax analysis, and more

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Update on funds to help homelessness and those in housing crisis

County Council will hear an update on the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) and the Social Services Relief Fund next Council meeting, both of which distribute provincial funding to address local homelessness. In 2021, $1.56 million in funding received through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative was used to operate emergency housing through The Inn homeless shelter, the Salvation Army Emergency House, and the County’s motel program. The fund was also used to pay rent in arrears for people facing eviction, pay utilities for people facing disconnection, and provide a last month’s rent deposit to secure housing.

The Social Services Relief Fund was used to support $6.03 million in capital projects and operational costs in 2021, including rent supplements that allowed people to stay in their homes and COVID-19 quarantine accommodations for the homeless. The Social Services Relief Fund is a temporary fund by the provincial government to address the social effects of COVID-19 and ends on December 31, 2021.

HS 2021-14: Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative and Social Services Relief Fund Update


Preliminary tax assessment and analysis for 2022

Oxford County’s preliminary assessment and tax analysis for 2022 shows an estimated assessment growth of $341.7 million in 2021. This means taxpayers who built new or improved properties in 2021 will pay $1.2 million of the County’s general levy portion of taxes generated on the increased assessment. As assessment (property) values remain fixed at 2016 market values by the Ontario government under the COVID-19 pandemic, the average residential property in Oxford, valued at $273,302, could see an increase of $23 in the County’s general levy portion of their 2022 tax bill, based on the draft 2022 budget. The information in the preliminary tax analysis is used as a tool to help understand how municipal taxes are dispersed across the tax base, which is considered when setting tax rates when final assessment figures are available.

CS 2021-51 – 2022 Preliminary Assessment and Tax Analysis


Other reports and presentations

  • Proclamation and Flag-raising notice: Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, November 25, 2021, at the request of Domestic  Abuse Services Oxford (DASO)
  • CP 2021-387: Application for Draft Plan of Condominium and Exemption from Draft Plan Approval CD 21-02-7 – 2412374 Ontario Limited
  • PW 2021-37: Update to Ontario’s Community Net Metering Regulation
  • CS 2021-50: Business Plan and Budget Review – 3rd Quarter
  • CS 2021-52: OILC Debenture Issues – Woodstock
  • CS 2021-53: OILC Debenture Issues – Tillsonburg
  • CS 2021-54: OILC Debenture Issues – Norwich


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