Ontario Private Campground Association

Ontario Private Campground Association

December 14, 2006 10:00 ET

Campground Owners Rush to Local Court Houses to File Statements of Claim Against Municipalities Across Ontario

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 14, 2006) - As the Ontario Legislature extends the current session in order to pass a pay raise for MPPs, campground owners across the province are rushing to their local court houses to file suits against their municipalities. The suits are to protect campground owners and camper monies paid in property taxes on seasonal trailers over the past year.

"Campers have been paying property taxes on their seasonal trailers since 2004," explains OPCA President Mark Lowell. "Recently, the Superior Court ruled that this was an illegal act and the municipality involved in the case must refund the property taxes paid plus interest. We are trying to ensure that all Ontario campgrounds will be able to claim a refund."

According to the Assessment Act, toreclaim taxes paid in 2006, an application to court must be made in the current calendar year for each and every campground that wants to seek a refund of those taxes. The Ontario Private Campground Association (OPCA) is encouraging its members to take this course of action before December 31st in order to meet the requirements under the Assessment Act.

The case, Carson's Camp v. the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Township of South Bruce Peninsula, is currently under appeal by MPAC and the municipality.

If the decision remains following the appeal process, then Carson's Camp could realize a refund for their campers in excess of $200,000. "Multiply that refund across the more than 800 campgrounds that have been assessed in the province and the dollars start adding up to millions," declares Lowell "If we don't do this now, on behalf of our campers, there could be a loud cry from voters once the appeal comes to a close."

OPCA represents more than 470 privately owned and operated campgrounds through education, advocacy and the promotion of camping in Ontario.

Contact Information

  • OPCA
    Beth Potter
    Executive Director
    (905) 947-9500
    Mark Lowell
    (705) 887-3960
    Website: www.campinginontario.ca