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2007 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 41st Annual National Workshop, September 30 - October 3, 2007 in Victoria, BC

 “Assessment Values:  The Intricacies of Ethical Behaviour” 

« Le Comportement Éthique en Évaluation Foncière »

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

The enforcement, expectations and management of ethical behaviour have to be instilled in all levels of any professional organization. It is not enough in today’s world to pay lip service to ethical behaviour. Organizations must be on constant vigil to ensure that they will not be tainted by the actions of their members either by deliberate act or inadvertence. Ethical behaviour is in everybody’s interest.  Of late, we have seen or experienced, repeatedly, the fall out and the damage that unethical behaviour can cause a company, a professional organization or a government. We all have a professional and ethical responsibility to fight against such unethical behaviour. Many companies and organizations already provide education and training in ethical behaviour to their members. The Workshop is an occasion for all of us to heighten our awareness of this reality, understand the roots of these principles, the fundamentals and necessity of regulation and compliance.  Implementation and expectation of ethical strategies could not be effective without a clear understanding of the intricacies of ethical behaviour.  A reminder to us all that we always have to be vigilant in all we do and say.

2006 CPTA Annual National Workshop

“Equity and Fairness – How are you being treated?” 

A workshop designed to explore the impact of these two concepts on property assessment and taxation.

        « Equité et impartialité en fiscalité municipale  Comment y parvenir? »

Le Congrès proposera des pistes de réflexion sur la mise en oeuvre de ces concepts en évaluation et en taxation foncière. 

On behalf of the 2006 Workshop Committee, I am very pleased to present to you the program for our 40th Annual CPTA National Workshop.  The Committee has worked extremely hard to provide to you a Workshop that reflects current issues within the assessment and taxation field.  The sessions, speakers and topics have been chosen to address relevant events in our industry with a sincere effort to link these events to this year’s theme.

2005 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 39th Annual National Workshop, September 25 – 28, 2005 in Kelowna, BC

“The Changing World of Real Estate:  it’s Impact on Value and the Management of Taxes”

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

The real estate markets in which assessments and taxes are managed are not what they used to be.  While the markets have been moving ‘up’ or ‘down’ as in any economic cycle, there have been dramatic changes in the players, considerations, motivations, deal structures and overall sophistication of the different markets.  Although we are all generally aware of those changes, the goal of this Workshop is to address the reasons behind these changes and where they will take the markets, assessments, and taxes.

2004 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 38th Annual National Workshop, September 26 – 29, 2004 in Charlottetown, PEI

“Property Tax Reforms:  Building Bridges to the Future”

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

 Local governments are still waiting for their “new deal” promised by various senior levels of government.  Economic arguments have long been made on the constraints of property taxes in funding municipalities, but much of the current dilemma has been brought about by the same “economics” used in an attempt to bring provincial and federal government houses in order.  Taxpayers of all sizes already provide significant revenues to all levels of governments, some very visible (i.e. Income Tax, GST, Property Tax), but more frequently now, these revenue sources are hidden under a myriad of user pay schemes.  What appears to be forgotten in much of the discussion between the various levels of government is that taxpayer resources are also finite.  Substantive legislative changes have occurred and debates continue across the country on developing the most efficient system; however, regardless of the outcome, the taxpayer is always left making the payments.

2003 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 37th Annual National Workshop, September 28 – October 1, 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia

“New Municipal Powers, New Values, New Taxes – A New Deal for Taxpayers?”

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

Federal and provincial government downloading of responsibilities, the need to replace or expand essential infrastructure, the expectations that residents and businesses have for municipal services, and the ever-present desire to reduce tax burdens are different strands of the complex web of municipal government which relies upon property taxes as its primary revenue base.  Provincial governments are examining or providing new revenue sources and means of providing services for municipalities that to date have been funded in part or in whole from traditional property taxes. Assessed values are being updated with new technology and data. Traditional concepts of value and methodology are being re-examined and challenged. Tax impact is no longer a function of valuation change. Is a “new deal” really at hand for municipalities and their taxpayers?

2002 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 36th Annual National Workshop, September 29 – October 2, 2002 in Québec, Québec

"Property Taxes & Municipal Restructuring – What You Should Know”

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

Anticipating and understanding municipal decisions regarding property tax should include consideration of changes in municipal boundaries.  We are often faced with unforeseen changes in the municipal landscape as boundaries grow or disappear and our assessment and property tax go through the resulting uncertainty.  We’ll consider tax policy affecting and being affected by municipal restructuring, focusing on the Commercial/Industrial sector as it is typically the hardest hit.  This Workshop offers an excellent program to help understand why municipalities choose the direction they do in restructuring their boundaries from economic, planning and legal viewpoints.

2001 CPTA Annual National Workshop

CPTA - 35th Annual National Workshop - September 30 - October 3, 2001 in Kelowna, B.C.

“Property Tax in the Information Age

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

The field of property assessment and taxation is in the midst of significant change in this the “Information Age”.  Technological change has moved beyond simply processing data at extraordinary speed to altering the ways we communicate with one another.  E-mail and e-filing are with us to stay.  Beyond those impacts, though, the nature of the economy is being transformed.  The implicit assumption that large structures housing manufacturing operations equates to significant value (and wealth) is no longer necessarily true.  From a governmental perspective, property tax policy has been reconsidered in many jurisdictions, often with increased emphasis on tax outcomes rather than traditional valuation policies.  This Workshop addresses a number of changes in the property tax environment in Canada.  Speakers and participants will provide an opportunity for you to consider assessment and tax issues in new contexts and from the perspective of “other people’s shoes”.  In addition to the structured sessions, you will also be able to inform yourself on cutting edge issues through networking and the informal exchange of information and ideas within a relaxed social environment.

2000 CPTA Annual National Workshop

34th Annual National Workshop - October 1 - 4, 2000 in Ottawa, Ontario

“2001 - A Property Tax Odyssey”  

(Individual presentations are available to registered CPTA members only)

Sessions dedicated to property assessment procedures, with a focus on what the various jurisdictions are planning for 2001.  We will address the property taxation field, especially the establishment and governance of property tax policies.  While assessment continues to form the backbone of most property tax regimes, tax policy is what really affects the bottom line.