Property Valuation Services
Assessments are determined by Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), an independent, municipally funded, not-for-profit organization that provides property assessment services and information to Nova Scotia’s municipalities and property owners.
PSVC operates in accordance with the Nova Scotia Assessment Act and internationally accepted standards for mass appraisal from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).
On behalf of the Nova Scotia government and in accordance with the Nova Scotia Assessment Act, PVSC also administers the Capped Assessment Program (CAP). The Capped Assessment Program limits, or ‘caps’, the annual increase in taxable assessment for eligible residential properties to no more than the NS Consumer Price Index (CPI) for that year. Eligible properties are at least 50 per cent owned by a Nova Scotia resident, residential with less than four dwelling units or vacant resource, owner-occupied (if a condominium), and owned for at least a year, unless ownership remained within a family.
To find your assessment, visit https://www.pvsc.ca/find-assessment.
When you get your Property Assessment Notice:
- Read every section.
- Confirm your property details in your online “My Property Report”. You can log in with the Assessment Account Number (AAN) and PIN on your Property Assessment Notice.
- Note the deadline to appeal your assessment. PVSC must receive your appeal within 31 days of the date on your Notice.
- Contact PVSC if you have questions about, or disagree with, your Property Assessment Notice.
The 2023 rate for the provincial government’s Capped Assessment Program (CAP) is 7.7 per cent. The CAP rate reflects the annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Nova Scotia. The CAP limits the annual increase in taxable assessment for eligible residential properties to no more than the CPI rate for the year. About 63 per cent of residential assessments, 381,898 property accounts, qualify for CAP for 2023.
The Nova Scotia Assessment Act provides an appeal process for property owners who disagree with their property assessment, ownership, or classification of their property. If you have questions about, or disagree with any of the information on your Property Assessment Notice, please contact PVSC at 1-800-380-7775, 902-893-5800 or discuss your concerns before filing an appeal. They will review your property file, explain how your assessment was determined, and answer your questions.
For more information on the appeal process, visit https://www.pvsc.ca/assessment-appeals.