Member, Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel

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Public Services and Procurement
Position title:
Salary range:
$100.00 - $125.00/Hour
Representatives from every province and territory
Application Review Date:
March 25, 2020
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The Government of Canada’s property is exempt from local taxation under the Constitution Act, 1867. The federal government contributes to the cost of local government through payments in lieu of taxes. Pursuant to the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act, Public Services and Procurement Canada (Public Works and Government Services Canada) makes payments to local taxation authorities on behalf of all federal departments and agencies. The Payments in Lieu of Taxes Dispute Advisory Panel has a mandate to provide advice to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement with respect to federal departmental property and to the heads of Crown corporations with respect to corporation property. This advice is provided to assist in resolving disputes between the federal Crown and Canadian taxing authorities concerning aspects of the payment calculation.

Panel members are responsible for reviewing disputes between the federal government and local taxation authorities.

Diversity and Official Languages

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study such as land economics, real estate investment, real estate finance, etc., or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and/or experience; and/or

  • A law degree with a background in property law and/or property assessments appeals would be considered an asset;

  • A certification or professional designation of the Appraisal Institute (AACI) from the Appraisal Institute of Canada; or Évaluateur Agréé (ÉA) from l'Ordre des Évaluateurs Agréés du Québec; or an assessment designation from a recognized provincial assessment association, such as Member Institute of Municipal Assessors (MIMA) from the Institute of Municipal Assessors of Ontario, or Member (MRICS) from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, or equivalent would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in defending valuations for assessment purposes before provincial assessment tribunals or in the provincial courts as legal counsel or an expert witness;

  • Experience in one of the following:

    • Representing clients concerning assessment appeals before assessment tribunals or in the provincial courts; or

    • Participating as a member of an assessment tribunal dealing with large commercial or industrial properties;

  • Experience in valuing large and complex commercial or industrial properties for assessment purposes would be considered an asset;

  • Experience in managing professionals in the preparation of objective evidence-based studies would be considered an asset; and

  • Experience in working inter-jurisdictionally in the assessment and valuation domain would be considered an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Canadian property assessment and taxation system, and provincial models of assessment and taxation;

  • Knowledge of the functioning of an advisory panel would be considered an asset;

  • Knowledge of dispute resolution models, application, and trends would be an asset;

  • Ability to direct and manage a hearing process;

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with Ministers and their offices, senior government officials, key decision-makers in other sectors, Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program stakeholders, and individuals from diverse sectors and cultural backgrounds;

  • Ability to extrapolate current theories of assessment and valuation to address often unique non-market situations;

  • Ability to manage difficult and diverging opinions;

  • Ability to render and write concise advice for Ministerial consideration; and

  • Ability to work comfortably in a virtual environment.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Sound judgement

  • Strong ethical standards and integrity

  • Strategic and innovative leadership

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Diplomacy and flexibility

  • Self motivated and ability to work independently

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • If you are appointed to one of these positions, you must willing to travel across Canada.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment. A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2020. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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