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Take all the opportunity, all the golf courses, all the security and healthcare options, all the schools and all the neighbourhoods – take all the reasonable costs of living and the massive opportunity that arises when an entire community chooses to focus on the craft of your work, and what do you have? You have an amazing place to create something new.

You Are Very Welcome

We’re warm, friendly, we’re small town and big ideas. We have beaches close by and sports fields next door. We have manufacturing facilities and clean tech labs, food processing and next generation robotics. So whatever your dream, we’re ready to support that too. You are very welcome here indeed.


Geographical Information

Time Zone Eastern Standard Time Zone
Global Coordinates N 42 6 W 81 6
UTM Coordinates N 484,220 E 4,736,100
Land Area 12.4 sq. miles 32.2 sq. kilometres
Height Above Sea Level 755 feet 230 metres


Climate

The climate of St. Thomas is highlighted by four distinct seasons. The average summer temperature is 77.5 Fº/25.3 Cº and average winter temperature is 35.6 Fº/2.0 Cº.  The trees change colour in the Autumn and Spring brings new growth all around you. Winter temperatures last from December to March and summer temperatures from May to September.

Temperature (°C) J F M A M J J A S O N D
Maximum -2 -1 4 12 19 24 26 25 21 14 7
Minimum -10 -10 -4 1 6 12 14 13 10 4 -6
Mean -6 -5 6 13 18 20 19 15 9 3 -2
Precipitation J F M A M J J A S O N D
Rain (mm) 25 27 53 70 74 82 77 90 86 74 73 50
Snow (cm) 55 42 26 10 1 3 21 55
Total (mm) 69 61 75 79 74 82 77 90 86 76 91 95
Snow Cover (cm) 15 9 1 2 9
Other Weather J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sunshine (h) 72 97 121 170 230 250 270 233 161 132 72 53
Rel. Humidity (%) 81 80 77 71 69 72 73 77 79 79 82 83
Wind Speed (km/h) 19 18 18 18 15 13 11 11 12 14 17 18
Wind Direction W W E NW NW NW NW NW W W W W
Number of days for: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temp = 0.2 mm 5 4 9 11 11 11 10 11 12 13 11 8
Rain >= 5 mm 2 2 3 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 4 3
Rain >= 10 mm 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2
Rain >= 25 mm
Snow >= 0.2 cm 17 14 10 4 1 7 16
Snow >= 5 cm 4 3 1 1 4
Snow >= 10 cm 1 1
Snow >= 25 cm
Precipitation>= 0.2 mm 19 16 16 13 11 11 10 11 12 13 16 20
Precipitation>= 5 mm 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 6 6
Precipitation>= 10 mm 2 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3
Precipitation>= 25 mm
Snow Cover>= 1 cm 25 24 13 2 4 20
Snow Cover>= 5 cm 21 21 8 2 14
Snow Cover>= 10 cm 16 15 4 8
Snow Cover>= 20 cm 8 7 2
Snow Cover>= 50 cm



Taxation Information

This is information about taxes that affects businesses operating in our community. Included are municipal property taxes, plus federal and provincial taxes.

The Canadian Government levies an income tax on corporations residing in Canada, based on income from all sources inside and outside Canada. These taxes are payable quarterly to the Department of National Revenue in Ottawa. The Canadian Government does allow for certain deductions and incentives to small businesses of which an accountant or lawyer should be aware. Detailed tax information is available from Revenue Canada. It is strongly recommended that such matters be discussed with an accountant or tax lawyer.

Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies & Branch Operations

When a non-resident firm is conducting business through a resident subsidiary operation, the total income of the subsidiary, whether earned in Canada or elsewhere, is subject to tax. However, the subsidiary may claim credit for taxes paid in a foreign country and rarely ends up duplicating taxes in both Canada and another country. A withholding tax of 10 – 15% is levied on dividends, royalties and similar payments remitted to a foreign country by a Canadian subsidiary which in turn is deductible for tax purposes by recipients in most countries. Taxes are computed similarly to those for resident corporations except that small business incentives are not available for foreign owned corporations. A non-resident firm carrying on business through a branch operation (without local incorporation) is liable to income tax on income from that branch’s activities in Canada. A foreign firm operating in Canada should enlist the assistance of a Canadian Accountant or Lawyer.

Provincial Corporation Income Tax

Provincial taxes are calculated on the same basis as the federal tax. Corporations which qualify for federal small business deductions are also entitled to a provincial small business tax credit. For more information contact the government of Ontario, Ministry of Finance.

Federal & Provincial Personal Income Tax

Both levels of government levy tax on income from all sources inside or outside of Canada for residents of Ontario. Non-residents are liable to both governments on income earned during the year in the province. Taxes are payable annually. For More information contact the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

On July 1, 2010 the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) took effect in Ontario and is applied to most purchases and transactions. The 13 per cent HST replaces the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the provincial sales tax (PST).



St. Thomas Tax Rates

City Tax – 2015

City Tax Rates are shown as a percentage. The Provincial “Current Value Assessment” assigned to properties is multiplied by the appropriate percentage (tax rate) to calculate property taxes. The Tax Rate is made up of a City Rate and the Education Rate supplied by the province, as shown in the table below.

The Tax Rate is determined by the annual financial requirements of the City and Board(s) of Education. The money, which is collected in the form of annual taxes by the municipality is apportioned among these respective bodies.

City School Total
Residential 1.3284 0.1950 1.5234
Multi-Residential 3.3194 0.1950 3.5144
Commercial 2.5871 1.4300 4.0171
Industrial 2.9599 1.5300 4.4899

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