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Thompson Okanagan 2020 Property Assessments in the Mail

Thompson Okanagan 2020 Property Assessments in the Mail

KELOWNA — In the next few days, owners of more than 280,800 properties throughout the Thompson Okanagan can expect to receive their 2020 assessment notices, which reflect market value as of July 1, 2019.

"For the Okanagan region, the majority of home owners can expect to see stable values with slight changes from last year," says Okanagan area Deputy Assessor Tracy Wall. "Commercial and industrial properties have shown increases, especially in the North Okanagan."

"Throughout the Thompson, the majority of home owners can expect an increase in value compared to last year," adds Thompson area Deputy Assessor Tracy Shymko. "Comparing July 2018 and July 2019, home values have risen consistently for most of Kamloops and the Thompson with a few communities seeing increases slightly higher than others, especially in Clinton, Lillooet, Ashcroft and Lytton."

As B.C.'s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year. The table below indicates the Thompson Okanagan's estimated range of percentage changes to 2020 assessment values by property type compared to 2019.  Please note property assessments may vary by jurisdiction or municipality within the region.

Property Type

Kelowna/Okanagan areas

2020 Assessments

Range of % Changes in Value

(as of July 1, 2019)

Kamloops/Thompson areas

2020 Assessments

Range of % Changes in Value

(as of July 1, 2019)

Residential Single Detached Homes

-5% to +10%


-5% to +20%

Residential Strata Units

(e.g. condominiums)

-10% to +10%


0% to +15%


-5% to +15%


-5% to +25%


-5% to +20%

-15% to +20%


Overall, the Thompson Okanagan's total assessments increased from about $147.7 billion in 2019 to $153.1 billion this year. A total of about $2.7 billion of the region's updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties. BC Assessment's Thompson Okanagan region includes the urban centres of Kelowna and Kamloops as well as all surrounding Okanagan and Thompson communities as listed below.

The summaries below provides estimates of typical 2019 versus 2020 assessed values of properties throughout the region.

These examples demonstrate market trends for single-family residential properties by geographic area:

Single Family Homes

By Community

2019 Typical

Assessed Value

as of July 1, 2018

2020 Typical

Assessed  Value

as of July 1, 2019




City of Kelowna$643,000$629,000-2%
West Kelowna$614,000$607,000-1%
Lake Country$619,000$627,000+1%
Peachland$582,000          $574,000-1%
Salmon Arm$401,000$413,000+3%
City of Kamloops$431,000$461,000 +7%
Barriere$221,000$246,000 +11%
Cache Creek$163,000$181,000+11%
Logan Lake$230,000$245,000+7%
Sun Peaks$847,000$829,000-2%


These examples demonstrate market trends for strata residential properties (e.g. condominiums) by geographic area for select urban communities:

Strata Homes

By Community

2019 Typical Assessed Value

as of July 1, 2018

2020 Typical Assessed  Value

as of July 1, 2019

% Change


Kelowna$370,000$364,000 -2%
West Kelowna$402,000$387,000 -4%
Penticton$281,000$287,000 +2%


BC Assessment's website at includes more details about 2020 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2020's top valued residential properties across the province.

The website also provides self-service access to a free, online property assessment search service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2020 property assessments for anywhere in the province. Property owners can unlock additional property search features by registering for a free BC Assessment custom account to check a property's 10-year value history, store/access favourites, create comparisons, monitor neighbourhood sales, and use our interactive map. New for 2020, the website is fully mobile-friendly.

"Property owners can find a lot of valuable information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2019 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January," says Tracy Wall.

"If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31st, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel," adds Wall.

The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.

"It is important to understand that increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes," explains Tracy Shymko. "As noted on your Assessment Notice, how your assessment changes relative to the average change in your community is what may affect your property taxes."

Have questions?

Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online at During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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Media contacts:  

Tracy Wall

Thompson Okanagan Deputy Assessor

BC Assessment

Tel. 1.866.825.8322 Ext. 19314