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In 1941 the Association of Assessing Officers of Ontario was formed. In 1954 the Association created the Institute of Municipal Assessors of Ontario (IMAO) as its education wing. The Institute was incorporated in 1957 and became in 1968 the professional organization for assessors in Ontario. In l987 the Institute was the subject of a Private Member's Bill passed the Ontario Legislature that protects its designations. In 1997 the word "Ontario" was removed from the Institute's name in recognition of the participation of members from across Canada.

Members of the Institute are employed in both the public and private sectors.

The objectives of the Institute are to promote the interests, education and professional efficiency of persons engaged in the valuation of real property for the purposes of municipal taxation.

The first courses available in Canada for assessors were developed by the Institute and offered through the Extension Department of Queen's University in 1954.

Today the Institute sponsors and maintains continuing education programs for both accredited members and for persons new to the assessment field.

Further opportunities for education are provided at District spring and fall meetings and during the annual conference.

A publication entitled "Insti-News" is sent to all members 4 to 6 times a year. The publication keeps members informed in a timely fashion of court decisions, library additions and news of interest to people involved in the assessment profession such as current theories and concepts in assessment/appraisal as well as identifying new methods and techniques.

A reference library covering all current and historical aspects of real property valuation is maintained at the Institute Office and is available to members and students.


 

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