Billionaire Muslim Poobah Aga Khan wants to stiff Toronto for taxes on Museum’s $331,700 tax bill

Facing a whopping property tax bill, the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre is seeking tax exempt status from the City of Toronto.

The museum opened in September 2014 on a large parcel of land near Eglinton Ave. E. and Don Mills Rd.

City staff have assessed the property, post-development, at $90.9 million. That translates into a $331,700 annual property tax bill.

Because the Ismaili Centre is a place of worship, $43.1 million of the $90.9 million is already tax exempt. The Aga Khan Foundation is asking city council and the provincial government to legally exempt the remainder.


Bullshit – “The Aga Khan Museum is not dissimilar, it’s a facility that brings tourists from around the world and worldwide acclaim to Toronto,” he said.

  • mauser 98

    stiff the taxpayers ?… who does he think he is?

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  • Reader

    And let’s not forget some of what is displayed at this “museum”. Since I have never been there myself, lets have a first hand account “art” with the BDS logo and all the “pro-palestinian” art:

    What I Saw At the Aga Khan Museum

    • David Murrell

      Well in that case the City of Toronto will rush to grant Aga Khan a tax exemtion.

  • tom_billesley

    He’s accustomed to getting a free ride. His main residence is in France and Sarkozy exempted him from all direct taxes, stamp duty and wealth tax

  • john700

    I don’t understand how millions of tourists benefit the city’s budget as there is no city sales tax in TO.
    Other similar facitilies are tax exempt, which is wrong. Everyone should pay a tax. Institute a tax of $1 per square metre per year to be paid by all these establishments.

    • Achmed

      This benefits Toronto because it attracts many Muslim tourists to come to Toronto to see the Islamic art and further benefits this city and country because many of those people decide Canada is where they want to live and to get Canadian Citizenship enriching this country’s culture.

      • tom_billesley

        You have to be careful with enrichment. Too much chickenshit is bad for the soil.

      • john700

        I wasn’t talking about Muslims, but about tourists in general. How is the city budget benefiting from an increased number of tourists, as the city does not have a sales tax ?