Dear TIAO Members,
Today, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport issued the following release:
Dear tourism partner:
As you know, in response to the requests from the municipal sector, the 2017 Budget granted municipalities the authority to implement a tax on transient accommodations, should they choose to do so I am writing to let you know that the relevant legislative changes will come into effect on December 1, 2017.
The new regulations will provide municipalities with the flexibility to determine the design, administration and collection of the tax. The regulations also recognize the importance of tourism in Ontario communities by maintaining funding to existing tourism organizations that have benefitted from Destination Marketing Fees (DMF) in the past.
While we support the efforts of municipalities to raise additional revenue, we have been clear that municipalities who chose to introduce a tax on transient accommodation must do so in a way that ensure s we can maintain a stable, vibrant tourism environment.
Links to regulations:
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to discuss these matters further, feel free to call the TIAO Office at 416-483-1691.
Beth Potter, President & CEO, Tourism Industry Association of Ontario