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Barney girl

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Sales tax in Canada
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:00:26 PM »
I'll be travelling in Canada in June and was wondering about sales tax. I know it's added to the advertised price, but how do you know what the total will be if you're not local? (we'll be in Quebec, staying one night in Edmonton, then train to Vancouver, so that's three different states)

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Re: Sales tax in Canada
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2012, 05:23:38 PM »
They are called provinces, not states.   :)

The entire country pays GST on most goods and services.  This is 5%.  Each province then sets their own PST, which varies province to province.  Ontario was at 8% but recently did what is called the harmonized sales tax or HST.  So most goods and services have a total of 13% added on.

You should be able to google what each province has in the way of PST or HST.  You'll have to look up Quebec, Alberta (Edmonton) and British Columbia (Vancouver) unless some of the other e-hellions in those provinces can jump in and tell you the rates there.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2012, 05:58:55 PM »
Edmonton is in the Province of Alberta.  There is GST, the national sales tax of 5% but no provincial tax, so that is all you will pay.  BC has GST and PST, but don't know how much the PST is. 


Quebec is a french speaking province, so you may want to take a phrase book with you.  Not all areas have a high Francophone population, but you must expect the first language to be French there. 

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Re: Sales tax in Canada
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012, 06:00:55 PM »
Oh and not all places add the GST after.  Some places include GST.  There are signs indicating how they charge - either GST included or added after the fact.

If you eat out in a restaurant or bar, tipping is expected at about 15 to 20%.

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012, 08:06:39 PM »
BC also has HST - it's 12%.

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2012, 08:14:12 PM »
I thought that was repealed b/c of the sneaky way it was implemented and they went back to the separate taxes?  I didn't realize the HST stood.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2012, 08:16:59 PM »
I thought that was repealed b/c of the sneaky way it was implemented and they went back to the separate taxes?  I didn't realize the HST stood.


It was repealed, but the process is going to take a long time.

I know that's why some folks (including me) voted No to the repeal - it could end up costing more in the end.

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2012, 05:59:27 PM »
Thanks for all the replies. Sorry for mixing up states and provinces :-[

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Re: Sales tax in Canada
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2012, 06:45:21 PM »
No worries - just thought you'd like the correct name.   :)
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