Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)

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Background

On Thursday November 23, 2017, the Province of Ontario issued the Transient Accommodation Regulation 435/17, which came into force December 1, 2017 and provides the necessary provisions for municipalities across Ontario to implement a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)

Huntsville By-Law 2019-123, approved the implementation of a four percent (4%) mandatory MAT applicable on all accommodations under 30 days.

The MAT applies to all accommodation sold for a continuous period of less than 30 days in a hotel, motel, lodge, inn, short term rental (STR), and bed and breakfast.

Use of Revenue Generated Through the Program

The tax will generate funding to promote and develop tourism within Huntsville. A portion (70%) of the net revenues (excluding tax generated through (STR) will be directed towards the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association who's sole focus will be the enhancement and promotion of tourism in Huntsville. This organization will direct funds towards tourism promotion and development with a focus on attracting more visitors to the Town through sports and cultural events, new product developments, and enhanced attractions and outdoor activities.

The remaining 30% of these net revenues as well as 100% of the net revenues generated through the STR program will be retained by the Town of Huntsville. The funds will be earmarked for projects and initiatives that promote and support tourism and economic development efforts that benefit residents and visitors.

About the Legislation

The Municipal Accommodation Tax is a new revenue tool that the provincial government has given Ontario municipalities to further promote tourism as an economic driver.

On May 17, 2017, the Province enacted Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act, 2017, providing municipalities the authority to levy a transient accommodation tax (hotel tax). The Transient Accommodation Regulation 435/17 came into force on December 1, 2017, outlining provisions for municipalities across Ontario to implement a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

The Regulation applies if a municipality imposes a tax in respect of the purchase of transient accommodation in the municipality under section Municipal Act 400.1 of the Act.


Background

On Thursday November 23, 2017, the Province of Ontario issued the Transient Accommodation Regulation 435/17, which came into force December 1, 2017 and provides the necessary provisions for municipalities across Ontario to implement a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT)

Huntsville By-Law 2019-123, approved the implementation of a four percent (4%) mandatory MAT applicable on all accommodations under 30 days.

The MAT applies to all accommodation sold for a continuous period of less than 30 days in a hotel, motel, lodge, inn, short term rental (STR), and bed and breakfast.

Use of Revenue Generated Through the Program

The tax will generate funding to promote and develop tourism within Huntsville. A portion (70%) of the net revenues (excluding tax generated through (STR) will be directed towards the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax Association who's sole focus will be the enhancement and promotion of tourism in Huntsville. This organization will direct funds towards tourism promotion and development with a focus on attracting more visitors to the Town through sports and cultural events, new product developments, and enhanced attractions and outdoor activities.

The remaining 30% of these net revenues as well as 100% of the net revenues generated through the STR program will be retained by the Town of Huntsville. The funds will be earmarked for projects and initiatives that promote and support tourism and economic development efforts that benefit residents and visitors.

About the Legislation

The Municipal Accommodation Tax is a new revenue tool that the provincial government has given Ontario municipalities to further promote tourism as an economic driver.

On May 17, 2017, the Province enacted Bill 127, Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act, 2017, providing municipalities the authority to levy a transient accommodation tax (hotel tax). The Transient Accommodation Regulation 435/17 came into force on December 1, 2017, outlining provisions for municipalities across Ontario to implement a Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT).

The Regulation applies if a municipality imposes a tax in respect of the purchase of transient accommodation in the municipality under section Municipal Act 400.1 of the Act.


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