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Taxes for Goods and Services

We have compiled some advice regarding taxes paid by consumers for purchases and rentals while travelling in British Columbia that you may find useful in planning your trip. Please note that most places will provide you with a receipt that itemizes the price and taxes paid for the goods or services purchased.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

The federal (Canadian) Good and Services Tax (GST) of 5% is applicable to most purchased goods and services. GST is charged on all campsite, RV site and room rentals in British Columbia.

Provincial Sales Tax (PST)

In British Columbia an 8% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is charged on all short-term room rentals by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations. Campsite and RV site rentals are exempt from the Provincial Sales Tax.

The Provincial Sales Tax for other goods and services is set at 7%.  Some items such as food and books are exempt from PST.

Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT)

In British Columbia the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) of up to 3% is charged in provincially approved municipalities by hotels, motels, cottages, inns, resorts and other roofed accommodations. The additional MRDT is only charged on short-term room rentals and does not apply to overnight campsite or RV site rentals.The MRDT levy is used to fund local Destination Marketing Organizations.

For a list of taxing jurisdictions and more information on PST and MRDT review Accommodation Sales Taxes.

Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989