New Hamilton hotel tax takes effect in January

New Hamilton hotel tax takes effect in January

Guests staying in Hamilton hotels will pay a four per cent tax starting next year that’s meant to support local tourism. The municipal accommodation tax, which is to take effect Jan. 1, comes as the hospitality sector recovers from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry is “anxious and supportive” of the investment the new taxation stream will generate, Carrie Brooks-Joiner, director of tourism and culture, told council this week. So far, 40 municipalities in Ontario have implemented the tool the provincial government created via legislation in 2017, Brooks-Joiner noted. The city must allocate a minimum of 50 per cent of the revenue to an “eligible tourism entity,” which will be a newly created Hamilton Tourism Development Corporation. Three councillors will sit on the governance board. The legislation doesn’t …
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