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Letters Nov. 20: Government to blame for crises; explaining B.C.’s ‘major event’ tax; unsafe illegal turns – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 202321 Views

November 20, 2023

Along with the other costs, we pay a major event tax

On Nov. 3 I travelled to Vancouver for the B.C. Lions football game. Stayed for two nights.

Upon checkout I noticed a three-per-cent MRDT on my invoice.

What is MRDT, you ask? Municipal and Regional District Tax, introduced by the B.C. government in 2023.

The charge was $12.86 for “major event” MRDT, plus $15.43 for MRDT, total $28.29.

“The purpose of this tax is to help cover the cost of planning, staging and hosting eligible major international tourism events that generate significant international visitation and help bolster provincial tourism and the economy.”

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