Most goods and services including hotel rooms in British Columbia are subject to a 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the exception of liquor (10%).
In Vancouver and most major cities in BC, there is an additional 2% hotel room tax on top of the 7% PST and 5% GST. Some hotels also collect a Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) of 1.5% for the purposes of destination marketing and promotion. Total taxes and DMF for Vancouver hotel rooms are 15.74% of the room rate.
Go to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/nwsrm/fctshts/2013/m03/fs130327b-eng.html or www.vandha.ca for more information.
Recognizing the importance of meetings and conventions, the Canadian government has made available a rebate program on a range of goods and services purchased by the non-resident "convention" sponsor or organizer.
A "foreign" convention, comprised of 75% non-Canadian attendees is eligible for rebates on the following: