Sales Taxes


Most goods and services in British Columbia are subject to a sales taxtotaling 12% of the purchase price (7% PST + 5% GST). Please note alcohol istaxed at 15% (10% PST + 5% GST). Go to gov.bc.cafor more information.


The current tax/levy rate in Vancouver is 16.5% of the hotel room rate.Please note that there are three types of tax/ levy involved:

Goods & Services Tax (GST): taxed at 5% of hotel room rate

Provincial Sales Tax (PST): taxed at 10% of hotel room rate(8% PST + 2% AHRT). AHRT: Additional Hotel Room Tax, which most major cities inBC collect.

Destination Marketing Fee (DMF*): levy taxed at 1.5% of hotel roomrate. The DMF is a fee which approximately 30 of downtown Vancouver hotelscollect to assist with the marketing of Vancouver as a destination.

Goods and Services (GST) Tax Rebates for Foreign Conventions

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:

  • Foreign conventions can claim 100% of the GST back on almost all your meeting related expenses. Room rentals, staffing, audio visual, décor, printing, signage, transportation, security, etc.
  • Foreign conventions can claim 50% of the GST back on group catered food and beverage services
  • If clients are charging an additional registration fee for CEU courses, the costs for these separate events are not rebatable. These courses are considered as separate meetings from the convention as they involve an exam, instruction and certification.