Executive Director Update
Executive Director, Barbara Barrett meets with senior officials at Finance Canada.
Executive Director of the FDFA met with Ian Foucher, Deputy Director of Policy at Minister Morneau’s Office. She also met with Phil King, Director of Sales Tax division. The main purpose of these meetings was to discuss the return of the Visitor Rebate Program.
Visitor Rebate Program
We were able to highlight the benefits of a visitor rebate program on the tourism industry and the visitor economy in Canada, as well as the impact on our industry and Canadian businesses since the program was cancelled in 2007. In fact, a study by the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) shows that since the program was cancelled, there has been a net revenue loss for the federal government and a decline in spending by foreign visitors. Canada is the only OECD country with a federal sales tax that does not have a visitor rebate program. The Retail Council of Canada study found the following:
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