Council Asked To Consider Municipal Accommodation Tax For 2023

Municipal Accommodation Tax

In a staff report on next Wednesday’s agenda the following recommendations are being presented for approval:

  • That a Draft Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) By-law be prepared for stakeholder consultation;
  • That a “Municipal Accommodation Tax Working Group” be established to provide input on the draft By-law; and
  • That Staff report back to Council in Q4 2022

The report goes on to state:

As part of the 2017 provincial budget announcement, municipalities were given the authority by the province to levy a hotel tax, named the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). The MAT revenues must be shared (50 % of the tax less reasonable administration costs) with a not-for-profit tourism organization with a tourism mandate, such as regional tourism organizations (RTO’s), County of Simcoe Tourism or Destination Marketing Organization (DMO’s).

The new regulations provide member municipalities with the flexibility to determine the tax rate, design, administer and collect the tax. A list of other Municipalities who have implemented the MAT include Lake Country Orillia, Barrie, Ottawa, Brockville, Huntsville, Toronto, Mississauga, Oshawa, London, Kingston, Thunder Bay, Niagara on the lake, Niagara Falls, Sudbury, Sioux Lookout, Windsor and Cornwall.

This recommendation is still in the research and consultation stage, with a recommendation coming to Council in Q4.

You can read the entire report here: https://midland.civicweb.net/document/37133/CSR-2022-40%20Municipal%20Accommodation%20Tax.pdf

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