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Municipal Accommodation Tax

On September 27, 2021, Council approved By-law 2021-83, a by-law to impose a transient municipal accommodation tax within the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.  The Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) was effective as of January 1, 2022, at a rate of 4%.

The tax applies to Short Term Accommodations as defined by By-law 2021-84.  A “Short Term Accommodation” refers to a private residential dwelling that is rented to provide accommodation to a person or persons on a temporary basis for a period of less than 30 days and to which the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, S.O. 2006, c. 17, as may be amended from time to time, does not apply.

Short Term Accommodations do not include bed and breakfast establishments, hotels, motels, campgrounds, hostels, lodges, or other commercially zoned accommodation uses for the travelling public.

The MAT applies only to the accommodation charge and not associated charges, such as meals or room incidentals. The Municipal Accommodation Tax must be identified as a separate item or charge on each bill, receipt, or invoice.

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Due dates: payment and submission information

  • Q1 (January – March) is due on or before April 30
  • Q2 (April – June) is due on or before July 31
  • Q3 (July – September) is due on or before October 31
  • Q4 (October – December) is due on or before January 31

The Municipality has created an online payment form for the collection of MAT payments. Registered STA owners will receive an email from the Municipality that includes instructions for remittance. STA owners shall remit the amount for the previous quarter on or before the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.

A step-by-step Municipal Accommodation Tax Guidebook is available below to assist individuals through the online remittance process.

If you require assistance, please email us.

Utilization of the Funds Generated through the Municipal Accommodation Tax Program

The Municipal Accommodation Tax Program will generate funding to promote tourism within the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. The Tobermory Chamber of Commerce  will receive 50% of the net revenue collected from the Program for tourism promotion and development. The remaining 50% of the net revenue will be retained by the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, earmarked for projects that promote tourism, and benefit both residents and visitors.

Projects Funded:

- Municipal Website Refresh, including the incorporation of an online payment portal.

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