Online rental platforms operating in Canada, like Airbnb, do not currently collect or remit GST/HST, pay no corporate income tax to the Canadian government, and make it far too easy for those renting rooms on their platforms to do the same. This puts online rental platforms at an unfair advantage over other accommodation businesses, like hotels, who pay their taxes and play by the rules. And the real loss is felt by Canadians who end up paying more in taxes to cover the cost of our social programs.
What started as true home-sharing has evolved into a large-scale commercial operation, with exponential growth in multi-unit hosts who rent out multiple units or entire-homes on a consistent basis. These operators are running a comparable business to our hotel sector, yet they are not held to the same business responsibilities.
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The hotel and lodging sector is currently experiencing record highs and is forecasting significant growth. Meaningful jobs are available in the hotel sector. However, with a finite labour pool, steep competition, and increasing demand, the hotel sector continues to see shortages in year-round and seasonal peak-periods. HAC is leading efforts to demonstrate how committed the industry is to hiring Canadians first, including a brand new program for refugees.
On September 1, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that 2018 would be the Canada-China Year of Tourism (CCYT). This celebration is an opportunity to build stronger people-to-people ties through tourism. HAC is working closely with national and regional stakeholders to ensure that our Canadian hotels are China-ready in order to accommodate the increase in Chinese visitors.
SOCAN and Re:Sound have mandates to champion the needs and protect the rights of Canadian music creators, publishers, artists and record companies, and view these tariffs as a means to do that. The HAC works on behalf of the hotel and lodging sector to prevent rate increases above inflationary amounts and avoid retroactive billing.