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Major retailers are asking for tax refunds for international tourists

 

Group of major Canadian retailers asking the federal government to reinstate the visitor tax refund in an effort to boost tourism Canada's economy.
Group of major Canadian retailers asking the federal government to reinstate the visitor tax refund in an effort to boost tourism Canada's economy.    | Image Source: ottawa.ctvnews.ca

A group of major Canadian retailers is asking the federal government to reinstate the visitor tax refund in an effort to boost tourism and boost Canada's economy.

The group, which includes Hudson's Bay Company, Cadillac Fairview, Birks Group Inc. and Harry Rosen, says the refund could be a major boost to the country's tourism industry.

"We estimate, through independent analysis, that this would bring up to $1 billion in new revenue to Canada, tax revenue for the government, but also approximately 32,000 new jobs in Canada," Jean-Christophe Bedos, president and CEO of Birks. She told Group Inc.

The proposal is also supported by the Retail Council of Canada, which says spending per tourist has fallen five per cent over the past seven years, according to Statistics Canada, while spending by tourists has grown significantly in countries like Japan and the Bahamas, which both recently introduced visitor tax refunds.

"Every reasonable and cost-effective level should be used to restore the tourism sector's important contribution to the Canadian economy," said Michelle Wasylyshen, national spokesperson for the Retail Council of Canada.

Some Ottawa businesses say they support the move.

"I think it's something that should be done and we should leave something like this," said Ian Wright, owner of the Snow Goose Gallery on Sparks Street.

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Wright says tourism is a major part of his business, and while this summer has been better, the business still isn't seeing the volume of customers it was used to before the pandemic. Among those who come, Wright adds, are still tourists asking about Canada's former visitor tax refund; program abolished by the federal government in 2007.

"It was working great and everyone was saying don't stop it, don't stop it," Wright said.

In a statement to CTV News, Gabriel Felcarek, a spokesman for federal Tourism Secretary Randy Boissonneault, wrote, “The former rebate program was terminated in 2007 because it was determined that it was not a cost-effective way to assist the federal government. attract tourists to Canada.

"The Minister of Tourism is working with the tourism industry, provincial and territorial counterparts and Indigenous tourism operators to develop a new post-pandemic federal tourism growth strategy," Felcarek added.

But Ottawa retailers say tools like these are critical to helping revive the industry.

"We want to get the economy back on track and tourism, those things are really important," Wright said.

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