BC Tourism Industry

Municipal and Regional District Tax Program

Overview

The Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) was introduced in 1987 to provide funding for local tourism marketing, programs and projects. The tax is intended to help grow BC revenues, visitation and jobs, and amplify BC's tourism marketing efforts in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The MRDT is an up to three percent tax applied to sales of short-term accommodation provided in participating areas of British Columbia on behalf of municipalities, regional districts and eligible entities.

To promote a coordinated and efficient use of funds, the following MRDT program principles have been adopted:

  • Effective tourism marketing, programs and projects
  • Effective local-level stakeholder support and inter-community collaboration
  • marketing efforts that are coordinated and complementary to provincial marketing strategies and tactics
  • Fiscal prudence and accountability.
Affordable housing was added as a permissible use of funds in Budget 2018 to help address local housing needs. Designated recipients have the flexibility to define, identify, and fund affordable housing initiatives that they deem appropriate to meet local needs. Affordable housing funding must be consistent with fiscal prudence and accountability, and will be subject to additional reporting requirements. Further detail, including stakeholder consultation and support requirements, can be found in Section 8.

Program Requirements & Application Procedure

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Annual Reporting Requirements

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Tourism Events Program

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MRDT Forms

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MRDT FAQ

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Contact Us & Related Links

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