The Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) was introduced in 1987, by the Provincial Government, 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.
The MRDT is jointly administered by Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Destination BC.
To promote a coordinated and efficient use of funds, the following MRDT program principles have been adopted:
Affordable housing was added as a permissible use of funds in the 2018 Provincial Budget, 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 of the MRDT Program Requirements.
MRDT Program Application & Reporting Questions
Destination BC Vancouver Office
Tax Administration and Enforcement Questions
Ministry of Finance
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Phone: 1-877-388-4440 (toll free within Canada)
For more information, find the MRDT Program Requirements here.
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