The MRDT Program Requirements outline the requirements, and provide guidance and assistance to municipalities, regional districts, and eligible not-for-profit business associations applying to request that the Province levy the tax, on their behalf, in a designated accommodation area.
The Application Form (Appendix 1.1) provides a checklist of the documentation required in order to apply for the implementation, renewal rate change or use of general MRDT for affordable housing in a designated accommodation area.
The Application Form must be completed in full, signed, and included with your completed MRDT application package.
New applications for the tax and applications for rate changes must be submitted at least nine months in advance of the desired effective date of the tax.
Renewal applications with no rate change must be submitted six months in advance of the end of a designated recipients’ five-year term of the tax (“repeal date”).
To apply for a 3% MRDT rate: New MRDT applicants and all current MRDT designated recipients (including those not subject to renewal applications) must submit a complete application package.
To use Online Accommodation Platform (OAP) MRDT revenue for affordable housing: Designated recipients are able to use OAP MRDT revenues on affordable housing initiatives without submitting a new five-year strategic business plan or application package. However, the Housing Policy Branch will be consulted prior to implementation of affordable housing initiatives and details must be included with the annual tactical plan due on November 30th each year.
To use general MRDT revenue (meaning revenues beyond OAP revenues) for affordable housing: Designated recipients, including those not subject to renewal applications, that wish to use general MRDT revenues for affordable housing must submit a complete application package including all the documentation required for a renewal or rate increase application outlined in the MRDT Program Requirements.
Information on application procedures and requirements can be found in Section 7 and 9 of the Municipal and Regional District Tax Program Requirements. Information on affordable housing can be found in Section 8 of the Municipal and Regional District Tax Program Requirements.
Complete application packages must be submitted in PDF format to Destination BC via email at MRDT@destinationbc.ca or call 604-953-6704.
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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