HST Exemptions & Rebates In BC

The following are exempt from the B.C. provincial portion of sales tax.

  • Gasoline, ethanol, diesel and bio-diesel when used in motor vehicles as well as locomotive fuel used for trains, marine diesel used for boats, and aviation fuel and jet fuel used for aircraft.
  • Books
  • Children’s-sized clothing and footwear
  • Children’s car seats and car booster seats
  • Diapers
  • Feminine hygiene products

Also all goods and services currently exempt from the GST, will be exempt from the HST. These include:

  • basic groceries
  • prescription drugs
  • residential rent


The B.C. Government has promised that low income families (under $25,000) and individuals (under $20,000) will receive $230 credit.

Residential energy rebate

  • A rebate will be set up to ensure that HST will not increase the cost of heat or power in residential homes.

New home rebate

  • New home buyers will not pay more in taxes than they would have under the old embedded PST system. This is applicable for houses under $525,000.
  • New houses over $525,000 will receive a maximum of $26,250
  • Used homes are not subject to HST
Disclaimer: All this information was provided by www.HSTincanada.com
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