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Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program

On September 25, 2006, the Government of Canada announced proposed amendments to the Excise Tax Act that would eliminate the Visitor Rebate Program effective April 1, 2007. Budget 2007 confirms the elimination of the Visitor Rebate Program. This measure will apply to the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST), including the provincial component of the HST.

Budget 2007 proposes a new Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program that will replace the Visitor Rebate Program. This program will provide GST relief in respect of certain property and services used in the course of conventions held in Canada and the accommodation portion of tour packages for non-residents, as outlined below. References to GST should be read as references to the GST and the federal component of the HST.

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