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What’s not HST-able

We are all aware of Ontario’s new HST – and it may seem like it everything has an additional 13%. In fact there are some products that are not affected by it.
Products with 0% tax

  • Basic Groceries (e.g., dairy, meat, vegetables, canned goods)    0%
  • Municipal Water    0%
  • Municipal Public Transit    0%
  • GO Transit    0%
  • Air travel originating in Ontario and terminating outside of Canada and the U.S.    0%
  • Rail, boat and bus travel originating in Ontario and terminating outside of Canada    0%
  • Auto Insurance    0%
  • Resale Homes    0%
  • Prescription Drugs    0%
  • Pharmacist Dispensing Fees    0%
  • Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses    0%
  • Some Medical Devices (includes Walkers, Hearing Aids)    0%
  • Adult Incontinence Products    0%
  • Dental Services    0%
  • Audiologist Services (if offered by a practitioner of the service)    0%
  • Chiropractor Services (if offered by a practitioner of the service)    0%
  • Physiotherapist Services (if offered by a practitioner of the service)    0%
  • Music Lessons    0%
  • Condo Fees    0%
  • Residential Rents    0%
  • Child Care Services    0%
  • Legal Aid    0%
  • Mortgage Interest Costs    0%
  • Most Financial Services    0%
  • Driver’s Licence Renewals and Vehicle Plate Renewals (other than Personalized Licence Plates)    0%
  • Vital Documents (e.g. Health Cards, Birth Certificates)    0%

Products with 5% or 8% tax

  • Qualifying Prepared Food and Beverages Sold for $4 or Less    5%
  • Children’s Clothing    5%
  • Children’s Footwear (up to size 6)    5%
  • Diapers    5%
  • Feminine Hygiene Products    5%
  • Air travel originating in Ontario and terminating in the U.S.    5%
  • Audio Books    5%
  • Books    5%
  • Newspapers    5%
  • Child Car Seats and Booster Seats    5%
  • New Homes over $400,000    5%
  • New Homes up to $400,000    5%
  • Home Insurance    8%