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Sales Taxes  ->  GST/HST  ->  PST  ->  Sales Tax Rates -> 2013 Sales Tax Rates

2013 Sales Tax Rates in Canadian Provinces and Territories

The following table shows the general rates of provincial sales taxes or HST for most purchases, and provides links to the provincial (or federal) web sites regarding provincial retail sales taxes.

2013 Rate Provincial Web Sites
BC 12% HST / 5% GST n/a / 7%(3) BC Consumer Taxes PST in BC and BC HST
AB 5% GST n/a  
SK 5% GST 5% Saskatchewan Provincial Sales Tax
MB 5% GST 7% / 8%(6) Manitoba Retail Sales Tax
ON 13% HST n/a(4) Ontario Retail Sales Tax Ontario HST

Ontario HST

QC 5% GST 9.975%(1) Quebec Consumption Taxes - Businesses

Quebec Consumption Taxes - Individuals

NL 13% HST n/a  
NS 15% HST(5) n/a Nova Scotia HST
NB 13% HST n/a  
PE 5% GST / 14% HST 10% / n/a(2) Prince Edward Island HST
NT 5% GST n/a  
NU 5% GST n/a  
YT 5% GST n/a  

(1) In prior years, the sales tax was applied to the total of the selling price plus the GST.  Effective January 1, 2013, the QST rate will be 9.975%, but will no longer be charged on GST.  This results in no change to the total tax.

(2) The sales tax in PE is applied to the total of the selling price plus the GST, until March 31, 2013.  As per the PE 2012 Budget, PEI will remove the provincial sales tax and implement HST, with a rate of 14%, effective April 1, 2013.

(3) BC still has some sales taxes, such as the tax on designated property (vehicles, boats and aircraft).  See the link above to BC Consumer Taxes for more information.  The HST in BC was overturned by a referendum, so BC will return to a 7% PST plus 5% GST system April 1, 2013.

(4) Ontario still has retail sales tax on insurance and on private sales of used motor vehicles.  See the link to Ontario Retail Sales Tax for more information.

(5) NS 2012 Budget announced that their HST rate will be reduced to 14% on July 1, 2014 and 13% on July 1, 2015.

(6) MB 2013 Budget announced that their PST rate would increase to 8% effective July 1, 2013.

Businesses which sell taxable goods and/or services in each province are required to register as a vendor to collect the provincial retail sales tax where applicable.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Resources

Charge and collect the tax - Which rate to charge

Revised: October 26, 2023


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