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Timmins seeking applicants for tourism accommodation tax revenue

City began charging four per cent tax in 2019

Tourism and hospitality operators in Timmins are now eligible to apply for a portion of the funding collected through the city's Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) program.

Launched in May 2019, the MAT is a four per cent tax charged on hotels, motels, cottages and other short-term accommodation rentals, including Airbnb rooms, within the city.

The province of Ontario passed legislation in 2017 allowing municipalities to charge the tax. Under the regulation, at least half the collected tax must be used toward tourism initiatives.

In Timmins, participants eligible to apply for a portion of the funding include not-for-profit, for-profit, public-private partnerships, and tourism entities.

Areas of priority for the city's tourism mandate include sport tourism, meetings and conferences, outdoor tourism activities, and cultural and heritage tourism.