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Sault taxing hotel stays

Municipal accommodation tax took effect Jan. 1

A four per cent municipal accommodation tax is now in effect in Sault Ste. Marie.

The tax, which was approved at a Dec. 10 council meeting, took effect on Jan. 1.

It will be applied to accommodations of less than 30 consecutive days, including at hotels, motels, motor hotels, lodges, inns, resorts, bed and breakfasts, or any place an accommodation is provided.

Revenue from the tax will go toward the promotion of tourism in Sault Ste. Marie.

Sixty per cent of the tax will go to the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp., while the remaining 40 per cent will be retained by the city for tourism promotion and development, to be used at council’s discretion.

The province of Ontario enacted legislation to allow for the municipal accommodation tax in 2017.

Other Northern Ontario communities with the municipal accommodation tax in place include Thunder Bay, Sudbury, and North Bay.