In a victory for the position taken by the majority of retailers, voters in Metro Vancouver have defeated a plebiscite question to partially fund transportation infrastructure projects through a regional sales tax.

There are no local or regional sales taxes in Canada.  Metro Vancouver voters have set an important precedent against a third sales tax.  Merchants and consumers alike benefit from lower costs.

RCC favours improvements to transportation infrastructure which bring our goods, customers and employees to our stores.

Local mayors have said that many of the projects will be built despite the defeat of the plebiscite.  This means that there will be critical decisions made with respect to funding new transportation infrastructure for Metro Vancouver.  RCC continues to prefer a model where users of roads and transportation pay for construction and maintenance of those projects.

Next Steps:

RCC will continue to monitor funding proposals and engage with B.C. Government officials with a desire to reduce any burden of proposals on retailers.

Background

The Government of British Columbia made a commitment to voters in 2013 that any new funding sources for the construction of transportation infrastructure would be approved by voters.  The plebiscite concerned only a portion of municipal funding for certain transportation projects in Metro Vancouver.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: gwilson@retailcouncil.org or 604-736-0368.