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Question 18

Olive Crane gives notice that she will ask the Minister responsible for Finance the following question:

Date Submitted : November 20, 2014

Do you think charging HST on electricity is fair and compassionate Tax Policy? Is there any way the charging of HST on electricity can be removed? If it is possible to have the HST removed off electricity, what would the timeline be?


Date answered : December 10, 2014Printable PDF - 64518_answer.pdf


Under the Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement, the province is allowed to designate supplies of goods and services eligible for a point‐of‐sale rebate of the provincial portion of the HST. However, the total value of the point of sales exemption cannot exceed 5% of the GST base. Once the point‐of‐sale exemptions were determined, no changes could be made until two years after the implementation of the HST.

Heating oil was identified as the No. 1 priority for HST exemption based on current data indicating that most low to moderate income families heat their homes with oil.

The provision of the point‐of‐sale rebate on heating oil, children’s clothing, children’s footwear, and books has used the province’s room for point of sale rebates. There was no additional room available for a rebate on electricity.

Under the HST model put in place by the government, low and modest income households are, on average, protected from tax increases as a result of the introduction of HST through mitigation, which includes:
• a reduction in the base consumption tax rate on PEI from 15.5% to 14%
• point of sale exemptions on heating oil, children’s clothing, children’s footwear, and books
• the Prince Edward Island Sales Tax Credit (PEISTC) rebate program

Government will review its HST exemptions after receiving required statistical data from the Canada Revenue Agency.


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