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Do I pay GST on food products?

The supply of basic groceries which includes most supplies of food and beverages marketed for human consumption (including sweetening agents, seasonings and other ingredients to be mixed with or used in the preparation of such food or beverages) has no tax charge. However, certain categories of food for example; carbonated beverages, candies, confectionery and snack foods are taxable. If a product’s tax status is in doubt the CRA will consider the manner in which the product is displayed, labeled, packaged, invoiced and advertised to determine its tax status.

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