What taxes can I expect to pay on my imports to Canada?
When importing in a business name where goods are for commercial use, the Canadian importer can expect to pay GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 5% which is payable on most goods at the time of importation.
**Some commodities such as prescription drugs, medical and assistive devices, basic groceries, agriculture and fishing goods are zero-rated – meaning they are non-taxable. For more information on what qualifies for the tax exemption please visit the Canada Revenue Agency by clicking the link below.
When importing in an individual name where goods are for personal use, the Canadian importer can expect to pay GST (Goods and Service Tax) of 5% plus the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) or a combined HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) depending on the province the goods are destined for.
Provinces which use HST
Ontario (13% HST)
New Brunswick (13% HST)
Newfoundland & Labrador (13% HST)
Nova Scotia (15% HST)
Prince Edward Island (14% HST)
Provinces which use PST
British Columbia (7% PST)
Manitoba (7% PST)
Quebec (9.975% PST)
Saskatchewan (5% PST)
Provinces/Territories which use only GST
Alberta (5% GST)
Nunavut (5% GST)
North West Territories (5% GST)
Yukon Territory (5% GST)
* These rates as of June 1, 2016.
July 1, 2016 changes:
New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador (15% HST)