Trudea Says No to Internet Tax

June 16, 2017 Taxation in Canada

Canadian internet taxOTTAWA – Plans for a tax on high-speed internet have been quickly shutdown by the Prime Minister of Canada, following a proposal for such a tax by a national heritage group.

On June 15th the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau stated that the government would not support the recent proposal to instate a tax on high-speed internet services.

The proposal was raised by the Canadian Heritage parliamentary committee, and called for a 5 percent tax to be instated on high speed internet connections.

The tax will be applied to “broadband internet providers”, but their offered basic services packages would be exempt from the tax.

Due to the targeting of the tax, it has come to be called a “Netflix Tax” as it will be more likely to impact high-end users, and not individuals who want access to a bare-bones connection.

The tax was expected to raise as much as CAD100 million per year, with all the raised funds to be used to fund the Canadian Media Fund.

The funds would subsequently be used to pay for the creation of more Canadian media content.