The City of Sarnia implemented a four percent (4%) Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) effective July 1, 2020.
The introduction of the MAT follows the Province of Ontario passing of Bill 127: Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures) 2017, which allows lower or single tier municipalities in Ontario to charge a mandatory MAT, often referred to as a “Hotel Tax.” The addition to the Ontario Municipal Act, 2001 (the Act) and accompanying Ontario Regulation 435/17,Transient Accommodation Tax came into effect on December 1, 2017.
The MAT will support important City of Sarnia tourism programs and contribute to a strong and vital community. One half of the net MAT revenue will be shared with Tourism Sarnia Lambton to support their promotion and development of Sarnia-Lambton tourism. The other 50% of net MAT revenue will remain with the City to provide funding for future project/initiatives which aim to support tourism.
The Municipal Accommodation Tax helps fund programs and services that visitors take advantage of when visiting (e.g. roads, transit, culture, parks, natural areas and recreation).
Accommodation providers, including hotels, motels, motor hotels, lodges, inns, resorts, bed and breakfast or other establishments providing lodging in all or part of a dwelling, of less than thirty (30) days are required to collect and remit the Municipal Accommodation Tax .