On all goods and services purchased through Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel and Suites, a 13% HST and 9.9% daily mandatory charge, which includes a Tourism Improvement Fee, will be applied. Some packages will have both HST and TIF combined in one line labeled “TAXES”.
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
Effective July 1, 2010 the Ontario Retail Sales Tax (PST) has been replaced with a value added tax (OVAT) and combined with the federal goods & services tax (GST) to create a federally administered Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The new Ontario HST will be encompassing a provincial component (OVAT) at 8% and a federal component (GST) at 5%, for a combined HST rate of 13%. (e.g. 13% HST = 5% GST + 8% OVAT)
This helps Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel and Suites fund their various programs to achieve our lofty goal of carbon neutrality.
It’s only with the help of our guests that we can achieve our lofty goal of carbon neutrality! We are currently charging an eco-fee of $3.00 inclusive of taxes for each room night to help fund programs such as:
- The operation and maintenance of 2 Organic Digesters that reduce the organics to gray water (eliminates organics in a compost that create harmful methane gases)
- Recycling of all cooking oils, batteries, light bulbs, electronics, printer toners, newspapers, cardboard, liquor, beer and wine bottles, plastic bottles, glass and cans, paints, oils and solvents, as well as scrap metal.
- All departments are now furnished with water coolers to eliminate the need for plastic water bottles.
- All chemical drums are now returned to suppliers to reuse.
- All toilet paper is made from 100% recycled paper and facial tissue is 80% recycled paper.
- All paper towels are made from 100% recycled paper.
- All foaming hand soap and Purell® hand sanitizer are green certified.
- Each room is now being furnished with paper recycling bins.
These are just a few of the steps that we are taking to help the global climate and we appreciate your assistance.
Tourism Improvement Fee (TIF or T.I. FEE)
The Tourism Improvement Fee (TIF) is used to offset a myriad of business costs and to support city-wide marketing efforts and local infrastructure improvements. It is at the sole discretion of each hotel to apply such a fee.
This fee helps fund and support a number of initiatives including free concerts, local events, festivals, and community and hotel marketing initiatives. Furthermore, a portion of this fee is applied to infrastructure improvements such as the convention centre, street-scaping, public space beautification, communication infrastructure, site development, and community planning. In addition, the fee supports internal hotel initiatives including but not limited to hotel maintenance and improvement, health and safety resources, and administration costs. By funding destination initiatives, such as concerts, and various local events, the TIF enhances visitor experiences for both the region and Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel and Suites.
Why is it necessary at this time?
Funding for marketing and community endeavors is limited. Provincial spending on marketing for our region is limited. To remain competitive we need to increase the funding available for destination marketing and to offset the increased cost of business.
What is the method of determining how much money individual properties will collect?
Each participating business includes a discretionary percentage of their property’s room sales, and/or restaurant sales. The TIF rate (percentage) will vary from business to business and is set by each property individually.
Is the TIF a tax?
The TIF is not a tax, and should not be referred to as a tax. The provincial and/or government are not involved in the approval or collection of the TIF.
How does the TIF differ from the current taxes put on the bill by the provincial government?
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is considered a consumption tax in Canada. It is used in provinces, including Ontario, where both the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the regional Provincial Sales Tax (PST) have been combined into a single value added sales tax. The HST is directed by government and is legislated. The TIF on the other hand is collected by individual businesses and is inclusive of HST.
What is the government’s role in the TIF?
None. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) recognizes the industry’s interest in developing revenue-generating tools to meet the needs of the regions and cities that they service. The Ministry considers tourism fees to be voluntary for businesses to participate within and considers them to be industry led initiatives.
Who will administer the TIF?
Each business will determine the best use of the funds they collect.
Is this fee voluntary?
The Fee is voluntary for hotels and other tourism partners to participate in. Should the property decide to implement a TIF, it is up to their discretion to make the charge mandatory for their customers. If a property implements a mandatory TIF, the customer under contract is obligated to pay the fee in full.