For Immediate Release
April 6, 2016
ST. CATHARINES – Momentum is growing in Niagara to stop the province of Ontario from granting municipalities the authority to charge a municipal vehicle tax. On April 4th, St. Catharines City Council endorsed a motion from the Region of Niagara and voted unanimously against a Vehicle Registration Tax. The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association applauds St. Catharines City Council for not supporting a new tax targeting the auto sector.
Currently, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is reviewing the Municipal Act, and is seriously considering giving new taxing powers to all municipalities, including the ability to tax vehicles. To date, Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin has only ruled out a land transfer tax being extended to all municipalities (except Toronto which already has the taxing power). All other taxes are still under serious consideration.
“Through its unanimous vote, St. Catharines City Council has sent a strong message to the province of Ontario that a car tax is not welcomed in St. Catharines, and any plans to implement such a tax should be scrapped. Ontario’s new car dealers deeply thank Council for supporting the auto sector and helping to preserve the value of vehicle ownership. New car dealers and drivers in St. Catharines have won a major victory.”
- Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations
Trillium Automobile Dealers Association
"I am more than happy to endorse the motion from Niagara Region and oppose a new Vehicle Registration Tax. Residents in our community have a right to expect that the City will not simply try and find new ways to tax residents; this tax is not transparent, does not provide value to residents and was clearly opposed by a unanimous vote of Council."
- Mat Siscoe, Ward 4 Councillor
City of St. Catharines
· The Region of Niagara and the City of Hamilton have also passed motions not supporting a municipal vehicle registration tax.
· The Vehicle Registration Tax has the potential to increase taxes on Ontario vehicle owners by $660 million per year.
· Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin has not ruled out the possibility of allowing municipalities to charge a Vehicle Registration Tax, among other taxes, to all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities.
· The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association represents over 1,000 new car dealers across Ontario including 15 dealers in St. Catharines.
Contact: Frank Notte | 905-940-2225