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Ontario's staycation tax credit is now in effect and this is how it works

Ontario's staycation tax credit for 2022 is now in effect.

Anyone planning a getaway within the province in 2022 could be eligible for a tax refund under the new "Ontario Staycation Tax Credit" program.

Ontarians can get a 20 per cent personal income tax credit on eligible accommodation between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, up to a maximum of $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400 respectively. 

Ontario residents can apply for this refundable credit when they file their 2022 personal tax returns and benefit even if they do not owe any tax.

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According to the government, an eligible accommodation expense has to be:

  • For a stay of less than a month at an eligible accommodation such as a hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage or campground in Ontario
  • For a stay between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2022
  • Incurred for leisure
  • Paid by the Ontario tax filer, their spouse or common-law partner, or their eligible child, as set out on a detailed receipt
  • Not reimbursed to the tax filer, their spouse or common-law partner, or their eligible child, by any person, including by a friend or an employer
  • Subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as set out on a detailed receipt.

The government said this tax credit will help the tourism and hospitality sectors recover and encourage Ontarians to explore the province. 

The credit could provide an estimated $270 million to support over one-and-a-half million families to further discover Ontario, the government said. Top Stories

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