British Columbia’s transition from the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) back to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) system begins on April 1st, 2013, but the Whistler Chamber of Commerce is organizing a PST planning seminar to help Whistler businesses cope with the transition. As many know, the HST in BC was very controversial amongst people and business in Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia, and as result was voted out in the HST Referendum in 2011. The Canadian tax system remains divided with five provinces on the HST tax system, while the remaining 8 provinces and territories remain on the Goods and Service Tax (GST) along with the PST tax.
British Columbia Ministry of Finance PST Planning Sessions.
The Whistler Chamber of Commerce is hoping to help business owners in Whistler make a smooth transition back to charging PST and GST. On January 30th at 9 a.m., the British Columbia finance ministry is offering a two-house information session to Whistler businesses in the boardroom at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce. For all Chamber of Commerce members, the info session is complimentary.
If you can’t make the PST planning seminar on January 30th at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, then the B.C finance ministry is also holding two other sessions on Tuesday, January 29th and Wednesday, January 30th at 2 p.m.
Whistler’s PST Planning Seminar Sessions
Whistler – PST Planning Seminar
Location: Boardroom at Whistler Chamber of Commerce
Address: 201-4230 Gate Way Dr RR 4, Whistler
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 30th at 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Squamish – PST Planning Seminar
Location: Squamish Adventure Centre
Address: 38551 Loggers Lane, Squamish
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 30th at 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Pemberton – PST Planning Seminar
Location: Pemberton Community Centre
Address: 7390 Cottonwood Rd, Pemberton
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 29th at 2:00PM – 4:00PM
For vacation rental owners in Sun Peaks and Big White Ski Resort, there are also PST Planning seminar’s happening in your respective areas of Kamloops, BC and Kelowna, BC.
Kamloops and Sun Peaks PST Planning Seminar
Address: 1290 West Trans-Canada Highway, Kamloops
Date & Time: Monday, January 21st at 10:00AM – 12:00PM
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-372-7722.To learn more, email
Kelowna and Big White Ski Resort HST Planning Seminar
Address: 544 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Date & Time: Friday, February 15th at 8:00AM – 9:30AM
For anyone that has questions regarding the switch from HST to PST in British Columbia, especially if you’re a Whistler, Sun Peaks, or Big White vacation rental owner, these are important info-sessions that you should attend to ask the questions you need specific answers to that address your needs.
Whistler businesses that know they need to register for the PST can do so by mail, fax, or in person at a Service BC Centre or online. Businesses can get more info on these three options by visiting the PST in BC website or by phone at the Ministry of Finance’s toll-free number, 1-877-388-4440. For vacation rental owners in Whistler, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce PST Planning seminar is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how the switch from HST to the GST and PST system their business.