Feb 10, 2023
By Jane Brown
We’re learning Ontario residents will soon be subject to a pop tax.
A Toronto Star report says an organization backed by some of the largest food and beverage companies in Canada is set to impose a new recycling fee on Ontario consumers.
It is said to have been made possible by a new recycling system introduced by the Doug Ford PCs at Queen’s Park.
The report says starting April 1st, shoppers in Ontario can expected to pay a new levy of between one cent and three cents per container every time they buy a non-alcoholic drink.
The “pop can tax,” as one industry insider has dubbed it, will likely be applied by retailers at checkout and appear on receipts as a separate charge, like the HST.
The planned changes are detailed as part of a sweeping transformation of Ontario’s recycling system.
The “pop can tax” is one way non-alcoholic beverage producers plan to fund their share of the new system. The idea builds off a regime already in place in Manitoba. But critics argue it undermines the central premise of the new recycling plan.
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