The Municipal Regional District Tax (MRDT) was implemented July 1, 2018 in Boundary Country for a period of five years. This 2% accommodation tax comes back to the community for local tourism marketing and industry development activities.
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Effective October 1, 2018 changes to the tax collection now include all fixed roof accommodation. Operators must identify themselves to the Provincial Government to set up collection of the tax. Information can be found online, review the Bulletin.
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The Boundary Country Five-Year Strategic Business Plan is the guiding document for the annual tactics plan which is due November 30 every year to Destination BC.
The Boundary Country DRAFT One-Year Tactical Plan 2019 MRDT was submitted to Destination BC November 30, 2018. The tourism industry was consulted through a stakeholder workshop Nov 1, 2018 held in Grand Forks, an online survey and 1:1 discussions to gather feedback on the draft plan. The final plan was completed in March 2019 and leveraged funding is confirmed.
Leveraged Funding Confirmed: Destination BC through the Open Pool Cooperative Marketing Program confirmed matching funding of $97,825 to market Boundary Country for the period April 1, 2019 to March 30, 2020. Matching funds from Regional District Kootenay Boundary ($20,000), plus stakeholders (through program engagement $20,000), MRDT ($13,198) and Big White ($44,627) brings the total project value to $195,650.
MRDT Funds Collected to Date:
The MRDT transferred to the Regional District for the period July 1-Dec 31, 2018 $49,523.19; Additional contribution by RDKB $2,000; MRDT transferred year to date for 2019 up to the May collection period totals $18,587.94 for a grand total of $70,111.13. Note: Online revenue now being transferred e.g. sources such as Airbnb. To date the portion of Online collection was $1,593.86 noted in the March 2019 collection letter.
Committees: The existing Boundary Country Tourism Advisory Committee has been expanded and the MRDT Steering Committee of accommodation operators has been established to ensure representation from all areas of the Boundary.