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.
Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
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.
To stay current with Provincial Government Changes on this tax sign-up for email alerts or visit the Government of BC “What’s New in Taxes & Tax Credits” web page.
For information of how to complete the MRDT Tax Return contact the Province of BC.
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.
2020 Annual Plan: The FINAL Boundary Country One-Year Tactical Plan 2020 MRDT was re-submitted to Destination BC January 9, 2020 to include the market allocation by season. The tourism industry was consulted through two workshops held Sept 25 Grand Forks, Sept 26 Greenwood, an online survey, MRDT Steering Committee meeting, 1:1 discussions with local stakeholders and email link via the Boundary Country News Nov 20, 2019. The Plan includes leveraged funding with the RDKB application to Destination BC’s (DBC) Open Pool Program, so the final MRDT plan budget will be confirmed in February once the additional DBC funding is confirmed.
2019 Annual Plan: The Boundary Country 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 net transfers to the Regional District for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (first year) $78,266. Additional contribution by RDKB $2,000. Total budget $80,266.
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.