I have recommended in this blog that fellow CBS’ (cross-border shoppers) compare all costs when comparing prices down south. One of those has been the “Stewardship Fees” read TAXES that are charged up front for recycling of electronics, tires, paint cans etc. Well get out your calculators they are going up.
On TV’s 29″ or larger fees are increasing from $27.60 to $39.50. that’s 10% more on a $395.00 set. Good new for those of us purchasing a “floor standing” Photocopier though, those fees are going down.
Fees charged by Retailers – If retailers choose to recover this cost by passing it on to their customers in the form of higher prices or as a separate charge on the customer’s invoice, it forms part of the fair value of the taxable product and/or service provided and is subject to HST at a rate of 13 per cent. So $39.50 becomes $44.64
And it’s not just in-your-face fees; until March 31, agriculture and off-road tires had a maximum fee of $250, and most were under $100. Starting April 1, fees are now based on weight, and range from $5.88 for tires weighing less than 15 kg, up to $1,311 for tires that weigh over 1,200 kg. In one example, the fee on farm equipment tires rose from $15 to $353.00 Do you think the farmer is going to eat, no pun intended, these additional costs or will they be passed on to you?
Ontario charges $1,646 for one tire for a Deere 9770 combine, compared with $210 in British Columbia, $90 in Saskatchewan, $54 in Newfoundland, $24 in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island and zero in other provinces. Maybe we’ll start seeing farmers cross-provincial shopping!
Light at the end of the tunnel?
This just in –
Environment Minister Jim Bradley said Monday that new legislation he’ll introduce within weeks will ban companies and retailers from charging the recycling fees separately.
“It’s a cost of doing business … there’s no need to be plunking it on as a separate fee as though it’s some kind of penalty,” Bradley told reporters.
Anybody willing to take bets on this one? I can just see retailers absorbing a 10% fee on $400.00 TV that they make 5% on.