Being that we are taxed to the hilt, why make us do the calculation to figure out the realistic price? Nothing like getting it rubbed in my face many times a day. Just put the real price on the tag.
Develop a well-researched congestion pricing strategy at the Provincial level to be implemented locally if, when and where appropriate. Congestion pricing is an efficient and fair method of financing transit, necessary road infrastructure improvements and other alternative modes of transport. It reduces congestion in peak hours, promotes active travel, boosts our economy, our health and promotes sustainability. Leadership ...more »
There are a fair number of suggestions here now that include concerns about accountability (you can find them through a search) I think it would be a good idea for the government of Ontario to define through legislation exactly what "Accountability" means and entails for all institutions, agencies and bodies that are (or should be) accountable to the public in Ontario. Accountability should be required, and consequences ...more »
Here is a tax grab that really bugs me: There is no GST on used cars sold unless the car is sold by a car dealer... Before the HST, it used to be though that people did have to pay the 8% provincial sales tax, but not gST. When the hST came in, what happened, the provincial governmetn increased its tax to 13% - and the exucse was that this will stop "curbsiders". In fact, it does not such thing but this was something ...more »
In 1990, tuition covered about 20% of the operational costs of Ontario universities. Pubic funding covered 80%. Now, tuition covers nearly 50% of the universities' budgets. (See http://www.ousa.ca/2013/06/27/weve-got-our-wires-crossed-the-slow-changing-story-of-university-operating-funding/). The reason is mainly a decrease in public funding. Here's a solution: 1- progressively increase public funding to the 60% mark, ...more »
Costs for trades certificate licensing have gone from $60 for 3 years to $120 ever year in one single hike. This is a ridiculous cost put on the individual trades person, hair dresser, etc. Its unfair! Please repeal!
Increase the Corporate Tax Rate and provide rebate down to current levels by incorporating a payroll calculation. Use a calculation that takes into consideration the basic tax rate paid by employees and add DPSP-Pension contributions of permanent employees only as the numerator against the total compensation paid by the organization to permanent, temporary and contracted organizations. The lower the rate the lower the ...more »
Where all revenue generating tools and measures ultimately end up in General Revenue anyways, their is no justification for the creation of new revenue tools, or existing ones for that matter, beyond perhaps a reasonable consumption tax. If the Provincial government needs to generate more revenue, they should do so honestly, fairly, and transparently, by increasing the corporate tax, income tax, or HST. Removing all ...more »
The Land Transfer Tax is an unfair and pointless tax - it should be eliminated. Normally many taxes are applied to things based on principles such as "fairness", or to achieve some important goal, like discouraging smoking. The land transfer tax discourages home ownership, and penalises people who want to move to take a job, to buy a bigger home so they can have kids, or from senioirs from downsizing. Lets reduce ...more »
Whereas a capital gain is defined as the proceeds from the sale of an asset (ie. land, buildings, stocks, etc) less the original cost of that asset. Example: you invest $1,000 in a small business by purchasing shares and 5 years later sell your shares for $10,000. The capital gain would be $10,000-$1,000 or $9000. Whereas the capital gain's inclusion rate is currently 50%. In other words, 50% of your capital gain will ...more »
The federal and provincial excise taxes on gasoline in Ontario are currently 10¢/L and 14.7¢/L, respectively, while the federal and provincial excise taxes on diesel in Ontario are currently 4¢/L and 14.3¢/L. The larger the vehicle, the more efficient it is due to economies of scale, while doing more damage per kg to the road surface (due to how roads, highways and bridges are designed). The air and noise pollution from ...more »
HST is a non-progressive tax which taxes the poor indiscriminately and hurts Ontario businesses small and large alike despite their net income. It should be replaced with other means of taxation such as a carbon tax and increased income and corporate tax. HST could be phased out in stages by making more things exempt. Starting with all food no mater the source, and all used goods (this hurts the low income people the ...more »