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September 21, 2023

Tax group calls on Sask. to drop PST on construction after Ottawa gives break on rental projects

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling upon the Saskatchewan government to drop the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on construction projects. The call came after the federal government in Ottawa decided to drop GST on the construction of new rental apartment buildings.

“It is not often we get good news on tax relief from Ottawa, but we think Premier Scott Moe should follow suit on this one,” said Gage Haubrich, Prairie director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF).

The CTF referenced the premier’s recent promises after the by-elections to make life in Saskatchewan more affordable and lowering housing costs.

“In Saskatchewan, over one in six households spends 30 per cent or more of their total household income on housing. Affordability is on the forefront of everyone’s minds,” Haubrich said.

Haubrich specifically pointed to the Saskatchewan government’s tax increase on construction labour and materials in 2017. Reversing that tax would be an easy decision, he said.

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