Canada Moves Closer To Taxing Netflix And Other Streaming Services

The federal government is inching towards taxing Netflix and other streaming services, a move likely to be supported by Canada's media creators.

A briefing note prepared for Heritage Minister Melanie Joly argues in favour of charging sales tax on digital content subscriptions, such as on Netflix’s monthly fee.

The note argues that not charging a sales tax on foreign content services like U.S.-based Netflix is unfair because it places domestic competitors at a disadvantage.

It also “represents a significant loss of potential tax revenue for government,” stated the note, which was obtained by the CBC.

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