The Canadian Indirect Tax Landscape for Foreign Suppliers of Goods to Canadian Consumers (B2C)

The rise of the digital economy has forced lawmakers to adapt their indirect tax framework to ensure that foreign and local businesses would operate on an even playing field and that goods and services would be taxed within their country of consumption. With that in mind, some features of indirect tax regimes had to be reconsidered, such as import VAT/GST exemptions on low-value goods, along with VAT/GST registration requirement for non-resident suppliers of goods and services to local consumers. In this article, the authors address the 2021 Canadian GST/HST digital economy reform, analyse how it compares with the OECD recommendations and provide some key insights for foreign suppliers of goods to Canadian consumers who try to navigate the current Canadian indirect tax landscape.