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What is Canadian Harmonized Sales Tax?

Canadian HST or Harmonized Sales Tax is a combination of the federal GST and provincial PST imposed in 5 of the 13 provinces and territories in Canada.  The rate of HST varies between 13% -15% and applies on most goods and services supplied in the participating provinces.  Currently, the following provinces impose an HST:  Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island(PEI).  Ontario as the lowest rate of HST at 13%.  Currently, the rate of HST in PEI is 14% but it is expected to increase to 15% on October 1, 2016.  The remaining maritime provinces, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have HST rates of 15%.

All HST is administered by the federal government.