We all know what a vibrant city Vancouver is with endless options for entertainment but did you know that there are a number of choices whose cost is waived from including the Provincial Sales Tax (PST)? Read on for some suggestions.
1. Take a ferry
All transportation fares are PST exempt. You can buy a day pass for The Aquabus and travel around the False Creek of Vancouver including Granville Island for only $16.
2. Buy a membership to an art gallery
Membership fees are not subject to PST. You can get a one-year membership to the Vancouver Art Gallery for $90 which even allows you to vote at the Annual General meeting.
3. Watch a sporting event
PST is not charged on tickets for sporting events. You can watch the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team play at BC Place stadium. Fun fact: CPABC members can receive discount pricing on the 2019 season.
4. Go to a conference
Admission to a conference is not subject to PST. The Women Deliver 2019 Conference will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from June 3-6 2019 and the speakers will include the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.
5. Treat yourself to a spa day
Personal services are PST exempt. Smile Thai Wellness Spa is TripAdvisor’s number one rate spa. Its treatments include Thai Massage and Chinese Acupuncture.
6. Rent a hall
Rentals of real property are not subject to PST. You can rent the historic Heritage Hall on Main Street to hold an event for as low as $450 (Monday-Thursday/9am-5pm).
7. Take a workshop
Workshop fees are not charged PST. You can take a fun dance workshop at the Harbour Dance Centre on Granville Street such as cabaret jazz or tap intro.
8. Visit a museum
The admission price to museums is PST exempt. You can visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vanier Park for only $13.50.
9. Take a course
Non-credit courses are not subject to PST. You can take a continuing education course at SFU’s downtown campus on Hastings Street in areas such as business and communication.
10. Listen to some music
The cost of tickets for music concerts are free from PST. You can listen to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the Orpheum on Smithe Street. Fun fact: CPABC members get 15% off any regular performance in the 2019/2020 season.
Jennifer Jessica Peck, CPA, CGA
CPA Marketing Content Contributor