The provincial government has released a comprehensive list of products and services that will be subject to the Harmonized Sales Tax, which comes into effect July 1.
The Ontario government, which also introduces an HST this summer, had released a detailed list of what would be taxed and what wouldn't. Finance Minister Colin Hansen thought that was a good idea.
"When we saw what Ontario had done on and put up on their website I immediately said this makes sense, let's actually copy what Ontario's done," Hansen told CTV News on Wednesday.
The HST will extend to previously PST-exempt items including camping sites; newspapers; air, rail and bus travel originating in B.C.; landscaping, plumbing and electrical services; hockey tickets; golf memberships, and tomato plants.
Other products are eligible for instant rebates on the provincial portion of the HST, including children's clothing and fuels (gasoline, ethanol blends, diesel, biodiesel). That 7 per cent tax break is twice the level of the 3.5 per cent carbon tax, pointed out Guy Dauncey in a recent Tyee article.
Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.