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Ontario is offering a temporary Staycation Tax Credit for 2022. This tax credit is to encourage families to vacation within the province, while supporting the tourism and hospitality industries.

Ontario residents can claim up to 20% of their accommodation expenses when filing their personal Income Tax and Benefit Return for 2022.

Individuals can claim up to $1,000 or $2,000 for families to get back up to $200 or $400, respectively.

Who is eligible

You are eligible to claim the credit if you are an Ontario resident on December 31, 2022.

Only one individual per family can claim the credit for the year. Your claim can include the eligible expenses of your spouse or common-law partner and your eligible children. An eligible child is not entitled to claim the credit on their personal Income Tax and Benefit Return for 2022.

If you do not have a spouse or common-law partner, or eligible child, you can claim your own eligible expenses for the credit.

Eligible expenses

You can claim the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for accommodation expenses for a leisure stay of less than a month in Ontario, at a short-term accommodation or camping accommodation, such as a:

  • hotel
  • motel
  • resort
  • lodge
  • bed-and-breakfast establishment
  • cottage
  • campground

Short-term accommodation would generally not include timeshare agreements, or a stay on a boat, train or other vehicle that can be self-propelled.

The tax credit only applies to leisure stays between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, regardless of the timing of payment for the stays. The tax credit does not apply to business travel.

The accommodation expenses must also:

  • have been paid by you, your spouse or common-law partner, or your eligible child, as set out on a detailed receipt
  • have been subject to Goods and Services Tax (GST)/Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), as set out on a detailed receipt
  • not have been reimbursed to you, your spouse or common-law partner, or your eligible child, by any person, including by a friend or an employer

As long as all other conditions are met, you can claim any of the following expenses:

  • accommodation for a single trip or multiple trips, up to the maximum expense limit of $1,000 as an individual or $2,000 as a family
  • accommodations booked either directly with the accommodation provider or through an online accommodation platform
  • the portion of the expense that is necessary to have access to the accommodation
  • the accommodation portion of a tour package expense

For more information visit Ontario.ca.

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