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Currency & Tax

As of July 1, 2010, Ontario harmonized its retail sales tax with the GST to implement the HST at the rate of 13% and British Columbia harmonized its provincial sales tax with the GST to implement the HST at the rate of 12%. Also, as of July 1, 2010, Nova Scotia increased its HST rate from 13% to 15%.

The general retail sales tax rate (RST) is 8%.

The other RST rates for certain goods and services are:
  • accommodation for a period of less than one month - 5%
  • admissions of more than $4 to places of amusement - 10%
  • alcoholic beverages sold through licensed establishments - 10%
  • alcoholic beverages sold through retail stores - 12%
  • alcoholic beverages taken from your inventory for your own use - 12%
  • alcoholic beverages provided free of charge - 12%

For more information, contact the Canada Revenue Agency.

Chartered banks are located in virtually all cities and towns in Algoma. These full-service institutions are the best locations for exchanging currency. Note: most banks are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. There is also a government sanctioned Canada/U.S. currency exchange service at the Ontario Travel Information Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and at the Duty Free Store and Kiosk or at the Casino Sault Ste. Marie.

Credit Cards

Chartered banks are located in virtually all cities and towns in Algoma. These full-service institutions are the best locations for exchanging currency. There is also a government sanctioned Canada/U.S. currency exchange service at the Ontario Travel Information Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and at the Duty Free Store and Kiosk. Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club etc., are honoured in all communities in the Algoma Region. Be sure to check with individual businesses before or when booking accommodations.

Border Crossing

The provided information below is for everyone planning a trip to Canada.

Land, Sea and Air Travel
U.S. Citizens
On June 1, 2009, U.S. citizens returning home from Canada by air, land or sea, will be required to present one of the travel documents listed below.
U.S. Passport
This is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person’s identity and nationality. It is accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
U.S. Passport Card
This is a new, limited-use travel document that fits in your wallet and costs less than a U.S. Passport. It is only valid for travel by land and sea.
Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)
Several states and Canadian provinces/territories are issuing this driver’s license or identification document that denotes identity and citizenship. It is specifically designed for cross-border travel into the U.S. by land or sea.
Trusted Traveler Program Cards
NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST enrolment cards can speed your entry into the U.S. and are issued only to pre-approved, low-risk travelers. The cards are valid for use at land or sea; the NEXUS card can be used in airports with a NEXUS kiosk.

Note: Beginning June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card. For more information on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative please visit www.cbp.gov.

A visitor from all other countries requires a valid passport and in some cases a visitor’s visa. Visit the Canada Immigration web site:www.immigration.ca. For more information on Boarder Crossing please visit http://www.algomacountry.com/617/border-crossing