Ontarians are against cities having power to tax the family car – Nanos poll

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A poll released on Wednesday  by Nanos Research shows a large majority of Ontarians – 71 per cent – do not support municipalities having the ability to tax vehicles.

For the past several months, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association has been advocating that the Province of Ontario not allow municipalities the ability to charge their own taxes on vehicles. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is reviewing the Municipal Act, and is seriously considering giving new taxing powers to all municipalities – including a municipal Vehicle Registration Tax.

Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations, Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, said: “Nearly three quarters of Ontarians believe the provincial government should slam the brakes on giving municipalities the authority to tax the family car.  Ontarians have sent a strong message to provincial and municipal politicians that a municipal Vehicle Registration Tax is not welcome.”

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 “An overwhelming majority of Ontarians say the family car is a necessity to run their household. The Ontario Government should take steps to lessen the cost of owning a vehicle in order to promote Ontario’s auto sector and make life easier for Ontario families. A new Vehicle Registration Tax courtesy of your local municipality achieves neither of these goals.”

Highlights of the Nanos Research poll include:

  • Majority oppose municipalities having power to put taxes on cars –Around three quarters of Ontarians oppose (71%) or somewhat oppose (five percent) the idea of allowing municipalities to have the power to put taxes on cars.
  • Three in four unlikely to support a politician in favour of giving taxing power to municipalities –Over eight in ten Ontario residents would be unlikely (74%) or somewhat unlikely (eight percent) to support a politician in favour of giving taxing power to municipalities
  • Ontarians feel the timing is poor for a new Government tax on cars –Almost half (48%) of residents in Ontario feel that the timeliness of the new Government tax on cars is very poor. Additionally, over a quarter (28%) of residents believe the timeliness is poor.
  • Majority feel a car is a household necessity –Ontarians largely feel that having a car is essential (83%) in a household. Nine per cent believe it is somewhat essential.
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