14 Dec 2017

New Brunswickers slightly more likely to oppose than support rented private residences receiving the same taxes and regulations as other paid accommodations

  • Four in ten New Brunswick residents support rented private residences being taxed and regulated in the same manner as other paid accommodations in the province, while just under one-half express opposition in this regard
  • Support for rented private residences and other accommodations having the same taxes and regulations is lower in New Brunswick than elsewhere in Atlantic Canada

HALIFAX, NS December 14, 2017: Online accommodations booking services, such as Airbnb, are commonly used to rent privately owned houses, apartments, or other residences. There has been recent debate surrounding whether or not these accommodations should be taxed and regulated to follow the same standards as other paid accommodations, such as hotels and motels. Overall, public opinion in New Brunswick is split on the issue of rented private residences listed on these online accommodations booking services being taxed and regulated to follow the same standards as other paid accommodations in the province, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc.

Specifically, four in ten (42%) New Brunswick residents completely or mostly support rented private residences being taxed and regulated to follow the same standards as other paid accommodations in the province. Meanwhile, just under one-half (47%) of residents either completely or mostly oppose rented private residences and other paid accommodations having the same taxes and regulations.

Across Atlantic Canada, support for rented private residences being taxed and regulated in the same manner as other paid accommodations is lower in New Brunswick than in Prince Edward Island (53%), Nova Scotia (50%), or Newfoundland and Labrador (50%). Within New Brunswick, support for these accommodations having the same taxes and regulations is higher in Northern New Brunswick than elsewhere in the province. Across the population, support in this regard is higher among men and Francophone residents than women and Anglophone residents.

“There continues to be considerable public debate related to the treatment of privately rented accommodations in Canada in terms of both taxation and regulation,” said Don Mills, Chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “New Brunswickers are currently more likely to oppose than favour regulating and taxing such accommodations in the same manner as other commercial accommodations.”

These results are part of the CRA Atlantic Quarterly®, an independent, quarterly telephone survey of Atlantic Canadians, and are based on a telephone sample of 384 adult New Brunswickers, conducted from November 2 to 29, 2017, with overall results accurate to within ± 5.0 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

Corporate Research Associates (CRA), www.cra.ca, is one of Canada’s leading public opinion and market research companies. Founded in 1978, CRA is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. CRA is a Certified Gold Seal Member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA), which sets stringent standards as a condition of membership, and enforces those standards through independent audits. Follow us on Twitter @CRAInsight.

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For more information, please contact:

Don Mills, Chairman and CEO at (902) 493-3838

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