14 Dec 2017

NL residents more likely to support than oppose rented private residences receiving the same taxes and regulations as other paid accommodations

  • One-half of Newfoundland and Labrador residents support rented private residences being taxed and regulated in the same manner as other paid accommodations in the province, while four in ten express opposition in this regard
  • Support for rented private residences and other accommodations having the same taxes and regulations in Newfoundland and Labrador is consistent with such support in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, but is higher compared to such support in New Brunswick

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, one-half of Newfoundland and Labrador residents support 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, one-half (50%) of Newfoundland and Labrador 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 over four in ten (44%) residents either completely or mostly oppose rented private residences and other paid accommodations having the same taxes and regulations.

Across Atlantic Canada, support in Newfoundland and Labrador for rented private residences being taxed and regulated in the same manner as other paid accommodations is similar to support in Prince Edward Island (53%) and Nova Scotia (50%), but is higher compared to support in New Brunswick (42%). Across the population of Newfoundland and Labrador, support for these accommodations having the same taxes and regulations is elevated among residents with higher household incomes.

“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. “In Newfoundland and Labrador, residents are more likely than not to support both the regulation and taxation of 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 383 adult Newfoundland and Labrador residents, conducted from November 2 to 30, 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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