TICO Explanatory Paper Details Amendments To Regulations

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The Travel Industry Council of Ontario is reminding stakeholders that the recent amendments to Ontario Regulation 26/05 came into force on 01JUL. 

TICO says it anticipates possible confusion in relation to the interpretation of the new provisions and has prepared an 8-page Explanatory Paper to assist stakeholders.

The following is a summary of the amendments to the regulation:

Effective July 1, 2016: 

  • Exempting businesses that exclusively offer 1-day tours from the requirements of the Act.
  • Modifying the security deposit and working capital requirements to provide some flexibility for lower risk businesses that are closely tied to government.
  • Aligning the filing deadline for regular claims and trip completion claims at six months.

 

Effective January 1, 2017:

All-in pricing. This provision will require registered businesses to display the total price to consumers, including all fees, levies and other charges, when advertising travel services.

TICO is encouraging stakeholders to contact TICO if they have any questions or require guidance with respect the changes to the Regulation at email tico@tico.ca or Tel: 1-888-451-TICO (8426).




Darren Swidler - July 4, 2016 @ 09:07
If I understand TICO's explanatory paper correctly a non-registrant operating in Ontario (now exempt) offering a 1 day tour to Stratford can advertise the price of the tour without taxes. However, a TICO registrant offering the very same 1 day tour to Stratford needs to advertise the price inclusive of taxes, thereby making the registrant's identical tour appear 13% more expensive. Is this correct? If it is correct, how does that make prices the same for consumers in the province?


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