Starting April 1, British Columbians will have to pay provincial sales tax on sugary drinks and vaping products sold online.
Under the changes, PST will be applied to carbonated drinks that contain sugar, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners. This includes drinks sold through a vending machine or through a soda gun, fountain pop machine or similar equipment.
E-commerce businesses, streaming platforms and sellers of digital software and telecommunications located outside of British Columbia will also be required to register and collect PST starting next month, if they have B.C. revenues of more than $10,000.
That measure will also require Canadian sellers of vapour products to collect PST on online or mail-order services to people in B.C.