Image: Parliament Buildings in Victoria (Ryan Kelm Photography)

No matter who you are, living in British Columbia just got a little bit more expensive.

As a result of the 2018 BC budget announcement earlier this year, tax increases on various goods and services have been implemented at the start of April.

Here’s a breakdown of what will be affected, and by how much.

1. Carbon tax

The first iteration of the province’s carbon tax increases was set into motion on Sunday, April 1st, causing gas prices to jump by about 1.2 cents per litre. The carbon tax will rise three more times this year.

2. Victoria motor fuel tax

A 2 cent per litre increase to the motor fuel tax, as requested by the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, has also gone into effect as of April 1st, raising gas prices from 3.5 cents to 5.5 cents per litre in Victoria. This increase will be used to fund a long awaited service expansion to the public transit system.

3. Tobacco tax

If you’ve been trying to quit smoking, this might give you an extra push. The province’s tobacco tax has also gone up by 2.8 cents to 27.5 cents per cigarette, and by 12.8 cents to 37.5 cents per gram for tobacco other than cigars and cigarettes.

4. Liquor tax

This is one tax increase that takes place every year like clockwork, on April 1st. Tax rates on domestic beer, wine, and spirits have been raised by the following amounts:

(Government of Canada)

5. BC Hydro

Despite the NDP’s campaign promise to freeze BC Hydro rates, their request was rejected by the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC) last month. As a result, British Columbians will have to pay 3% more on their BC Hydro rates as of April 1st.

6. Luxury vehicle tax

Although this one won’t affect the majority of people living in B.C., it is still worth mentioning. Luxury cars (the ones that cost between $125,000 and $149,999) will now come with a 15% instead of 10%. Cars worth $150,000 now have a 10% tax increase, jumping from 10 to 20%.


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