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Specific changes to taxes on sweetened drinks are on the way for British Columbians after they were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the BC government, the previously eliminated provincial sales tax on carbonated beverages that contain sugar, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners will come back into effect on April 1st, 2021.

The reinstated PST will apply to all beverages dispensed through soda fountains or similar equipment, along with all beverages available through vending machines.

The province says the move is “supported by health professionals due to the health costs and impacts of sweetened drinks.”

Along with the sugary drinks tax, Canadian e-commerce sellers of vapour products, such as vape pens, etc. will now be asked to add the provincial sales tax on all online or mail-order sales to customers in BC, as part of the new measure.

Generally, the rate of PST in British Columbia is 7% on the purchase on the price of goods and services, with some exceptions.