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GST/HST on Digital Services in Canada

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GST/HST on Cross-Border Digital Services in Canada

Canada introduced federal rules for digital economy businesses effective July 1, 2021.

Non-residents supplying digital products and services to consumers in Canada should be required to register, charge, collect, and remit GST/HST on qualifying taxable supplies. This should apply to supplies to final consumers (B2C).

Digital Services in Scope

Supplies of the following electronically supplied services by non-resident suppliers should be subject to GST/HST in Canada:

  • Online subscription-based video or music streaming
  • Mobile apps
  • E-books, downloadable Digital content
  • Online video gaming

Supplies that should not be considered digital services in scope of the e-commerce rules include:

  • Supplies that may not be consumed or used in Canada,
  • Supplies that relate to tangible personal property or real property that is situated outside Canada, and
  • Services that are supplied to a person in connection with a supply of short-term accommodation made to the person, and the consideration for which represents a booking fee, administration fee or other similar charges.

Determining the Location of the Canadian Consumer

To determine the location of the Canadian customer, the following data points should be taken into account.

  • Home address of the customer
  • Business address of the customer
  • Billing address of the customer
  • Internet Protocol address of the device used by the customer or similar data obtained through a geolocation method
  • Payment-related information of the customer or other information used by the payment system
  • Information from a subscriber identity module, or other similar modules, used by the customer
  • The place at which a landline communication service is supplied to the customer; and
  • Any other relevant information that the Minister may specify

GST/HST Registration for Foreign Companies

Foreign companies should register for GST/HST with the Canada Revenue Agency when the applicable thresholds are breached. Non-resident vendors that do not carry on business in the country may be able to complete a simplified registration, available only to these select companies. Businesses should be required to collect, remit, and file for sales to final consumers. Input tax is not recoverable under the simplified registration.

  • Non-residents should be required to register when the threshold amount of applicable revenues exceeds CAD 30,000 over the 12-month period
  • Fiscal representatives: A foreign business should not be required to appoint a tax representative in Canada to register for GST/HST However, a security deposit should be provided to the authority in cases where the non-resident business has no permanent establishment in Canada.

GST/HST Returns and payment of taxes

GST/HST returns for non-residents

Once registered, businesses should collect and remit taxes to Canadian Revenue Agency. Note that these are returns for non-resident companies - not to be confused with VAT returns of local companies.

Non-resident companies supplying cross-border supplies of digital products and services to Canadian consumers should register under the Simplified GST/HST.

GST/HST Return Name
Filing Frequency
Annual Return
Filing Deadline
Payment Deadline
Payment Currency
Fiscal Representative
Input Tax Recovery
Record Storage

Digital Reporting Requirements for Cross-Border Digital Services

Digital reporting is not mandatory for non-residents in Canada.

For more information about digital reporting requirements in Canada see .

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