2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit Guide

Everything you need to know about Ontario’s new staycation rebate

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Understanding Ontario’s Staycation Tax Credit

At Landsby, we want to make it as easy and as affordable as possible for people to explore Ontario. In this guide, we will explain how the 2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit works, and we will hopefully anticipate the answers to any questions you might have. However, if you have any further questions, consult the official Ontario Government Annex, and remember that official details may change first on the Annex before they change here.

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The Short Version

If you live in Ontario and travel in Ontario in 2022, you can receive a generous tax rebate at the end of the year.

The Slightly Longer Version

Ontarians are being incentivized to get out and explore their home province — not that incentive is needed! But this wonderful staycation tax credit allows locals to claim 20% of Ontario accommodation costs back when they file their personal income taxes in 2023. When you travel for overnight stays anytime in 2022 (January 1st to December 31st), keep your receipts and present them for credit when you file your tax return.

Filing as an individual?

You can claim up to $1,000 in accommodation costs, and you will receive a 20% rebate on that amount. That means that $200 will be credited back to you.

Filing as a Couple or a Family?

If you are filing as a couple/family, you can claim up to $2,000 in accommodation costs and you will receive a 20% rebate on that amount. That means that $400 will be credited back to you.

Asking for Receipts is Crucial

Here at Landsby, we want Ontarians to be able to take full advantage of this staycation tax rebate, so we’d like to highlight the importance of asking for detailed receipts from any accommodation you stay at as you travel through Ontario. In order to make sure your claim is valid, your invoices will need to include the following information:

  • Location of the accommodation
  • The GST/HST paid
  • The date of stay
  • The name of the payor
  • The amount that can reasonably be considered to be the accommodation portion of a stay*

*This is important: if you have purchased an overnight stay with Landsby that includes more than just accommodations, Landsby will provide an estimate of the suggested retail price for the accommodation portion.

If you have purchased a packaged stay NOT through Landsby that includes overnight accommodations as well as dinner or other inclusions, you should ask the establishment for a receipt that itemizes these inclusions.

You would only claim the accommodation portion of your stay towards your credit.

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FAQs for the 2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit

If I have paid for my trip in 2021 but I am travelling in 2022, can I apply for this credit?
Yes! The time of payment does not matter, but the trip itself must take place between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022 in order to be applicable.

Is the credit only available for money spent on accommodations?
Yes, the credit can be applied for stays of less than a month at an eligible accommodation such as a hotel, motel, resort, lodge, bed-and-breakfast establishment, cottage, or campground in Ontario.

Can I use the credit for business stays?
No. The credit only applies to costs incurred for leisure, which means that business trips are not included.

Can I use this credit for trips paid by someone else?
No. The person who paid for the trip would have to be the tax filer, their spouse or common-law partner, or their eligible child.

Does the maximum amount have to be spent all in one trip or can you combine trips up to the max amount?
No, the money does not have to be spent all at once in order to qualify. Multiple eligible accommodation expenses for any number of stays may be claimed. You can use receipts from various vacations throughout 2022, up to your maximum allowance. So, if you stay in a campground for two nights, then take a weekend trip to a hotel and later in the year stay in a resort, you can claim a 20% rebate based on all of those stays up to $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families.

Are there any accommodations that are not eligible for the staycation rebate?
Short-term accommodations that are ineligible include timeshare agreements or stays on a boat, train or other vehicle that can be self-propelled. A stay in an RV park may be eligible if it is considered short-term accommodation or camping accommodation — meaning that it is not your seasonal spot (which wouldn’t qualify because it is a stay of more than a month).

Who will ultimately determine if my stay is eligible?
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would deliver the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit and would make determinations on eligibility for the credit on a case-by-case basis when reviewing 2022 Personal Income Tax returns.

**Please note: This information has been put together by Landsby to help Ontario residents claim the Staycation Tax Credit. Every effort has been made to verify all details, but please be sure to confirm your own legal and financial obligations. This page has not been endorsed by the Ontario Government, the CRA or any other official body. Landsby does not take any responsibility for the summary above as the details can change any time. This document cannot be referred to as financial advice.

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