The federal government is proposing a $50 toll on the first $500,000 in car ownership in every province and territory by 2023, but the Liberals have rejected the plan, calling it an “unreasonable” price increase that will hurt small businesses.
The Liberals also have rejected a similar $50 fee for drivers with an Ontario licence plate, a proposal that is expected to generate $4 billion in revenue in the first decade, according to a report from the National Association of Manufacturers.
But the Liberals, in their final budget on Tuesday, committed to “eliminating” tolls for new vehicles on major highways, and said the changes would not be implemented until the next election.
They also announced that the government would end a $2.5-billion program that lets people buy and sell vehicles online, but have said they won’t change the way they operate.
The government will make it easier for consumers to buy, sell and lease vehicles.
The Liberals have promised to provide a rebate for buyers of commercial vehicles.
They will also allow people to register vehicles and sell them at a lower price.
The $50 surcharge on new vehicle purchases is the most significant change from the previous government.
In 2012, the Liberals pledged to abolish the $50 vehicle licence fee, and the Liberals introduced a $15 vehicle licence tax.
In 2016, they said they would repeal the fee and that they would introduce a $1.25 tax on all new vehicles.
But after the Liberals announced they would eliminate the fee, they did not specify how the money would be spent.
They also promised not to change the operation of the program, saying it would be the same as the previous system.
In the final budget, the government announced that it will increase the sales tax on commercial vehicles to 10 per cent from 7 per cent, and it will impose a $4.25 vehicle registration fee on all vehicles sold in the province, starting in 2018.
“We are committed to bringing more people into the auto industry, and we will continue to pursue new, innovative solutions that will help our small businesses grow, create jobs and keep our communities safe,” the budget said.
The Liberal government has not yet released details on what these changes will mean for businesses.
But in the last budget, they announced that they had made changes to a tax rebate program that will allow people with commercial vehicles or those with a valid Ontario licence plates to sell them.
The rebate will be paid to owners of vehicles in their first two years of ownership, but if they sell their vehicle within two years, it will be returned to the province.
In addition, the rebate will apply to new vehicle sales within five years, and to all new vehicle transactions within 10 years.