Canada Planning ‘Luxury Tax’ On Some Aircraft


The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is calling on aircraft operators to oppose a 10 percent “luxury tax” on personal aircraft (also boats and cars) worth more than $100,000 CAD (about $75,000 USD), proposed as part of the newly elected government’s financial plan. The proposal was announced as a campaign promise in October and became government policy in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “mandate letter” to Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlining the financial initiatives expected over the next four years. It occupies a single line in the document and specifies that the tax targets items for personal use. Details on its implementation timeline and how the tax will be collected have not been released. 

COPA President Bernard Gervais said in a recent announcement that while details of the proposed tax are sketchy, opposition has already begun. “Rest assured that we will be working against this in coordination with the other aviation associations,” he wrote. In the meantime, Gervais said members should write Morneau to protest the mandated tax. All aircraft sales in Canada are already subject to a 5 percent goods and services tax along with sales taxes levied by individual provinces and the additional tax “would seriously hinder aviation’s future in Canada and cause potentially devastating harm to the airports and jobs that this sector of Canada’s aviation industry sustains,” a template letter supplied to COPA members says.

Russ Niles
Russ Niles is Editor-in-Chief of AVweb. He has been a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb 22 years ago. He and his wife Marni live in southern British Columbia where they also operate a small winery.

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  1. I wonder if the Liberals and Green party there realize that people will just keep their old gas vehicles and not buy Teslas, the new electric planes, or more efficient boats that ALL cost more than $75K?

  2. Trudeau is taking his cues from the US Democrats who did the same thing during the Jimmy Carter Depression. Remember how well that turned out?

  3. Where would all the angry right-wingers be without Liberals as a trigger for their affliction? More time to spend in quiet contemplation on love, truth and kindness? (How many did a spit-take, c’mon, fess up).

    What power doth Liberals wield over thee! HA! You’ve fallen into their trap you foolish ones! You’ve shown them your weakness and exposed your true nature! And they only had to Exist! Hahaha!

    Envy is merely a snarling pup in Anger’s litter like fault-finding, blaming others, generalizing, peevishness, surliness, etc. are. Angers’ SOLE reason for existence is to destroy the user from within.

    So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Festivus, or if you choose not to celebrate anything whatsoever, Happy Here and Now!

  4. This is just another thinly veiled attempt to “Make the rich pay their fair share”, AKA class warfare. Trouble is, who gets to define “rich”? Politicians and the general public think all aircraft owners are rich. In fact, the vast majority are far from it. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “wow, you must be rich” when they find out I own and airplane. I’m pretty sure our national politicians are far richer than am I. Why don’t we put a tax on stupidity? That would raise far more revenue.