Ontarians to be nickel and dimed to death in 2016

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The new year will cost you a little bit more in Ontario. The Liberal government has a slew of new charges and fee increases that come into effect January 1, 2016 along with new regulations on certain products

Everything from hydro bills to validation stickers for your car will end up costing you more in 2016. In fact, don’t expect to see anything come down if you’re a resident of Ontario.

Residential hydro consumers will still see their hydro bills go up, even though the governing Liberals are planning to remove the controversial debt retirement charge from their monthly statements in 2016.

The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which takes 10 per cent off hydro bills, will also expire at the same time. The majority of ratepayers will also be expected to bankroll a proposed program that would offset energy costs for lower-income families.

According to the government, a typical family consuming about 800 kilowatt hours per month would save about $75.60 a year after taxes once the debt retirement charge is removed on Jan. 1, 2016

Changes to fees allow the government to keep costs down for manufacturing and industry, while maintaining safe highways and bridges by making further investments in infrastructure.

The annual fee for dealer/service plate validation and motorcycle dealer/service plate validation under the Highway Traffic Act will increase.

Dealer/Service plate validation increasing from $156 to $172

Motorcycle Dealer/Service plate validation increasing from $87 to $96.

The annual fee for vehicle and trailer permits under the Highway Traffic Act will increase as follows:

Vehicle permit, number plate and validation fees for a trailer from $53 to $59

Permit for motor vehicle and trailer from $14 to $20.

The annual validation fee for farm vehicles collected under the Highway Traffic Act will increase from $123-$975 to $140-$1,110.

The fee applied to unpaid fines under the Provincial Offences Act (POA) will increase from $20 to $40. This increase will encourage the prompt payment of POA fines and will allow municipalities to offset the costs of fine enforcement. This fee has not been increased since 1992. All revenue from this fee goes to municipalities.

The government is committed to a smoke-free Ontario, especially when it comes to preventing young people from taking up smoking.

Regulations under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act will be amended to prohibit the smoking of tobacco on the outdoor grounds of hospitals and psychiatric facilities; and to prohibit smoking and the sale of tobacco on certain Ontario government properties.

Also on January 1, a legislative change to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco will come into force. This will help protect youth from the harmful effects of smoking because flavoured tobacco is more appealing to youth. A supporting regulation will come into force that exempts certain flavoured tobacco products from the ban.

Regulations under the Electronic Cigarettes Act will come into force that:

Prohibit sales of e-cigarettes to youth

Require e-cigarette retailers to have appropriate signage.

Other things to cost you more in 2016.

Gas, expect it rise as the dollar continues to fall

HST – The federal Liberals have not ruled out a hike in the HST

Hospital parking rises by a $1 an hour

 

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