B.C. removes PST on e-bike purchases

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The province is incentivizing the purchase of electric bikes by eliminating provincial sales tax on e-bike and trike purchases. 

“This is just one of the ways our government is encouraging people of all ages to make the switch to an electric-assisted bicycle that will ease commuting pressures and help the environment,” said Selina Robinson, minister of finance.

The exemption is part of B.C.’s CleanBC program. Its 2021 budget also includes $36 million over the next three years for active transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting improvements and multi-use pathways.

“As we reopen our communities to social gatherings and travel, helping British Columbians reconnect is important,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure. “As our economy continues to recover, removing the PST on e-bikes makes it easier for people to choose cleaner, healthier ways to move around.”

The PST exemption on e-bikes is widely supported by stakeholders, including the Union of BC Municipalities, HUB Cycling and the BC Cycling Coalition, according to the province.

“The adoption of active transportation modes has become mainstream across B.C. and nothing represents this better than the current e-bike boom,” said Peter Ladner, chair of the BC Cycling Coalition. “The removal of PST on e-bikes removes a barrier to affordability of these amazing mobility solutions and can also help encourage British Columbians of all ages to cycle instead of drive for many trips. This is critical for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving public health and making mobility more equitable and accessible across the province.”

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