:Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is an emerging sector with the potential to be a catalyst for positive change and a contributor towards solutions to some of Ontario’s most pressing challenges.

The government is committed to responding to this sector in ways that support growth and foster innovation. Ontario’s framework will be guided by principles of accommodating new business models, fostering innovation, protecting workers and consumers, promoting a level playing field and ensuring tax fairness.

Ontario Partners With Airbnb on New Pilot Project

Ontario is the first province in Canada to partner with Airbnb to ensure consumers and hosts know their legal rights and responsibilities. The pilot project will raise awareness about homeowners’ and consumers’ rights and responsibilities when offering or booking online accommodations, informing users about:

  • How to follow tax laws such as reporting rental income
  • Consumer protection rights under contracts, such as cancellations or refunds
  • Accessibility requirements, such as allowing service animals on rental property
  • Other regulatory and safety obligations, such as having a functioning smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector

Sharing Economy Advisory Committee

In October 2015, the Province established the Sharing Economy Advisory Committee with representation from key ministries to oversee Ontario’s approach and to harness the opportunities presented by the sector.

Contact: If you would like to leave a comment or share your insights, please email us at: sharingeconomy@ontario.ca.

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