Engagement

Engagement: Engagement

Engagement on Modernizing the Ontario Gas Card Program

In summer 2016, the Province launched an engagement process to seek advice, from First Nation communities and industry stakeholders representing gasoline wholesalers and collectors, on modernizing the Ontario Gas Card Program. The objective of the Province's modernization efforts is to make it faster and easier for First Nation individuals and band councils to purchase tax‑exempt gasoline on‑reserve, and for on‑reserve gasoline retailers to receive refunds from the Province.

Ontario's Gasoline Tax Act applies gasoline tax at a rate of 14.7 cents per litre of gasoline. First Nation individuals and bands are exempt from paying this tax if they buy gasoline for their exclusive use from an authorized on‑reserve gasoline retailer.

Based on analysis of the feedback received through the engagement process which concluded in fall 2016, the government is proposing to eliminate the use of the Certificate of Exemption (Ontario Gas Card) as proof of entitlement to purchase tax‑exempt gasoline on‑reserve. This change would become effective in 2019.

In place of the Ontario Gas Card, the Ministry of Finance is proposing to accept the following as proof of entitlement for the tax exemption:

  • First Nation individuals would use a Certificate of Indian Status or Secure Certificate of Indian Status Cards, more commonly referred to as ‘Status Cards.' This document is issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to a person registered as an Indian under the provisions of the Indian Act. A Temporary Confirmation of Registration Document could also be used, which is an official document issued by INAC while an individual awaits their Status Card.
  • Band councils would use a unique identifier which would be issued by Ontario.

For more information and to provide your input on our proposal please visit Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 533: Gas Card Modernization - posted January 12, 2018 and comments due February 26, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns please e‑mail GasCard.Modernization@ontario.ca with the subject line: Regulatory Registry

Alternatively, you may mail your submission to:

Ontario Ministry of Finance
Program Policy and Analytics Branch
Ontario Gas Card Modernization
33 King Street West, 6th Floor
Oshawa ON   L1H 8H5