Proposed rules will force airlines to include taxes in prices
Dec. 16, 2011, Ottawa - The federal government will bring in regulations requiring Canadian airlines to include all fees and taxes in their advertised prices.
December 16, 2011 By The Canadian Press
But it will be a year or more before the amendments to the Canada Transportation Act take effect.
A consumer affairs committee of federal and provincial bureaucrats has acknowledged a growing sense of so-called sticker shock when it comes to airfares.
Advertised ticket prices rarely include extra charges, which in some cases can virtually double the posted price of airline tickets.
The undisclosed amounts include Nav Canada fees, airport improvement charges, fuel surcharges, insurance and air security charges.
Consumers also have to add taxes — GST or Harmonized Sales Tax, and possibly sales tax or other taxes depending on the province or country.
The Canadian Transportation Agency is to begin the process of drafting regulations, including consulting stakeholders.