Downtown Parking Cost Increases

Have increased downtown parking costs impacted your arts organization? The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association wants to hear from you.

On January 1, 2010 TransLink's Parking Sales Tax applicable to paid off-street parking changed from 7% to 21%, but the compounding effect since GST also applied resulted in 27% in taxes on paid parking. With the implementation of the HST on July 1 the new total of taxes applicable to off-street paid parking changed to 35.5%.

Also this year, the City of Vancouver extended the hours that on-street parking meters would be in effect, notably from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. instead of what was in place before, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) is interested in receiving feedback from arts and cultural organizations located downtown on how these changes to on-street and off-street parking have impacted you. Have you seen fewer patrons, a change in mode of transportation used by your patrons to get to you, or any other results?

Any observations that you are prepared to share with them will be most welcomed.

Kindly submit your comments to the DVBIA’s executive director Charles Gauthier at charles@downtownvancouver.net by November 19, 2010. 

 

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