A lot of cities in Canada are ranked amongst the cities where the quality of life is better according to Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living survey. Vancouver is ranked 5th best city in the world for its quality of living, while Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary are in the 28 best cities for their quality of living. Although there is a good quality of living in Canada, you have to know that taxes in Canada are highly present in your everyday life.
According to the provinces, there are more or less taxes.
One tax is common to the whole country: the Good and Services Tax (GST). The GST is a Government of Canada tax. The GST adds five percent to the price of most items and services in Canada. The GST is not added on groceries or prescription drugs but it applies to snack food items such as candies, soft drinks or chips.
GST is a tax added in all Canada while other taxes are added to some items in several provinces (not all of Canada’s provinces). In some provinces, instead of having two taxes: GST and PST (Provincial Sales Taxes), there is just one tax called HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).