May 19, 2022

Canada: Nova Scotia: “Libraries Relieved that Province Won’t Put Tax on Books”

From The News (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia)

Eric Stackhouse, chief librarian of the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, said it is good news that the province’s Finance Minister Diane Whalen has listened to the public concerns over taxing HST [harmonized sales tax] on printed books and said it would not be included in the budget on April 9.

Stackhouse estimated if the province went ahead and put HST on printed books, it would end up costing the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library an additional $10, 000 a year, which equates to about 400 printed books.


However, Stackhouse said the library is still facing some reductions because of the lack of government funding and support.

The Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library currently operates under a budget of $1.3 million annually which hasn’t increased much in many years despite rising costs and new program initiatives that need to be put in place to keep up with the times.

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