BILL NO. 243
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
69 Elizabeth II, 2020
Financial Measures (2020) Act
The Honourable Karen Casey
Minister of Finance and Treasury Board
First Reading: March 3, 2020
Second Reading: March 4, 2020
Third Reading: March 10, 2020 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 1 sets out the short title of the Act.
Clause 2 amends the Gaming Control Act to establish immunity for the Province, the ministers responsible for the Act, the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and operators of casinos against liability arising from the exercise of their powers or the performance of their duties respecting lottery schemes.
Clause 3 lowers the general corporate tax rate from 16% to 14% and the small business tax rate from 3% to 2½% effective April 1, 2020.
Clause 4 extends the expiry of the digital media tax credit from December 31, 2020, to December 31, 2025.
Clause 5 extends the expiry of the digital animation tax credit from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2025.
Clause 6 increases the tobacco tax rates on cigarettes, fine-cut tobacco, tobacco sticks, cigars and any other form of tobacco.
Clause 7 authorizes the Provincial Tax Commissioner to refuse to issue a retail vendor's permit for the sale of tobacco to more than one person at the same place of business.
Clause 8 changes an outdated reference to the Consolidated Fund to the General Revenue Fund.
Clause 16 amends the Tobacco Access Act to clarify that the definition of vendor includes a vendor under the new Part IIIA of the Revenue Act added by Clause 9.
Clause 17 provides the effective dates for Clauses 2, 6 and 9.
1 This Act may be cited as the Financial Measures (2020) Act.
2 Chapter 4 of the Acts of 1994-95, the Gaming Control Act, is amended by adding immediately after Section 126 the following Section:
- 126A (1) Notwithstanding anything in this Act, the regulations or any other enactment, no action or other proceeding lies or may be commenced or maintained against Her Majesty in right of the Province, the member of the Executive Council assigned responsibility for Part I, the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, the Corporation, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation or the operator of a casino, or a director, officer, employee or agent of any of them, acting in good faith, for anything done or omitted to be done under this Act or the regulations in the exercise or intended exercise of their powers or in the performance or intended performance of their duties respecting lottery schemes, including video lottery terminals.
(2) Subsection (1) does not relieve the Atlantic Lottery Corporation or a casino operator, or a director, officer, employee or agent of either of them, of any liability to which any of them would otherwise be subject in respect of an action for damages arising from a negligent act or omission of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, casino operator or the director, officer, employee or agent.
(3) Nothing in subsection (2) makes the Atlantic Lottery Corporation or a casino operator, or a director, officer, employee or agent of either of them, liable for punitive damages or exemplary damages in an action for damages referred to in that subsection.
3 (1) Subsection 40(1) of Chapter 217 of the Revised Statutes, 1989, the Income Tax Act, is repealed and the following subsection substituted:
- (1) The tax payable by a corporation under this Part for a taxation year is the corporation's taxable income earned in the year multiplied by the total of
(2) Subsection 40(2) of Chapter 217, as enacted by Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2000 and amended by Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2010 and Chapter 8 of the Acts of 2011, is further amended by striking out "16%" in the last line and substituting "the rate applicable in subsection (1)".
- (e) 3.0% for the period commencing on January 1, 2014, and ending on March 31, 2020; and
4 (1) Subsection 47A(2) of Chapter 217, as enacted by Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2007 and amended by Chapter 2 of the Acts 2008 and Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2014, is further amended by
(2) Subsection 47A(6) of Chapter 217, as enacted by Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2007 and amended by Chapter 33 of the Acts of 2014, is further amended by striking out "2021" in the fourth line and substituting "2026".
5 Subsection 47B(7) of Chapter 217, as enacted by Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2015, is amended by striking out "July 1, 2020" in the third line and substituting "January 1, 2026".
6 Subsection 34(1) of Chapter 17 of the Acts of 1995-96, the Revenue Act, as amended by Chapter 21 of the Acts of 1996, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 1997, Chapter 13 of the Acts of 1998, Chapter 5 of the Acts of 1999 (Second Session), Chapters 3 and 48 of the Acts of 2001, Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2002, Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2003, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2004, Chapter 9 of the Acts of 2007, Chapter 5 of the Acts of 2009, Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2013, Chapter 6 of the Acts of 2015 and Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2016, is further amended by
7 Section 37 of Chapter 17 is amended by
- (2) The Commissioner may refuse to issue a retail vendor's permit to more than one person at the same place of business.
8 Section 46 of Chapter 17 is amended by striking out "Consolidated" in the second line and substituting "General Revenue".
9 Chapter 17 is further amended by adding immediately after Part III the following Part:
- 46A In this Part,
- (i) for that person's own consumption or use or for the consumption or use of other persons at that person's expense, or
(b) "offshore area" means Sable Island and the submarine area of the Province that is between the inner limits and the outer limits described in Schedule I, as amended from time to time, of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act;
(f) "sale price" includes a price in money and also the value of services rendered, the actual value of the thing exchanged and other considerations accepted by the seller or person from whom the property passes as price or on account of the price of the thing covered by the contract, sale or exchange, and includes
- (i) customs duties and excise tax imposed by or pursuant to an enactment of the Parliament of Canada and including an amount equal to the tax that would be paid or payable under subsection 165(1) of the Excise Tax Act (Canada) if that tax were calculated only on the preceding elements of this clause, determined without reference to the input tax credit provided for in that Part that would relate to the thing covered by the contract of sale, and
(ii) charges for transportation, unless the total charges for transportation of the thing sold relate solely to transportation within the Province and are shown separately on the invoice or in the contract with the purchaser;
(g) "tax" means a tax imposed pursuant to this Part and includes all penalties and interest that are, may be or may have been added to a tax pursuant to this Part and includes deposits made or required to be made on account of tax liability under this Part;
- (i) a product or device containing an electronic or battery-powered heating element capable of vapourizing a vaping substance for inhalation, including a component or part that can be used to build the product or device, or
- (i) is designed for use in a vaping device,
- (i) a person who sells a vaping product in the Province for the purpose of resale,
- (i) a regularly scheduled ferry for use by the general public, or
- (i) twenty per cent of the manufacturer's or importer's suggested retail selling price, and
(2) For the purpose of this Part, every consumer of a vaping product is deemed to have purchased the vaping product from a vendor at a retail sale in the Province and the vaping product is deemed to have passed at the sale.
- (i) for that person's own consumption or use in the Province, or for the consumption or use in the Province of other persons at that person's expense, or
46E (1) Where the Commissioner deems fit, the Commissioner may make a valuation of a vaping product that passes at any sale, and thereupon the sale price for the purpose of taxation pursuant to this Part is as determined by the Commissioner.
46F (1) No person shall sell or agree to sell a vaping product to a consumer at a retail sale, by any means, including vending machines, unless the person has been granted, upon application in the manner required by the Commissioner, a retail vendor's permit and such permit is in force at the time of the sale.
(2) No retail vendor shall be in possession of a vaping product other than a vaping product purchased by the retail vendor from a wholesale vendor who, at the time of purchase, held a wholesale vendor's permit that was issued pursuant to this Part and that, at the time of purchase, was in force.
46I No person shall transport a vaping product unless, at the time the vaping product is being transported, that person is in possession of a bill of lading, waybill or other document showing the origin and destination of the vaping product.
46J No person who sells a vaping product shall advertise or hold out or state to the public or to any purchaser, directly or indirectly, that the tax or any part of the tax imposed pursuant to this Part will be assumed or absorbed by that person or that it will not be considered as an element in the price to the purchaser or, if added, that it or any part thereof will be refunded.
46K The judge of a court trying a prosecution for a contravention of this Part may, in the absence of proof to the contrary, infer that the substance in question is a vaping product by the substance's appearance or packaging and from the fact that a witness describes the substance as a vaping product.
46L (1) For the purpose of carrying into effect this Part according to its true intent and of supplying any deficiency therein and for the purpose of relaxing the strictness of the law relative to the incidence or the collection of the tax thereunder, in cases where, without relaxation, great public inconvenience or great hardship or injustice to persons or individuals could not be avoided, the Governor in Council may make such regulations as are considered necessary or advisable.
- (iv) vaping products as defined in Part IIIA of this Act;
13 Clause 83(ca) of Chapter 17, as enacted by Chapter 3 of the Acts of 2001, is amended by striking out "Department of Health" in the first line and substituting "a department established by or pursuant to the Public Service Act".
- 89A (1) Every person who contravenes Part IIIA of this Act where no fine is otherwise specifically provided is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than two hundred and fifty dollars and not more than five thousand dollars.
- (i) a fine of not less than five hundred dollars and not more than five thousand dollars, and
- (i) a fine of not less than five thousand dollars and not more than twenty-five thousand dollars, and
(3) A wholesale vendor, or an employee of a wholesale vendor, who contravenes Part IIIA of this Act is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of not less than five thousand dollars and not more than one hundred thousand dollars and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, and in any event shall, in addition, be ordered by the judge to pay the amount of the tax that is owing, including any arrears, penalties and interest on or before such date as is fixed by the judge.
(4) A person who fails to collect the tax imposed by Part IIIA of this Act is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine equal to the amount of the tax, including any arrears, penalties and interest that should have been collected as determined pursuant to this Act and, in addition, to a penalty of not less than twenty-five hundred dollars and not more than twenty-five thousand dollars and, in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.
(5) Where a court or judge convicts a person of a contravention of Part IIIA of this Act that involves the use of a vehicle to transport or store a vaping product, the court or judge shall forthwith make a report of the conviction to the Commissioner who shall report the conviction to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles in the case of a person who holds a driver's licence, vehicle permit or certificate of registration issued pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act.
(6) Upon receipt of a report of the conviction of a person who holds a driver's licence, vehicle permit or certificate of registration issued pursuant to the Motor Vehicle Act, the Registrar of Motor Vehicles shall suspend the licence, permit or certificate of registration of the vehicle in respect of which the violation was committed for a period of three months for a first conviction, six months for a second conviction and one year for any subsequent conviction.
- (qa) delegating any authority under this Act to any person;
16 Clause 3(h) of Chapter 14 of the Acts of 1993, the Tobacco Access Act, as amended by Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2014, is further amended by adding "Part III or IIIA of" immediately after "of" in the second line.
17 (1) Section 2 has effect on and after May 2, 1991.
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