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  • This study provides estimates of the government revenue directly attributable to tourism updated to 2009 and revised for 2003 to 2007.

  • According to the study, tourism activities generated $19.2 billion in government revenue in 2009, down 3.7% from 2008. About four-fifths of government revenue attributable to tourism stemmed from domestic tourism spending. The rest resulted from spending by international visitors. The worldwide economic downturn and a decline in tourism in Canada both contributed to lower government revenue.

  • Government revenue generated from tourism exports decreased 9.6% in 2009, while that from domestic tourism slipped 1.8%.

  • The federal government collected 46% of the revenue attributable to tourism while the provincial/territorial governments collected 48%. Municipal governments received the remainder.

  • Exports accounted for about one-fifth of the revenue attributable to tourism at the federal level and slightly more at the provincial/territorial level. About one-fourth of revenue attributable to tourism at the municipal level came from exports. Aside from 2004, these shares have all shown steady declines over the last decade.

  • For every $100 of tourism spending in 2009, the federal government raised $12.71, the provincial/territorial governments took in $13.11 and municipal governments received $1.74.

  • International visitors generated $30.51 in government revenue for each $100 spent, compared to $26.81 for Canadians. On average, governments raised $27.56 for every $100 of tourism spending in 2009, up from $27.33 in the previous year.

  • About $9.8 billion of the government revenue attributable to tourism came from taxes on products sold to final consumers, like the Goods and Services Tax and provincial sales taxes. This was 2.4% lower than the previous year.

  • Tourism generated $4.4 billion in taxes on employment income and business profits for all levels of government in 2009, down 5.7% from 2008.

  • About $2.5 billion in tourism revenue came from other taxes on production and intermediate inputs, down 4.0% from 2008, while revenue from contributions to social insurance plans decreased 4.5% to $2.0 billion. Government sales of goods and services to tourists added another $458 million, down 4.4% from the previous year.

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