Reality TV streaming service Hayu sent subscribers an email announcing a price hike ranging from 5% to 14.98%.
For example, Hayu now costs $ 6.29 in Ontario, $ 6.71 in British Columbia, and $ 6.89 in Quebec. You can find all the changes to the cost of the service in the table below. In the email, Hayu says she was forced to make these changes as a result of “recent changes in Canadian provincial and federal tax laws” that require the company to “collect and remit sales tax.”
âThe price of your subscription remains unchanged at CAD $ 5.99 per month. The amount you will see on your new monthly bill from July 1, 2021 will be CAD $ 5.99 + your province’s taxes, âsays Hayu.
In November 2020, the federal government unveiled a plan to impose a tax on digital giants like Netflix and Amazon, which will essentially require businesses to collect HST and GST on services sold to Canadians.
For context, under the current rules, digital businesses based abroad can sell their products and services to Canadians without charging GST and HST. However, this will no longer be the case as the new tax changes are expected to take effect on July 1.
In early May, Hayu’s Apple TV app went down for several weeks. The issues with the streaming service appear to have been resolved.