Saskatchewan has joined Quebec in collecting provincial sales tax on Netflix subscriptions, with the extra charges starting at the beginning of this month.
The province introduced the change in an act last year. Under the change to the Provincial Sales Tax Regulations, Saskatchewan can collect the tax from businesses not based in the province, provided the goods or services are used or consumed here.
That would include any "transmission, broadcast or distribution of data, programming or entertainment," according to the act.
Netflix confirmed it began charging customers of its streaming service the six per cent sales tax starting Jan. 1, 2019.
Jim Billington, press secretary to Premier Scott Moe, said in a statement that several vendors that provide TV and streaming services — including SaskTel, Shaw and Spotify Canada — also collect PST from their customers.
"The move by Netflix is positive in terms of establishing an example of equity among vendors providing TV programming and streaming services," read the statement.