Taking a vehicle into Ontario for >30 days (or is it 60? It's one of the two.) requires that you actually import this vehicle into Canada and get it set up with Ontario plates. To get Ontario plates, you need Ontario insurance, an Ontario license, and basically all of the stuff listed here. The notable part here is Vehicle Form 1, which you get upon entering Canada, except in my case, where they told me I didn't need it when I asked. Whoops. Wrong-o, border agents. So I've got to drive out to Pearson airport and get that set up, which is a pain, because I live on the other side of the city from Pearson.
|My view of Toronto when I first drove in here last September.... didn't know it'd be so hard to bring Princess here for real!|
The rest of the stuff on that checklist is simple and obvious, like a safety inspection, emissions test, etc. Vehicle Form 1, however is a beast, and you can read all about it here. Luckily, because I am on a temporary resident work permit, and I will be returning to the U.S., the RIV registration fee is waived, so there's $195 back for me. Nevertheless, there are taxes on EVERYTHING, even air conditioning, as can be seen here and here. There are even taxes on the taxes! That sample calculation scares me; a $50k vehicle from the U.S. would cost almost $4k to import to Canada if it was fuel inefficient. Princess thankfully isn't worth nearly that much, only a bit more than $4k herself, I'd say. Because she's 12 years old, she'll be duty-free (yay!), and she's relatively fuel efficient. Her city mileage is 10.2 litres/100 km, and her highway is 7.4 litres/100 km. Note there is a HEFTY tax starting at 13 litres/100 km and higher. Canada's trying to be green, yo.
|That's my (somewhat buried in the Pennsylvania snow) girl!|
All in all, with the AC excise tax, the GST (which I can perhaps get waived b/c I won't be leaving Princess in Canada), the safety/emissions inspections, the registration fee, and the cost to get a plate-holder on my front bumper (Ontario requires a front plate, and neither Georgia nor Pennsylvania did), I'm guessing it's going to be around $500 just to get Princess into the country legally. Insurance is a whole 'nother can of worms. Therefore, this will have to wait until I get paid this month. I never thought I'd say this, but thank goodness for my postdoc's salary.