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Sharing Economy

Ontario Partners With Airbnb on New Pilot Project

Province Supporting Economic Potential of Sharing Economy

Queens Park - Ontario is recognizing the economic potential of the sharing economy by partnering with Airbnb to launch a new pilot project. The pilot project will raise awareness about homeowners’ and consumers’ rights and responsibilities when offering or booking online accommodations, informing users about:

• How to follow tax laws such as reporting rental income
• Consumer protection rights under contracts, such as cancellations or refunds
• Accessibility requirements, such as allowing service animals on rental property
• Other regulatory and safety obligations, such as having a functioning smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector

Airbnb will educate its hosts through an email notification during tax season to remind them of their tax obligations. The province and Airbnb will collaborate to create a webpage with content specific to Ontario regulations and link to the Ontario government website for detailed information on topics such as consumer protection, accessibility requirements and more.

The sharing economy has significant potential to create jobs and drive growth, productivity and innovation. Research shows the benefits of the sharing economy include cost savings and greater choice for consumers as well as increased access to capital for small startups. Ontario is the first province in Canada to partner with Airbnb to ensure consumers and hosts know their legal rights and responsibilities.

Harnessing the benefits of the sharing economy while protecting Ontario consumers and workers is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. This four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.

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