What is MRDT?

The City of Kelowna currently collects a 3% Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) on sales of short-term accommodation within our city limits. This is a municipal bylaw that was introduced in Kelowna on January 1, 2004 and must be renewed every 5 years.

The collection of MRDT is overseen by the Provincial Government, to provide funding for local tourism marketing, programs, and projects. The tax is intended to help grow BC revenues, visitation, and jobs, and amplify BC’s tourism marketing efforts in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Learn more about MRDT.


Tourism Kelowna’s Role

While the City of Kelowna is the applicant for the tax revenue, they have designated Tourism Kelowna as the service provider. Therefore, all general MRDT funds received by the City of Kelowna are provided to Tourism Kelowna for the purpose of destination marketing. MRDT funds collected by online accommodation platforms are allocated to affordable housing initiatives.

The marketing investments made by the Tourism Kelowna Society with the revenue generated from the Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) have resulted in significant increases in overnight tourist visits since the MRDT implementation. Visitation has grown from an estimated 1.2 million visitors in 2006 to over 1.8 million visitors in 2019.

"The BC Hotel Association recognizes the value that community destination marketing organizations like Tourism Kelowna provide, generating effective destination awareness campaigns that attract visitors to a place – a role which is not done by any other organization or individual accommodator. In the current environment, their work is invaluable for recovery of our industry and for our community, where a large percentage of businesses rely on the visitor economy to survive." Ingrid Jarrett, President & CEO BC Hotel Association

View Tourism Kelowna’s 5 Year MRDT Strategic Plan.

Help Support Recovery

With tourism being one of the hardest-hit industries during the global pandemic we must ensure that Kelowna maintains the level of MRDT funding necessary to attract high-quality visitors for economic recovery of our community.

The current MRDT agreement expires in 2022. In order for the City of Kelowna to renew this tax legislation, local accommodators and other tourism stakeholders are being asked to demonstrate their support.

Please sign the form below by August 31, 2021, indicating your support for the renewal of the Municipal and Regional District Tax in the City of Kelowna, at the 3% rate, for the period of July 1, 2022 – to July 1, 2027.

See below for directions on completing the MRDT support forms
  1. Click on one of the above forms that best represents your business. The form will open up as a PDF in your web browser.
  2. Download/Save the PDF by clicking on the download/save button in the top right-hand corner of your screen. 
  3. Open the PDF from the location where it is saved (ie. Downloads folder). (Do not use the version that opened in your web browser.) PDF must be opened with Adobe PDF in order to sign the form. 
  4. Fill in the fields that need to be completed by typing in your responses. 
  5. Fill out the signature box. Here you will need to sign using a digital signature. If you do not have a digital signature it is a quick and easy process that takes seconds to complete. If you already have a Digital ID please select it and press continue.
    • How to create a Digital Signature, once you have clicked on the signature field you will be prompted with a pop-up window, within the pop-up window please select “Configure New Digital ID” and select “Create a new Digital ID” and then press continue. Select either of the save options and then press continue. Enter your name, email address, and business information, then press save.
  6. Add your newly created Digital ID to the signature field and press sign and save the PDF once more. 
  7. Once the form is completed, please click on the "Submit Form" button at the bottom of the page which will attach the completed form to an email and Cheryl Van Den Bold in our office will receive the email. Please send the email and you are finished.