Since 2004, "Blue Box" levies in Ontario have increased over 2,500 per cent. Ontario publishers are environmentally responsible, and are registered with and pay fees to Stewardship Ontario, and yet:
- The Government of Ontario has no mechanism to levy foreign companies
- Initiatives to identify "first importer" status, e.g. trying to levy foreign-based publishers through their Canadian-based wholesalers/distributors and mailers, have not worked
- As a result, US-based magazines (contributing majority volume) and Canadian wholesalers are currently receiving a free ride
Our Position: Ontario companies are paying for foreign companies.
In December 2008, Magazines Ontario submitted its recommendation to the Ontario Environment Minister's waste diversion discussion initiative.
Facts & Remedies (April 15, 2009)
Last Update: Friday, February 19, 2010