About Barrie

Financial & Banking

For a listing of banks and currency locations click here.

Credit Cards
Most major credit cards are welcome in Canada, including American Express, Master Card, and VISA.

It is recommended that visitors use Canadian funds. Currency exchange offices, conveniently located at most travel centres at the U.S. / Ontario Border, offer a good rate of exchange and are open daily. Good rates of exchange are also offered at the currency exchanges at international airports (Toronto, Ottawa) and at all banks, trust companies, and credit unions. Banks are generally open 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Thursday, and to 6 pm on Friday. Most trust companies are open 9 am to 6 pm weekdays and on Saturday mornings.

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is 13% in Ontario. It is collected by the federal government. 

Goods and Services Tax Refund
The Government of Canada introduced the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP). It provides tax rebates on certain property and services used during conventions held in Canada, and on the accommodation portion of tour packages for non-residents. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency Website