Telecom and Broadcasting Procedural Letter Addressed to the Public Interest Law Centre, on behalf of the Manitoba Coalition

Ottawa, 5 June 2019

Our reference: 1011-NOC2018-0246; 4754-617


Katrine Dilay, Attorney
Public Interest Law Centre, on behalf of the Manitoba Coalition; 

RE: Report regarding the retail sales practices of Canada’s large telecommunications carriers, Telecom and Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2018-246 – Request for Information

The Commission’s Guidelines for the Assessment of Costs (the Guidelines) explain that a costs applicant shall indicate in the required Forms whether or not it is entitled to a rebate in connection with the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST), a provincial sales tax (PST), a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), or any other applicable tax, as well as the extent of the rebate and the basis of its eligibility.

Commission staff notes that in its application for costs, the Manitoba Coalition claimed, on Form IV – Affidavit of Disbursements, that it was entitled to a GST rebate on its disbursements and provided its GST registration number. However, the calculation of the applicable rebate was not included on Exhibit A – Summary Statement of Disbursements and Form V – Summary of Fees and Disbursements.

Commission staff requests that the Manitoba Coalition (1) confirm whether the tax rebate was deducted from total disbursements claimed on the forms submitted and (2) resubmit the following forms to reflect the correct GST percentage and calculate the allowable tax rebate claimed for its disbursements, if applicable: Exhibit A – Summary Statement of Disbursements and Form V – Summary of Fees and Disbursements. 

The requested information is to be filed with the Commission by 17 June 2019. Any other interested party may file their answer by 24 June 2019. All costs applicants may reply to any comments no later than 2 July 2019.

Yours Sincerely,

original signed by

Megan Maloney
Legal Counsel

c.c.:     Distribution List
Bell Canada;
Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada;
Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind;
Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc.;
Cogeco Connexion Inc.;
Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services;;
Consumers Council of Canada;
Deafness Advocacy Association Nova Scotia;
Deaf Wireless Canada Consultative Committee;;;
Forum for Research and Policy in Communications;
Northwestel Inc.;
OpenMedia Engagement Network;
Public Interest Advocacy Centre;;
Rogers Communications Canada;
Saskatchewan Telecommunications;
Shaw Communications Inc.;
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.;
TELUS Communications Inc.;
Union des consommateurs;
Videotron Ltd.;
Xplornet Communications Inc.;

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