Starting on December 1, 2007, the Ontario government will exempt bike helmets and other safety equipment from retail sales tax (RST). Bikes costing $1,000 or less will also be exempted.
Premier Dalton McGuinty was quoted as saying:
We want to encourage more Ontarians - young and young-at-heart - to get outdoors, spend time riding bikes as a family and with friends, or to try
riding to work if possible, leaving the car at home...Together, we're building a culture of health and well-being across Ontario by encouraging more families to embrace active living.
In response to this press release, I was quoted as saying, "That's pretty sweet!!"