Some visitors to Stratford will eventually have to pay an municipal accommodation tax.
Stratford City Council voted at their meeting Monday night to approve the 4 per cent tax as of July 1st, 2023.
It was first introduced by the province in 2017 and is charged on overnight and short-term stays of less than a month when visitors book a room with a local accommodation provider.
Council had initially looked at introducing the tax two years ago but it was put off because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on tourism.
City staff say the idea behind the tax is to supplement funds invested by a municipality for tourism initiatives with revenues raised from visitors.
Destination Stratford will receive 50 per cent of the net revenues from the tax raised in 2023 with the other half put into a reserve fund by the city.