The provincial government of Quebec has presented legislation that, if passed, will short-term rental platforms to crack down on illegal listings, under threat of major fines. Bill 25 was introduced on May 9 at the National Assembly by Tourism Minister Caroline Proulx. It looks to regulate short-term rentals and require digital platforms to ensure that the accommodations listed on their websites comply with Quebec and municipal laws. The bill would prohibit online advertising of accommodations without an up-to-date registration number and a valid ministerial certificate. A short-term rental contract for a stay in a tourist accommodation that is not registered in accordance with the law would also be prohibited. The bill includes sanctions for any contravention of law once it's approved. Fines against individuals would range between C$5,000 to C$50,000, while companies could face fines of C$10,000 to C$100,000 per posting.
CBC News (Canada) (05/09/23) Sabrina Jonas; Isaac Olson