Parents preparing to return their children to school on P.E.I. this week found they were spending more money on supplies this year.
Some parents say this can be the most expensive time of year, more even than Christmas. Joan Woods told CBC News Wednesday she spent about $250 on each of her two children.
"I spent more this year for sure," said Woods, "probably because of the HST."
Before the introduction of the HST in April, school supplies were exempt from the provincial sales tax. That exemption ended with the HST, adding nine per cent to the cost.
For parents of older children, it's not just school supplies that have gone up. Children's clothing is still exempt from the provincial portion of the tax, but if your son or daughter wears adult sizes, you'll be adding another nine per cent tax on that cost as well.
"School clothing and stuff like that is really, not excessive, but it's important to them," said parent Elizabeth Jeffery.
"I want her to be able to feel like she's fitting in, so, clothing is really, really expensive."
According to a Bank of Montreal survey, it's not just the HST that is adding to back to school spending. It found people across Canada are planning to spend 18 per cent more this year on back to school. Atlantic Canadians planned to spend more than most: $450 per child, most of that on clothing.
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