Living in Canada
Canada is a great place to live, work and study. If you have not visited Canada before, you may become aware of a few cultural differences.
For international students we recommend the publication "Surviving and Thriving in Canadian Academia" which you can access for free once you have a UBC email address.
Living in British Columbia
There are also a few differences between BC and the rest of Canada besides the weather!
The sale price of an item or service usually does not include the taxes, which are added on when you make your purchase.
On July 1 2010 BC combined the GST and PST into a single Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 12%.
For more information on tax please see the BC Government website .
You must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol and go into some establishments that serve alcohol. In BC, you’ll need two forms of photo ID to get served. Appropriate ID includes:
- driver's license
- student ID
- British Columbia Identity card
Supermarkets do not sell alcohol. You can buy it from licensed liquor stores.