Settler's Effects Bringing a car to Manitoba from the

We are currently living and working here at the US and we are
migrating to Manitoba, Canada. We plan to bring our brand new car and
some appliances such as computers, TV, and Home theater systems.  Will
we be required to pay for taxes in Canada?  Or will we even be allowed
to bring them?  Is it better to sell these items here in the US and
just buy a new one in Canada?
Thank you.
J xxxxxx
david ingram replies:
If you are coming temporarily, the import of your goods is described
Note that your car does NOT have to pass Canadian Motor Vehicle safety
Standards (yes - our standards are higher than the USA.) Note that
Canadian residents (even your sister) are NOT allowed to use your
"stuff" which means that if your car is being driven by your next door
neighbour, it can be seized.
If you are immigrating to Canada as your question implies, anything
you bring with you should be free of any Canadian Duty and your sister
or neighbour CAN drive your car or play with your basketball.  An
exception might / would be if you had just bought a brand new car
within the last six months of moving here in which case they would
likely assess Canadian duty as a new item.
In addition, the car has to pass CANADIAN motor vehicle safety
standards which involves having a Speedometer with Kilometres bumpers
which will survive a 5 mph crash and no passive seat belt restraints.
Check with your manufacturer and get a letter saying it qualifies or
telling you what is necessary to qualify it for registration in
You can find the information on what is called "Settler's Effects" for
your computers plants and car at:
The vehicle specifically is dealt with as follows.  Note that the
"province" may charge a sales tax as well. You are still better off
bringing your car with you.
27. There are restrictive importation rules for vehicles such as motor
homes, trailers, (including boat trailers), trucks, and cars that are
less than 15 years old and for buses manufactured on or after January
1, 1971. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), you
can import such a vehicle from the United States only if it meets
Transport Canada's strict safety and emission standards, or if it can
be modified to meet these standards after you import it.
(a) Not all vehicles that are manufactured to meet United States
safety standards can be imported into Canada. Before you import your
vehicle, you are responsible for determining whether it can be
modified to meet the Canadian standards after you import it. You
cannot import vehicles that cannot be modified to meet Canadian
(b) For information on importing a vehicle originally manufactured to
meet United States safety and emission standards, and on the federal
registration fees that apply, call the Registrar of Imported Vehicles
(from within Canada or the United States)
(416) 626-1803
(for calls from other countries)
(c) Vehicles less than 15 years old, and buses manufactured on or
after January 1, 1971, that were manufactured to meet the safety
standards of a country other than the United States or Canada cannot
be imported into Canada. Some exceptions apply if they are imported
(d) If you are considering importing such a vehicle, contact the
following office to determine if it qualifies for importation:
Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate
Transport Canada
Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa ON  K1A 0N5
Telephone: (613) 998-8616
1-800-333-0371 (from within Canada or the U. S.)
(e) Also, before you bring a vehicle into Canada, make sure you check
with the customs authority of the country from which you will be
exporting the vehicle. Some countries have requirements that you must
Note: Your vehicle may be subject to provincial or territorial sales
tax. For more information, contact the department of motor vehicles in
the province or territory where you plan to reside.
28. In cases where a vehicle imported by a settler does not qualify
for free importation under the provisions of tariff item No.
9807.00.00, but does meet Transport Canada requirements (see paragraph
27), the vehicle may be imported on payment of the applicable duties.
Should the importer not wish to pay the applicable duties, the customs
inspector will issue Form E29B, Temporary Admission Permit, to allow
the importer to proceed only to the destination in Canada with no
local use of the vehicle allowed in Canada. The vehicle must leave
Canada within 30 days. Refer to Memorandum D2-4-1, Temporary
Importation of Conveyances by Residents of Canada.
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You might want to and likely should send us your tax returns for the
year that you move across the border.
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