Post on : January 30, 2020

City of St. John’s

The City of St. John’s recognizes the challenges posed to many businesses throughout the City due to the recent state of emergency. As a result, the City is extending the deadline for both the January 2020 payment period for commercial billing and the commercial vacancy allowance claim period.

Commercial Business Tax
The January 31 payment deadline is being extended to February 28, 2020. Payments made during the extension period (February 1 to 28) will be applied to your account with a January 31 payment date thereby allowing businesses an extra 28 days to avoid interest they would have been otherwise charged on January 31. To take advantage of this extension, payments must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Feb. 28.

Vacancy Allowance Claims
In addition, the deadline for filing vacancy allowance claims is being extended. Claims for the third and fourth quarters of 2019 normally due January 31 will now be accepted up to and including February 14, 2020.

Note that commercial bills for the first quarter of 2020 will be mailed in early March.

For more information visit

Provincial Government

Provincial Government Financial Assistance Package Released for Small Business – Department of Municipal Affairs & Environment – Emergency Services

For more information on this program please visit

To download the Small Business Application form click here:

Federal Government

HST Extension for Business

The federal government has announced that affected businesses in St. John’s will get an extension on their HST remittance. There are no penalties for filing late up until February 10, 2020. This is for payment and filing of HST for Q4 . The new deadline is Feb. 10, 2020.