The 2013 federal budget included a provision to eliminate tariffs on certain sports and athletic equipment, including ice skates and other hockey equipment. The government’s stated aim was to “reduce the gap in retail prices that Canadian consumers pay compared to those in the U.S.” The Consumers Council of Canada tracked the online prices of more than 330 junior and youth hockey equipment items available through leading online retailers in Canada and the United States from April 2013 to April 2014.
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