03/10/2021 B.C. tax changes affecting sugary drinks start this spring The Canadian Press Shutterstock/Kazitafahnizeer Tax changes targeting sugary drinks will come into effect on April 1 after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. government says the changes include the elimination of the provincial sales tax exemption for carbonated beverages that contain sugar, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners. The tax will apply to all beverages dispensed through soda fountains or similar equipment, along with all beverages dispensed through vending machines. The government says the move is supported by health professionals.