An Ontario town imposed the steepest short-term-rental fees in North America. Airbnb has spent the last year ignoring them

An aerial photo of a neighbourhood in Oakville, Ont. Alexander Gold/Shutterstock

More than a year after Oakville, Ont. imposed North America’s steepest fees on short-term rental companies, The Logic has learned that industry giant Airbnb has continued to operate illegally in the Greater Toronto Area town—and Oakville is now revising its bylaw. 

The standoff has come even as the company faces pressure to cooperate with regional lawmakers worldwide on issues of safety and housing affordability ahead of its planned IPO this year.

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