Fees for cultural, recreational activities to rise by five per cent

A planned five per cent increase to user fees for a wide swath of cultural and recreational activities throughout the city will move ahead.

On Thursday, the city’s finance committee was given a heads up by staff of a planned increase to come into effect in January of 2021.

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Staff told the committee the increase is set out in the city’s recreation facilities fees, charges and regulations bylaw, which was last updated four years ago and set out annual increases over a five-year term, including 2021.

The bylaw sets out user fees for everything from soccer, rugby and baseball fields to ice times and Tournament Capital Centre passes.

Although one city councillor questioned whether or not users should bare the brunt of added city costs for cleaning and additional staff needed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee did not show appetite to make changes to the planned increase.

The increase comes as user groups are themselves facing financial challenges, stemming from lower registration numbers and additional costs to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus.

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