Various fees and charges are set each year to help the City recover some of the cost of providing services in the community. For example, fees are in place to rent ice time, go swimming, ride transit and be a member of the Veiner Centre. Fees for some services are set at or near full cost recovery, while other services are highly subsidized.
Following approval of the 2015/16 budget, City Council directed that the process for determining Public Services fees be reviewed. City staff is now working to:
- determine the full cost of providing services
- develop a model and process to determine the appropriate levels of subsidization of individual services
This work will include a review the leading practices toward establishing fees and charges for public services. The City’s Arts and Heritage Advisory Board, Social Development Advisory Board, Urban Environment and Recreation Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Board will be consulted as the work progresses.
Once the model, process and subsidization rates are approved by Council, new user fees and charges will be established for the 2017 budget.