Why have permit fees been raised and when do they take effect?
As part of this year’s budget process, the Board approved a permit fee increase of 43.7% that will take effect January 1, 2013. This increase ensures that any shortfall in permit fees will not impact the resources available for our schools and classrooms. These changes will make running community permits sustainable for the long term.
What expenses are related to permit use?
Expenses include caretaking, utilities, facility maintenance and administration. In addition, as our buildings age, heavy after-school use by the community means they experience more daily wear and tear, increasing the need (and expense) for maintenance and emergency repairs.
What changes will come into effect September 1, 2012?
We have recently reviewed and revised the criteria for the categories of permit users. Please take a look at our revised categories and related permit fee schedules.
Have there been changes made to the subsidy structure?
Yes, there are several important changes.
1. Although religious organizations are mostly “registered non-profit” bodies, the Board has determined that the cost of running religious services will no longer be subsidized. Therefore, these permits will fall into the “non-subsidized” category.
2. In order to provide more equitable access to the subsidy, groups that book a large number of permits will not be eligible for the highest level of subsidy.
3. The “community adult” group has been eliminated. This group will still be eligible for subsidized rates, but at a lower level. Adult groups that book a large number of permits will fall into the Non-Subsidized category.
4. On Saturdays, the subsidized permit hours are shortened, ending at 6 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.
Why are some groups receiving a subsidy while others are not?
Under the Community Use of Schools program, not-for-profit groups may receive a subsidized permit fee based on criteria that are set out in the Provincial program. These criteria can be found here.
How will payment be received for permit fees?
Permit fees need to be paid in advance. If the permit fee is of a large amount, we may accept monthly instalments in advance of each month of booking, provided that the account is in good standing.
Will changes to permit contracts be allowed?
Yes, changes are allowed provided that adequate notice is given. There is a change fee. If less than a week’s notice is given, the booking fees may not be refunded.
Who can I contact if I have any questions about my permit?
If you have any questions with regard to your permit please call 416-395-7666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.