To develop a five-year plan that guides the Department in the delivery of the Framework for Recreation in Canada and addresses the key elements of active living, inclusion and access to recreation, connecting to nature, encouraging participation, and ensuring continued growth and sustainability.
Rates and Fees Strategy
UPDATE May 16, 2019:
A public survey was conducted from April 25 to May 16, 2019 that covered a wide variety of questions about recreation fees. Thank you to all those who participated! Results will be available in early fall, when more public notices will be made in regards to a consolidated recreation fee review strategy.
A memo to council regarding the Recreation Fee Review Strategy was presented by Recreation & Parks Commissioner Warren Harris on April 15, 2019. Check out the presentation here: Council Memo (PDF)
As part of the Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan Update being undertaken in 2018/19, the department expects to address the components of the Framework for Recreation in Canada 2015: Pathways to Wellbeing.
The Service Delivery Model developed as part of the 2007 Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan outlined the continuum used for the Town to evaluate when recreation programs and services would be provided directly or indirectly. The goal has been to deliver these services in a fiscally responsible manner, while at the same time assuring that financial assistance is available to those who would benefit from participation but cannot afford the fees.
The department does not currently have an up-to-date cost-recovery model to guide decision making in the delivery of programs and services. An updated policy framework would guide Council and staff when assessing actual service and program delivery costs and the associated degree of public benefit. While regional market comparator rates have been reviewed annually, there is a gap in the decision making framework to assess subsidy levels.
A clearer definition of various funding streams (tax revenue, other government funding, sponsorship etc.) and the true cost of service delivery will assist in formalising the scope of municipal government funding to benefit both the individual and the public at large.
The goal of the Recreation and Parks Rates and Fees Strategy is to review the existing rates and fees structure and provide a new framework to rationalize rates, subsidy/cost recovery levels, and future trends based on projected demographics.
The following guiding principles for the review of the Recreation and Parks Department rates and fees are consistent with other municipalities and a policy framework developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario:
Affordable access is critical to the delivery of Recreation and Parks programs, services and facilities
User fee policies must be specific to the needs of the residents of Halton Hills
Rates and fees should strike a balance between reliance on tax base funds, other funding sources, and user fees
All residents should have affordable access to basic services in order to enjoy a better quality of life
To determine how the rates and fees should respond to changing demographics,employment forecasts and income levels
To define a fair and transparent recovery rate for the various programs and services provided in Recreation and Parks
To ensure that required service delivery is sustainable without significant burden on the tax base
To define a rate structure that aligns with those services that most benefit the community and the public's ability to pay (public : private services and benefits)
Getting feedback from the community will be an integral part of the Strategic Action Plan project. Stay tuned for more information to follow.
It has been 5 years since Council approved the 2007 Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan (SAP). The time horizon for the Plan was estimated at 10 years. Not only does 2012 represent the mid-way point in the Plan, it is also timely to review the document in light of recently released Census information, and more specifically population counts.
The 2007 Recreation and Parks Strategic Action Plan addressed:
WHY does Town of Halton Hills provide the recreational programs, services and facilities that it offers?
HOW can Town of Halton Hills address recreational needs while being financially responsible?
WHAT needs to be done in order to address the public's needs for recreation services?
The purpose of the 5 Year Report Card is to:
Provide an overview on population projections and impact on the provision of services – Rising Population
Highlight the accomplishments to date of the 10 year plan – Action Taken
Identify items to be monitored and maintained – Monitoring Services
Outline pending projects for the remaining 5 year period – Forward Action