In keeping with Provincial regulations, the City of London requires people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain City recreation programs, services and facilities.
Legislative History: Enacted September 19, 2017 (By-law No. CPOL.-145-397); Amended June 26, 2018 (By-law No. CPOL.-286-277); Amended August 10, 2021 (By-law No. CPOL.-145(a)-251)
Last Review Date: August 10, 2021
Service Area Lead: Neighbourhood and Community- Wide Services
The Request to Waive or Reduce Facility Rental Fees will assist in determining if rental fees for facility rental may be waived or reduced for an organization requesting this in connection to booking space in City community centres and recreation facilities including pools, sport fields, and arenas.
Rental Fees - Refers to the fees approved by the City’s Fees and Charges by-law to cover the fee for use of a space and does not apply to other ‘extra fees’, tariffs, licences, and insurance costs that may be required by the nature of the activity.
3.1 Certain community and recreation groups may be eligible to apply for a waiver or reduction of rental fees for community centre and recreation facility space if they meet all of the following conditions of eligibility of application:
a) must be a non-profit corporation, OR must be a newly created organization (established within 12 months of applying for the waiver or reduction of fees) which can prove they are operating on a not-for-profit basis;
b) must be a London-based organization and at least 80% of participants/members are London residents;
c) must provide evidence that regular rental fees constitute a real barrier or hardship;
d) activity meets a recreation or community development priority of the City of London (physical activity, healthy eating, literacy, poverty reduction, community engagement or capacity building, activities for under-served groups);
e) activity does not duplicate an existing program or activity;
f) activity is open to the public, or membership in the requesting organization is open to the public;
g) activity must not be for the purpose of generating revenue, including fundraising; and
h) activity must comply and conform with applicable legislation, Council policies and by-laws, and is not contrary to law, including but not limited to the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Criminal Code.
i) The request to waive or reduce fees may be approved for up to a maximum of 15 bookings within one calendar year, or in exceptional circumstances such further bookings as approved by the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services.
4.1 The administration of this Policy is assigned to the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services , or their written designate "Deputy City Manager", Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services, or their written designate (“Deputy City Manager”). The Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services shall generally perform all of the administrative functions under this Policy, and without limitation may:
a) receive and process all applications for waiving or reducing fees;
b) issue approvals for waiving or reducing fees in accordance with the provisions of this Policy and applicable By-laws;
c) impose terms and conditions on approvals in accordance with this Policy; and
d) refuse to issue an approval, or revoke or suspend an approval, in accordance with this policy.
4.2 The approval of a waiver or reduction of fees, along with entering into a Facility Rental Contract, shall constitute authorization of the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services for the purposes of the City of London’s Parks & Recreation Area By-law.
4.3 Requests for use of space as approved under this Policy will be accommodated within un-booked capacity within regular operating hours of facilities.
Authority of the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services - Waiver or Reduction of Fees
4.4 The power and authority to refuse to issue an approval to waive or reduce fees, to cancel, revoke or suspend an approval, to impose terms and conditions, including special conditions, on an approval, or to exempt any person from all or part of this Policy are delegated to the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services .
4.5 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Policy, the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services may impose terms and conditions on any approval any time during the term of the approval, as are necessary in the opinion of the Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services to give effect to this Policy.
4.6 The City of London reserves the right to refuse to enter into a Facility Rental Contract with respect to any application for a waiver or reduction of fees for an event on City of London Property.