In November, as part of the 2015-2018 business plans and budgets annual review and in response to the downturn in Calgary's economy, Council approved adjustments to various rates and user fees.
User fees are necessary to help cover some of the costs of providing programs and services and are adjusted annually to respond to inflation, market rates, operating expenses, infrastructure investments and the overall health of our economy.
In 2016, user fees were held at 2015 levels. In 2017, user fees were adjusted to the 2016 levels. For most fees this means a slight increase from the rates and fees in effect last year. See the example below using some recreation facility admission fees and transit fares:
|Leisure centres: general admission
Swimming Pools: general admission
|Adult cash/single ride
|Adult ticket book (10)
|Adult monthly pass
* Beginning in April 2017, the Low Income Pass will be replaced by three low income fare bands between 5 and 50% of the Adult Monthly Pass rate.
The City's Fair Entry program is also available to those experiencing financial difficult.
A full list of user fees and rates is available here.
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