Please note that tomorrow's meeting will be an executive committee vote, recommendations then go to council on October 8th.
"Request the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture to bring forward a proposal through the 2014 budget process to harmonize fees and charges pertaining to Public Squares, other than Yonge Dundas Square,including for commercial, private and gated activities approved for use on Public Squares by City Council, for inclusion in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 441, Fees and Charges and criteria to waive fees and charges under certain conditions".
Stakeholders were made aware that "harmonizing" meant introducing new costs that are in line with Yonge and Dundas Square. Right now, non-profit events that take place in public squares are given the space. The event has to pay for all the costs associated with the space, including waste management, permits, etc. These changes would create new base fees that aren't affordable to small events.