Barrie City Council has approved $477,000 in COVID-19 financial assistance to the Barrie Colts and several other local organizations and businesses.
The cash is directed at businesses and groups that operate on municipal property and are unable to qualify for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program.
This would include commercial leases of City-owned property such as the Lucky You convenience store in the transit terminal and Midway Diner at John and Bradford Streets.
Also in line for money will be organizations that have facility use agreements where a fee is paid to the City, such as the Barrie Sharks at the East Bayfield Centre, canoe and rowing clubs at the Southshore Community Centre, Horsepower Sports and Entertainment Group, which operates at Sadlon Arena, and Springwater Township which pays a flat fee to access the City’s community centres and programs.
In a report to council, Dawn McApline, community and corporate services general manager, indicated commercial tenants can receive a 25 per cent reduction in rent payments from April to August 2020, which could be extended if CERCA continues.
McAlpine indicated charitable, not for profit and local government organizations with user agreements in place could have their fees cut on a pro-rate basis for the portion of the year the facilities were closed for their members/taxpayers’ use.
In the case of the Barrie Colts, the financial relief will remain place until July 2021.
“It is anticipated the Barrie Colts will be limited in terms of the number of spectators and resulting revenues from tickets, concessions, and advertising within the facility for a significant, if not all of the season.” said McAlpine.