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Council Consider Eliminating Calgary Business License Fees By 2021; Couple plans to extend until 2022 – Calgary

Two Calgary councilors are calling for more fee reductions for businesses in the city.

Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland and Ward 6 Coun. Jeff Davison, who both sits on the city’s corporate advisory board and is seeking re-election in his districts, wants the council to waive royalties for all city businesses in 2021 and 2022.

The city government recommends that the city only cover these fees for 2021, a total of $ 9 million.

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“We’re looking for tools that the City of Calgary has in our own wheelhouse to say, ‘Can we remove things like business licenses?'” Davison told Global News. “And that’s how we did it here.”

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Corporate licensing fees range from $ 64 to $ 1,284 for new business licenses and renewals.

Funding from both proposals would come from the $ 30 million unanimously approved by the Small Business Council on March 1.

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The decision on how this relief will be introduced for small businesses is due to be taken in the council chambers on Monday.

On March 15, the city council approved the waiver of licenses between 50 and 100 percent of the fees for taxi, limousine and ridesharing drivers. The city waived half of these fees in 2020.

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On March 1, the council agreed to limit tax increases on non-residential property to 10 percent. City officials said large-format warehouses and multi-building skyscrapers – as property classes – were expecting double-digit growth.

The fee relief is the first phase of business support from the funds approved in early March. The second phase will be the need-based reopening of grants for companies that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Sutherland said city officials are still working on these details and expect this program to be released in the spring.

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Davison said fee relief is a quick tool the city can use to help businesses.

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“We don’t expect small businesses in particular to be going through this anytime soon,” said Ward 6 City Council. “So we want to make sure we can address immediate needs in phase one and demand in phase two, these Keeping companies open in the long term. “

With the pandemic already a year old, prompt business support is an integral part of these proposals.

“The first phase automatically helps them,” Sutherland told Global News. “So there are already a lot of renewals due.

“We want to set the criteria for these grants in advance. Once a decision is made, the money can be executed immediately. “

–With files from Adam MacVicar, Global News

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