Government Relations

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NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee
Ministry of Labour - expanded definition of employee - NEW
Gas Tax Refunds
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee
Recap of Committee Discussions

The Joint NGCOA Canada/MPAC Property Tax  Committee held a scheduled meeting on November 19th to cooperatively establish  the  process for determining assessment values for the next taxation cycle (2017-2020) and to review and evaluate 2013 financial data entered into MPAC’s system to date. MPAC is scheduled to present to the Joint Committee by January 20, 2015, a proposal for golf course assessment values for the next taxation cycle (2017-20) with a meeting of the Joint Committee in early February to review. The proposal will utilize the the 2013 valuation data, being the most current data available for now. 2014 information once entered will then be used to test the conclusions reached during January discussions. For more information please contact Mike Bell, Regional Director Central Ontario Chapter at 866-626-4262 ext 43.


Ministry of Labour
expanded definition of employee

Effective immediately, the new definition of worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) expands coverage of the OHSA to unpaid co-op students, certain other learners and trainees participating in a work placement in Ontario. Click here for more information on this important announcement.


Gas Tax Refunds
submit your refund application

All Ontario golf courses can apply for a gas tax refund. Did you also know that you are able to apply for the refund within 4 years from the date that the tax was paid? Since the refundable tax for unleaded fuel is currently 14.7 cents/litre, the tax refund can be significant for your course. For more information, please click here. It is important to note that the refund can only be obtained through submission of the refund application.




The NAGA ON Executive Committee members include:

  • Mike Bell, NGCOA Canada - Central Ontario Chapter
  • Shawn Hunter, NGCOA Canada - Southwestern Ontario Chapter (Interim President)
  • Steve Carroll, Golf Association of Ontario
  • Jeff Germond, Canadian Society of Club Managers - Ontario Branch (GM, St. Catharines Golf and Country Club)
  • Kevin Purcel, Professional Golfers Association of Ontario
  • Mark Prieur, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association (Superintendent- Trafalgar GC)
  • Scott White, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association (Superintendent- Donalda GC)

Priority asks will be on the IPM Accreditation Legislation (specifically elimination of the Public Presentations component) & reduction of Excessive Government Red Tape (for small business). For more information, please visit


IPM Accreditation
Public Meeting Survey

As part of the Ministry of the Environment’s (MoE) pesticide usage requirements, all Ontario golf courses have now held their 2014 annual public meetings. Many of you continue to confirm that the process is very time consuming, cumbersome, expensive, and poorly attended. To request changes to the public meeting requirement, NAGA Ontario will continue petitioning the MoE.  (Note: The IPM Council of Canada is not involved in this process). Supported industry experience is vital to this effort.  Please go to the OGSA website and click on LINK TO PUBLIC MEETING SURVEY, or you can go directly to the survey by clicking here. Completing the survey will provide NAGA Ontario with information necessary to convince the MoE that changes need to be made to the public meeting requirement.


Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry
National / Ontario

Advocacy is an integral part of your Association’s dedication to provide our members with the business support necessary to develop initiatives and programs within an effective networking environment to enable you to operate more efficient and profitable golf facilities.

Renewing your NGCOA Canada membership is the single most cost efficient and effective way to ensure a healthy, viable golf industry.

Click here to view the current list of National Advocacy Issues.

Click here to view Ontario's Advocacy Issues.




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