Government Relations

Click on the links below to find out more information on items related to Government regulations and/or issues.

NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee - Important Update
Gas Tax Refunds - submit your refund application
Ontario Minimum Wage - changes effective June 1
Ministry of Labour - inspection blitzes coming in 2014   
NAGA-ON Update
IPM Accreditation Update
Hiring minors at your course
AGCO Seminars - Spring 2014
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry


NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee
important update

An improved MPAC Income Collection Request form that includes account definitions will be mailed to Ontario golf courses in early May.  The new form is a first step by the MPAC/ NGCOA Canada Joint Tax Assessment Committee towards standardizing how golf course data, revenue, and expenses are reported….Read More


Gas Tax Refunds
submit your refund application

Recently, a member was contacted by a tax recovery business that claimed to be able to successfully obtain refunds for golf courses including a gas tax refund. While tax recovery agencies can provide legitimate recovery services, members should be aware all Ontario golf courses have the ability to apply for a refund directly and that in fact many course operators already do….Read More


Ontario Minimum Wage
wage rise effective June 1

Minimum wages are set to rise in Ontario this coming June 1st and are set out as follows: the general minimum wage will rise from $10.25 per hour to $11.00 per hour; student minimum wage will rise from $9.60 per hour to $10.30 per hour; and The liquor servers minimum wage will rise from $8.90 per hour to $9.55 per hour For more detailed information, please click here.


Ministry of Labour  
inspection blitzes coming in 2014

The Ministry of Labour has released its provincial year-long enforcement initiatives along with enforcement blitzes.  Of note: Eastern Ontario (in particular Ottawa, Kingston and Peterborough) sited as blitz locations for tourism and season employment sectors. Of particular interest for these inspections, slated to run between June and August is compliance with the Employment Standards Act. Are you up to date? Do you comply? For more information, please click here



The NAGA ON Executive Committee met on March 20th and due to some personnel changes in different associations now consists of:

• Steve Carroll, Golf Association of Ontario
• Marcel Bergstein, Canadian Society of Club Managers – Ontario Branch (AGM, Toronto Hunt 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)
• Mike Bell, NGCOA Canada– Central Ontario Chapter
• Shawn Hunter, NGCOA Canada – Southwestern Ontario Chapter (Interim President)

A Gathering of the Ontario Golf Caucus is being planned at a Toronto area golf course to take place after the next election on June 12th. The priority ask 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 the new website launched Fall 2013:


IPM Accreditation

A number of updates were provided at the IPM Council of Canada AGM on March 24, including:

• change to Ontario Golf Industry representative
• 2013 desk review reminder
• awarding and recording of continuing education credits
• reporting processes
• need for an additional course contact

Please click here for more details.


Hiring minors at your course
guidelines presented by CE Safety

Make sure you check the Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) laws as it relates to hiring 14 and 15 year olds. The law states that “the employer must decide the minimum age of employment based on the nature of the work as prescribed by regulation.” Some regulations made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act set the minimum age for working in Ontario workplaces. Regulations under other statutes set minimum ages for various occupations. In addition, some employers have their own policies for minimum ages in the workplace. Click here to see guidelines presented by CE Safety.


AGCO Seminars
Spring 2014

The AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) have been conducting a series of FREE educational seminars across the province addressing a number of items regarding obligations, liability, capacity, etc. with relation to golf operations. Please click here for a list of the discussion items. For current dates and locations, click here

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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