Ontario golf courses can start the New Year with a sigh of relief at the recent announcement by the Ontario government that they would freeze fees for the Tourism-Oriented Directional (TODS) blue highway signs.
Many operators were caught off guard this past December when receiving their annual invoice showing fee increases had more than doubled for blue highway signs and reached out to the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada (NGCOA Canada) to see if anything could be done.
“Supporting our membership is the number one priority of our Association. When we hear from our members on important issues such as this; we immediately take action to find solutions.” says Greg Chambers, Regional Director, NGCOA Canada - Eastern Ontario/Outaouais.
The three NGCOA Canada Regional Directors covering the province, alongside their Chapter Advisory Boards made up of local golf operators, started a grassroots campaign of contacting local MPPs and TODS to express their concern and displeasure over such a significant increase (150-300% increase over last year) without warning.
On December 27th, the Ontario Government announced that they would freeze the fees for TODS blue highway signs for 2019 and would continue to work with Canadian TODS Limited over the coming year to look for other ways to mitigate price increases.
In his statement on this issue; Michael Tibollo, Minister, Tourism, Culture and Sport noted that the Progressive Conservative government heard clearly from tourism operators across the province that they were unhappy with the fee increase and took action.
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