Equipment subsidy amended to include all seasons

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TEMAGAMI – Temagami council has passed a motion to direct staff to update the winter equipment subsidy, that was passed on March 4, to include all season recreation equipment for youth in the community, offering a maximum of $55 to offset the cost.

The subsidy will be funded by Temagami’s Phase 1 COVID-19 funding.

“Just with the timing, by the time March rolled around winter had almost passed this year, so staff are wondering if council would be interested in offering an equipment subsidy, no matter the season, at the same level,” said treasurer-administrator Craig Davidson at council’s regular meeting April 15.

In past years, Temagami has hosted its annual Shiverfest event during the month of February. However, with COVID-19 restrictions the festival was unable to take place this year.

Councillor John Shymko had originally brought forward a notice of motion at council’s regular meeting January 21 that he would like municipal staff to explore the possibility of offering area families a subsidy for winter sport/recreational equipment through funds normally used to host Shiverfest.

Staff then conducted a cost analysis study on the equipment subsidy, which Davidson discussed at council’s regular meeting on March 4.

Staff discovered that through the municipality’s Phase 1 COVID-19 funding, council could provide a subsidy for winter recreational activities.

In order to determine the subsidy allocation for each family, Davidson said they used the enrolment for the Virtual Breakfast with Santa event that took place over Christmas as a guide, with 54 participants at a $55 maximum subsidy per child. The total available would be $2,970, which is close to the target amount of $3,000.

The equipment subsidy will be available for those between the ages of two and 13.

Interested families can call the municipal office at 705-569-3421 or email communicate@temagami.ca to receive qualifying information and potential application forms.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker