Moncton to increase ice-time subsidies

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Moncton City Council will increase youth ice rate subsidies to bring them closer to rates in neighbouring Dieppe and Riverview, a move that will cost the city an additional $87,236.

Currently, the city provides $380,071 in subsidies to the groups affected.

The change was initially explored to address the impact of COVID-19 on organizations and families, but the discussions turned more broadly to the affordability of hockey for families in Moncton.

The city does not control the fees paid to participate in hockey, figure skating and ringette programs, but subsidies are paid to the organizations that can trickle down to families, said Jocelyn Cohoon, Moncton's director of leisure.

This subsidy change would not affect high school hockey teams, which have never fallen into the group that qualified for this subsidy, a fact several councillors said remains a concern.

Coun. Paul Pellerin expressed concern that high school teams are being left behind.

An amendment to the motion, which passed unanimously, would see the consideration of subsidies for high school hockey teams become a topic of discussion at budget time.

This amendment was made because staff did not have information about how many high school teams there are and how much ice time they use

Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal