Canadian city sets example by forgiving parking tickets

Canadian city sets example by forgiving parking tickets

The city of Halifax has announced that they will be waiving select parking tickets for residents who are supporting local businesses.

In a news release, the city said that those who spend $35 or more at local businesses within three hours of getting a parking ticket can apply to have their ticket waived.

The new rule will be in place from June 1 to Sept. 30 and residents can only request to waive one ticket per week.

The purpose of the new mandate is to help smaller businesses in the city recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application for requests will be done through the city’s online ticket portal and will not cover those who have parked in illegal zones.

If the process is successful in supporting businesses, it could become more common in other cities and provinces.

There is currently no information available on if Halifax will extend the mandate if they deem it a success.

The average cost for a parking ticket in Halifax is roughly $40 so it is assumed the amount needed to spend at a business was based on that number.

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