The city will chip in more than $2,000 to provide washrooms at this year’s Canada Day celebration.
Carol Chapman, chair of the Canada Day committee, asked council last week for the money.
“I fundraise all the money required to provide a free, fun family event,” Chapman said. “Every year it gets harder to cover the cost of the porta potties required for our event.”
Chapman and committee member Cyriel DeBruyne, manager of Quality Foods, spoke to Mayor Walter Jakeway about the city possibly covering the cost of the facilities as it’s a big cost for the Canada Day team.
Council, at its April 15 meeting, agreed to those terms.
Councillors approved spending $2,675 to provide 20 porta potties; the money will come from council’s contingency account. Chapman is also working to bring a fire hydrant to Spirit Square for public water consumption.
This year’s Canada Day celebrations take place Tuesday, July 1. Quality Foods has already committed to spend $20,000 on this year’s fireworks display off of Robert Ostler Park.
Last year’s Canada Day event raised $1,800 for local charity Cameryn’s Cause and $3,400 for the fire fighters muscular dystrophy fund.
The Canada Day parade attracted 10,000 viewers.