User fees in Calgary – An alternate revenue stream?

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11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m
Calgary, AB

The City of Calgary delivers a lot of services from roads and transit, police and fire services, water distribution, garbage and recycling, and more. However, the City needs a way to pay for services that is fair, ensures a competitive advantage and generates sufficient revenue.  One way available to the City is user fees. Some argue that user fees allow citizens to decide how much they pay depending on the services they access. When are user fees preferred to property taxes? To what services can user fees be applied? What are some of the concerns with user fees and can these concerns be addressed through careful design and implementation of user fee regimes?

Join The School of Public Policy and our expert panel as we weigh the benefits of user fees vs. taxes to determine optimal revenue generation for the City of Calgary.

Participants include:

  • Lindsay Tedds, Associate Professor and Scientific Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy, SPP
  • Jonathan Arnold, Senior Research Associate, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
  • Lisa Davis, Team Lead Social Supports, Calgary Neighbourhoods, The City of Calgary



Fairmont Palliser Hotel
Alberta Room
133 9th Ave SW
Calgary, AB

11:30 a.m. Registration
11:45 a.m. Lunch and program
1:30 p.m. Event concludes


Registration: $70.00

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