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Islanders Could Soon Be Paying More for Island Waste Management Services

Updated: Apr 5

Islanders could soon be hit with additional costs after an application by the Island Waste Management Corporation for rate increases, says Liberal Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy critic Robert Henderson.


I was a little surprised to see an application by the Island Waste Management Corporation for rate increases. Those increases are for Island homeowners, businesses and cottage owners,” Henderson said.


“The proposed increases are as high as 21 per cent. Given the state of provincial finances, why is IWMC pursuing higher rates when they’ve had modest profits in previous years?”


The province's Island Waste Management Corporation has applied to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission to raise some of its rates. The application is for home collection prices to go up to $213 from $205, and for cottages to increase to $115 from $95. If approved, the rate increase would go into effect in 2020.


“Affordability is a major issue in our province,” said Liberal MLA Henderson. “


We know that the Conservative government decided to get rid of free drivers licenses and voluntary identification, and now, one of its Crown corporations is looking for a major fee increase.”