Toronto City Councillor Paul Ainslie
Credits: JACK BOLAND/QMI AGENCY
TORONTO -- Councillor Paul Ainslie thinks if you've gone to war, you shouldn't have to pay for parking in Toronto.
"It's a great tribute for our veterans," Ainslie told QMI Agency this week.
Ainslie will ask his colleagues on the executive committee Tuesday to support his bid for war veterans to get free parking in City of Toronto Green P lots and at on-street meters.
"I think it is a great tribute to men and women that are serving for our country "¦ I think it is a small thing we can do as a sign of recognition," he said.
Ainslie said the move would "recognize contributions to democracy" soldiers have made.
As for the cost of such a move, Ainslie said he hasn't looked into that yet.
"That's one aspect of it I don't know," Ainslie said. "I don't think it would be a huge amount of money."
Toronto Parking Authority president Gwyn Thomas said currently veterans can park for free in Green P lots and on city streets on D-Day, Battle of Britain and Remembrance Day.
Thomas said the Parking Authority agreed to those three dates back in 2006 after consulting with the legion.
As for Ainslie's proposal, Thomas said the authority raised some concerns back in 2006 when the idea was floated.
"There are some implications operationally and there are some financial implications as well," Thomas said.
Back in January 2006, the parking authority estimated unlimited free parking for veterans could cost the authority $500,000 annually for every thousand veteran licence plates in use with the total cost "potentially reaching millions annually."
"It is expected that if veterans licence plates had a financial value such as unlimited free parking, their number in the City and the GTA could increase substantially," the authority warned at that time.