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Nova Scotia eliminates licensing fee for arenas, bingo halls and legions

HALIFAX – Place of amusement operating licences will no longer be required in Nova Scotia for places like arenas, bingo halls and Royal Canadian Legion branches.

Under a change announced Friday by Service Nova Scotia Minister Mark Furey, the province is immediately dropping the $289.95 three-year fee.

Furey says the licence is outdated and the move is part of a government effort to eliminate red tape for businesses.

He says the change will allow businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups to make better use of their time and money.

There are currently more than 400 licences providing about $40,000 in annual revenue to the province.

The operators will still be required to work with the Office of the Fire Marshal to ensure their locations and facilities are safe.