New licensing system coming into effect…
Earlier this week we received a package from the MNR about the new licensing system coming into effect this fall. Upgrades they say… but for many of us northerners.. it is a serious down grade
We have been running this lodge for 19 seasons now, and every year we have been able to facilitate the licensing system for all our clients. 4 year ago they upgraded the system to the current one we are running now, although slow and time consuming it has been manageable. Just remember now, we aren’t really making any money on this for every licences sold we get a very small percentage, i mean very small , like under 50 cents a licence. But it was a great service to our clients. With this new licensing program, we will not be able to continue this service. Most outfitters we know of, don’t always have the best internet, or most reliable internet but hey at least we have something right, at least for the lodges lucky enough to have any kind of internet. Well with this new system, the best we can get in internet service just isn’t fast enough for the new system thus we have no choice but to not provide it. Now why hasn’t the government taken into account the lodges that sell licences that cannot get a better internet connection? We understand that down south there is no connectivity issues, but up here in the north it’s just not a service we get. So how is it that the south is reaping the benefits and we have to tell our clients that we can no longer provide a service that we have been for the last 19 years? Yes, you can do your own license online before arriving at camp, but some of our clients haven’t reached the digital age yet, some clients aren’t tech savvy…so who looks after them? I know in our area the closet place that may still offer it after this big “upgrade” is an hour and 15 min drive from us.
On top of connectivity issues, there are other issues that come into effect. Sure they decided to give us a few extra cents for every licence sold, but now we must provide our own paper, printer, computer, and ink to print these licences. So we go back to not making a cent a licence. Now i’m not too sure who thought up this new system… but from the above mentioned, in my eyes it’s not a very smart decision.