10/23/2015 15:31 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

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Furey says the licence is outdated and the move is part of a government effort to eliminate red tape for businesses.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

The Canadian Press