The minimum wage is set to increase to $14.60 per hour on June 1 and to $15.20 per hour in 2021.
As a charity, the museum must raise in excess of $2,700 a day, over and above its government grant, in order to make ends meet, according to a press release.
“No one ever likes to raise prices, that’s why there hasn’t been an increase like this since 2014 here at The Exploration Place,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO. “In order to ensure our staff are paid a living wage, one that reflects their expertise and commitment, we simply have no choice but to raise our fees and charges to reflect the current realities. We certainly hope that our visitors and members will understand and will continue to support us.”
She said the museum examined the impacts the wage increases would have on its bottom line and decided to increase rates.
“We have gone through a re-organization, eliminated some positions where it was possible to find efficiencies and are implementing the wage increases in 2020,” reads the press release. “This in turn necessitates increases to our fees and charges across the board, beginning Monday, February 3, 2020.
These changes will be visible on the website prior to February 3 but if you are interested in renewing your membership, booking a facility rental or school program and you’d like to beat the increases, this is your chance.
For example a family admission to the museum will go from $25 to $32 and a family membership (including the reciprocal admission agreements to all other science centres) will go from $95 to $125.
Increases to Fort George Explorers After School Care Program and the Early Explorers Preschool will not go into effect until September, 2020 however, Science Alliance Summer Day Camps will see an increase for this coming summer.
The new fee structure will support the valuable experiences and opportunities it offers to members, visitors, community and region through new and existing science and heritage programming, travelling exhibits and collections management.