Parking Spaces/Lots

Parishes sometimes choose to license excess capacity of church parking spaces to outside users (individuals, third-party operators and organizations) for uses such as employee parking. As required by Trusts Committee directive, only passenger vehicles are permitted; commercial vehicles like buses, trucks, vans and limousines are prohibited, as they represent a different risk-profile and are at greater risk of causing property damage or personal injury.

In deciding whether to rent parking spaces, parishes should think about what, if any, operational challenges this may pose to their own access and use (e.g. maintenance and snow clearing, staff parking or parking for funerals or other parish events, some of which may arise on short notice).

Parishes must contract using the appropriate form of parking License Agreement as required by Diocesan Council:

Steps to follow

The new Simplified Canon 6 Procedure applies:

  1. Complete all due diligence items on the Red Checklist
  2. Email a fully completed & signed checklist to
  3. Once a fully completed & signed checklist is submitted, parishes may proceed to sign the License Agreement and allow parking lot use. Checklists are reported quarterly to the Trusts Committee & Diocesan Council.

Renewals must follow the above process.


Organizations that rent parking spaces must provide proof of current insurance in accordance with Trusts Committee requirements.

Fewer than 20 spaces:

  • Individual end-user: Proof of individual insurance not required.
  • Organization: The licensee (e.g. a company or municipality) is required to provide proof of Commercial General Liability (CGL) insurance of not less than $5 million per occurrence, naming both the Incumbent and Churchwardens of the parish and the Incorporated Synod of the Diocese of Toronto as additional insureds.

For 20 or more spaces:

As per the diocesan/parish insurer, parking rentals of 20 or more spaces represent an increased risk exposure. In addition to the above requirements, the parish must also notify its insurance broker, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc., to obtain risk-mitigation advice.

As charitable organizations, parishes must ensure that these rentals are considered related businesses. Namely, that the parking spaces are excess capacity in that they’re not required full-time by the parish or are space that is no longer required by the parish but that can’t be readily disposed of because of its location. To help ensure compliance, the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”) provides the following reference document: Policy Statement CPS-019 “What is a Related Business?”. Questions in this regard are best directed to CRA, the parish accountant or parish solicitor.