Frequently Asked Questions
This website (binghamcup.com) will be the primary platform to share all of the necessary information related to the tournament. It is a one-stop shop for all that is. Bingham Cup Ottawa 2022. It will continue to grow and be updated in the lead up to the tournament. This approach is to ensure that everyone across the globe gets the same information, at the same time. One platform with one clear message to our entire rugby community across the globe!
Cost and fees
Please find the estimated currency conversion prices for the registration fees. The conversions are estimates based on the exchange rates as at November 8, 2021.
The bulk of the contracts executed with service providers and venues require anon-refundable deposit, payable by January 31, 2022. As the tournament date gets closer, most of the contracts require periodic payments to be made, ahead of the tournament date.
In the unlikely scenario where the tournament was cancelled, many payments may have been made, limiting our ability to provide refunds. This is why the registration fee is non-refundable.
It is the intention of the Bingham Cup Ottawa 2022 organizing committee, in the unlikely scenario that the tournament is cancelled, to return as many of the unused funds on a pro-rata basis, just as we did in 2020. Kindly note, however, that it is impossible for us to guarantee the quantum of return of funds, if any. That is why the registration fee is non-refundable.
The Bingham Cup Ottawa 2022 remains committed and steadfast in delivering the most affordable experience possible. Since our bid, we’ve been able to secure new deals with our Canadian partners and vendors. In fact, many of our partners have maintained their price points, despite the postponement of the Tournament. For example, the accommodations at the University of Ottawa are price points secured in 2017, during our bid-process – and they have and will be maintained for 2022. Some examples:
University of Ottawa Commitment
The University of Ottawa has agreed to honour the pricing commitment for accommodations they made in 2017. As such, we are offering significantly discounted and inexpensive rates in the Residences, as well as for the cost of the meal plans.
Air Canada Discount
We redoubled our efforts and secured a 10% discount code from Air Canada to lower the cost of travelling to the tournament. You can find it here (you'll need to scroll down).
Flash Your Badge
We negotiated a contract with Tourism Ottawa to obtain significant discounts in a whole gamut of businesses and attractions in the City through the Flash-your-Badge program. From restaurants to all manner of entertainment, every registered participant will enjoy the discounts. All you have to do is flash your tournament badge and voilà, instant discount!
HST/ GST / PST
What is the Harmonized Sales Tax(HST) and how much is it?
The HST is the Canadian sales tax – it is similar in application and scope to the VAT charged in dozens of countries, including in all EU member states and in the United Kingdom. It is charged in provinces where both the federal goods and service tax (GST) and the provincial sales tax (PST) have been combined into a single value added sales tax. In Ontario, the HST is 13%.
When you will be in the Ottawa area, it is possible you will cross the river and visit Gatineau, which is located in Québec. There you will instead see two taxes on your receipts: the federal GST (which will appear as 'TPS', for ‘taxe sur les produits et services’) and the Québec PST ( 'TVQ' for ‘taxe de vente du Québec’). Their rates are 5% and 9.975%,respectively.
How much is the Municipal Accommodation Tax and how is it applied?
The Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) is set at 4% and funds tourism-related activities in Ottawa; It is only applied to the room portion of the costs associated to overnight accommodations. It is also charged added to the cost of private home / apartment rentals (e.g., AirBnB rentals). In the registration portal, if you plan on staying at an AirBnB, please provide the details. We have secured a grant from Tourism Ottawa whose amount is based on the number of room-nights booked by attendees at the tournament, a tournament which is funded in part by the MAT. Therefore, we have to collect info on AirBnB rentals at registration time in order to collect our full grant amount; the same applies if you are staying at a non-tournament hotel. If you are booking accommodations at one of our tournament hotels or at the University of Ottawa residences, you do no need to provide us additional info.
All registrations, whether they be an individual registration or a club registration, will not be subject to any administration fee.
Practice pitches will be made available to clubs (not to individual sides – all sides of a large club will need to practice together) upon request. Some time next spring an email will go out to all clubs providing the specifics of the process. Practice pitches will be available on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of tournament week.
There will be an Old Boys’ bracket. Please check under ‘Registration’ for all the details.
The decision regarding length of gameplay is a compromise between the number of pitches available and the number of game days; the more of the former, the fewer of the latter. Based on current estimates, the Bingham 2022 Ottawa organizing committee will not need to book the second venue (Shefford Park) which was part of the original plan, if the tournament takes place over four days; this will reduce costs in several areas (pitch booking fees, pitch set up, ancillary merchandise booths, shuttles between sites, etc.). We believe it is preferable to keep overall tournament costs down, even if it means lengthening the tournament by a day.