The death of a toddler two years ago at Raceway Park in Oyster Bed Bridge has led to a clamping down on unlicensed campgrounds — many of which are associated with community festivals and run by volunteers — says P.E.I. Tourism Minister Robert Henderson.
During question period in the provincial legislature Thursday the Opposition wanted to know why the Department of Tourism was sending "threatening letters" and increasing red tape for the festivals.
Henderson revealed the death of a three-year-old boy from Nova Scotia at the drag racing venue sparked a review by the Department of Tourism.
Henderson said the campground at Raceway Park was unlicensed at the time.
The review led to a push to ensure all campgrounds, even temporary ones, follow provincial standards.
"Most of those standards around public safety, you know, water and washroom facilities, all of those things have to be complied with. But there is also regulations around making sure that sites are numbered, that say, if an emergency ever occurred, emergency responders could find the site," said Henderson.
The tourism department is working with a number of community organizations to help them comply with the regulations, said Henderson.
In July 2012, Aiden MacKenzie of Dartmouth was walking with his bike when he was hit by a truck at the racetrack. The boy was pronounced dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Police ruled the incident was an accident. No charges were laid.