Department of Finance Canada 2017 to 2018 Fees Report

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Table of contents

Minister's message

General fees information

Endnotes

Minister's message

On behalf of the Department of Finance, I am pleased to present the 2017 to 2018 Report on Fees.

On June 22, 2017, the Service Fees Acti received royal assent, thereby repealing the User Fees Actii.

The Service Fees Act introduces a modern legislative framework that enables cost-effective delivery of services and, through enhanced reporting to Parliament, improved transparency and oversight. The act provides for:

  • a streamlined approach to consultation and the approval of new or modified fees
  • a requirement for services to have service standards and reporting against these standards, along with a policy to remit fees to fee payers when standards are not met
  • an automatic annual fee adjustment by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to ensure that fees keep pace with inflation
  • annual detailed reporting to Parliament in order to increase transparency

This 2017 to 2018 Fees Report is the first report to be prepared under the Service Fees Act. The report includes new information such as a detailed listing of all fees along with future year fee amounts. Additional fee information will be included starting next fiscal year, once the Department of Finance fully transitions to the Service Fees Act regime.

I welcome the increased transparency and oversight that the Service Fees Act's reporting regime embodies, and I am fully committed to transitioning my department to this modern framework.

General fees information

The tables that follow provide information on each category of fees, including:

  • the name of the fee category
  • the date that the fee (or fee category) was introduced and last amended (if applicable)
  • service standards
  • performance results against these standards
  • financial information regarding total costs, total revenues and remissions

In addition to the information presented by fee category, there is a summary of the financial information for all fees as well as a listing of fees under the department's authority. This listing includes the existing fee dollar amounts and the adjusted dollar fee amount for a future year.

General and financial information by fee category

General information

Fee category
Fees for processing requests filed under the Access to Information Act
Fee-setting authority
Year introduced
1983
Year last amended
2018
Service standard
A response is provided within 30 days following receipt of a request; the response time may be extended under section 9 of the Access to Information Act. Notice of extension to be sent within 30 days after receipt of request.
Performance results
84% of access requests were completed on time.
Other information
As of May 2016, departments can no longer charge any fees under the Access to Information Act other than the initial $5.00 application fee. Therefore, search and reproduction fees can no longer be charged. Documents are provided to requestors in PDF format on a CD or as a paper copy, as requested.
Financial information (dollars)
2016 to 2017 Revenue 2017 to 2018 Revenue 2017 to 2018 Cost1 2017 to 2018 Remissions2
6,625 4,315 1,196,920 Not applicable
1 The amount includes direct and indirect costs, where such costs are identifiable and material.
2 A remission is a partial or full return of a fee paid. Under the Service Fees Act, departments are required to develop policies that determine when fees will be remitted to fee payers should service standards not be met. The requirement for departments to remit is anticipated to come into effect on March 31, 2020. This effective date allows departments time to develop remissions policies and adjust service standard tracking and remittance systems. During fiscal year 2017 to 2018, some departments may have issued remissions, in accordance with the authority of their enabling legislation or regulation, as opposed to the authority given by the Service Fees Act. It is remissions issued under enabling legislations or regulations that are shown above.

Fees under the department's authority

Fee amounts for 2017 to 2018, 2019 to 2020, and a future fiscal year, as applicable (dollars)

Fee amounts for 2017 to 2018, 2019 to 2020
Name of fee 2017 to 2018 Fee amount 2019 to 2020 Adjusted fee amount1 Future fee amount and fiscal year2
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
1 Fees are adjusted annually in one of two ways: (1) Under the Service Fees Act, fees are adjusted in each fiscal year by the percentage change over 12 months in the April All-Items Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada for the previous fiscal year. The Consumer Price Index rate for this report is 2.2%. (2) The fee is subject to a periodic adjustment at a predetermined rate, in accordance with another authority in legislation or regulation.
2 The "Future fee amount and fiscal year" is the new amount of the fee, in a future fiscal year other than 2019 to 2020, adjusted by a predetermined rate, in accordance with the authority in legislation or regulation.

Endnotes

i Service Fees Act

ii User Fees Act

iii Access to Information Act