Proposed British Columbia Aquaculture Licence Fees - Public Consultation

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada is seeking input on the proposed British Columbia aquaculture licence fees.

Background

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is in the process of amending the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations to include licence fees. 

The Department has carried out consultations with stakeholders and these have contributed to the development of a new fee structure. The new licence fee will be a means of recovering a portion of the costs incurred by the Department to regulate and manage the industry. The proposed federal fee charges will remain in the range of the previously charged provincial fees, and will not apply to enhancement facilities, and universities.

Beginning November 19, 2013, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be conducting online consultations with the public. We invite you to participate by submitting your comments on the proposed fee for the British Columbia aquaculture licences.

For complete details on the proposal, please consult the following document:

BC Aquaculture Licence Fees: A Discussion Document

How to submit comments

In accordance with the User Fees Act, from November 19, 2013 – December 19, 2013, all interested Canadians will have the opportunity to submit their comments on this process.

If you would like to comment, please provide your written submissions by no later than 23:59 (Pacific Standard Time) on December 19, 2013, by one of the following two methods:

By email:
feescomments.droitscommentaires@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

By mail:
Attention: David Boulet
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street, Mailstop 8N187
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E6

If Fisheries and Oceans Canada is unable to provide a satisfactory response to your comment, you have the right, under the User Fee Act, to submit a written complaint, and request that it be referred to an independent advisory panel. Further information about this process will be provided in our response to your comment. Please note that comments and complaints should be relevant to the subject at hand (i.e., the value of the proposed fee structure, or the service standards associated with the fee).

Comments from all participants involved in this process will be given due consideration.

Related Information:

Aquaculture Management Directorate
Fisheries and Oceans Canada