Report on Plans and Priorities 2014-15

User Fees

Marine Navigation Services Fee (Amendment)

Fee Type: O - Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority: Oceans Act (Section 47)
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to a Fee: The current Marine Navigation Services Fee does not recover the full cost of Coast Guard services provided to commercial and other users. CCG will pursue a systematic approach to update its cost recovery, in accordance with the guidance provided by the User Fees Act, with a view to amending the fees.
Effective Date of Planned Change or existing fee or introduction of a new fee: 2017-18
Consultation and Review Process Planned: This multi-year initiative will successfully engage service users and other federal departments with similar clientele on the services to which the Marine Services Fees relate, and any proposed changes to the cost and revenue elements of the fees. It will also result in an updated methodology for appropriately identifying and allocating the costs of Canadian Coast Guard services to the users of these services, which would be the basis of any amended fees.

Icebreaking Services Fee (Amendment)

Fee Type: O - Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority: Oceans Act (Section 47)
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to a Fee: The current Icebreaking Services Fee does not recover the full cost of Coast Guard services provided to commercial and other users. CCG will pursue a systematic approach to update its cost recovery, in accordance with the guidance provided by the User Fees Act, with a view to amending the fees.
Effective Date of Planned Change or existing fee or introduction of a new fee: 2017-18
Consultation and Review Process Planned: This multi-year initiative will successfully engage service users and other federal departments with similar clientele on the services to which the Marine Services Fees relate, and any proposed changes to the cost and revenue elements of the fees. It will also result in an updated methodology for appropriately identifying and allocating the costs of Canadian Coast Guard services to the users of these services, which would be the basis of any amended fees.

British Columbia Aquaculture License Fees (New)

Fee Type: O - Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority:
  • Fisheries Act
  • Pacific Aquaculture Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to a Fee: During the development of the Pacific Aquaculture Regulations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada publically committed to establishing federal aquaculture licence fees that would replace the licence fees and waste management fees formerly charged by the Province of British Columbia. This fee schedule consists of a flat fee that will partially recover administrative processing and licence issuance costs and an access-to-resource fee for exclusive use of, and access to, the respective surface area and water column.
Effective Date of Planned Change or existing fee or introduction of a new fee: December 2014 (Aquaculture Licence Fee Renewal Period)
Consultation and Review Process Planned: Initial meetings with targeted stakeholders (First Nations, license holders, associations) took place in May/June 2012. This was followed by the User Fees Act consultation process. A Notice of Intent was posted in Canada Gazette, Part I, and on the Consulting with Canadians website. Fisheries and Oceans Canada then conducted online public consultations with all Canadians (30 days), with responses provided to comments and complaints. Then a formal complaint period (30 days), and should a complaint go unresolved, an Independent Advisory Panel will review. Input will also be sought during the regulatory change process through Canada Gazette.