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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

User Fees

The Department currently has no planned user fee initiatives (either to introduce new fees or amend existing fees) for the departmental program covered by the User Fee Act, ie. Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA).

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

2012–13 User Fees Reporting – User Fees Act


User Fee: Certifying exports
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Act
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee In the absence of an upper limit, these fees can become unreasonable and unjust, far outstripping the cost of providing the service and significantly impacting the competitiveness of these industries, and discouraging companies from accessing large-volume, low price markets.
Effective Date of Planned Change October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2013
Consultation and Review Process Planned The CFIA consulted with stakeholders in April 2010 on a cost recovery policy and framework which will be used to guide the review of service standards and associated user fees for services that the CFIA delivers, including certain animal health export certifications.
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Canadian Grain Commission

User Fees


User Fee: The CGC plans to amend the existing regulatory user fees for Inward Inspection, Outward Inspection, Inward Weighing, Outward Weighing, Registration and Cancellation, Licensing, Producer Cars, and Grade Certificates.
Fee Type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting Authority Canada Grain Act and Schedule 1 to the Canada Grain Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee To develop a user fee structure and funding mechanism that eliminates annual ad hoc funding and to develop fair and consistent user fees, service standards and performance measures for CGC services.
Effective Date of Planned Change Amended fees are planned to take effect in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Consultation and Review Process Planned

The CGC conducted consultations in two phases. In the first phase, held from December 2010 – January 2011, the CGC released a User Fees Consultation Document and held information sessions across Canada. In the second phase, (March, 2011), the CGC released a schedule of individual fees as a part of pre-proposal notification. This was followed by a 30 day official complaint period. It is planned that in 2012 the Minister of AAF will table user fees proposals into both houses of parliament as per the User Fees Act. The CGC also plans to pre-publish the user fees proposal in the Canada Gazette, Part I for further stakeholder comment. The CGC will be establishing a review cycle that will repeat every five years. Issues may also be addressed outside the review cycle as warranted.

Further information on the CGC's User Fee Consultation process is available at: http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/consultations/consultation-eng.htm



User Fee: The CGC plans to amend the existing non-regulatory user fees for other inspection services and market support documentation.
Fee Type Other Products and Services (O)
Fee-setting Authority Canada Grain Act
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee To develop a user fee structure and funding mechanism that eliminates annual ad hoc funding and to develop fair and consistent user fees, service standards and performance measures for CGC services.
Effective Date of Planned Change Amended fees are planned to take effect in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Consultation and Review Process Planned

The CGC conducted consultations in two phases. In the first phase held from December 2010 – January 2011, the CGC released a User Fees Consultation Document and held information sessions across Canada. In the second phase (March, 2011), the CGC released a schedule of individual fees as a part of pre-proposal notification. This was followed by a 30 day official complaint period. It is planned that in 2012 the Minister of AAF will table user fees proposals into both houses of parliament as per the User Fees Act. The CGC also plans to pre-publish the user fees proposal in the Canada Gazette, Part I for further stakeholder comment. The CGC will be establishing a review cycle that will repeat every five years. Issues may also be addressed outside the review cycle as warranted.

Further information on the CGC's User Fee Consultation process is available at: http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/consultations/consultation-eng.htm

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Canadian Heritage

User Fees

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)

Name of User Fee Fee Type Fee-setting Authority Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Effective Date of Planned Change Consultation and Review Process Planned
Publications & Special products https://www.
cci-icc.gc.ca/
bookstore/
index-e.aspx
 
Other products and services Financial Administration Act Part of fundamental service review 2012-13

Consultation process in 2012-13: online and/or mailed client satisfaction survey which will include a question on publications fees.

Review process in 2012-13: Management response to the program evaluation’s recommendations.

Training and Professional Development Workshops http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/
lo-od/index-eng.aspx
 
Other products and services Financial Administration Act Part of fundamental service review 2012-13

Consultation process in 2012-13: post-workshop evaluation forms distributed to all workshop participants.

Review process in 2012-13: Management response to the program evaluation’s recommendations.

Library Services http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/lib-bib/services-eng.aspx   Other products and services Financial Administration Act Part of fundamental service review 2012-13

Consultation process in 2012-13: online and/or mailed client satisfaction survey which will include a question on library services fees.

Review process in 2012-13: continuous monitoring of requests by Library Services.

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program (CPTC) – Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)

Name of User Fee Fee Type Fee-setting Authority Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Effective Date of Planned Change Consultation and Review Process Planned
Fee levy under the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program (CPTC)

Regulatory fee

CAVCO is responsible for determining whether a production is a Canadian film or video production and for estimating eligible labour expenditures for the CPTC.

The fees allow CAVCO to administer the program and recommend to the Minister of Canadian Heritage the issuance of a Canadian Film or Video Production Certificate and a Certificate of Completion for productions that meet the Canadian content requirement and are thus eligible for the CPTC.

There are also fees for an amended certificate already issued and certified copy of an already issued certificate.

Department of Canadian Heritage Act

The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) of Canadian Heritage co-administers this program with the Canada Revenue Agency.

CAVCO is a Vote Netted Revenues organization. It had two objectives for originally establishing the fee structure:
  • To establish fees that would be simple and equitable for the entire audio-visual industry; and
  • To recover the cost of the services provided by CAVCO.
In 2004, CAVCO modified the user fee structure for the CPTC program to maintain service standards.
Nil Nil

More detailed information on the CAVCO user fees is available at: http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/bcpac-cavco/pgm/cipc-cptc/cipc-cptc-eng.cfm

Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit Program (PSTC) – Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO)


Name of User Fee Fee Type Fee-setting Authority Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Effective Date of Planned Change Consultation and Review Process Planned
Fee Levy Under the Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit Program (PSTC)

Regulatory fee

CAVCO is responsible for determining whether a production is an Accredited production.

The fees allow CAVCO to administer the program and recommend to the Minister of Canadian Heritage the issuance of an Accredited Film or Video Certificate for productions that qualify and are thus eligible for the Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit.

There are also fees for an amended certificate already issued and certified copy of an already issued certificate.

Department of Canadian Heritage Act

The Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) of Canadian Heritage co-administers this program with the Canada Revenue Agency.

CAVCO is a Vote Netted Revenues organization. It had two objectives for originally establishing the fee structure:

  • To establish fees that would be simple and equitable for the entire audio-visual industry; and
  • To recover the cost of the services provided by CAVCO.

Since the introduction of the user fee structure for the PSTC, in 2007, it has never been modified. No modification is projected at this time.

Nil Nil

More detailed information on the CAVCO user fees is available at: http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/bcpac-cavco/pgm/cisp-pstc/cisp-pstc-eng.cfm

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Canadian International Development Agency

User Fees


User Fee: Fees charged for processing access requests
Fee Type Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority Access to Information Act, Section 11.
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee N/A
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned Permanent review of Act by parliamentary committee (as per Section 75(1), Access to Information Act)
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Correctional Service Canada

User Fees

User Fee:
1. Name of User Fee (New or Amended): Access to Information Request
2. Fee Type: Regulatory Service (R)
3. Fee-setting Authority: Access to information Act - CSC ATIP Compliance Manual
4. Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to a Fee: N/A Subject to ATI Act
5. Effective Date of Planned Change of existing fee or introduction of new fee: N/A
6. Consultation and Review Process Planned: N/A
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Fisheries and Oceans Canada

User Fees

Fisheries and Oceans Canada implemented an External Charging Framework in fiscal year 2007–08. The framework provides the necessary foundation for Fisheries and Oceans Canada's corporate approach that will guide responsible decision making with regard to Fisheries and Oceans Canada's external charging. This framework will also provide a foundation for explaining Fisheries and Oceans Canada external charging decisions to stakeholders. The Department has also prepared a guide to external charging for departmental managers.

The following introductions of and amendments to user fees are planned for fiscal years 2012–15.

Marine Navigation Services Fee


Introduction / Amendment Amendment
Fee Type O — Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority Oceans Act (Section 47)
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee The planned amendment would increase the relative contribution of fee-paying clients for Canadian Coast Guard services provided for the direct benefit of commercial users.
Effective date of planned introduction of or amendment to fee 2015–16
Consultation and review process planned 2012–13
  • Establish a Marine Services Fees Task Force comprised of internal Departmental financial, program service delivery and cost recovery subject matter experts
  • Develop an overall project charter, and in collaboration with the Treasury Board Secretariat, develop a comprehensive stakeholder consultation plan that meets all the requirements of the User Fees Act
  • Initiate review of methodology for allocating navigation and icebreaking costs to clients
  • Initiate engagement of fee-paying clients
2013–14
  • Continue to engage fee-paying clients per requirements in User Fees Act
  • Finalize methodology for allocating navigation and icebreaking costs to clients
2014-15
  • Table proposed amendments in both Houses of Parliament

Icebreaking Services Fee


Introduction / Amendment Amendment
Fee Type O — Other products and services
Fee-setting Authority Oceans Act (Section 47)
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee The planned amendment would increase the relative contribution of fee-paying clients for Canadian Coast Guard services provided for the direct benefit of commercial users.
Effective date of planned introduction of or amendment to fee 2015–16
Consultation and review process planned 2012–13
  • Establish a Marine Services Fees Task Force comprised of internal Departmental financial, program service delivery and cost recovery subject matter experts
  • Develop an overall project charter, and in collaboration with the Treasury Board Secretariat, develop a comprehensive stakeholder consultation plan that meets all the requirements of the User Fees Act
  • Initiate review of methodology for allocating navigation and icebreaking costs to clients
  • Initiate engagement of fee-paying clients
2013-14
  • Continue to engage fee-paying clients per requirements in User Fees Act
  • Finalize methodology for allocating navigation and icebreaking costs to clients
2014-15
  • Table proposed amendments in both Houses of Parliament
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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

User Fees


For further information, see: http://www.passeportcanada.gc.ca/publications/consultations/index.aspx?lang=eng.

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Health Canada

User Fees


User Fees
1. Name of User Fee 2. Fee Type 3. Fee-setting Authority 4. Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee 5. Effective Date of Planned Change 6. Consultation and Review Process Planned
Right to Sell Drugs Fees Regulatory Service (R) Financial Administration Act (FAA)

The User Fees Proposal was approved by the senate in May 2010.  Regulations for updated fees came into force April 1, 2011.

Both the original consultation and the User Fee Proposal included a provision for a 2% annual increase to accommodate inflation.   The annual increase helps provide stable and sustainable resourcing of these regulatory programs.  It is applied the 1st of every April, starting in 2012.

2% annual increase: April 1st of every year, commencing in 2012.

All reviews and consultations for the updated fees were done in accordance with the User Fees Act.

The User Fee Proposal of 2010, states that a review of user fees will be undertaken every three years.  Pending the outcome of the review, to be completed by 2014-15, a process, in accordance with the requirements of the User Fees Act, to update fees will be undertaken.

Drug Establishment Licensing Fees R FAA
Drug Submission Evaluation Fees R FAA
Medical Device License Application Fees R FAA
Right to Sell Medical Device Fees R FAA
Medical Device Establishment Licensing Fees R FAA
Fees to be paid for Pest Control Product Application Examination Services R Pest Control Products Act Update Fee Structure as recommended by the Treasury Board Secretariat mandated Cost Recovery Initiative Evaluation, which was completed in 2005. Targeted for April 1, 2014

Begin stakeholder consultation, via multiple communication vehicles, in Spring 2012.

In 2012-13, update regulations and the Branch cost recovery policy, and notify stakeholders.

Fees to be paid for the right or privilege to manufacture or sell a pest control product in Canada and for establishing a Maximum Residue Limit in relation to a pest control product. R Financial Administration Act

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Industry Canada

User Fees for 2012–13


Name of User Fee Written Opinions
Fee Type Other Goods and Services
Fee-Setting Authority Competition Bureau’s Fee and Service Standards Policy, through the Department of Industry Act
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Fees and service standards related to written opinions were last revised in 2002. Several changes since that time warrant a review of both the fees and the service standards.
Effective Date of Planned Change It is anticipated that the newly revised fee regime will take effect in 2013–14.
Consultation and Review Process Planned The Competition Bureau will meet with stakeholders to consult on proposed revisions to its Fee and Service Standards Policy for written opinions.

 

Name of User Fee CA Number
Fee Type Other Goods and Services
Fee-Setting Authority Textile Labelling Act and Department of Industry Act
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee The Competition Bureau expects to make changes to pricing to reflect increased costs associated with administering this program.
Effective Date of Planned Change It is anticipated that the revised fee regime will take effect in 2013–14.
Consultation and Review Process Planned The Competition Bureau will meet with stakeholders to consult on proposed changes to the process, service standards and CA Number fees.

 

Name of User Fee Spectrum Licence Renewal Fees for 24, 28 and 38 GHz Wireless Broadband Communications – New
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-Setting Authority Department of Industry Act, section 19; Financial Administration Act, section 19.1
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee The terms of the 24 and 38 GHz spectrum licences obtained through the 1999 auction were coming to an end in 2010. A decision released in March 2006 extended the initial terms of these licences and also announced a licensing process available for 24, 28 and 38 GHz spectrum. Issuing these licences will require that an annual fee be in place. A consultation was undertaken, and the results are being reviewed before proceeding with the required stages under the User Fees Act.
Effective Date of Planned Change The fee is expected to be in place in 2012–13.
Consultation and Review Process Planned The initial public consultation took place in April 2008. It is anticipated that the proposed fee under the User Fees Act may be reviewed by Parliament in 2012–13.

 

Name of User Fee Spectrum Licence Fees for Wireless Broadband Services in the Band 3650–3700 MHz – New
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-Setting Authority Department of Industry Act, section 19; Financial Administration Act, section 19.1
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee To make this spectrum available for use, the Department held and subsequently published the public consultation on the licensing rules and applicable fees: Proposed Spectrum Utilization Policy, Technical and Licensing Requirements for Wireless Broadband Services (WBS) in the Band 3650–3700 MHz (DGTP-006-06). The consultation regarding the use of the band and the fee proposal was launched in 2006 and completed in June 2009; however, the formal User Fees Act process has not yet begun. It is anticipated to be completed in 2012–13.
Effective Date of Planned Change The fee is expected to be in place in 2012–13.
Consultation and Review Process Planned The initial public consultation was launched in 2006. The User Fees Act process is anticipated to be completed in 2012–13.

 

Name of User Fee Renewal of 2300/3500 MHz Licences fees
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-Setting Authority Department of Industry Act, section 19; Financial Administration Act, section 19.1
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Licences issued through an auction in 2004 will start expiring in 2014.  As stated in the Framework for Spectrum Auctions in Canada, fees that reflect some measure of market value will apply to licences issued through a renewal process.  A consultation will be undertaken to seek comments on the renewal process, including the conditions of licence to be applied to the new licences, and the appropriate level of fees that will apply.  A public consultation is anticipated to begin in 2012–13.
Effective Date of Planned Change Fees will apply to licences after expiry of the initial auction licence term (starting in 2014).
Consultation and Review Process Planned Consultation launched in 2012.

 

Name of User Fee Fixed and Broadcast Satellite Licences
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-Setting Authority Radiocommunication Act, section 6(1);Department of Industry Act, sections 18, 19 and 20;
Financial Administration Act, section 19.1     
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee The Department intends to change from a radio apparatus licence regime to a spectrum licence regime with applicable fees for satellite licences. Money collected from the amended fees will help recover fair value for the use of the orbital and spectrum resources.  
Effective Date of Planned Change In light of the User Fees Act, the original implementation date has been delayed. It is anticipated that the amended fee regime will take effect in 2013–14
Consultation and Review Process Planned The consultation process has been delayed, as more market analysis was needed. A public consultation was launched during the last quarter of 2011–12
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Parks Canada

User Fees


Name of User Fee Fee Type Fee-setting Authority Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Effective Date of Planned Change of Existing Fee or Introduction of a New Fee Consultation and Review Process Planned

National Park and National Historic Site Entry Fees 

Proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act Adjustments to national pricing to keep pace with inflationary pressures on operational costs and to realign entry fees with the level of service being offered. 2013/2014 2014/2015

In 2011, Parks Canada announced a one year extension to the previously announced fee freeze due to the slow economic recovery. As such, all fees for entry, camping, canal lockage, recreation fees, fishing licenses, hot pools and business licenses will be frozen at 2008 rates until March 2013. Commercial fees will be frozen at 2009 rates until March 2014.

For the proposed 2013/14 and 2014/15 (commercial fees) adjustments, Parks Canada will consult on two levels in 2012. National consultations will occur for all user fees that are to be applied nationally. The Agency will hold meetings with commercial group tour operators at travel trade shows, consult directly with national stakeholders and tourism interest groups and use social media.

For user fees of a unique local nature, to a national park, national historic site and national marine conservation area, Parks Canada will consult locally with the affected public, business operators, tourism partners and stakeholders through meetings with advisory and client groups and through direct mailings and posted notices.

In both instances notice will be provided on the Parks Canada website on the proposals for price increases.

A comparison of Parks Canada’s proposed fees with those charged by parks organizations in Canada and other countries will be conducted.

Pursuant to the User Fees Act, a national fee proposal will be tabled in parliament in early 2013 prior to being submitted to the Minister responsible for Parks Canada for enactment.

To respect our commitment to provide 18 months advance notice, implementation of the proposed new business fees and commercial rates will be 2014/15.

National Park Camping
Fees

Proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act Adjustments to national pricing to keep pace with inflationary pressures on operational costs. 2013/2014 2014/2015

Historic Canal Lockage Fees 

Proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act As above 2013/2014 2014/2015

National Park and National Historic Site Recreation Fees 

Proposed new fees and proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act As above 2013/2014 2014/2015

Hot Pool Fees

Proposed amended fees

Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act Price adjustments are required to move to market rates. 2013/2014 2014/2015

Fishing License Fees

Proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act To earn a fair return for the use of publicly owned resources.

2013/2014 2014/2015

Business Licenses 

Proposed new fees and Proposed amended fees
Other products and services Parks Canada Agency Act

To earn a fair return for the commercial use of publicly owned resources.

The fees were previously increased in 1994.
2014/2015
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Public Works and Government Services Canada

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police

User Fees


User Fee: Business Licences
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Firearms Fees Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Firearms Fees Regulation
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned

Business firearms licences are renewable every three years (except for an Ammo only business).

Fees for business licences were established and prescribed on March 24, 1998 as per the Firearms Fees Regulations (of the Firearms Act).

Regular reviews are not planned as fees for business licences are established through an Order in Council and prescribed as per the Firearms Fees Regulations.



User Fee: Individual Licences
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Firearms Fees Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Firearms Fees Regulation
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned

On May 17, 2006, the Government of Canada announced that individuals no longer have to pay a fee for the renewal of their possession-only licence (POL) or their possession and acquisition licence (PAL).

The fee waiver also applies to:

  • individuals who are modifying their licence to upgrade from a POL to a PAL;
  • individuals who are adding new privileges to their licence;
  • individuals whose licence expired and are obtaining a new licence; and
  • minors who renew their minor's possession licence.

The fee waiver is to be in effect until May 16, 2013.

Fees for individual licences were established and prescribed on March 24, 1998 as per the Firearms Fees Regulations (of the Firearms Act).

Regular reviews are not planned as fees for individual licences are established through an Order in Council and prescribed as per the Firearms Fees Regulations.



User Fee: Authorizations
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Firearms Fees Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Firearms Fees Regulation
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned

Fee costing studies were conducted in 1995.

Fees for Authorizations to Carry (ATC) were established and prescribed on March 24, 1998 as per the Firearms Fees Regulations (of the Firearms Act).

Regular reviews are not planned as fees for Authorizations to Carry (ATC) are established through an Order in Council and prescribed as per the Firearms Fees Regulations.



User Fee: Non-resident permits
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Firearms Fees Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Firearms Fees Regulation
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned

A Non-Resident Firearms Declaration, confirmed by a customs officer, is deemed to be a temporary licence valid for a period up to 60 days.

Fees for non-resident permits were established and prescribed on March 24, 1998 as per the Firearms Fees Regulations (of the Firearms Act).

Regular reviews are not planned as fees for non-resident permits are established through an Order in Council and prescribed as per the Firearms Fees Regulations.



User Fee: Services for replacement of documents
Fee Type Regulatory
Fee-setting Authority Firearms Fees Regulations
Reason for Planned Introduction of or Amendment to Fee Firearms Fees Regulation
Effective Date of Planned Change N/A
Consultation and Review Process Planned

On May 17, 2006, the Government of Canada announced that individuals no longer have to pay a fee for the renewal of their possession-only licence (POL) or their possession and acquisition licence (PAL). The fee waiver also applies to:

  • individuals who are modifying their licence to upgrade from a POL to a PAL;
  • individuals who are adding new privileges to their licence;
  • individuals whose licence expired and are obtaining a new licence; and
  • minors who renew their minor's possession licence.

The fee waiver is to be in effect until May 16, 2013.

Fees for replacement of documents were established and prescribed on March 24, 1998 as per the Firearms Fees Regulations (of the Firearms Act).

Regular reviews are not planned as fees for replacement of documents are established through an Order in Council and prescribed as per the Firearms Fees Regulations.