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User Fees

On March 31, 2004, Parliament gave legal effect to the User Fees Act with the aim of strengthening the elements of accountability, oversight, and transparency in the management of user fee activities. The User Fees Act requires departments to annually submit to Parliament a list of all user fees in effect, irrespective of when the fees were established.

The table below lists DFO's user fees for which revenues were collected during the fiscal year 2008-09. Since the establishment of the User Fees Act, DFO has not introduced any new user fees, nor has the Department increased any existing user fees.

DFO collects fees for the conferring of Rights and Privileges (R&P) and for Other Goods and Services (O).

Note: Performance standards under the User Fees Act must be established as part of a user fee proposal process, with specific provisions outlining how the standards are to be established. DFO has not introduced new user fees, nor introduced amendments to existing ones that would require a user fee proposal under the Act; and has no such information to report. Information on DFO's service standards for current fees and performance results can be found in the table on External Fees.

 

User Fees


User Fee: Maintenance Dredging Services Tonnage Fee1

Description: Intended to recover from commercial vessels the total direct costs incurred by CCG to manage maintenance dredging services in the St. Lawrence Shipping Channel. Services provided consist of the management of the maintenance dredging program for the St. Lawrence Shipping Channel.

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Section 47 of the Oceans Act

Date Last Modified: 2003


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
4,600 5,870 5,900 2009-10 4,600 6,600
2010-11 4,600 6,600
2011-12 4,600 6,600

1 Since 1997, and at the request of industry, the Canadian Coast Guard has managed the maintenance dredging of the navigation channel of the St. Lawrence River between the Port of Montreal and the le aux Coudres near Quebec City. The current fee schedule, which replaces the earlier fee schedule that expired on March 31, 2003, extends the arrangement whereby the Canadian Coast Guard is reimbursed, via fees, for the total direct costs it incurs to ensure commercial navigation. Full cost figures are based on total direct costs (rather than full costs), which include direct labour costs (including employee benefits), direct operating costs, direct material costs, program support costs, and capital acquisitions (to the extent that these capital acquisitions form part of an output).



User Fee: Marine Navigation Services Fee

Description: Intended to recover a portion of the full costs incurred by CCG to provide marine navigation services to commercial vessels. Services provided include short-range aids to navigation and vessel traffic services.

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Section 47 of the Oceans Act

Date Last Modified: 2005


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
27,617 31,106   2009-10 27,617  
2010-11 27,617  
2011-12 27,817  



User Fee: Marine Communication and Traffic Services/Coast Guard Radio Communications Charges

Description: Rates charged for person-to-person communications by radio-telephone or radio-telegram from ship to shore or from shore to ship.

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Section 19 of the Financial Administration Act

Date Last Modified: 1994


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
75 24 1,1162 2009-10 75 2
2010-11 75  
2011-12 75  

2 The full cost of the communications infrastructure associated with non-safety related, cost-recovered public correspondence services is $1,116,000. This communications infrastructure also supports various safety-related and non-cost-recovered communications services and, as such, these costs are integrated. CCG has structured its public correspondence services charges so that revenues do not exceed the incremental cost of providing these non-safety-related services.



User Fee: Icebreaking Services Fee

Description: Intended to recover a portion of the full costs incurred by CCG to provide icebreaking services to commercial vessels. Services provided include route assistance (channel maintenance and ship escorts), ice routing and information services, and some harbour/wharf breakouts where not provided by commercial operators.

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Section 47 of the Oceans Act

Date Last Modified: 1998


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
13,824 4,809   2009-10 13,824  
2010-11 13,824  
2011-12 13,824  



User Fee: Hydrography

Description: Sale of charts and publications

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Financial Administration Act, Oceans Act

Date Last Modified: 1996


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
1,800 1,699 31,700 2009-10 1,802 31,700
2010-11 1,802 31,700
2011-12 1,802 31,700



User Fee: Fisheries Management

Description: Commercial fishing licence fees

Fee Type: R&P

Fee-setting Authority: Sections 7 and 8 of the Fisheries Act

Date Last Modified: 1995


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
35,015 37,289 3 2009-10 35,015 3
2010-11 35,015  
2011-12 35,015  



User Fee: Fisheries Management

Description: Recreational fishing licence fees

Fee Type: R&P

Fee-setting Authority: Sections 7 and 8 of the Fisheries Act

Date Last Modified: 1996


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
5,150 4,765 3 2009-10 5,150 3
2010-11 5,150  
2011-12 5,150  

3 Access fees that reflect the value of the privilege/benefit of access to a valuable natural resource owned by all Canadians and not the cost of fisheries management.



User Fee: Fisheries Management

Description: Pacific Salmon Conservation Stamp

Fee Type: R&P, O

Fee-setting Authority: Sections 7 and 8 of the Fisheries Act

Date Last Modified: 1995


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
1,490 1,116 15,000 2009-10 1,490 15,300
2010-11 1,490 15,606
2011-12 1,490 15,918



User Fee: Access to Information

Description: Fees charged for the processing of Access requests filed under the Access to Information Act

Fee Type: O

Fee-setting Authority: Access to Information Act

Date Last Modified: 1992


($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
15 11 2,0514 2009-10 14 1,900
2010-11 15 2,100
2011-12 16 2,300

4 This figure includes amounts for salaries and Operating and Maintenance for the Access to Information and Privacy Secretariat only.



User Fees Totals
($ thousands)
2008-09 Planning Years
Forecast Revenue Actual Revenue Full Cost Fiscal Year Forecast Revenue Estimated Full Cost
Sub-Total (R) 40,165 42,054 2009-10 40,165
2010-11 40,165
2011-12 40,165
Sub-Total (O) 49,421 44,635 55,767 2009-10 49,422 55,500
2010-11 49,423 56,006
2011-12 49,624 56,518
Total 89,586 86,689 55,767 2009-10 89,587 55,500
2010-11 85,588 56,006
2011-12 89,789 56,518

 

External Fees

On November 29, 2004, Treasury Board Ministers approved the Policy on Service Standards for External Fees. The Policy requires departments to report on the status of service standards for all external fees charged on a non-contractual basis. DFO has established service standards for the following external fees:

  • Maintenance Dredging Services Tonnage Fee;
  • Marine Navigation Services Fee;
  • Icebreaking Services Fee;
  • Marine Communication and Traffic Services — Canadian Coast Guard Radio Communications Charges;
  • Hydrography — Sale of charts and publications; and
  • Fees charged for processing of access requests under the Access to Information Act.

DFO also collects external charging revenues through contractual arrangements that fall under the purview of separate federal governance instruments. The revenue information associated with these revenue arrangements continues to be reported in the tables on respendable and non-respendable revenues.


External Fee Service Standard1 Performance Results2 Stakeholder Consultation
Maintenance Dredging Services Tonnage Fee In general, dredging is intended to maintain the depths indicated on the sea charts and to ensure the optimal and safe use of the St. Lawrence seaway twelve months a year3. In 2008-09, the St. Lawrence seaway was maintained in conformity with the depths indicated on the sea charts. The annual meeting between the CCG and dredging service recipients took place in May 2008. The clients were very satisfied with the services which they received from the CCG and did not request any changes to the current agreement. The customers were also informed of the fee increase for the new year as a result of the consumer price index.
Marine Navigation Services Fee Short Range Aids to Navigation identified as required to support commercial shipping in Canadian waters are operational not less than 99% of the time in accordance with established levels of service. Short Range Aids to Navigation identified as required to support commercial shipping in Canadian waters were operational not less than 99% of the time in accordance with established levels of service. The current Marine Navigation Services Fee's rates and application were developed in co-operation with the commercial shipping industry in 1998.
All vessel traffic services identified as required to support commercial shipping in Canadian waters are available from the Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centres in accordance with established levels of service. All vessel traffic services identified as required to support commercial shipping in Canadian waters were available not less than 97% of the time in accordance with established levels of service. The current Marine Navigation Services Fee's rates and application were developed in co-operation with the commercial shipping industry in 1998.
Icebreaking Services Fee All ice information and routing services in support of commercial shipping in Canadian waters are available from Canadian Coast Guard Ice Operations Centres in accordance with the Icebreaking Program's levels of service. All ice information and routing services in support of commercial shipping in Canadian waters were available from Canadian Coast Guard Ice Operations Centres in accordance with the Icebreaking Program's levels of service. The Icebreaking Services Fee's transit-based structure, rate and application were developed in 1998 by an Industry/Canadian Coast Guard Working Group that rejected a fee based on direct service. The Icebreaking Services Fee has remained unadjusted since then.
All requests for route assistance and commercial harbour breakouts in support of commercial shipping in Canadian waters will be responded to in accordance with established Icebreaking Program levels of service. All requests for route assistance and commercial harbour breakouts in support of commercial shipping in Canadian waters were responded to in accordance with established Icebreaking Program levels of service. Canadian Coast Guard officers in the region and from Headquarters liaise on a routine and regular basis with commercial shipping clients respecting icebreaking operations. This includes regular meetings in each region in the lead-up to each ice season, and a post mortem meeting at the end of each ice season.
Marine Communication and Traffic Services - Canadian Coast Guard Radio Communications Charges Where the service is available4 ship to shore, and shore to ship public correspondence communications are facilitated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in accordance with established Marine Communication and Traffic Services levels of service. 1509 ship to shore/shore to ship telephone calls were placed via CCG personnel in accordance with Marine Communication and Traffic Services levels of service. The fees in place were established in 1994 and have remained unadjusted since then.
Hydrography — Sale of paper charts and publications on a wholesale basis through dealers Updated CHS Nautical Products will be provided in accordance with established levels of service that ensure the timeliness and accessibility of these products. Looking to core elements of CHS's Levels of Service, purchasers of charts and publications can expect that updates will be provided to these products within 4 months of the receipt of new critical information; that requests for products will be shipped within 5 working days following receipt of the order, and; that 20% of CHS high-risk charts are reviewed annually. CHS achieved its targets for processing and disseminating critical information. On average, updates were issued to clients within the 4 month period.

Orders for products were shipped within 5 working days 99% of the time.

20% of CHS high risk charts were reviewed.
CHS's Levels of Service were developed in consultation with CHS clients, the Levels of Service Advisory Panel and the Canadian Marine Advisory Council (CMAC) between 2005-2007. CHS reports to the Advisory Panel and CMAC annually on progress made in meeting the levels of service standards.
Fees charged for the processing of Access requests filed under the Access to Information Act Response provided within 30 days following receipt of request; the response time may be extended pursuant to Section 9 of the Access to Information Act. Notice of extension to be sent within 30 days after receipt of request. The Access to Information Act provides fuller details. Statutory deadlines were met 95% of the time. The service standard is established by the Access to Information Act and the Access to Information Regulations. Consultations with stakeholders were undertaken by the Department of Justice and the Treasury Board Secretariat for amendments done in 1986 and 1992.

1 As established pursuant to the Policy on Service Standards for External Fees: service standards may not have received parliamentary review; and may not respect all performance standard establishment requirements under the User Fees Act (e.g. international comparison; independent complaint address).

2 Performance results are not legally subject to section 5.1 of the User Fees Act regarding fee reductions for unachieved performance.

3 Seaway maintenance takes user delays into consideration. Ship loading capacity was not affected by shallow water in the seaway.

4 The cessation of the Canadian Coast Guard commercial public correspondence service has commenced as of December 31, 1999, in selected areas, based upon the demand for the service and the availability of alternate service delivery methods.

 

Other Information

Canadian Coast Guard Fees: Canadian Coast Guard is conducting a review of Levels of Service (LOS) to validate the LOS and service standards provided. Clients will be closely engaged in this process. The scope of the LOS covers all main CCG activities for which LOS are appropriate, regardless of whether there are external charges associated with them.

Access Fees: Commercial fishing licence fees and recreational fishing licence fees identified in the User Fees Table under Fisheries Management are not reflected in the External Fees Table, as reflect the value of the privilege/benefit of access to a valuable natural resource owned by all Canadians. Decisions that could come out of DFO's Fisheries Renewal initiative and Commercial Fishing Licence Fee Review could inform what future role and links should be made between access fees and service standards. The Pacific Salmon Conservation Stamp also has an access element, but is primarily designed to support salmon restoration and enhancement initiatives. The Sport Fishing Advisory Board of BC supports the licence and salmon stamp fees.