As provided for under the new Services Fee Act, all government fees that are subject to the Act will increase by 2.2% effective April 1, 2019. This will include the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Navigation Services Fee, Transport Canada's inspection fees, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency fees.
The Service Fees Act changes the Government of Canada’s approach to fees for services, and how departments create more transparency for Canadians.
The act requires government departments to:
• report on costs of services we deliver
• publish fee revenues
• issue fee remissions and report on them
• establish service standards and make them accessible to the public
• track and report on performance results
• adjust fees for inflation, per the Consumer Price Index
Each new requirement of the act has a different start date:
• Service standard review by June 2018
• Applying inflation (Consumer Price Indexing) on April 1, 2019
• Implementing a department remission policy on April 1, 2020
Adjusting regulatory fees for inflation
Starting April 1, 2019, the Government of Canada will adjust fees according to the Consumer Price Index, also known as inflation.
The Consumer Price Index is a percentage set by Statistics Canada each year. To set the index, Statistics Canada uses an average of price changes for predefined consumer goods and services, including transportation, food and medical care.
The rate of 2.2% will apply to most regulatory fees as of April 1, 2019. Note that since inflation is calculated on an annual basis, a new inflation rate will apply every April 1.