2017 to 2018 Fees Report

General fees information

The tables that follow provide information on each category of fees, including:

  • the name of the fee category
  • the date that the fee (or fee category) was introduced and last amended (if applicable)
  • service standards
  • performance results against these standards
  • financial information regarding total costs, total revenues and remissions

General and financial information by fee category

General information

Fee category Fees for processing requests filed under the Access to Information Act
Fee-setting authority Access to Information Act
Year introduced 1983
Year last amended 2018
Service standard A response is provided within 30 days following receipt of a request; the response time may be extended under section 9 of the Access to Information Act.
Performance results The department responded within 30 days for 753Table 1 Note * of the 1642 cases. Additionally, 202 requests were completed within 31 to 60 days and 687 requests were completed after 60 days or are still open.
Other information Under the Access to Information Act, fees under $25 may be waived when deemed to be in the public interest. Fees waived during 2017 to 2018 totalled $1,761.40.
Table 1 Notes
Table 1 Note *

Includes cases where a Notice of Extension is sent to the requester within 30 days of receipt of the request

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Financial information (dollars)

2016 to 2017
2017 to 2018
2017 to 2018
CostTable 2 Note *
2017 to 2018
Remissions Table 2 Note
Table 2 Notes
Table 2 Note *

The amount includes direct and indirect costs, where such costs are identifiable and material.

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Table 2 Note †

A remission is a partial or full return of a fee paid. Under the Service Fees Act, departments are required to develop policies that determine when fees will be remitted to fee payers should service standards not be met. The requirement for departments to remit is anticipated to come into effect on March 31, 2020. This effective date allows departments time to develop remissions policies and adjust service standard tracking and remittance systems. During fiscal year 2017 to 2018, some departments may have issued remissions, in accordance with the authority of their enabling legislation or regulation, as opposed to the authority given by the Service Fees Act. It is remissions issued under enabling legislations or regulations that are shown above.

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10,075 8,620 3,536,191 Not applicable

Fees under the department’s authority

Fee amounts for 2017 to 2018, 2019 to 2020, and a future fiscal year, as applicable (dollars)

Name of fee 2017 to 2018
Fee amount
2019 to 2020
Adjusted fee amountTable 3 Note *
Future fee amount and fiscal year Table 3 Note
Table 3 Notes
Table 3 Note *

Fees are adjusted annually in one of two ways: (1) Under the Service Fees Act, fees are adjusted in each fiscal year by the percentage change over 12 months in the April All-Items Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada for the previous fiscal year. The Consumer Price Index rate for this report is 2.2%. (2) The fee is subject to a periodic adjustment at a predetermined rate, in accordance with another authority in legislation or regulation.

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Table 3 Note †

The “Future fee amount and fiscal year” is the new amount of the fee, in a future fiscal year other than 2019 to 2020, adjusted by a predetermined rate, in accordance with the authority in legislation or regulation.

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Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
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