Archived: Departmental Performance Report supplemental tables 2014-15, Environment Canada, chapter 8


User Fees/Regulatory Charges and External Fees

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

General Information
Fee type Other products and services (O)
Fee-setting authority Access to Information Act (ATIA)
Year introduced 1983
Year last amended 1992
Performance standard A response is provided within 30 calendar days following the receipt of a request. The response time may be extended pursuant to section 9 of the  ATIA. A notice of extension must be sent within 30 days after the receipt of a request.
Performance results

Environment Canada received 1,488 requests in 2014-15.

The Department processed 1,452 requests, including some carried over from previous years, and carried 258 requests forward to 2015-16.

The Department was able to complete 72% of requests within 30 days or less. Of all completed requests, 89% were completed within legislated deadlines.

Other information Under the ATIA, fees may be waived when deemed to be in the public interest. Fees waived during 2014-15 totaled $2,843.
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
12,000 14,005 1,396,591
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 12,000 1,460,000
2016-17 12,500 1,470,000
2017-18 12,500 1,480,000

New Substances Fees Regulations

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), section 328; New Substances Fees Regulations
Year introduced 2003
Year last amended 2005
Performance standard

All new substances notification submissions receipts are acknowledged by letter, email or facsimile within 10 days.

All new substances notification submissions are reviewed (assessed) for their potential to adversely affect human health or the environment and decisions are taken, within the regulatory deadline, to minimize such effects.

Performance results

The totality of the 588 new substances notification submissions received in 2014-15 were acknowledged by letter, email or facsimile within 10 days of their receipt.

The totality of the 588 new substances notification submissions received in 2014-15 were triaged and reviewed within the established period. Of the 588 new substances notification submissions, 10 were assessed as substances of concern. Consequently, the New Substances Program published, in the Canada Gazette, 5 ministerial conditions and 5 significant new activity notices.

The totality of the 230 substances eligible for the Domestic Substances List was published on the Canada Gazette, Part II within 120 days.

Other information

Fees are shared with Health Canada in the following proportion:

  • two thirds for Environment Canada; and
  • one third for Health Canada.
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
475,000 560,000 3,523,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 507,000 3,665,000
2016-17 456,000 3,738,000
2017-18 411,000 3,813,000

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Admission Fees

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Canada Wildlife Act section 12; Wildlife Area Regulations
Year introduced 1985
Year last amended 2003
Performance standard

The public has access to facilities, including an interpretation centre and a 20 km hiking trail network. The public also has access to high-quality services, information on the Wildlife Area Regulations, the activities offered, and interpretation services.

The performance standards are intended to ensure that users receive access to services as soon as their admission fee is paid, and that visitors are satisfied with the services provided.

Performance results In 2014-15, all visitors (32,116) received access to services within minutes of entering the National Wildlife Area. A survey of 500 visitors was conducted in July 2013 and October 2014 to assess the service standards and to obtain results on program performance. The results demonstrate a high-level of satisfaction with the quality of visitor and interpretation services as 96% of participants were “extremely satisfied” with the services offered.
Other information Not applicable
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
115,000 115,069 704,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 115,000 718,000
2016-17 120,000 732,000
2017-18 120,000 747,000

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Hunting Permits

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Canada Wildlife Act, section 12; Wildlife Area Regulations
Year introduced 1972
Year last amended 2001
Performance standard

The public has access to high-quality controlled hunt activities, including hunting site preparation, decoys, training sessions supervised by qualified staff, and safe facilities. To access the activities, Canadian residents must pay a non-refundable application fee. If they are chosen by lot, they are issued a non-refundable hunting permit.

These performance standards are intended to ensure that, following the hunting permit application process, the hunters chosen by lot are notified within two months of the draw and that hunters are satisfied with the services provided.

Performance results In 2014-15, all of the hunters chosen by lot were notified within 2 months of the draw. In 2013-14, a survey was conducted with 166 hunters to assess the service standards and obtain performance results. The results demonstrated high overall satisfaction with the quality of the site and equipment (81% were satisfied) and services (86% were satisfied). The satisfaction is also clearly demonstrated by the steady number of hunting permit applications (800-900 per year) and the 132 hunting packages sold every year.
Other information Not applicable
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
55,000 55,026 316,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 55,000 322,000
2016-17 55,000 328,000
2017-18 55,000 335,000

Migratory Bird Program - Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, section 12; Migratory Birds Regulations
Year introduced 1966
Year last amended 1998 - SOR/98-314
Performance standard

The cost of a migratory game bird hunting (MGBH) permit is $8.50. A Canadian wildlife habitat conservation stamp must be affixed to the permit to make it valid. The fee for the stamp is separate (see user fee on Migratory Bird Program - Wildlife habitat conservation stamp). MGBH permits are available for sale as of August 1 at Canada Post offices, from select provincial and private vendors and directly from Environment Canada through an online ordering system launched in August 2014.

The performance standards are as follows: a) an adequate number of permits are available for distribution for the open hunting season, and b) Canadian citizens or other individuals acquiring a permit can obtain one within a reasonable time.

Performance results

MGBH permits were available for distribution in time for sale on August 1, 2014, at Canada Post offices, provincial partners and independent vendors.

The permits were available within minutes after transactions were completed. For the first time in 2014-15, permits were ordered online from Environment Canada and delivered directly to the applicant’s address within 3 to 5 days.

Other information The full cost includes the development, printing and distribution of the permit and hunting summaries which are one-page summaries of the bi-annual hunting regulations for each province and territory, including season dates and bag limits. Costs also include the National Harvest Survey, a voluntary survey that provides data to help to assess the status of migratory game bird populations in Canada, their productivity, survival rates and amount of harvest they can sustain.
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
1,600,000 1,808,069 3,790,180
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 1,700,000 3,790,180
2016-17 1,700,000 3,790,180
2017-18 1,700,000 3,790,180

Migratory Bird Program - Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, section 12; Migratory Birds Regulations, C.R.C., c. 1035
Year introduced 1985
Year last amended 1991
Performance standard

The fee for the wildlife habitat conservation stamp is $8.50. For a migratory game bird hunting (MGBH) permit to be valid, the stamp must be affixed to it. Stamps pre-affixed to the MGBH permits are available for sale as of August 1 at Canada Post offices, from select provincial and private vendors and directly from Environment Canada through an online ordering system launched in August 2014. The stamp is also available in philatelic form for collectors.

The performance standard is that the stamps are available in the numbers required for both the MGBH permits and predicted philatelic purposes.

Performance results

Wildlife habitat conservation stamps were available in the numbers required for the MGBH permits and for predicted philatelic purposes. The permits were available within minutes after transactions were completed.

For the first time in 2014-15, stamps pre-affixed to permits were ordered online from Environment Canada and delivered directly to the applicant’s address within 3 to 5 days.

Environment Canada also ensured sufficient philatelic products were transferred to Wildlife Habitat Canada for sale through Rousseau Collections.

Other information The Prime Minister’s Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel has recommended an increase to the fee for the wildlife conservation stamp. This is currently being explored by Environment Canada.
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
1,600,000 1,808,069 2,327,841
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 1,700,000 2,327,841
2016-17 1,700,000 2,327,841
2017-18 1,700,000 2,327,841

Aviculture, Taxidermy or Eiderdown Permits

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, section 12; Migratory Birds Regulations
Year introduced Taxidermy 1946; Aviculture and Eiderdown 1976
Year last amended 1973
Performance standard

These permits are issued by Environment Canada regional offices for a fee of $10. To be successful, applicants must meet certain requirements; for example, with respect to aviculture, applicants must demonstrate that they will wing-clip, pinion or keep the birds in an enclosure to prevent mixing with wild populations. Each region can attach specific conditions to each permit. Permits generally expire on December 31 of the year issued.

Environment Canada established new service standards and performance indicators for permits issued under the Migratory Birds Regulations for aviculture, eiderdown, and taxidermy in March 2014. The new service standard for a decision on whether the Minister will issue or refuse a permit under the Migratory Birds Regulations will be provided within 14 calendar days after the date of the notice, indicating that the application has been received for Eiderdown permits and 40 calendar days for Aviculture and Taxidermy permits.

Performance targets for taxidermy, aviculture and eiderdown permits set in March 2014 are as follows: 80% of decisions regarding permit applications are made within the service standard in 2014-15, 85% in 2015-16 and 90% in 2016-17 and onward.

Where a permit application made under the Migratory Birds Regulations involves activities that may affect a species protected by the Species at Risk Act (SARA), a 90-day service standard will apply in order to ensure consistency with the Permits Authorizing an Activity Affecting Listed Wildlife Species Regulations under SARA.

Performance results

Taxidermy: All permits were issued within 40 days.

Aviculture: 99.9% of permits were issued within 40 days.

Eiderdown: All permits were issued within 14 days.

Performance results for all permit types issued under the Migratory Birds Regulations are posted annually on the departmental website, no later than June 1, for the preceding fiscal year.

Other information In 2014-15, a permanent notice was added to the Environment Canada website inviting applicants wishing to provide comments regarding the fees to contact the Department by email. No comments were received in 2014-15.
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
10,000 10,560 194,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 10,000 194,000
2016-17 10,000 194,000
2017-18 10,000 194,000

Disposal at Sea Permit Application Fee

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), subsection 135(1); Disposal at Sea Regulations
Year introduced 2001 (SOR/2001-275)
Year last amended Regulations (service standards) have been amended in 2014 but not the fees.
Performance standard Under the application fee, each application is reviewed according to Schedule 6 of CEPA 1999 and the Disposal at Sea Regulations. This involves public notice, an application that provides detailed data, scientific review, and the payment of fees. Each permit is published on the CEPA Environmental Registry and issued to the permit holder. The service standard until September 23, 2014 for permit delivery was within 120 days of the application, provided that it was complete and there were no issues from other stakeholders. The regulated performance standard from September 24, 2014 is to reach a permit decision within 90 days after the applicant has been advised that their application is complete. This standard is subject to some conditions under which the 90 days is suspended or does not apply, for example, if the applicant asks for a later date.
Performance results

All permits were delivered within timelines with the exception of three permits that were delivered outside the 120 day window (prior to September). This was due to issues with completeness of the applications (2 cases) and to the specific request of the applicant for a later date (1 case).

For further details, please visit Environment Canada website.

Other information Not applicable
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
250,000 299,195 2,670,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 300,000 2,750,000
2016-17 300,000 2,830,000
2017-18 300,000 2,910,000

Disposal at Sea Permit Fee

General Information
Fee type Regulatory (R)
Fee-setting authority Financial Administration Act (FAA), par. 19.1(a); Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulations
Year introduced 1999  (SOR/99-114)
Year last amended Regulations have been amended but not the fees.
Performance standard

The permit holder has access to a permitted site and the ability to dispose of 1,000 m3 of dredged or excavated material for each $470 paid. Refunds are issued for units that are not disposed of.

The above indicator was reviewed and amended in 2014-15. The new standard will be relevant to anyone submitting payment for the disposal of dredged material or inert, inorganic matter that is authorized by a permit to be disposed at sea. This new standard was posted on the CEPA Registry on June 2, 2015 and will be in effect following a 30 day comment period.

The revised standard will then be posted on the disposal at sea web page. The proposed new standard is as follows:

  1. For the Disposal at Sea Permit Fee payments, Environment Canada will issue the permit holder or applicant an acknowledgment of receipt within 10 business days of receipt of that payment.
  2. For refunds associated with the Disposal at Sea permit fee, Environment Canada will, within 15 business days of receiving a complete request for a refund, confirm the amount of refund to be expected.
Performance results

Permittees received access to the disposal sites for dredged and excavated material authorized by their permits in 100% of cases. Representative monitoring was carried out in accordance with monitoring guidelines. Refunds were issued for units that were not disposed of.

For further details, visit Environment Canada website.

Other information Not applicable
Financial Information, 2014-15 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
2,300,000 1,597,800 1,950,000
Financial Information, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 1,600,000 2,000,000
2016-17 1,600,000 2,100,000
2017-18 1,600,000 2,130,000

Summary of Financial Information for All User Fees and Regulatory Charges

2014-15 (dollars)
Regulatory subtotal
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
6,405,000 6 253,788 15,475,021
Other products and services subtotal
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
12,000 14,005 1,396,591
Total, all fee types
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
6,417,000 6,267,793 16,871,612
2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 (dollars)
Regulatory subtotal
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 5,987,000 15,767,021
2016-17 5,966,000 16,040,021
2017-18 5,891,000 16,247,021
Other products and services subtotal
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 12,000 1,460,000
2016-17 12,500 1,470,000
2017-18 12,500 1,480,000
Total, all fee types
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015-16 5,999,000 17,227,021
2016-17 5,978,500 17,510,021
2017-18 5,933,500 17,727,021

New Substances Fee Regulations

Service standard

All new substances notification submissions receipts are acknowledged by letter, email or facsimile within 10 days.

All new substances notification submissions are reviewed (assessed) for their potential to adversely affect human health or the environment, and decisions are taken within the regulatory deadline to minimize such effects.

Performance results

All of the 588 new substances notification submissions for 2014-15 were acknowledged by letter, email or facsimile within 10 days of their receipt.

All of the 588 new substances notification submissions were triaged and reviewed within the established period. Of the 588 new substances notification submissions, 10 were assessed as substances of concern. Consequently, the New Substances Program published, in the Canada Gazette, 5 ministerial conditions and 5 significant new activity notices.

All of the 230 substances eligible for the Domestic Substances List were published on the Canada Gazette, Part II within 120 days.

Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years The New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in September 2005. The improvement strategy for the management of new substances, the Charter, and service standards were developed and published in 2006. Similarly, a survey of submitters (notifiers) was developed in 2004 and conducted to determine areas for improvement in the program. A second survey of notifiers was conducted in the 2009-10 fiscal year. The results of the two surveys have been used as a point of reference for program improvement.
Other information This service is provided jointly with Health Canada’s New Substances Assessment and Control Bureau of the Safe Environments Directorate.

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Admission Fees

Service standard

The public has access to facilities, including an interpretation centre and a 20 km hiking trail network. The public also has access to high-quality services, information on the Wildlife Area Regulations, the activities offered, and interpretation services.

The performance standards are intended to ensure that users receive access to services as soon as their admission fee is paid, and that visitors are satisfied with the services provided.

Performance results In 2014-15, all visitors (32,116) received access to services within minutes of entering the National Wildlife Area. A survey of 500 visitors was conducted in July 2013 and October 2014 to assess the service standards and to obtain results on program performance. The results demonstrate a high-level of satisfaction with the quality of visitor and interpretation services as 96% of participants were “extremely satisfied” with the services offered.
Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years The tool used to consult stakeholders in 2014-15 was a survey. 208 people responded to the survey.
Other information Not applicable.

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Hunting Permits

Service standard

The public has access to high-quality controlled hunt activities, including hunting site preparation, decoys, training sessions supervised by qualified staff, and safe facilities. To access the activities, Canadian residents must pay a non-refundable application fee. If they are chosen by lot, they are issued a non-refundable hunting permit.

These performance standards are intended to ensure that, following the hunting permit application process, the hunters chosen by lot are notified within two months of the draw and that hunters are satisfied with the services provided.

Performance results In 2014-15, all of the hunters chosen by lot were notified within 2 months of the draw. In 2013-14, a survey was conducted with 166 hunters to assess the service standards and obtain performance results. The results demonstrate high overall satisfaction with the quality of the site and equipment (81% were satisfied) and services (86% were satisfied). The satisfaction is also clearly demonstrated by the steady number of hunting permit applications (800-900 per year) and the 132 hunting packages sold every year.
Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years The tool used to consult stakeholders in 2014-15 was a survey. A total of 166 hunters completed the survey which represents a participation rate of 43%.
Other information In 2015-16, the appropriate fee will be applied as set out in the Wildlife Area Regulations for hunting migratory birds with a guide at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area for the 2016 hunting season. This will result in additional forecasted revenue beginning in 2016-17.

Migratory Bird Program - Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

Service standard

The cost of a migratory game bird hunting (MGBH) permit is $8.50. A Canadian wildlife habitat conservation stamp must be affixed to the permit to make it valid. The fee for the stamp is separate (see user fee on Migratory Bird Program - Wildlife habitat conservation stamp). MGBH permits are available for sale as of August 1 at Canada Post offices, from select provincial and private vendors and directly from Environment Canada through an online ordering system launched in August 2014.

The performance standards are as follows: a) an adequate number of permits are available for distribution for the open hunting season, and b) Canadian citizens or other individuals acquiring a permit can obtain one within a reasonable time.

Performance results MGBH permits were available for distribution in time for sale on August 1, 2014, at Canada Post offices, provincial partners and independent vendors. The permits were available within minutes after transactions were completed. For the first time in 2014-15, permits were ordered online from Environment Canada and delivered directly to the applicant’s address within 3 to 5 days.
Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years There were no stakeholder consultations held in 2014-15.
Other information Not applicable

Migratory Game Bird - Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

Service standard

The fee for the wildlife habitat conservation stamp is $8.50. For a migratory game bird hunting (MGBH) permit to be valid, the stamp must be affixed to it. Stamps pre-affixed to the MGBH permits are available for sale as of August 1 at Canada Post offices, from select provincial and private vendors and directly from Environment Canada through an online ordering system launched in August 2014. The stamp is also available in philatelic form for collectors.

The performance standard is that the stamps are available in the numbers required for both the MGBH permits and predicted philatelic purposes.

Performance results

Wildlife habitat conservation stamps were available in the numbers required for the migratory game bird hunting permits and for predicted philatelic purposes. The permits were available within minutes after transactions were completed. For the first time in 2014-15, permits (with stamps affixed) were ordered online from Environment Canada and delivered directly to the applicant’s address within 3 to 5 days.

Environment Canada also ensured sufficient philatelic products were transferred to Wildlife Habitat Canada for sale through Rousseau Collections.

Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years None. However, the migratory game bird hunting stamp fees were discussed with the Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel in June 2015. A fee increase has been recommended. The Department is currently exploring the possibility of a fee increase.
Other information The Prime Minister’s Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel has recommended an increase to the fee for the wildlife conservation stamp. This is currently being explored by Environment Canada.

Aviculture, Taxidermy or Eiderdown Permits

Service standard

These permits are issued by Environment Canada regional offices for a fee of $10. To be successful, applicants must meet certain requirements; for example, with respect to aviculture, applicants must demonstrate that they will wing-clip, pinion or keep the birds in an enclosure to prevent mixing with wild populations. Each region can attach specific conditions to each permit. Permits generally expire on December 31 of the year issued.

Environment Canada established new service standards and performance indicators for permits issued under the Migratory Birds Regulations for aviculture, eiderdown, and taxidermy in March 2014. The new service standard for a decision on whether the Minister will issue or refuse a permit under the Migratory Birds Regulations will be provided within 14 calendar days after the date of the notice, indicating that the application has been received for Eiderdown permits and 40 calendar days for Aviculture and Taxidermy permits.

Performance targets for taxidermy, aviculture and eiderdown permits set in March 2014 are as follows: 80% of decisions regarding permit applications are made within the service standard in 2014-15, in 85% in 2015-16 and 90% in 2016-17 and onward.

Where a permit application made under the Migratory Birds Regulations involves activities that may affect a species protected by the Species at Risk Act (SARA), a 90-day service standard will apply in order to ensure consistency with the Permits Authorizing an Activity Affecting Listed Wildlife Species Regulations under SARA.

Performance results

Taxidermy: All permits were issued within 40 days.

Aviculture: 99.9% of permits were issued within 40 days.

Eiderdown: All permits were issued within 14 days.

Performance results for all permit types issued under the Migratory Birds Regulations are posted annually on the departmental website no later than June 1, for the preceding fiscal year.

Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years There are a small number of users who request these types of permits. In 2014-15, a permanent notice was added to the Environment Canada website inviting applicants wishing to provide comments regarding the fees to contact the Department by email. No comments were received.
Other information In 2014-15, a permanent notice was added to the Environment Canada website inviting applicants wishing to provide comments regarding the fees to contact the Department by email. No comments were received in 2014-15.

Disposal at Sea Permit Application Fees

Service standard Under the application fee, each application is reviewed according to Schedule 6 of CEPA 1999 and the Disposal at Sea Regulations. This involves public notice, an application that provides detailed data, scientific review, and the payment of fees. Each permit is published on the CEPA Environmental Registry and issued to the permit holder. The service standard until September 23, 2014 for permit delivery was within 120 days of the application, provided that it was complete and there were no issues from other stakeholders. The regulated performance standard from September 24, 2014 is to reach a permit decision within 90 days after the applicant has been advised their application is complete. This standard is subject to some conditions under which the 90 days is suspended or does not apply as, for example, if the applicant asks for a later date.
Performance results

All permits were delivered within timelines with the exception of three permits that were delivered outside the 120 day window (prior to September). This was due to issues with completeness of the applications (2 cases) and to the specific request of the applicant for a later date (1 case).

For further details, visit Environment Canada website.

Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years

Application fees set in 1993 were rolled into CEPA 1999 in 2001. Regulatory impact assessment statements and multi-stakeholder consultations were conducted before each regulation was enacted. The last review was conducted in 2003 and its report concluded that no change to fees was required. All consultations between 1993 and 2003 involved discussion papers, public meetings and final reports. Disposal at Sea Regulations were amended in 2014 to set service standards. Consultations included regulatory impact assessment statements, pre-publication in Canada Gazette I and emailed notice to stakeholders.

For further details, visit Environment Canada website.

Other information Not applicable.

Disposal at Sea Permit Fees

Service standard

The permit holder has access to a permitted site and the ability to dispose of 1,000 m3 of dredged or excavated material for each $470 paid. Refunds are issued for units that are not disposed of.

The above indicator was reviewed and amended in 2014-15. The new standard will be relevant to anyone submitting payment for the disposal of dredged material or inert, inorganic matter that is authorized by a permit to be disposed at sea. The proposed new standard is as follows:

1. For the Disposal at Sea Permit Fee payments, Environment Canada will issue the permit holder or applicant an acknowledgment of receipt within 10 business days of receipt of that payment.

2. For refunds associated with the Disposal at Sea permit fee, Environment Canada will, within 15 business days of receiving a complete request for a refund, confirm the amount of refund to be expected.

Performance results

Permittees received access to the disposal sites for dredged and excavated material authorized by their permits in 100% of cases. Representative monitoring was carried out in accordance with monitoring guidelines. Refunds were issued for units that were not disposed of.

For further details, visit Environment Canada website.

Stakeholder consultation in 2014-15 or prior fiscal years

Multi-stakeholder consultations were carried out from 1996 to 1998 for setting the permit fee. There was general acceptance for the fee, but there was some concern for how it would be set. Permit holders indicated that they preferred a proportional volume-based fee. As well, Environment Canada committed to regular meetings with permit holders, reporting, and to reviewing the fee three years after implementation. The review was conducted in 2003 and its report concluded that no change to the fee was required. Further consultations were undertaken between 1993 and 2003 involving discussion papers, public meetings and final reports.

The new standard was posted on the CEPA Registry June 2, 2015 and will be in effect following a 30 day public comment period. The revised standard will then be posted on the disposal at sea web page.

For further details see Environment Canada website.

Other information Not applicable.
Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: