Funding and Fees

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What is Cost Recovery?

Cost recovery is a federal government practice. Health Canada charges fees to recoup a portion of costs incurred to deliver regulatory programs and ensure businesses pay their fair share. This is common practice amongst international regulators of health products.

Current Fees

Since the 1990’s, the Department has been charging fees for certain services and activities related to the regulation of pharmaceutical, biologic drugs, medical devices and veterinary drugs under the Food and Drugs Act (FDA). These fees apply to such activities as pre-market regulatory review, compliance and enforcement under our inspection program and the ongoing surveillance of products once they are on the market.

Fees were recently revised under the Cost Recovery Renewal Initiative, and will be implemented April 1, 2020.


Questions regarding fee proposals should be directed to the Cost Recovery Policy Inbox at

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