IRCC Minister Transition Binder 2021: Fees, Revenues & Reporting


2019-2020 IRCC Fee Revenue (in millions)

Revenue and Funding Mechanisms

Cost Recovery Monitoring

The fees collected by IRCC represent approximately 50% of all fee revenue collected by the Government of Canada.

However, that fee revenue is not directly available for IRCC to use in program delivery, except for the Passport and International Experience Canada programs.

What are IRCC’s Fees?

IRCC’s 70+ user fees consist of service fees for processing applications, and regulatory fees that are charged to an applicant once their application is approved.

IRCC User Fees

Service FeesFootnote 1

Regulatory ChargesFootnote 1

What are IRCC’s Fees? (as of August 2021)

Temporary Residence Fees

Fee/Class FeesFootnote 2
Electronic Travel Authorization $7
Temporary resident visa $100; $500
Employer compliance inspections $230; $690
Open work permit $100
Work permit $155; $465
Study permit $150
Temporary resident permit $200
Extend your stay / Restore your status $100; $200
International Experience Canada $156

Permanent Residence Fees

Fee/Class FeesFootnote 3
Right of permanent residence fee $500
Family class $75; $150; $475; $550
Skilled workers $225; $825
Business class $225; $825; $1,575
Permit holder class $325
Other classes $150; $550
Permanent resident card $50Footnote 4
Permanent travel document $50

Citizenship Fees

Fee/Class FeesFootnote 5
Right of citizenship $100
Grants of citizenship $100; $530
Resumptions of citizenship $100; $530
Renunciation of citizenship $100
Proofs of citizenship $75
Search of citizenship records $75

Passport Fees

Fee/Class FeesFootnote 6
Passport – Domestic $57; $95; $135
Passport – Abroad $100; $165; $235
Domestic expedited services $20; $50; $110; $335
Administrative services $45
Certificate of identity / Refugee travel document $57; $95; $141; $235
Other services abroad $30; $50; $110

How Fees Are Set

The authority to set fees is split between the Minister of IRCC, the Governor in Council and the President of the Treasury Board.

Minister of IRCC

Legislative Authorities: Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)

Governor in Council

Legislative Authorities: Citizenship Act

President of the Treasury Board

Legislative Authority: the Financial Administration Act (FAA)

Fee setting follows a rigorous process that requires business and policy rationale, as well as regulatory amendments.

As of April 2020, most PR fees and the RPRF increase every two years by the cumulative Consumer Price Index (CPI) as required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. An increase is expected in April 2022.

All other fees set under the FAA are subject to the Service Fees Act and also increase annually by the CPI. Passport fees and the right of citizenship fee have not been adjusted since the increases came into effect. The Department intends to counter the effects of non-adjustments by seeking a remission order authority pursuant to s.23 (2.1) of the FAA.

When Can Fees Be Waived?

Current Status

COVID-19 Impact

Key Takeaways

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