Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 2017-2018 Fees Report

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Minister’s message

On behalf of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, I am pleased to present the 2017 to 2018 Report on Fees.

On , the Service Fees Act received royal assent, thereby repealing the User Fees Act.

The Service Fees Act introduces a modern legislative framework that enables cost-effective delivery of services and, through enhanced reporting to Parliament, improved transparency and oversight. The act provides for:

  • a streamlined approach to consultation and the approval of new or modified fees
  • a requirement for services to have service standards and reporting against these standards, along with a policy to remit fees to fee payers when standards are not met
  • an automatic annual fee adjustment by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to ensure that fees keep pace with inflation
  • annual detailed reporting to Parliament in order to increase transparency

This 2017 to 2018 Fees Report is the first report to be prepared under the Service Fees Act. The report includes new information such as a detailed listing of all fees along with future year fee amounts. Additional fee information will be included starting next fiscal year, once the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat fully transitions to the Service Fees Act regime.

I welcome the increased transparency and oversight that the Service Fees Act’s reporting regime embodies, and I am fully committed to transitioning my department to this modern framework.

Original signed by

The Honourable Joyce Murray, P.C., M.P.
President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

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

In addition to the information presented by fee category, there is a summary of the financial information for all fees as well as a listing of fees under the department’s authority. This listing includes the existing fee dollar amounts and the adjusted dollar fee amount for a future year.

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 1992
Service standard Response provided within 30 days following receipt of request; the response time may be extended pursuant to section 9 of the Access to Information Act. Notice of extension is to be sent within 30 days after receipt of the request.
Performance results Total requests completed: 557
Requests responded to within 30 days: 300 (including cases where a notice of extension was sent to requester within 30 days of receipt of request)
Requests completed within prescribed time limits of extensions: 217
Requests responded to after deadline: 40
Statutory deadline met 93% of the time
Other information In accordance with the Interim Directive on the Administration of the Access to Information Act, issued on May 5, 2016, the Secretariat waives all fees prescribed by the act and the regulations, other than the $5 application fee set out in paragraph 7(1)(a) of the regulations.
Financial information (dollars)
2016 to 2017
2017 to 2018
2017 to 2018
Costtable 1 note 1*
2017 to 2018
Revenuetable 1 note 2

Table 1 Notes

Table 1 Note 1

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

Return to table 1 note 1* referrer

Table 1 Note 2

A remission is a partial or full return of a fee paid.

Return to table 1 note 2 referrer

2,055 1,920 780,374 Not applicable

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the President of the Treasury Board, [2019],

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