Report on Fees
2017 to 2018

 

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

 

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada 2019
Cat. No: JA2-6E-PDF
ISSN: 2562-3923

 


Table of Contents

Correctional Investigator’s message
General fees information

General and financial information by fee category
Fees under the department’s authority

Endnotes

 

Correctional Investigator’s message

On behalf of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, I am pleased to present the 2017 to 2018 Report on Fees.

On June 22, 2017, the Service Fees Acti received royal assent, thereby repealing the User Fees Actii.

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.

Although my organization is reporting minor amounts collected in this reporting period, I support the increased transparency and oversight that the Service Fees Act’s reporting regime and I am fully committed to transitioning my organization to this modern framework.

 

Ivan Zinger, J.D., Ph.D.
Correctional Investigator of Canada

 

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 Actiii

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 15 of the 16 cases. The remaining request was completed within 31 to 60 days.

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 $45.00.

 

Financial information (dollars)
2016 to 2017
Revenue
2017 to 2018
Revenue
2017 to 2018
Cost*
2017 to 2018
Remissions†

55.00

15.00

49,007

45.00

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

† 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 their 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

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 amount*
Future fee  amount and fiscal year†
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

* 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.

† The “Future fee amount and 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.

 

The Report on Fees 2017 to 2018 is available at the Office of the Correctional Investigator’s websiteiv


Endnotes

i Services Fees Act, https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/S-8.4/index.html

ii User Fees Act (archived), https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/U-3.7/20040331/P1TT3xt3.html

iii Access to Information Act, https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-1/index.html

iv Office of the Correctional Investigator`s website, http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/