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Supplementary Information Tables

User Fees and External Fees Reporting

User Fees and Regulatory Charges (User Fees Act)

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

Fee Type

Other products and services (O)

Fee-setting Authority

Access to Information Act (ATIA)

Year Last Modified

1992

Performance Standards

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.

The Access to Information Act provides further details.

Performance Results

Environment Canada received 1421 requests in 2011-2012.

The Department processed 1425 requests, including some carried over from previous years, and carried 168 requests forward to 2012-2013.

The Department was able to complete 77% of requests within 30 days or less. Of all completed requests, 91% were completed within legislated deadlines.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
9.512.81,107.02012-1313.01,110.0
2013-1413.51,120.0
2014-1514.01,130.0

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 2011-2012 represented $4,130.

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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Admission Fees

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Canada Wildlife Act, s. 12, Wildlife Area Regulations

Date Last Modified

2003

Performance Standards

Verbal surveys on client satisfaction with the quality of services, infrastructures and facilities are conducted every year for groups and visitors using interpretation services.

Performance Results

Findings indicate a strong level of satisfaction with the quality of the services and the quality of infrastructures and facilities maintenance.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
155.0128.4389.02012-13125.0389.0
2013-14120.0389.0
2014-15115.0390.0

Other Information

The total number of visitors to the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area has decreased in recent years.

Service standards, performance results and the consultation process will be strengthened in 2012-2013.

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Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Hunting Permits

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Canada Wildlife Act, s. 12; Wildlife Area Regulations

Date Last Modified

2001

Performance Standards

A survey on client satisfaction with the quality of services, infrastructures and facilities was conducted in 2005 with individual hunters.

Annual monitoring of the number of applications made by hunters for a hunting permit compared to availability.

Performance Results

Findings of the survey conducted in 2005 indicate that hunters were very satisfied with the quality of services and the quality of infrastructures and facility maintenance.

In 2011-2012, the public expressed much interest at a provincial hunting and fishing convention where the hunting services offered at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area were promoted at a booth. This resulted in an increase in hunter applications of 6% over 2010-2011.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
45.046.485.02012-1348.185.0
2013-1448.185.0
2014-1548.185.0

Other Information

Service standards, performance results and the consultation process will be strengthened in 2012-2013.

Revenue is forecast to remain steady in the next few years, since demand for the hunting services offered is expected to remain the same.

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Migratory Bird Program - Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994, s. 12; Migratory Bird Regulations C.R.C., c.1035

Year Last Modified

1998 - SOR/98-314

Performance Standards

The total cost of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) Permit is $17. Of that $17, $8.50 is the fee for the permit and $8.50 is the cost of the Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp that must be affixed to the permit to make it valid. MGBH permits are available as of August 1 at Canada Post offices and from select provincial and private vendors.

The performance standards are to ensure that an adequate number of permits are available for distribution for the open season and that individuals acquiring a permit can obtain one within a reasonable time.

Performance Results

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits were available within the prescribed time period. Canada Post analyzed its sales information from previous years to tailor the distribution of the MGBH permits so that the sales outlets received the required quantities.

A Canada Post helpline is available for inquiries about where to get permits. Outlets that need to replenish their stocks can obtain additional permits from the main distribution centre. Private vendors can also obtain additional permits within 3 to 5 days from Environment Canada to meet demand.

Hunters or their representatives must go to a vendor's location in person to purchase their MGBH permits. The permits are available within minutes after completing the transaction.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
1,200.01,593.41,500.02012-131,500.01,500.0
2013-141,500.01,500.0
2014-151,500.01,500.0

Other Information

The Full Cost and Estimated Full Cost include the production, distribution and management of the MGBH permit sales. As well, they include the cost of the harvest survey that is associated with the permit (survey stub that is attached to the permit, mailings, data entry, data analysis, etc.).

A review of the cost of the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit program is underway. This review will determine whether there are any additional program costs that should be included. An assessment will consider what percentage of the costs for the program should be recovered from the revenue collected via the user fees.

Income from the sale of Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits is deposited directly into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

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Migratory Bird Program - Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994, s. 12; Migratory Bird Regulations C.R.C., c.1035

Year Last Modified

1991

Performance Standards

The retail value of the Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps is $8.50 per stamp. For a migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit to be valid, it must have this stamp affixed. As well, the stamp is available in philatelic form for collectors.

The philatelic stamp is packaged in a booklet and is not valid for postage. The price of the philatelic Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp ranges from $8.50 for a single stamp, $34 for a block of 4 stamps, and $136.00 for a sheet of 16 stamps. A limited number of booklets signed by the artist whose painting was used for the stamp are also available for $20 each. The philatelic stamps are available as of April 1 at Canada Post offices and from Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC).

The performance standard is to ensure that an adequate number of stamps are available for both the MGBH permits and philatelic purposes.

Performance Results

At the beginning of the 2011 fiscal year, a sufficient number of Wildlife Habitat Conservation stamps were available to meet purchase and Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit requirements. No complaints were received concerning the availability of philatelic stamps.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
1,100.01,618.41,812.92012-131,550.02,200.0
2013-141,550.02,200.0
2014-151,550.02,200.0

Other Information

All revenues generated from the sales of Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps are directed to Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC). The Full Cost is calculated as the direct contribution to WHC of the actual revenues generated from the stamp sales (affixed to the MGBH permit and philatelic), plus the costs of producing and distributing those stamps.

The Estimated Full Cost is set to the maximum amount that may be contributed to WHC from the stamp revenues, plus $200,000 for the production, distribution and management of the stamp program.

There are currently no talks underway to increase the price of Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps.

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Disposal at Sea Permit Application Fee

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999), ss. 135(1); Disposal at Sea Regulations

Date Last Modified

2001

Performance Standards

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 in the Canada Gazette and is issued to the permit holder within 120 days of applying if the application is complete and there are no issues from other stakeholders.

Performance Results

Met service standard of permit issuance within 120 days of receipt of a complete application on 85% of delivered permits.

The service standard was not met for permits that involved dredging or disposal in the newly designated Killer Whale critical habitat. These permits required extra time for coordination with Fisheries and Oceans Canada to ensure that disposal operations would not destroy critical habitat. For further details see this Website.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
200.0220.01,021.02012-13200.01,021.0
2013-14200.01,021.0
2014-15200.01,021.0

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Disposal at Sea Permit Fee

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Financial Administration Act (FAA), para. 19.1(a); Disposal at Sea Permit Fee Regulations

Date Last Modified

2010

Performance Standards

The permit holder has access to a permitted site and the ability to dispose of 1000 m3 of dredged or excavated material for each $470 paid. The collected revenue is used by the Disposal at Sea Program to operate a representative national disposal site monitoring program that allows the client group as a whole to continue to have access to suitable disposal sites and to demonstrate that the resource is being used sustainably.

Performance Results

Met service standards. Permit holders disposed of dredged and excavated material authorized by their permits. Representative monitoring was carried out in accordance with monitoring guidelines.

For further details see this Website.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost

* Under review.

** The variation between the Forecast Revenue and the Actual Revenue was largely due to the designation of Killer Whale critical habitat on the West Coast that caused some difficulty and delay in issuing permits. As a result, the program had to refund some of the fees as the permits were not delivered in time to be used, and some permit applications were never even received as a result of the ongoing difficulties.

1,000.0*994.9**1,228.42012-131,000.01,100.0
2013-141,100.01,100.0
2014-151,200.01,100.0

Other Information

The revenue associated with this user fee is variable and difficult to estimate in advance for the following reasons: dredging/disposal is cyclical and varies from year to year; there is a small client base with a few clients that account for very large volumes; and the permits are refundable, at any time, for any unused part.

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Aviculture, Taxidermist and Eiderdown Permits

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994, s. 12; Migratory Bird Regulations

Year Last Modified

Prior to 1978

Performance Standards

These permits are issued by Environment Canada's regional offices for a fee of $10 each. The applicants must submit an application for such permits and meet certain requirements. For example, in the case of an aviculture permit request, 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.

The performance standard is to review all applications received and issue permits, or notify applicants of the reasons for denying a permit, within 30 days of receiving the application.

Performance Results

All applications were processed within the 30-day time frame unless site inspections were required. In those cases (representing 10% of all applications), an additional 30 to 60 days were required to process the application.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
* Under review.
12.913.469.22012-1313.069.0
2013-1413.069.0
2014-1513.069.0
* Under review.

Other Information

There were 1018 aviculture, 292 taxidermy and 3 eiderdown permits issued, for a total of 1313 permits with a fee of $10 each.

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New Substances Fee Regulations

Fee Type

Regulatory (R)

Fee-setting Authority

Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, s. 328; New Substances Notification Regulations (NSNR)

Year Last Modified

2002

Performance Standards

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

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

Performance Results

100% of the 487 new substances notification submissions were acknowledged by letter, email or fax within 10 days of their receipt.

100% of the 487 new substances notification submissions were triaged and reviewed within the established period.

Of the 487 new substances notification submissions, 32 were assessed as substances of concern. Consequently, the New Substances Program published, in the Canada Gazette, 12 Ministerial Conditions and 20 Significant New Activity notices.

2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull CostFiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
$350$468$3,2692012-13$410$3,269
2013-14$365$3,269
2014-15$325$3,269

Other Information

Note that the Actual Revenue is shared between Environment Canada (2/3) and Health Canada (1/3). In 2011-2012, Environment Canada kept $311,905 and Health Canada received $155,952.

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User Fees Totals

 2011-12 ($ thousands)Planning Years ($ thousands)
Forecast RevenueActual RevenueFull Cost*Fiscal YearForecast RevenueEstimated Full Cost
Subtotal Regulatory4,062.95,082.99,374.52012-134,846.19,633.0
2013-144,896.19,633.0
2014-154,991.19,634.0
Subtotal Other Products and Services 9.512.81,107.02012-1313.01,110.0
2013-1413.51,120.0
2014-1514.01,130.0
Total4,072.45,095.710,481.52012-134,859.110,733.0
2013-144,909.610,753.0
2014-155,005.110,764.0
* Under review.

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External Fees (Policy on Service Standards for External Fees)

External Fee

Service Standard

Performance Results

Stakeholder Consultation

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Admission FeesVerbal surveys on client satisfaction with the quality of services, infrastructures and facilities.High level of satisfaction.Over the next few years, public consultations on a new management plan for the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area will be undertaken and will provide feedback from user groups on many aspects of the NWA, including prices, infrastructure and services.
Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area - Hunting Permits

Client survey in 2005 on client satisfaction with the quality of services, infrastructures and facilities.

Annual monitoring of the number of user applications for a hunting permit.

High level of satisfaction.

Increase of hunter applications by 6% compared with 2010-2011.

The hunting activity at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is communicated to the general public through written media, the Web and participation at hunting conventions. This has resulted in the number of applications for guided hunting surpassing what is allowable and in an increase in the number of applications for the self-guided hunting.

A formal survey on client satisfaction with the quality of services, infrastructures and facilities will be conducted in 2012.

Disposal at Sea Permit Application FeesUnder the application fee, each application will be reviewed according to Schedule 6 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) and the Disposal at Sea Regulations. This involves public notice, applications that provide detailed data, scientific review, and the payment of fees. Each permit will be published in the Canada Gazette and issued to the permit holder within 120 days of applying if the application is complete and there are no issues from other stakeholders.

Met service standard of permit issuance within 120 days of receipt of a complete application on 85% of issued permits.

Service standard was not met on permits that involved dredging or disposal in newly designated Killer Whale critical habitat. These permits required extra time for coordination with Fisheries Oceans Canada to ensure that disposal operations would not destroy critical habitat. Advice was provided to applicants to assist with timely permit reviews.

Application fees set in 1993 were rolled over 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 the resulting report concluded that no change to fees was required. All consultations between 1993 and 2003 involved discussion papers, public meetings and final reports.

For further details, see this Website.

Disposal at Sea Permit FeesThe permit holder has access to a permitted site and is permitted to dispose of 1000 m3 of dredged or excavated material for each $470 paid. The collected revenue is used by the Disposal at Sea Program to operate a representative national disposal site monitoring program that allows the client group as a whole to continue to have access to suitable disposal sites and to demonstrate that the resource is being used sustainably.Met the service standards. Permit holders disposed of dredged and excavated material as authorized by their permits. Representative monitoring was carried out in accordance with monitoring guidelines.

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 holding regular meetings with permit holders, to 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.

For further details see this Website.

Migratory Bird Program - Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits are available as of August 1 at Canada Post offices and from select provincial and private vendors. An adequate number of permits are made available for distribution for the duration of the hunting season in each province or territory. Permits are to be issued to a requester within minutes of the purchase.

Other information: Income from the sale of Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits is deposited directly into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits were available within the prescribed time period and were issued within minutes.

An assessment is underway of permit fees collected versus the cost of the program.

There have been no recent consultations and no consultations are planned for 2012-2013.
Migratory Bird Program - Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

The Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is used on the MGBH permit and for philatelic purposes.

The performance standard is to ensure that an adequate number of stamps are available to affix to the Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permits. As well, the stamps in philatelic form are made available.

Collectors can purchase the philatelic Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps at Canada Post outlets and from Wildlife Habitat Canada.

There are currently no talks underway to increase the price of Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps.

A sufficient number of Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps were available to meet philatelic requirements and Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit requirements. Customers were able to purchase the philatelic Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamps.

No complaints were received concerning the availability of stamps.

No consultations are planned for 2012-2013.

All revenues generated from the sales of the Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp are directed to Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC).

Migratory Bird Program - Aviculture, Taxidermist and Eiderdown Permits

These permits are issued by Environment Canada's regional offices at a cost of $10 each, following a review of applications and renewal requests received from the public. Applicants must meet certain criteria to be eligible.

The performance standard is to review all incoming applications and to either issue a permit or advise the applicant of the reason the application was denied within 30 days of receipt.

All applications were processed within the prescribed 30-day time frame, unless site inspections were required. In these cases (representing 10% of all applications), an additional 30 to 60 days were required to process the applications.

As these inspections are under the purview of Environment Canada's Environmental Enforcement Directorate, processing time depends entirely on the officers' workloads.

Since revenues and costs are negligible and as no complaints were received, there are currently no plans to hold consultations.

New Substances Fee Regulations

Note: This is a joint service with Health Canada's New Substances Assessment and Control Bureau of the Safe Environments Directorate

All new substances notification submissions receipt are acknowledged by letter, email or fax 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.

100% of the 487 new substances notification submissions were acknowledged by letter, email or fax within 10 days of their receipt.

100% of the 487 new substances notification submissions were triaged and reviewed within the established period.

Of the 487 new substances notification submissions, 32 were assessed as substances of concern.

Consequently, the New Substances Program published, in the Canada Gazette, 12 Ministerial Conditions and 20 Significant New Activity notices.

The New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, in September of 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 implemented to determine areas for improvement in the program.

A second survey of notifiers was conducted in fiscal year 2009-2010. The results of the two surveys will be used as a point of reference for program improvement.

Haying and Grazing (CWS Agricultural Activity)

Permits for applications that include all the required information / documentation are issued within 90 days of receipt.

Permits are issued for a period of less than one year and expire on December 31 of the year issued. The fee structure for haying and grazing is based upon the current rates used by Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture to ensure "equal service for equal fee" between departments is achieved.

A standing request list--Notice of Interest--that has been established is searched to identify applicants interested in the activity, e.g., haying, grazing, crops. If no interest is shown, then a call for applications is made through ads in local papers or other suitable means.

Interested persons are asked to fill out a Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) agricultural activity application form. Application forms are reviewed to determine the most suitable candidates and reference checks of the candidates are conducted.

Prospective grazing patrons must also submit a grazing plan that is reviewed and refined if required.

95% of permits are issued within 90 days of receipt.

Federal lands are monitored to ensure permit conditions are being met, the grazing plan is being followed, and habitat management goals (e.g. maintaining native plant community and habitat for wildlife and reducing weed and exotic species invasion) are achieved through the activity.

The applicant understands the permit is for one season only and that if any of the conditions of the permit are not respected, the permit may be immediately revoked by the Minister.

If results are achieved, however, the permit will be granted in subsequent years (subject to annual review).

This fee is minimal, has not been increased in over 10 years, and no increase is anticipated.

Stakeholder consultation on fee-setting is not necessary.

As the most suitable applicants are contacted to confirm their interest in obtaining a permit and discussions are held to ensure the applicants understand and agree to all conditions that will be on the permit, stakeholder feedback is received in a just-in-time way.

Biosphère (Montréal) - Admission Fees Fees (including tax) are:

Adult: $12
Students (18 and older): $8
Ecological House visits: $2
Youth (17 and under): Free
(does not apply to organized groups)

Throughout the year, visitors to the Biosphère have access to visitor services and interpretation services in the exhibition halls, guided activities on various environmental subjects, and educational workshops designed especially for groups, as well as maintained facilities (exhibition halls, rest areas, lookouts, parking, etc.)According to visitors' written comments, which are gathered daily, and evaluation sheets completed by group leaders, a majority of visitors were very satisfied with their individual or group visit experience, and with the other services.

When a group visits, the group leader (e.g. the teacher) must complete an assessment of the services received.

For visits by individuals, a sample survey will be conducted in 2012-2013.

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