Cost Recovery Initiative: Consultation Document
11. Comparison with other countries

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A review of the fee regimes in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom reveals that these countries have approaches to cost recovery that are similar to CFIA's proposed approach, in particular with respect to defining services for which fees apply, costing to inform fee setting as well as authority to recover fees from regulated parties. However, while national standards are set at the federal level in these countries, not all services are delivered by federal departments or agencies. In some instances, services are delivered at the state level, at the municipal level or by independent accredited agencies, thus making specific fee comparisons challenging.

Based upon a review of the information, the following was observed:

Fee setting

  • In determining fees, the surveyed countries make reference to full costing of services.
  • Generally, all four countries have established fees for administrative services such as certificate preparation and verification, license/registration issuance, import document controls and, laboratory tests.
  • Hourly rates are generally used for inspection functions, charged based on a quarter hour or part thereof.
  • With regard to the submission of applications for various licenses, permits and documents, in a number of cases there is a fixed charge for the application, plus an assessment charge on an hourly basis after the first hour.
  • Overtime rates have been established for work performed outside employees' normal hours of duty.

The CFIA will take into consideration the level of fees charged for comparable regulatory services in other countries as its cost recovery proposal is developed in advance of the second phase of consultations.

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