Cost Recovery Initiative: Consultation Document
5. How streamlining the list of services may affect you

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The proposed list of service categories outlined in Table 1 consolidates the existing services into nine general categories. The various services that the Agency provides will not change as a result of the proposed streamlining of services. How the services and fees are presented in the CFIA Fees Notice and individual invoices, however, will change. Below is an example of how the change would be applied in practice.

Service categories and basis for fees - illustrative example

A livestock company wishes to export live hogs to Mexico and approaches the Agency to obtain an export certificate for a shipment of 100 animals.

Service Category Current basis for fees Proposed basis for fees
Inspection Based on the number of animals regardless of the length of the inspection:  $46 for the first animal and $6 per animal for the remaining 99 animals ($640 for inspection). Hourly rate (fee based on the length of the inspection).
Issuance of official document Based on the number of animals regardless of the cost of issuing the document: $25 for the first animal on the certificate and $1 for each remaining animal ($124 for the certificate). Flat rate (fixed fee based on the cost of issuing the document).

The effect of the proposed changes to the list of services would be the following:

  1. There would be significantly fewer fees in the Fees Notice;
  2. Regulated parties would be charged on a consistent basis; and
  3. The basis for fees would be more closely aligned with the cost of providing the service.

The proposed introduction of a streamlined list of services would result in a rebalancing of the existing fees paid by regulated parties. The individual fees that are currently in the Fees Notice would be replaced by a flat rate (i.e., a fixed amount), an hourly rate, or a combination of the two, depending on the requested service. This may result in total fees paid for a service either increasing or decreasing. Revised fees will be determined later in 2017 and will be informed by the feedback received through this consultation. Proposed new fees will be the subject of the next phase of consultations.

We want your feedback. Please provide your views on the following questions using the contact information identified in Section 12:

  1. Is the proposed list of services clear and understandable to you?  What refinements could be made?
  2. Is it clear where the CFIA services you currently receive fit within the proposed service categories?
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