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Service fee increases and improving services for clients

In June 2017, the Service Fees Act (SFA) replaced the User Fees Act as the governing legislation pertaining to fees charged by the federal government. The new SFA provides departments with the flexibility needed to develop, consult on and implement fees efficiently while improving departmental openness, transparency and accountability.

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Measurement Canada has adjusted its fees by 2% to reflect the increase in the Consumer Price Index from April 2020 to April 2021.

Figure below – Infographic timeline

Timeline of events-Changes to service fees at Measurement Canada
Infographic timeline
  • 2019 March—Statistics Canada publishes the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the fiscal year.
    Measurement Canada publishes a revised fee schedule informing stakeholders of the new annual increase in service fees.
  • 2019 July—Measurement Canada begins increasing fees based on the CPI.
  • 2020 March—Statistics Canada publishes the CPI for the fiscal year.
  • 2020 April—Measurement Canada publishes its revised service fees based on the CPI. Fees will increase each April thereafter.
  • 2022 July—Measurement Canada will begin paying remissions before July 2022 for service standards that were not met in the 2021–2022 fiscal year.

Subsection 17(1) of the Service Fees Act states: "A fee is adjusted in each fiscal year — on the anniversary of a date that is selected by the responsible authority with respect to the fee before the first adjustment — by the percentage change over 12 months in the April All-items Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada under the Statistics Act, for the previous fiscal year."

This is an invoice showing the new rates

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