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Bringing Back Fee Fairness: The Implications of Rushed Changes to Federal Cost Recovery Rules


User fees play an important role in how departments and agencies are funded. Like taxes, they affect the competitiveness of businesses that pay them.

The federal government replaced the User Fees Act with the Service Fees Act in the 2017 federal budget. The legislation was included in the omnibus budget bill, meaning it received far less parliamentary debate, committee study or public scrutiny than it would have as standalone legislation. Unfortunately, Health Canada’s 2017 attempt to dramatically increase fees for drugs and medical devices, gave no consideration to business competitiveness impacts and reinforced industry concerns about the federal shift on fees.



Canadian Chamber to Register as Third Party Ahead of Federal Election

OTTAWA – September 11, 2019 – Today, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement regarding the Canadian Chamber’s decision to register with Elections Canada as a third party for the 2019 federal election.

“While the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will advocate policies to strengthen Canadian business and increase our country’s prosperity in the 2019 federal election, we will remain scrupulously non-partisan. We will neither endorse nor oppose any political party, leader or candidate.

Posted on 11-09-2019

New Canadian Chamber report warns against runaway fees as backdoor ploy to help balance federal books

(OTTAWA) – September 11, 2019 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s new report spotlights a recent federal policy that makes it easier for government departments to drastically hike user fees they charge businesses, and to do so without cost analysis or improvement to service standards.

“Canadian businesses accept and support a user fee concept, and they appreciate the value exchange for the various permits and regulatory approvals needed for their business. What they will not accept is massive increases in fees as a backdoor tax to help the federal government get Canada’s $20 billion deficit under control,” said Ryan Greer, Senior Director, Regulatory Policy and author of Bringing Back Fee Fairness.

Posted on 11-09-2019

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