Chief Commissioner’s message
On behalf of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, I am pleased to present the 2017 to 2018 Report on Fees.
On June 22, 2017, the Service Fees Act received royal assent, thereby repealing the User Fees Act.
The Service Fees Act introduces a modern legislative framework that enables cost-effective delivery of services and, through enhanced reporting to Parliament, improved transparency and oversight. The Act provides for:
- a streamlined approach to consultation and the approval of new or modified fees
- a requirement for services to have service standards and reporting against these standards, along with a policy to remit fees to fee payers when standards are not met
- an automatic annual fee adjustment by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to ensure that fees keep pace with inflation
- annual detailed reporting to Parliament in order to increase transparency
This 2017 to 2018 Fees Report is the first report to be prepared under the Service Fees Act. The report includes new information such as a detailed listing of all fees along with future year fee amounts. Additional fee information will be included starting next fiscal year, once the Canadian Human Rights Commission fully transitions to the Service Fees Act regime.
I welcome the increased transparency and oversight that the Service Fees Act’s reporting regime embodies, and I am fully committed to transitioning my department to this modern framework.
General fees information
The tables that follow provide information on each category of fees, including:
- the name of the fee category
- the date that the fee (or fee category) was introduced and last amended (if applicable)
- service standards
- performance results against these standards
- financial information regarding total costs, total revenues and remissions
In addition to the information presented by fee category, there is a summary of the financial information for all fees as well as a listing of fees under the department’s authority. This listing includes the existing fee dollar amounts and the adjusted dollar fee amount for a future year.
General and financial information by fee category
|Fee category||Fees for processing requests files under the Access to Information Act|
|Fee-setting authority||Access to Information Act|
|Year last amended||2018|
|Service standard||A response is provided within 30 days following receipt of a request; the response time may be extended under section 9 of the Access to Information Act.|
|Performance results||The Commission responded within 30 days or less in 72% of cases*. In 26% of cases, the Commission responded in 31 to 120 days. The Commission took up to 180 days in the remaining of the requests.|
* Includes cases where a Notice of Extension is sent to the requester within 30 days of receipt of the request.
Financial information (dollars)
|2016-17 Revenue||2017-18 Revenue||2016-17 Cost*||2017-18 Remissions**|
* The amount includes direct and indirect costs, where such costs are identifiable and material.
** A remission is a partial or full return of a fee paid.