This notification summarizes the major changes in aviation regulatory fees that come into effect on 1 January, 1998. Under the revised schedule, many existing fees have been increased while new fees are being imposed on services for which there has not been a charge in the past. These charges are a result of the federal government's Program Review exercise (Revenue Targets) and are intended to shift a greater portion of the costs of regulatory services from the taxpayer to those who directly benefit from them. These changes are expected to generate an additional $6.2 million annually. The level of cost recovery for Transport Canada's Civil Aviation Program will rise by 10 percentage points to 25% of recoverable costs, equivalent to 12% of total program costs. The nature and magnitude of the changes resulted from extensive consultation with the aviation community, primarily through the Fees Technical Committee of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC). The main changes are as follows:
6. Charges will be imposed even if the service does not result in the issuance, renewal, amendment or endorsement of a Canadian aviation document. The one exception is in the processing of medical certificates, where an applicant is found to be unfit.
7. To alleviate the confusion over the appropriate fee for processing medical certificates, a billing process has been established. Effective 1 January 1998, Civil Aviation Medical Examiners will no longer accept fees for Transport Canada; instead, pilots will receive a bill attached to their renewed Medical Certificate.
For addition information, please contact the Civil Aviation Information Line at 1-800-305-2059 or the Civil Aviation Internet Site at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/menu.htm or write to the Director, Civil Aviation Program Services, Transport Canada, (AARA), 5th Floor, Tower C, Place de Ville, Ottawa, K1A 0N8.
For Minister of Transport
Director, Aircraft Certification