Cost Recovery Initiative: Consultation Document
3. Background information

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Guiding principles

In developing an updated list of services and service standards as well as future proposals related to fees, the CFIA will apply the following guiding principles:

  • stakeholders should be consulted when establishing new and/or changing existing fees and service standards;
  • fees should have a direct relationship to the cost of providing the service;
  • the standard of services related to the fee should be clear;
  • transaction costs in setting, collecting and administering fees should be minimized;
  • new or amended fees should be applied on a common basis and consistently across services and sectors;
  • fees should be easily adaptable to changes in the operating environment, and easy to update; and,
  • fees should balance affordability to regulated parties and impact on their businesses with the cost to the Agency of delivering activities that benefit regulated parties.

These principles are consistent with the CFIA Cost Recovery Policy and Framework as well as broader Government of Canada guidance, including the following:

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