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Departmental Performance Report 2013–2014: User Fees Reporting

User Fees and Regulatory Charges (User Fees Act)

User fee: Fees charged for the application of requests filed under the Access to Information Act (ATIA)

Fee type: Other products and services

Fee-setting authority: ATIA, Section 11 and Access to Information Regulations, Section 7

Year last modified: 1992

Performance standards: A response is provided within 30 days following receipt of a request; the response time may be extended pursuant to Section 9 of the ATIA. Notice of extension is to be sent within 30 days of receipt of a request.

Performance results: A total of 27 requests were completed during the 2013–14 reporting period. Twenty-one were completed in 30 days or less; four were completed between 31 and 60 days; and two were completed between 61 and 120 days. Four of the requests did not meet the statutory deadline due to increased workload or internal consultations. In an effort to comply with the requirements of the ATIA, one junior ATIP officer was assigned to the ATIP Office to support activities related to access to information. In November 2013, two training sessions on the ATIA and the Privacy Act were offered to School employees. A total of 30 employees participated in the sessions.

User Fees Reporting: User Fees and Regulatory Charges. The first column displays figures for 2013-14 in thousands of dollars. The column is split into three categories: forecast revenue, actual revenue and full cost. The second column displays figures for planning years in thousands of dollars. The column is split into three categories: fiscal year, forecast revenue and estimated full cost. There are two blank fields under forecast revenue and two blank fields under estimated full cost.
($ Thousands)
Planning years
($ Thousands)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost Fiscal year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
0.175 0.262 91.5 2014–15 .262 130.9
2015–16 - -
2016–17 - -

Other information: The ATIA states that all formal requests submitted must be accompanied by a $5 application fee payable to the Receiver General for Canada.

The ATIA authorizes fees for certain activities related to the processing of formal requests. In addition to the application fee, search, preparation and reproduction charges may apply to various records. Current fees are specified in the Access to Information Regulations. The ATIA permits the waiving of fees when it is deemed to be in the public interest and if the fees are under $25. In accordance with government policy, it is the department's practice to waive fees where the total owing per request amounts to less than $25. The fees collected during the reporting period totalled $320, of which $58 was refunded or waived.

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