The government of Ontario announced the following new fees and fee increases that came into effect on January 1, 2017:
Ministry of the Attorney General
The Assessment Review Board will increase its appeal filing fees:
- The residential assessment appeal fee is changing from $75 to $125 per roll number. A $10 discount still applies to e-filed appeals
- The non-residential assessment appeal fee is changing from $150 to $300 per roll number. A $10 discount still applies to e-filed appeals.
- Assessment Review Board filing fees have not changed for 10 years, despite rising operating and administrative costs.
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Through a regulation under the Environmental Protection Act, the Hazardous Waste Fee will increase from $20 to $30 per tonne as of January 1, 2017. The fee increase moves the program closer towards full cost recovery.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Fee changes under the Planning Act and related legislation effective January 1, 2017 are the result of the ministry’s Planning Fees Review and move towards the full cost involved in processing Planning Act applications, and include:
- The fee for a land severance (consent) application increases to $800 from $720
- In Northern Ontario, the fee for a plan of subdivision or condominium increases to $3,650+$100 per lot/block over 40 lots/blocks, from $3,300+$100 per lot/block over 40 lots/blocks
- The fee for a Minister’s Zoning Order Amendment application in Northern Ontario increases to $2,000 from $1,500, and in Southern Ontario to $7,800 from $5,000
- The fee for a Parkway Belt West Plan Amendment application increases to $6,150 from $4,000
- A new fee for non-exempt official plan amendment submissions. In Northern Ontario, the fee will be $3,700, and in Southern Ontario, the fee will be $12,000.
- Under the Line Fences Act, the fee to file an appeal increases to $317 from $311. This fee changes every January 1 based on inflation as defined by the Consumer Price Index for Ontario.
Under the Building Code Act, a number of fees also change every January 1 based on inflation:
- The Building Code Commission application fee will increase to $181 from $177
- The Minister’s Ruling application fee will increase to $595 from $582
The Building Code registration application fees will increase as follows:
– Building official, independent designer and sewage system installer registration or renewal — to $109 from $107
– Design firm registration — to $173 from $169
– Design firm renewal — to $131 from $128
– Design firm update class of registration — to $37 from $36
– Registered Code Agency registration — to $412 from $404
– Registered Code Agency renewal — to $304 from $297
- Registered Code Agency update class of registration — to $70 from $67.
On January 1, 2017, the Building Materials Evaluation Commission application fee will increase to $9,000 from $7,000. The Building Materials Evaluation Commission application fee structure is set out in Section 2.3 of Division C of the Building Code. This increase is intended to move towards cost-recoverable service delivery while balancing the need to continue encouraging innovative product use in Ontario.
Ministry of Transportation
The regulated reinstatement fee and administrative monetary penalty for a driver’s licence that has been suspended will increase from $180 to $198 on January 1, 2017. The increase is the result of a review of the current fee/penalty amounts that found an increase is necessary to recover the administrative costs associated with driver’s licence suspension directly from suspended drivers rather than from all Ontario taxpayers. Drivers suspended on or after January 1, 2017 will be subject to the new fee/penalty.
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