EASR Fee Changes
The fee for registering on the EASR was implemented on November 18, 2012. At that time, the ministry committed to a review of its environmental costing structures with the aim of fully recovering the costs of running the EASR. As per this commitment, the ministry has completed its review and found that the ministry is on track in achieving full cost recovery while balancing business and public expectations. To remain on-track and continue the momentum towards full cost recovery, the ministry is renewing its EASR fee.
For most EASR activities the current registration fee will increase by 10 percent from $1,190 to $1,309 starting in 2016-17. Thereafter, the fee will increase 10 percent each year until 2020-21. It’s a one-time charge per activity, the same for any activity, and payable at the time of registration.
In addition, the existing EASR fee of $1,190 will be maintained for short-term project based activities.
The fee for the new Air and Noise Emissions EASR will be set at $2,353 to address the comprehensive compliance costs associated with this EASR. The Air and Noise Emissions EASR is expected to be implemented in January 2017.
The new fee structure will provide a balance by allowing businesses to continue to self-register their prescribed activities while the ministry moves towards full cost recovery of its environmental programs and ensures environmental protection.
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change developed the EASR as part of the ministry’s efforts to modernize environmental approvals using a multi-pathway approach designed to increase flexibility and provide for electronic service delivery as per the ministry’s commitments under the Open for Business Act.
The EASR came into being in 2011. Prior to this date, activities eligible for the EASR would have required an Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), a Renewable Energy Approval (REA), or a Permit to Take Water (PTTW) and would have incurred an application fee and other related costs for the review and assessment of the application. Businesses with activities eligible for the EASR as described in section 20.21 of the EPA (see Additional Information) register their activities online rather than obtaining a site-specific environmental approval such as an ECA, REA or PTTW from the ministry. These are activities that follow routine, standardized processes and have low environmental risk when in compliance with prescribed rules. Key features of the Registry include:
- flexibility to operate a facility within pre-established parameters;
- online self-registration process; and,
- searchable online database of registered activities available to the public.
Currently, the following activities/sectors are eligible to be registered: heating systems, standby power systems, automotive refinishing facilities, non-hazardous waste management systems, small ground-mounted solar facilities, commercial printing facilities, end of life vehicle waste disposal sites, and water takings associated with construction dewatering and road construction. The EASR for end of life vehicle waste disposal sites and two EASRs for water taking activities (see Additional Information) were implemented on April 1, 2016.
Registrants are required to pay a one-time fee of $1,190 to register their activity/sector. Currently, every registrant pays the same fee.
The EASR continues to evolve and the ministry has a number of proposals for activities and sectors under development that would expand the number of eligible sectors and activities.
The EASR for air and noise emissions (see Additional Information), planned for implementation in January 2017, is expected to complement the ministry’s cap and trade initiative. A modern and efficient approval process would reduce time and costs involved in implementing low-carbon technologies.