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Fees and service standards

The Competition Bureau has established fees and service standards for certain services and regulatory processes under the Competition Act. These apply to Written Opinion requests, Advance ruling Certificate requests, Merger Notification Filings, CA Identification Number applications and photocopies.


Quebec Sales Tax (QST) in the province of Quebec

Effective April 1, 2013, the QST rate increased by 0.475% bringing the QST rate to 9.975%.

Notice: HST in the province of Prince Edward Island

The province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) is joining the harmonized sales tax (HST) framework. Effective April 1, 2013, existing sales taxes in those provinces will be combined with the federal goods and services tax to create HST, which will be administered by Canada Revenue Agency. The HST will be applied on most goods and services sold in Prince Edward Island at a rate of 14%, consisting of a 5% federal portion and a 9% provincial portion.

Notice: PST + GST in the province of British Columbia

Effective April 1, 2013, the province of British Columbia is eliminating the Harmonized Service Tax (HST) and reverting to a PST+GST system in the province. The PST will be set at a rate of 7%, and the GST reintroduced at 5%.

Fees and Service Standards Handbooks

These Handbooks are intended to be used as reference material for those individuals or companies requesting the above‑mentioned services and/or those who are bound by merger statutory requirements. The Handbooks are also used by Bureau officers undertaking these activities as reference material.

Fees and Service Standards Policy

The Bureau's Fee and Service Standards Policy is consistent with the government's overall objective of fairness, which seeks to ensure that those who benefit most from a service should pay for it, rather than have all Canadians pay through general taxation. The merger review service and written opinion fees have been developed within this framework and in consideration of other government and Bureau policy objectives.

The revised fee for merger notifications and requests for ARCs comes into effect May 1, 2018.Footnote 1 The fees for written opinions that came into effect April 1, 2003 remain unchanged.

Performance reports

Under the Service Fees Act, the Bureau is required to report on performance of service standards.

Results on processing times will be reported through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s Departmental Results Report. The Bureau will also report processing times in the Bureau’s Performance Measurement.

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