Proposed fee changes 2021-2023

Status: Consultation open December 8, 2020 – January 31, 2021

We understand that this year has been different for many of us, and industries and business owners across the province are facing new challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to support our clients and partners, we made the decision to delay the fee increase effective date in order to better integrate industry perspectives. We are currently consulting stakeholders on proposed fee changes for 2021-2023.

What we do with the revenue collected from fees

As a not-for-profit safety regulator, Technical Safety BC does not receive government funding. We work with industry and stakeholders to administer safety legislation and regulation and oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in BC.

Some examples of what we’ve done in 2020 include:

  • Launching online design registration: Clients can enjoy faster turnaround time for their submissions, easily find the form they need, and track the status of their submissions. Clients can also communicate directly with the responsible engineer.
  • Introducing remote assessments: Per public health guidelines, remote assessments became our primary method of assessment. Together with physical assessments (when needed), we target areas of highest public risk while maximizing efficiency and safety.
  • Educating and supporting building owners: We’re helping building owners better understand their responsibilities, and bringing more awareness to equipment safety hazards.
  • Advancing industry knowledge: Certification programs are up to date with the latest industry safety knowledge and certification exams were made available online.

To learn more about how fees are determined at Technical Safety BC, take a look at our fee guide.

2021-2023 proposed fee increase options

Technical Safety BC is proposing two fee increase options (See Table 1) and would apply across all products and services from 2021 to 2023.

Table 1: Proposed general fee increase options

  2021 fee increase 2022 fee increase 2023 fee increase
Option 1 2% 3% 3%
Option 2 2% 2% 4%

See Table 2 below for an example of what a 2% increase would look like for licensing, certification, and annual operating permit fees within the electrical industry. For more detail, view all proposed fees in the 2021-2023 Proposed fee schedules.

Table 2: Example of a 2% fee increase in 2021 for new electrical licenses, certification renewals, and annual operating permits (general site).

Regulatory product Current 2% Increase +/-
Contractor licenses (new) per unit $203 $207 + $4
Field safety representative renewal (FSR) per unit $102 $104 + $2
Annual operating permit (general site) per permit $137 $140 + $3

 

Proposed effective date

The results from this consultation will be used to inform a recommendation to our Board of Directors for approval in early 2021. A final decision is expected to be published in February 2021. If approved, the new fees will come into effect late spring 2021.

Your feedback is important

We recently heard from you through a client well-being survey and learned that:

  • Recovery towards resuming normal business activities has been consistent across our client segments: asset owners, license holders and certified individuals by technologies, except for clients in the amusement rides industry
  • 82% of clients across technologies view the future as neutral or optimistic, with the exception of amusement ride industry clients.
  • 53% of amusement ride clients view the future as neutral or optimistic
  • 60% of clients across technologies have resumed at least 50% of their normal business vs. 37% for amusement rides clients
  • 42% of clients believe fee schedules should be announced every 3 years

The consultation period is now open and you have until January 31, 2021, to provide your feedback. The input gathered will inform how fee increases will be structured and help us better serve you.

Share your feedback with us through the pop-up form at the bottom of this page.
 

Consultation summary

This consultation is open until January 31, 2021. A summary will be shared here shortly after the consultation closes. Please check back often for updates.

Outcome

Related decisions will be posted here when available.

Questions?

Please contact Technical Safety BC’s Stakeholder Engagement team.