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Fee Guide

What do we do with fees at Technical Safety BC

As an independent, self-funded organization, Technical Safety BC does not receive government funding. 

The revenue collected from our fees goes towards: 

  • contributing to provincial safety oversight 
  • making improvements to better serve our clients and partners, such as introducing new tools and services 
  • supporting our operations as a not-for-profit public safety regulator 

Learn more about our fee responsibilities in the fee setting regulation and our administrative agreement protocol with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 

How fees are calculated

There are many reasons to set a new fee or adjust a fee, including regulatory or legislative change, changes to the way we administer programs, and client feedback. 

When setting a new fee or reviewing an existing fee, we want them to be: 

  • Simple – Fee categories will be kept to a minimum, standardized, and bundled wherever possible.  
  • Sustainable – Financial sustainability will be supported by designing fees to cover program costs where possible. Fees are evaluated and adjusted to adapt to changing environment and technology.  
  • Fair – Fees are designed to reflect safety risk, encourage safety-minded behaviour, reflect fair value, and not to act as barriers to participation. Efforts will be made to ensure that no groups are disproportionately negatively impacted by fees. 

All technologies regulated by Technical Safety BC must be independently sustainable so that one technology is not being subsidized by revenue from another technology. 

The fee-setting process

The fee-setting process includes four steps to ensure the public has a say and that the fees are calculated fairly: 

  1. Modelling the program’s direct costs and calculating indirect costs;
  2. Public consultation on the fee, analysis of feedback, and a consultation report;
  3. Decision on whether to implement the change or not (taking into account consultation results and program requirements); and
  4. If the decision is made to implement the change, a 90-day notification period to clients before the fee takes effect.

Questions? Please contact us.