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Fee Change for New Substance Notifications in Canada


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As per Canada’s New Substances Fees Regulations, fees must be provided with each New Substance Notification (NSN) package submitted under the New Substance Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers).  The amount of fee will be dependent on the annual sales in Canada for the notifier, the specific Schedule being submitted, and other services being requested (e.g., confidential search on the Domestic Substances List or Non-Domestic Substances List or masked name application).   

Environment and Climate Change Canada has implemented this fee adjustment for the New Substances Program to be in compliance with Canada's Service Fees Act which requires annual fee adjustments based on the country’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). Based on the decrease in CPI over the past twelve months, fees for NSN submissions will decrease by 0.2% starting from April 1, 2021 and it will be valid till March 31, 2022. 

The New Substances program consists of officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada. It is responsible for administering the New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) and the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms) [NSNR] made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA). These regulations ensure that no new substances (chemicals, polymers or living organisms) are introduced into the Canadian marketplace before undergoing ecological and human health assessments, and that appropriate control measures have been taken, wherever required. 

To pay for services stated above, a complete New Substances Fees Payment Form, including a credit card authorization form, must be sent either by mail or by courier or one can use the Fee Payment phone line at 1-833-225-2883 (in Canada) or 819-994-8167 (outside Canada). 

All federal departments and agencies that collect fees for regulatory and non-regulatory services are required to develop and implement a Departmental Remissions Policy by April 1, 2021. Each program that charges fees is also required to establish a remissions approach that aligns with the Departmental Remissions Policy. 

The Remissions Approach by New Substances Program (NSP) sets out the scope and application for remission payments, regulatory timeline or non-regulatory performance standard be missed by the NSP.  

Last update: 2021-04-21