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Introducing a Fee for Marine Insurance Certification Services

This consultation mechanism is closed; However, if you have comments on the Marine Insurance Fee Proposal, you can still send them to marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca 

Transport Canada is proposing a new fee for the marine insurance certification services we provide to better reflect the benefits received by the transportation industry, and we want your feedback.

We issue a certificate to ship owners when they provide proof of insurance or other financial security. This proof must meet requirements of:

  • the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (for vessels over 1,000 gross tonnes), and
  • the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992, to which Canada is a state party (for vessels carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of persistent oil in bulk)

Transport Canada currently issues more than 750 of these certificates each year. Should Canada become party to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, we estimate this will increase to approximately 3,000 certificates per year.

This service has been provided free of charge, at taxpayers’ expense. The introduction of a fee would better reflect the direct benefits received by the marine transportation industry as a result of the service.

How do our marine insurance certification services directly benefit ship owners?

  • When they have this certificate, ship owners are able to show they carry insurance or other financial security, as required by international conventions
  • Owners also avoid the revenue loss that could result if their vessel is detained for not meeting the requirements

We propose to create:

  • A fee of $98 per marine insurance certificate
  • A service standard consistent with requirements from the Service Fees Act

We want to hear from you:

  1. Read the Marine Insurance Fee Modernization Proposal in the right hand menu to learn more about the new fee.
  2. Select “Register” at the top of the page, and join our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab.
  3. Upload (a) Word or PDF document(s) with your feedback in the “Submissions” tab.

Now that you’ve read the Marine Insurance Fee Modernization Proposal, we want to hear from you.

Transport Canada is proposing a new fee for the marine insurance certification services we provide to better reflect the benefits received by the transportation industry, and we want your feedback.

We issue a certificate to ship owners when they provide proof of insurance or other financial security. This proof must meet requirements of:

  • the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 (for vessels over 1,000 gross tonnes), and
  • the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1992, to which Canada is a state party (for vessels carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of persistent oil in bulk)

Transport Canada currently issues more than 750 of these certificates each year. Should Canada become party to the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007, we estimate this will increase to approximately 3,000 certificates per year.

This service has been provided free of charge, at taxpayers’ expense. The introduction of a fee would better reflect the direct benefits received by the marine transportation industry as a result of the service.

How do our marine insurance certification services directly benefit ship owners?

  • When they have this certificate, ship owners are able to show they carry insurance or other financial security, as required by international conventions
  • Owners also avoid the revenue loss that could result if their vessel is detained for not meeting the requirements

We propose to create:

  • A fee of $98 per marine insurance certificate
  • A service standard consistent with requirements from the Service Fees Act

We want to hear from you:

  1. Read the Marine Insurance Fee Modernization Proposal in the right hand menu to learn more about the new fee.
  2. Select “Register” at the top of the page, and join our discussion forum via the “Have Your Say” tab.
  3. Upload (a) Word or PDF document(s) with your feedback in the “Submissions” tab.

Now that you’ve read the Marine Insurance Fee Modernization Proposal, we want to hear from you.