BILL NO. 106

(as passed, with amendments)

1st Session, 60th General Assembly
Nova Scotia
55 Elizabeth II, 2006

Private Member's Bill

Fees Act


Diana Whalen
Halifax Clayton Park

First Reading: November 10, 2006 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)

Second Reading: April 10, 2007

Third Reading: April 12, 2007 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)

Royal Assent: April 13, 2007

An Act to Respecting Fees Collected
by the Government of Nova Scotia

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Fees Act.

2 In this Act,

(a) "department" means a department established by or pursuant to the Public Service Act;

(b) "fee" means a charge, or a series of charges, levied by a department or office to individuals, companies, organizations or jurisdictions external to the Government of the Province for specific regulatory applications, licences, permits, approvals, renewals, amendments, registrations, certifications, filings, administration fees and inspections, but does not include charges

(c) "minister" means a member of the Executive Council and includes any official authorized to act on the minister's behalf or in the minister's stead ;

(d) "office" means an office established by or pursuant to the Public Service Act.

3 This Act binds Her Majesty in right of the Province.

4 Neither the Governor in Council, nor any minister nor any other official designated under any enactment as having the authority to increase a fee charged by a department or office may increase the fee unless the minister responsible for the department or office has

(a) presented notice of the increase in the fee to the House of Assembly if the House is then sitting or, if it is not then sitting, to the Clerk of the Assembly; and

(b) provided details of the fees to be collected, including

5 (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations

(a) defining any word or expression used but not defined in this Act;

(b) the Governor in Council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of this Act.

(2) The exercise by the Governor in Council of the authority contained in subsection (1) is regulations within the meaning of the Regulations Act.

6 This Act comes into force on such day as the Governor in Council orders and declares by proclamation.

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