Fee increases announced in 2013 budget

Barb Sweet
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Drivers who register their vehicles online will no longer get a discount.  Among the many fee increases announced in Budget 2013, the province announced it is doing away with the 10 per cent discount, which it says was only brought in to encourage online registration which has grown to 60 per cent of all permit renewals.

The discount is gone as of April 1 so then drivers who pay online or at the Motor Vehicle Registration office will pay the same - $140 a year.

Eliminating the discount adds another $2.6 million a year to the provincial coffers. Seniors however will still get a 35 per cent discount online - but will now pay $91 a year.

Online discounts are also eliminated for recreational trailers and motorcycles.  

The new fee for trailers will be $38, while motorcycles will cost $75 to register. The new fees for seniors registering a trailer are $24.70 and $48.75 for motorcycles.

Taxes are also going up on tobacco - 1.5 cents per cigarette, effective 12.01 a.m. Wednesday. This brings the province another $8 million annually.

Also, provincial historic sites will no longer have a free day of admission each week and admission fees will go up at all locations.

Health and Community Services will be charging 20 per cent more for health services provided to non-residents of Canada and people who work for non-provincially insured agencies.

For everyone, the daily rate for hospital rooms will also go up  - semi privates increase to $102 a day from $85 and private rooms go to $120 from $100.

Non insured surgical procedure rates for elective surgeries go to $1,100.

And ferry users will pay 10 per cent more, bringing an additional $490,000 to the province.

As well the Department of Transportation and Works is introducing a new highway access permit fee for residents and businesses looking to establish a right of entry from a provincial road to their property -  $100 for residents and $500 for businesses.

Tender documents are going to cost more too. Previously the province gave away all documents less than 30 pages, charging $20-$50 for larger documents. Now anyone wanting a copy of tenders  - no matter the size of the document  - will pay $20 plus printing costs.

Forestry permits are going up, as well as animal health fees for farm operators.

There are a host of other increased fees such as tax clearance certificates, labour standards clearance certificates, teacher certification fees.

And there are new fees being charged to private training institutions.

Certain licences will go up in the fisheries sector  fish buyers/processing licensing fees, species licences and licensing of aquaculture sites.

Quarry fees are also going up - from 50 cents per cubic metre to 65 cents per cubic metre, raking in $600,000 more.

The attached tables shows the list of fees included in the 2013 budget.



Organizations: Community Services, Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • Harvey Green
    March 27, 2013 - 05:52

    It amazes me the convoluted logic the Blunderdale Government has used to justify this cut/slash/grab Budget ... all because of a deficiet THEY created thru their own miscalculation. The citizens of this Province are being asked, unaplogetically, to pay for THEIR ineptitude ... tsk, tsk BTW, Nova Scotians also pay less than us for vehicle registration ... which is good for 2 years instead of one ... where's the fairness here?

  • Danny
    March 27, 2013 - 00:00

    Wow...we tax payers got lucky the gov found a Billion over the last wk ;)

  • Greg
    March 26, 2013 - 21:12

    Gee whiz, think our rep Glenn Littlejohn could have clapped his hands a few times while Mr. Kennedy was announcing the budget. Maybe he didn't agree with the budget. He is a liberal after all.

  • Robert
    March 26, 2013 - 21:09

    Hmmmmm! I wonder what happens if we ALL show up at Motor Registration instead of doing our business online? Sure would be a funny April Fools joke on the Dunderdale government; would it not?

  • Eli
    March 26, 2013 - 20:44

    Kennedy is Lloyola Sullivan reborn. Sullivan hunted down delinquient school tax delinquients, many of whom had long since moved to greener pastures. The old adage is true; Tory times are hard times.

  • well
    March 26, 2013 - 20:33

    aw dont worry people , some day she will bring up the wages a little tiny bit more so we can pay for all this and her salary to

  • George from Northern peninsula
    March 26, 2013 - 16:50

    I question the need to discount the cost of registering a vehicle for seniors. The $140 is a very small part of the total cost of maintaing and owning a vehicle and the savings is a much smaller portion. Those who can own a car, maintain it and insure it certainly would not see much hardship if they had to toss in the extra $49. However the total revenue back to the province could go along way towards another MRI for one of our hospitals.

  • B C
    March 26, 2013 - 16:32

    Everyone: Don't register your Veichle on line, instead mail it back to them. Only extra cost is the price of a Stamp. Small cost and maybe keep someone in a job.

  • skipper
    March 26, 2013 - 15:23

    A couple of years they were saying that all NFLDERS should come home as there was going to be a manpower shortage. Will i guess now they are saying pay through the nose if you are going to live here. Now the airport will do a booming business as the people that went home will now be spending $1000s to go away again. I live in G.P. Alberta and i just paid $86. to register my f 150 for a year and much better highways. ( yes i am a NFLDER and do visit NFLD. ) Highest gas prices ,hightest car rentals now more taxes just put up a big sign at the Ferry and airport bring lots of cash as we are building power plant to show the people who is boss .

  • anler
    March 26, 2013 - 14:27

    Government is not a private company , it is our money and we elect people to safe guard it . Just because we have money it's no reason to give it away. Work for your raises apply for the next level pay , don't demand something you do not desereve

  • NL
    March 26, 2013 - 14:23

    What an easy way to balance the budget. Put everything up. I could have done that!! No thought or planning went into this at all. I guess the government did this earlier today when they were at recess. Bunch of kids.

  • G Dunphy
    March 26, 2013 - 14:20

    Why Is It Double The Price To Register A Car In NFLD, In Ontario For Example You Can Register Your Car For 2 Years For The Same Price And Drive A Lot Furthur, Same Thing With A Drivers Licence And That"s Always Been The Case, Where Is The Money Going? It Is Not On The Roads,

  • Jack
    March 26, 2013 - 14:15

    Because private career colleges will be dinged with new fees, it seems that the Dunderdale Government are now declaring war on them. For example, the annual campus registration fee is $500, registration fee for each campus per program is $100, provincial curriculum fee is $100, and inspection fee is $300. Since Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic will not be charged these new fees, but private career colleges will be dinged, the Dunderdale Government are discriminating against them.

  • cc
    March 26, 2013 - 14:03

    Looks like another Aprils fool joke on the taxpayer..

  • Graham
    March 26, 2013 - 14:00

    D D....Dump Dunderdale. Lets start a campaign to put this LOST..BEWILDERED..CONFUSED Premier out of office. The sooner the better.

    • lilly
      March 27, 2013 - 04:46

      Totally Agree!! Terrible!

    • lillian
      March 27, 2013 - 05:00

      So disappointing! I moved back home a few years ago, lived outside the province for 25 years and when all this hipe started about all these jobs, it gave us (nl'ders) a sense of hope that we CAN live back home. Then when you do relocate and move back, everywhere you turn it's $$$$$$ that the government is demanding and getting! Promises broken over and over again. Very heartbreaking. Jobs are now being cut, prices on everything increased, what seemed to be a little perk for us, is now being taken away!! Very upset! It will eventually backfire on them and come back to haunt them! Lets hope and pray it does. Job well done guys! Thumbs down on this one. Cheers

  • saelcove
    March 26, 2013 - 13:35

    Government screw up and the tax payer pays