Proposed Fee Increases (Consultation Closed)

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    The College is seeking feedback on a draft amendment to the Fees and Remuneration By-Law that, if passed, would increase some fees for the year beginning June 1, 2017.

    Background

    At its December meeting, after reviewing the proposed budget for 2017, Council has recommended a $30 increase to the annual membership fee. This increase would bring the fee that a physician pays to renew an independent practice certificate of registration from $1,595 to $1,625.

    Over the past five years the College has increased the membership fee for an independent practice certificate by $75.00 (it was $1535 in 2012). This represents an average of 1.2% over those five years.

    The CPSO now ranks third last among the other Medical Regulatory Authorities in Canada in terms of annual membership dues. The highest fee is in Alberta, at $1,960. See the five-year breakdown of membership fees for the various medical regulatory authorities across Canada here.

    The modest increases over the five years (for 2015 there was no increase) have been necessary to meet the increasing activity at the College. The costs reflect the expansion of numerous quality improvement programs, particularly peer assessment, the increasing number of incapacity investigations and sheer volume and increasing complexity of College investigations, including an increase in Discipline referrals.

    In addition to the annual membership fee increase, the College is also proposing increasing the Certificate of Professional Conduct fee from $50 to $75 (this fee has not been increased since 2008), increasing the fee for an application for a certificate of registration for a post-graduate licence from 10% of the membership fee to 25%, and increasing the fee for an application for a certificate of registration for an independent practice from 50% of the membership fee to 60%. The College is also establishing an expedited review service fee for those registration applications that meet the regulation.  Applicants who wish to expedite the initial assessment of such applications to  less than 3 weeks  will have the option to do so with the new fee.  Expedited review does not include issuance of a Certificate, and does not include applications that require review by the College’s Registration Committee.

    Note: The consultation page has been revised from the original post to make a correction.

    The proposed by-law amendments are as follows:

    By-law No. 111

    Subsection 4(a) and (c) of By-Law No. 2 (the Fees and Remuneration By-Law) is revoked and the following is substituted:

    Annual Fees

    4. Annual fees for the year beginning June 1, 2017, are as follows:

    (a) $1625 for holders of a certificate of registration other than a certificate of registration authorizing postgraduate education and other than a certificate of registration authorizing supervised practice of a short duration;

    By-law No. 113

    1. Subsections 1(a), (d) of By-Law No. 2 (the Fees and Remuneration By-law) are revoked and the following are substituted:

    Application Fees

    1. A person who submits an application for a certificate of registration or authorization shall pay an application fee. The application fees are as follows:

    (a) For a certificate of registration authorizing postgraduate education, 25% of the annual fee specified in section 4(a);

    (d) For any other certificate of registration, 60% of the annual fee specified in Section 4(a);

    2. Section 1 of By-Law No. 2 (the Fees and Remuneration By-law) is amended by deleting the “.” at the end of subsection 1(g), substituting it with a “;”, and adding the following as new subsection 1(h):

    APPLICATION FEES

    1. A person who submits an application for a certificate of registration or authorization shall pay an application fee. The application fees are as follows:

    (h) If the person:

    (i) meets the registration requirements applicable to the class of certificate of registration applied for, as prescribed in the Registration Regulation, Ontario Regulation 865/93 under the Medicine Act, 1991; and

    (ii) requests the College to conduct the initial assessment of the application in three weeks after receipt by the College of the application,

    an additional fee equal to 50% of the application fee applicable to such person under subsection 1(a), (b) or (d)

    3. Section 16 of By-Law No. 2 (the Fees and Remuneration By-law) is revoked and the following is substituted:

    16. There is a $75 fee for the College to issue a certificate of professional conduct for a member.

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    To ensure transparency, the College will post consultation feedback responses on our website, in accordance with our Posting Guidelines. Names of individual participants will not be posted, however the names of organizations will be posted. Check our website for further detail about our consultation process, and to view a copy of our posting guidelines. The consultation is now closed.

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    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario 80 College Street Toronto, Ontario M5G2E2 Attention: Fee Increase