Maintenance dredging services fees

Learn about maintenance dredging services fees, including rates, invoicing and making a payment.

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About our fees

These fees allow the Canadian Coast Guard to recover the cost of maintenance dredging of the St. Lawrence Ship Channel to support commercial navigation.

The fees apply to vessels on a per transit basis, where transits meet all of the following criteria:

Your vessel does not pay the dredging fees if it:

Rates

Note:

New rates will come into force on April 1, 2020 and are available below.

The minimum amount charged will be $25 per transit.

The fee rate is adjusted annually for inflation on the first day of April, based on the Consumer Price Index.

Rates from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

Vessels pay a per transit fee of $0.0498 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage.

Rates from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021

Vessels pay a per transit fee of $0.0507 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage.

Taxes

The owner/operator is responsible for establishing the tax status of a vessel with regard to:

Contact the Canada Revenue Agency for information and advice.

The goods and services tax is applied if the owner/operator of either a Canadian or foreign flag vessel is a Canadian resident.

The goods and services tax isn’t payable if the owner/operator of either a Canadian or foreign flag vessel is not a Canadian resident. In this case, shipping agents or responsible entities must submit a goods and services tax declaration form.

Owners/operators may also be eligible for Quebec sales tax exemptions if the owner/operator is not:

In this case, shipping agents or responsible entities must submit a Quebec sales tax declaration form.

For information on tax declaration forms, please contact the Marine Services Fees Billing Collection and Compliance office.

Invoicing and payments

Our billing, collection and compliance office identifies and invoices vessels on a per transit basis. The fee is applied to the vessel and is normally payable by the entity that has control of the vessel at the time of transit, such as the:

You must pay the fee within 30 days of the invoice date. Send your fee payment to the accounting hub along with a copy of the invoice either by email, fax or post.

Interest is charged on overdue accounts as of the 31st day after the invoice date. This charge is compounded monthly, at the average Bank of Canada rate for the preceding month, plus 3%.

Vessel operators will receive a statement of account from the Fisheries and Oceans Canada accounting hub on a monthly basis, detailing all related transactions.

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