Marine navigation services fees

Learn about marine navigation services fees, rates, taxes, invoicing and making a payment.

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About our fees

Marine navigation services fees allow the Canadian Coast Guard to recover some of the costs of providing aids to navigation and marine communications and traffic services to commercial ships.

These fees apply to commercial vessels operating in Canadian waters where the Canadian Coast Guard provides these navigation services.

The fee does not apply to:

Rates

Eastern and western regions of Canada have different service rates. These rates will be adjusted annually for inflation on the first day of January, based on the Consumer Price Index.

Rates for the eastern region

The following rates apply to Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba.

2020 rates
Canadian flag vessels
Vessel type Fee
Bulk carriers and container ships Quarterly fee (calculated per trip) of $0.0072 x cargo in tonnes x distance in km /100
The following ceilings apply (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes):
  • $0.153 per tonne of gypsum
  • $0.051 per tonne of aggregates
  • $0.164 per tonne of all other commodities
Ferries Quarterly fee of $1.69 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage (to a maximum gross tonnage of 50,000)
All other vessels Quarterly fee of $1.17 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage (to a maximum gross tonnage of 50,000 )
Foreign flag vessels
Vessel type Fee
Cargo Per tonne loaded/unloaded (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes)
  • Bay of Fundy ports: $0.091
  • Northumberland Strait and PEI ports: $0.22
  • All other NS ports: $0.109
  • Chaleur Bay ports: $0.164
  • Miramichi River ports: $0.22
  • All other ports : $0.155
The following ceilings apply:
  • $0.153 per tonne of gypsum
  • $0.051 per tonne of aggregates
Bulk carriers and container  in the Great Lakes Quarterly fee (calculated per trip) of $0.0072 x cargo in tonnes x distance in km /100 The following ceilings apply (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes):
  • $0.153 per tonne of gypsum
  • $0.051 per tonne of aggregates
  • $0.164 per tonne of all other commodities
Cruise ships Per arrival fee (to a maximum of 3 arrivals per 30-day period):
  • $307 for vessels with gross tonnage less than or equal to 150
  • $511 for vessels with gross tonnage greater than or equal to 150 and less than or equal to 22,500
  • $1,533 for vessels with gross tonnage greater than 22,500
Coasting trade Monthly fee of $0.39 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage (to a maximum gross tonnage of 50,000)
All other vessels Monthly fee of $0.39 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage(to a maximum gross tonnage of 50,000)

Rates for the western region

These rates apply to British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

2020 rates
Canadian flag vessels
Vessel type/size Fee
Gross tonnage greater than or equal to 1,000 Annual fee of $6,030 plus [$0.46 multiplied by the vessel's gross tonnage]
Gross tonnage greater than or equal to 15 but less than 1,000 Annual fee of $307 plus [$9.71 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage]
Tug - gross tonnage greater than or equal to 5 but less than 1,000 Annual fee of $307 plus [$9.71 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage]
All other vessels - gross tonnage less than 15 Annual fee of $204
Foreign flag vessels
Vessel type/size Fee
Coasting trade (excluding barges) Monthly fee of $0.39 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage (to a maximum gross tonnage of 50,000)
Gross tonnage greater than or equal to 1,000 Per-entry fee of $654 plus [$0.029 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage] (to a maximum of 12 times per year)
Gross tonnage less than 1,000 Per-entry fee of $654 plus [$0.029 multiplied by the vessel’s gross tonnage] (to a maximum of 12 times per year) or an annual fee of $307 plus [$9.71 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 monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, depending on the applicable rate. Foreign cargo vessels are billed per each loading/unloading. 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 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.

If your vessel is inactive for an entire billing quarter, you are eligible for a rebate on the marine navigation services fee for that quarter. To claim your rebate, please provide a written declaration to the MSFBCC.

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