To measure how registration costs vary by province and with time the same vessel would have to be registered multiple times across many provinces. We obviously do not have that data, but we do have something close. We handled 383 registrations for one customer across all of Canada from 2006-2014. Each vessel had two heads, a shell and 2-3 nozzles. Dimensions varied but the complexity remained the same. We consider these vessels to be standard designs with few complex components.

A graph of the costs by province.

ACI fees cover registration in multiple provinces and territories. The years 2007 and 2009 include some single province registrations resulting in lower average fees. Remove these years and increasing fees similar to inflation can be seen.

Alberta submissions were mostly registered by one reviewer. The fees varied from a low of $160 to a high of $800. It is important to remember that the registration process does not guarantee an engineering review in any province. Here the fees varied as the files were either spot checked or reviewed in depth. Using the past to predict future fees is difficult. Overall an increase in costs rising faster than inflation can be seen.

Ontario and Saskatchewan both sharply increased their per job review fees between 2009 and 2011. This also happened in Alberta, but it is harder to see in the Alberta plot. At the same time all Canadian jurisdictions were experiencing reduced registration work from the deep recession and the collapse in energy prices. Review work has since surpassed pre-recession levels and review fees have stabilized. In this data set, Ontario was usually used as the lead off jurisdiction for jobs we took Canada wide. The resulting proof of registration was sent to other provinces to reduce their review burden.

Manitoba fees have increased roughly with inflation and Quebec’s are practically flat.

Remember, these vessels are on the lower end of the complexity scale and the fees are also on the lower end of what we see.