The Ontario Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) has posted the final 2022 RRCEA Program Fees for producers.
Producers obligated under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) regulations include producers of: batteries; blue box materials; hazardous and special products (HSP); information technology, telecommunications and audio-visual equipment (ITT/AV); lighting; and, tires. This is the first year that lighting producers are required to report and pay fees to RPRA.
Producers pay RRCEA program fees to RPRA annually to cover its costs related to building and operating the registry, providing service to registrants, and compliance and enforcement activities.
As in previous years, producers obligated under RRCEA regulations are required to report their supply data and pay the associated fees to RPRA in 2022. RPRA will communicate directly with producers of all programs via email on how and when they can complete their reporting requirements and pay their program fee.
RPRA consulted on its proposed program fees and revised General Fee-Setting Policy from March 10 to April 25, 2022. You can read the consultation report here.
In response to feedback, the fixed small producer fee was kept at $75 for all programs, rather than increasing to $100 as proposed.
The fees for HSP Categories C (mercury-containing barometers, thermometers, thermostats), and D (fertilizers) were kept at 2021 rates rather than increasing as proposed for consultation to reflect both stakeholder feedback and new information received since the start of the consultation period.
As a result of stakeholder feedback and new information received since the start of the consultation, the final fee rate for lighting producers was set at 22 cents/kg, rather than 33 cents/kg as was proposed for consultation
The final fees and fee rates proposed for producers of HSP in categories A, B and E, tires, batteries, ITT/AV and Blue Box materials did not change from what was proposed for consultation.
The revised General Fee-Setting Policy did not change from what was proposed.
In response to stakeholder feedback, additional detail on the cost allocation methodology, and all program cost recovery targets will be provided proactively in future fees consultations.