Welcome!

Agile Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Rishi Bhargava, Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Xenia von Wedel

News Feed Item

Parks Canada Consults Canadians on User Fees

GATINEAU, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/11/13 -- Parks Canada today launched public consultations on proposed fee adjustments which will end the five-year Parks Canada fee freeze currently in place. The revenue that is earned from user fees directly supports the quality services that visitors enjoy at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.

"I invite Canadians to visit the Parks Canada website (www.parkscanada.gc.ca) to have a look at our fee proposals," said Alan Latourelle, Chief Executive Officer for Parks Canada. "I believe that what we have proposed is a very reasonable approach to ensuring services and programs for visitors remain economically viable and of the high quality visitors expect, and that Canadians continue to have memorable and meaningful experiences when they visit their treasured places."

Parks Canada is proposing that future fee adjustments be in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in order to respond to annual inflationary operational costs. Most fees will be limited to an adjustment not exceeding the two-year cumulative percentage of the average CPI. This would occur in two-year intervals thereafter, beginning in 2013.

At some Parks Canada places, new fees are being proposed for new services and other fee adjustments may occur for unique location-specific services to ensure they can be delivered in the future. While there will be some moderate fee adjustments, other fees may be reduced according to the level of service.

To support Canadians and tourism businesses during a difficult economic period, Parks Canada fees have been frozen at 2008 levels until March 31, 2013. For visitors, the fee freeze will end after any proposed fees have been tabled in Parliament following public consultation. The fee freeze will extend 18 months after the fee consultation processes are complete for commercial operators.

Parks Canada has over 3,300 fees for diverse services such as park and site entry, camping, interpretive programs, boat lockage, facility rentals, etc. These revenues are invested in the sites to help pay for the range of quality services and facilities that visitors use and enjoy. The expense of providing services to visitors continues to increase as a result of higher energy and other operational costs.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our country's treasured natural and historic places.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

BACKGROUNDER

PARKS CANADA USER FEE CONSULTATIONS

Following a five year fee freeze, Parks Canada is proposing that many of its fees be adjusted in 2013 to keep pace with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Additional user fee modifications will result from operational changes and the introduction of new services. National historic sites that are moving to self-guided visitor activities may have their entry fees reduced or eliminated once that transition is complete, starting in 2013.

Consulting with Canadians

Parks Canada consults on all fee increases. The Agency will consult with Canadians on the national fee proposals through its website and other avenues. Any local fee proposals will be communicated to visitors and stakeholders who may be interested. Consultation and transparency is the goal of the User Fees Act and is required prior to fees being approved under the Parks Canada Agency Act.

Great value

National parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas provide experiential opportunities, and memories that last a lifetime. Visitors consistently rank their satisfaction with Parks Canada services highly. The Agency guarantees excellent value, fair prices and quality services.

Why we charge user fees

User fees help to pay for the range of services and facilities that visitors use and enjoy. Tax dollars are invested to create and preserve national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas, as this benefits all Canadians. When people visit, there is a personal benefit since they use and enjoy services and facilities, and it is fair to other taxpayers that they help to pay for them. Parks Canada has over 3,300 fees for diverse services such as park and site entry, camping, interpretive programs, boat lockage and facility rentals, among many others. Each national park, national historic site and national marine conservation area keeps the revenues earned from user fees to support visitor services and facilities. Generally, it costs more to provide high quality visitor services than the revenue that is generated from user fees. Only about 30% of the total cost of visitor programs is funded by these revenues.

Fee Freeze ends

To support Canadians and tourism businesses during a difficult economic period, Parks Canada froze its prices at 2008 levels until March 31, 2013. For visitors, the fee freeze will end after the proposed fees have been approved following public consultations. The fee freeze will extend 18 months after the fee consultation processes are complete for commercial operators.

Increased operating costs

Parks Canada faces constantly increasing operating costs to provide services to visitors.

Keeping pace with inflation

Parks Canada proposes that future fee adjustments be in accordance with the CPI. Most fees will be limited to an adjustment not exceeding the two year cumulative percentage of the average Consumer Price Index, starting in 2013 and every two years thereafter. The CPI is a measure of the rate of price change for goods and services bought by Canadian consumers. It is the most widely used indicator of price changes in Canada. The CPI is determined by Statistics Canada based on the changes over time to the cost of a fixed "basket of goods." Typically, the average CPI is approximately 2.5% annually.

Canals fee adjustments

Parks Canada is proposing a new fee structure for canals. The current fee model is no longer sustainable and requires changes to be both fiscally responsible and ensure those who receive the greatest direct benefit pay a larger share of the cost of providing service. The new fee structure for canals, based on a per use model, allows for better flexibility aligning fees with services accessed by boaters while reducing the portion of the cost that is funded by tax dollars.

Local fee adjustments

At some Parks Canada places, new fees may be introduced and other fee adjustments may occur for unique services. In some cases services may be currently under-priced with regard to the market or costs and need to be adjusted beyond CPI to ensure sustainability of the offer. In response to visitor needs and desires new services are also being introduced and fees established in accordance with the User Fees Act. The fees for these new services must be approved by the Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Advance notice for commercial operators

In keeping with its traditional practices, for all commercial operators, the Agency provides 18 months advance notice of fee adjustments that may apply to them so that they can make appropriate changes to their own fees and itineraries. Commercial fees will not be adjusted until 18 months following the completion of the consultations and user fee submission processes and every two years thereafter using the CPI adjustment.

Fee reductions

User fee adjustments may be made to reflect new service models. As part of this, national historic sites that are moving to self-guided visitor activities entry fees may be reduced or removed once that transition is complete (list available upon request).

Contacts:
Adam Sweet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Parks Canada
819-953-8371
www.twitter.com/parkscanada

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
"IoT is going to be a huge industry with a lot of value for end users, for industries, for consumers, for manufacturers. How can we use cloud to effectively manage IoT applications," stated Ian Khan, Innovation & Marketing Manager at Solgeniakhela, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
@GonzalezCarmen has been ranked the Number One Influencer and @ThingsExpo has been named the Number One Brand in the “M2M 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” by Onalytica. Onalytica analyzed tweets over the last 6 months mentioning the keywords M2M OR “Machine to Machine.” They then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter.
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
"ReadyTalk is an audio and web video conferencing provider. We've really come to embrace WebRTC as the platform for our future of technology," explained Dan Cunningham, CTO of ReadyTalk, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at WebRTC Summit at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Successful digital transformation requires new organizational competencies and capabilities. Research tells us that the biggest impediment to successful transformation is human; consequently, the biggest enabler is a properly skilled and empowered workforce. In the digital age, new individual and collective competencies are required. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bob Newhouse, CEO and founder of Agilitiv, drew together recent research and lessons learned from emerging and established compa...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, discussed the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Everyone knows that truly innovative companies learn as they go along, pushing boundaries in response to market changes and demands. What's more of a mystery is how to balance innovation on a fresh platform built from scratch with the legacy tech stack, product suite and customers that continue to serve as the business' foundation. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, discussed why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and mor...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem. We’ve seen band-aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche's slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...