Frequently Asked Questions about proposed canal fees
Q1. When does the fee freeze for lockage take effect?
The fee frees applies to recreational lockage fees. For pleasure boaters, these fees would have increased in 2014. The freeze will now apply to fees for 2014 to 2016 as well.
Q2. Will freezing fees result in service reduction?
We are calling on community leaders and the tourism industry to collaboratively work with us to explore new opportunities to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the canals' operations. Parks Canada is already considering new visitor opportunities that will benefit a broad range of canal users, and create new sources of revenue.
Q3. What are the changes to the 2013 canal schedule?
For the canals 2013 navigation season, Parks Canada will align its hours of operation and service offer to better reflect patterns of use. Parks Canada will continue providing "upon arrival" services throughout the peak summer period, and offer a modified service seven days a week through scheduled lockages in the spring and fall period. In order to support the government in its deficit reducing efforts, the hours of operation through the navigation season will be reduced, offering between seven and nine hours of service per day, aligned with demand.
Q4. When will the new fee structure for mooring go into effect?
Mooring fees will increase after all approval processes are complete. Current fees will remain in effect until that time. Seasonal mooring passes for 2013 continue to remain available for purchase at the current fee and will be honoured throughout the season.
Q5. How did PC come up with the revised pricing structure for mooring?
Since the launch of national fee consultations Parks Canada carefully reviewed feedback from Canadians and subsequently began the reassessment of all information with the consideration that the day mooring fee be reinstated at national parks and a new day mooring fee be created at canals. It was also considered that the overnight mooring fee be lower than the original proposal and the seasonal pass be reinstated but at rates that represented higher multiples of previous single overnight costs. The proposed fee is consistent with the amount charged by other providers of similar services on the canals.
Q6. Why has Parks Canada proposed adjustments to user fees for mooring that are higher than the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?
After completing comparative market research, it became clear that Parks Canada national mooring services are currently undervalued with regard to the market and costs and need to be adjusted beyond the CPI to ensure sustainability of the offer and to stop providing an unfair competitive environment for private and municipal providers of the same service.
Q7. How much will a seasonal pass for mooring cost?
A seasonal pass for mooring is again being proposed where those mooring more than 16 nights will be getting their additional mooring for free. For a season pass for mooring, it has been valued at $20.00 a foot. This means that a 25 foot boat will have unlimited mooring at spectacular world class locations along Canada's historic canals, and in national parks which offer boat moorage, for the entire season for just $500. Nowhere else in Canada can you moor your boat at such amazing locations for $125 per month.
Q8. What comparisons were made for the proposed mooring fees?
Mooring offered by Parks Canada is at a service level comparable to many mooring services near Parks Canada locations along the canals or close to national parks. Depending on the location, private moorings might offer additional services at additional costs. Above and beyond the facilities found in the majority of mooring sites at Parks Canada locations, Parks Canada offers a unique experience for visitors at mooring locations that connect the visitor with the beauty of incredible natural surroundings or the history of a national historic site. Parks Canada considered comparisons with both public and private marinas and docking facilities.
Mooring at Parks Canada locations is often convenient as mooring is a contiguous portion of the canal or national park experience, with facilities often located right at lockstations for easy access and departure to the next destination.
Q9. What is the proposed cost for daytime mooring?
The current fee is $0.40 per foot at national parks, and the proposed fee at all Parks Canada locations along canals and in national parks is $0.50 per foot.
For a 25 foot boat, the cost for daytime mooring would be $12.50. There will be an end of day cut-off time determined at each location when the boater will have to leave the mooring facility.
Q10. What is the proposed cost for overnight mooring?
The current fee is $0.90 per foot and the proposed fee at all Parks Canada locations along canals and in national parks is $1.25 (2.5 times the daytime rate of $0.50).
For a 25 foot boat, the proposed cost for overnight mooring would be $31.25. This is an increase of just $8.75 per night.
Q11. What is the proposed cost for a seasonal pass for mooring?
Using the multiple of 16 times the overnight rate ($1.25), the proposed fee is $20.00/ft, for a 25 foot boat, a seasonal pass will cost $500, an average of $125/month for unlimited mooring in any Parks Canada location.