The formation of the Task Force on Fees for Public Services was announced by the Québec government on October 30, 2007.

The Task Force released its report April 10, 2008.

Members of the Task Force

The Task Force was chaired by Claude Montmarquette, professor at the Université de Montréal and Vice-President for Public Policy at CIRANO. Mr. Montmarquette was assisted by Lise Lachapelle, a consultant in business strategy and public policy, and by Joseph Facal, professor at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and former Chair of the Conseil du trésor.

Mandate

This Task Force had to examine the issues and advise the government on the formulation of a new policy on rate setting. It was mandated to:
  draw up a list of user fees levied by the Québec government;
    compare user fees in Québec with those in other jurisdictions, in particular the Canadian provinces;
  propose the key principles on which the government should rely to establish a user fee policy covering the entire public sector, bearing in mind the following factors:
      fairness, e.g. the consumer’s capacity to pay, including measures to protect the least privileged members of society;
      efficiency, e.g. the existence of substitute products in the private sector and the attendant competition;
      the terms and conditions, e.g. incentives for government departments to levy adequate user fees;
  propose new possible fields for setting user fees and their application, e.g. tolls on provincial autoroutes;
  propose a process to systematically review different types of user fees, e.g. in light of the rising cost of services or based on the CPI;
  propose an adjustment timetable and process in the case of user fees that have not been indexed for several years, or in cases where current fees are markedly lower than the cost of the services rendered.

Press releases

April 10, 2008 - The right fees to live better together

October 30, 2007 - Task Force on Rate Setting Formed

Study commissioned by the Task Force

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