Fees and Fee Reductions

As AMS prepares to end its Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) and transition to a new regulatory framework in 2021, the following provides current information about material fee rates.

The expected June 30, 2021, termination date for the MHSW Program and the AMS ISP was extended to September 30, 2021, following an April 29 direction letter from the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks advising that the Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation will take effect October 1, 2021.

Under the previous termination date, the Q1 2021 sales period (Jan-Mar) was to be the final quarter of fee reductions related to the MHSW Surplus Return. See below for more information on fee reductions.Q1 2021 sales were also expected to generate the final invoice for the AMS ISP.

As a result of the Minister’s direction, the AMS Board took the necessary steps to revise the Membership Agreement and to approve a fee rates for the Q2 sales period (April 1 to June 30) under the ISP. Fee rates under the ISP for the Q2 sales period were not set previously as it was expected that the August 2 invoices would be issued pursuant to the new regulatory framework.

The table below summarizes fee rates for Q1 and Q2 sales. Fee reductions have been fully utilized for the antifreeze and oil container categories. Fee reductions for oil filters for Q2 sales have been reduced from the previous quarter due to the surplus balance.

Reports for Q2 sales quantities must be submitted to the WeRecycle Portal by July 31. Invoices will be issued August 2.

After the final HSP Regulation is available, AMS will determine fee rates for the Q3 and Q4 2021 sales periods as part its PRO offering. Producers will be advised of material fees as soon as possible and the AMS Board recognizes the importance of fee stability and predictability.

*Base fee and fee reduction adjustments for Antifreeze and Oil Containers announced February 26 left the net fee rate for Q1 sales unchanged.

Fee Reduction Background

AMS announced fee reductions for all material categories in July 2020 after receiving its share of MHSW Program reserves from Stewardship Ontario. Fee reductions began in August and were to continue through the first two invoices issued in 2021. Upon wind up, any residual funds will be distributed to AMS members in accordance with their market share.

Under the Industry Stewardship Organization Surplus Fund Transfer Addendum to the MHSW Wind Up Plan approved by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, the following surplus amounts were received by AMS for each material category:

  • Antifreeze         $1.9 Million
  • Oil Filters          $8.7 Million
  • Oil Containers  $8.0 Million

Fee reductions to distribute the surplus amounts and net fee rates were detailed in the July announcement including quarterly changes for oil containers.

Consumer benefit acknowledgment
AMS members are reminded that as a requirement of the MHSW Wind Up Plan, any member receiving a fee reduction must acknowledge the Minister’s intent that the fee reductions will benefit consumers. Members will see the following statement on their fee reduction notices:

“By accepting this fee reduction notice, you acknowledge the expectation of the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that this fee reduction will benefit consumers.”

Fee Rate History and Reporting Schedule

*Base rates before any applicable fee reductions

**Antifreeze fee rates: In 2018, the AMS board identified an opportunity to simplify administrative requirements for antifreeze stewards who participate in other stewardship programs across Canada by aligning AMS reporting and fee categories with those programs. The Bulk and Packaged antifreeze categories used for 2017 fee rates were replaced by three material categories: Premix, Concentrate and Containers. As outlined in the AMS ISP, containers of packaged antifreeze are included if they have a volume equal to or less than 30 litres.

This table summarizes AMS Report and Invoice dates: