AMS ceased operation of its Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) on September 30, 2021, as part of the transition to a new regulatory framework. The AMS PRO began operations on October 1, 2021.
The final fee period for the AMS ISP was for Q2 2021 sales, with fee rates for Q3 and subsequent quarters applied to AMS PRO customers as summarized in this table:
Fee rates for Q2 and Q1 2021 sales
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. Immediately following 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.
The table below summarizes fee rates for Q1 and Q2 sales. Fee reductions (see below) 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.
As MHSW surplus credits cannot be applied to fee rates for AMS PRO services, fee reductions can no longer be applied to the oil filter categories. Any remaining MHSW surplus credits from the operations ISP will be allocated to members in accordance with the terms of the Surplus Transfer Agreement between AMS and Stewardship Ontario.
*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.”
Material fee rates since AMS began operating in 2017:
Fee reductions affected rates during 2021. Click here for more information.
*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.