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Revenue Philosophy

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The Safety Codes Council (the Council) is committed to making Alberta a safe place to live, work, and play.  The Council is self-funded and must have sufficient resources to fulfill the mandate assigned to it by the Minister and Safety Codes Act.  These resources will be used efficiently to deliver effective services that enhance public and stakeholder confidence in the safety codes system.

Initiatives undertaken and services delivered by the Council are funded by levies and fees paid by those who use and benefit from Alberta’s safety codes system.  The Council will strive to balance the following principles which will guide the amounts paid:
·         significance of the public safety risk(s);
·         cost of services;
·         benefits to the safety codes system as a whole; and
·         need to sustain an accessible, efficient, and effective safety codes system.
Changes to the Council’s mandate may require revisions to its levy and fee structure.  The Council is committed to making these revisions through consultation with stakeholders.
·         Those who create public safety risks are responsible for helping mitigate those risks.
-        This mitigation can be direct (e.g. a corporation may employ safety codes officers to inspect its equipment and processes) or indirect (a homeowner pays a levy on their permit that helps fund the development of safety codes officer training).
·         Factors that influence “risk” are facility or organization size and complexity, and significance of public safety risks if regulatory or code compliance is not achieved for a particular thing, process, or activity.
Costs and Benefits
·         All those who use or benefit from services and products provided by the Council should help pay costs associated with delivering these services and products.  For example:
-        owners pay permit levies to help ensure that construction is inspected by trained safety codes officers, and
-        agencies and corporations pay fees to maintain the accreditation system.
·         All sectors should share equitably in the costs of operating the safety codes system.
·         In some instances, reducing the cost of a Council service or product will generate benefits to the safety codes system as a whole.
-        For example, the Council may provide training materials to an organization at a reduced rate to ensure broader distribution.  The members will use this information to construct more code compliant buildings, which ultimately enhances public safety.
·         The Council must generate sufficient revenue to undertake the work and deliver the services needed to fulfill its mandate.
-        Council revenues will vary, sometimes significantly, from year to year.  The Council must plan and be prepared to fulfill its mandate in spite of these variations.
·         The Council contributes to its own sustainability by ensuring that it is an efficient and cost-effective organization.
·         Public and stakeholder confidence in the safety codes system contributes to the sustainability of the system.
·         The safety codes system must be accessible to be sustainable.
-        Safety codes officer training must be accessible and should not be cost prohibitive.
-        Appeals must be reasonably accessible to be fair and maintain system credibility.