January 2018 Newsletter

Notice of Motion for Registration Fee Increase

NSDA’s board of directors will propose a fee increase at the May 2018 Annual General Meeting.  A registration and renewal fee of $400 will be proposed to come into effect for the 2019/20 fiscal year. Registrants attending the May date AGM in person or by proxy will vote on the motion. NSDA’s last fee increase was ten years ago (2008). The current fee for full licensed registrants is $310.

The following information is the rationale for the fee increase and compares NSDA’s proposed fee to other regulatory bodies’ fees.

For the past two years, budgeted expenses have been greater than expected revenue.  Instead of increasing the renewal fee, NSDA drew upon the contingency fund to balance the budget.  The contingency fund consists of investments and cash in the bank; it is set aside from the operating budget to cover unforeseen future expenses (e.g. inability to collect renewal fees (disaster) or fees associated with a complaint process).

Since 2010, ~ $20,000/year has been budgeted to cover expenses associated with College proclamation.  Annually, this expense has not incurred, and it contributed to growing the contingency.  The contingency for the fiscal year ending March 2017 was $166, 976.  The estimated contingency for the fiscal year ending March 2018 is $130,800.  Based on the draft 2018/19 budget, the contingency at the end of the 2019 fiscal year will be $67,368.  The auditor has advised that the contingency be equivalent to at least three to six months’ worth of expenses, and to aim to maintain a contingency of $100,000.  The board’s aim is to present a balanced budget for 2019/20 and rebuild the contingency to $100,000.  In March, the proposed 2018/19 budget will be posted on the NSDA website and there will be a motion to approve the budget at the May Annual General Meeting.

The board of directors understands that it must have regulatory and governance processes in place to meet stakeholders’ expectations.  It is essential to maintain government’s and the public’s trust in the profession’s ability to regulate effectively in the public interest. The board also recognizes its accountability to registrants, to be fiscally responsible and regulate in a manner that protects the integrity of the profession.

Examples of recent, current, and ongoing initiatives:           

  • Launch of the Jurisprudence e-Learning Module
  • Upgrading the website
  • Upgrading the online registration system and database
  • Developing policies and standards
  • Education and training for the board, committee members and staff
  • Planning and implementing the public education strategy
  • Launch and implementation of nutrition prescription standards
  • Communication strategy associated with college proclamation

Through education and training, NSDA keeps abreast and strives to implement best practices in governance and professional regulation.  For example, regulatory bodies must comply with the Fair Registration Practices Act and a regulatory body’s registration processes are audited every two years. At the time of the audit, the Fairness Review Officer develops an action plan for regulatory bodies to further increase the transparency, objectivity, impartiality, and procedural fairness of its registration practices.  Fulfilling a regulatory body’s primary responsibilities necessitates skilled staff, resources, ongoing professional development, and legal consultation – all have financial implications.

There are also registrants’ expectations and NSDA’s commitment to providing current technology (e.g. online renewal process and online Continuing Competency Program) and support, including support to complete the Continuing Competency Program and support dietitians to practice according to professional standards. 

Effective governance involves ongoing orientation and education, and effective communication to enable board members to meet their fiduciary responsibilities and their accountability to the organization and its stakeholders

Other Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies’ Registration Fees

 Province  Fee  # Registrants
 British Columnbia $592  1260
Alberta  $570  1300 
Saskatchewan  $360  395 
Manitoba $575 480
Ontario $620 3885
Quebec $526 3035
New Brunswick $345 385
Prince Edward Island $300 60
Newfoundland $450 180
Nova Scotia $310 589

Other Provincial Regulatory Bodies Fees

College Fee # Registrants 
Radiation Therapists $450    600
Occupational Therapists $450 541
Paramedics $402 1300
Respiratory Therapists $475 310
Physiotherapists  $420 730

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