The government of Nova Scotia will increase most user fees and government charges by 1.9 per cent, effective, in most cases, on April 1. The amount reflects the inflation rate over the past year. “Like other provinces, user fees help us offset the ever-increasing cost of running programs and services in communities across Nova Scotia,” said Finance Minister Michael Baker. The increase will impact most fees for services, licensing and regulatory functions provided by departments. For example, company licences, probate fees, summary offence tickets and hunting licences will be affected. A $100.00 fee will cost $101.90 beginning April 1, a $58.30 fine will increase to $59.41 and a $114.30 licence will rise to $116.47. Some fee increases will take effect after April 1 because of various notification and system requirements, as determined by individual government departments. Fees charged by government service organizations and agencies, such as school boards and health boards, are not affected. There are about 1,400 individual fees across government. The increase will generate about $3 million in revenues to offset higher government expenses. A detailed summary of user-fee increases will be available at www.gov.ns.ca/finance by April 1.