What if I cannot afford to pay the penalty?

ESA’s Administrative Penalty framework comes into force on April 1, 2023.

The purpose of an Administrative Penalty is to encourage compliance, not punish. Therefore, ESA takes your specific circumstances into account. If you cannot make a payment for the full amount at once, you may qualify for a payment plan. 

Please contact the specified ESA personnel in your Notice of Intent or Administrative Penalty order to inquire if you qualify for a payment plan.