For more information related to salaries and allowances, contact Payroll Services at 250-356-8980.
Salaries and Allowances
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Pursuant to the Members' Remuneration and Pensions Act, each Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) receives basic compensation, with an additional salary if they hold a ministerial or parliamentary position. Information on Members’ compensation is reported publicly on the Legislative Assembly website and annually in the provincial Public Accounts.
For more information related to salaries and allowances, contact Payroll Services at 250-356-8980.
Basic compensation for a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) is established under the Members’ Remuneration and Pensions Act (MRPA). Effective April 1, 2016, the annual basic compensation each MLA receives is $104,009.66.
The 2007 Report of the Independent Commission to Review MLA Compensation included the recommendation that Members’ basic compensation be increased April 1 of each year in accordance with the BC Consumer Price Index.
Basic compensation is payable from election day until the day before the next election. It is processed by Payroll Services and paid bi-weekly by direct deposit into a Member’s bank account.
The current gross bi-weekly amount is $3,989.41 ($104,009.66 divided by 365 days, times 14 days). Compulsory deductions are made for the Canada Pension Plan and income tax (either the standard tax-table amount or any specified amount on the TD1 tax form, to be completed by each Member). Members cannot pay into, or receive benefits from, the federal Employment Insurance program.
Depending on the benefit plans chosen by each Member, deductions will also be made for the related plan premiums and/or the tax amount related to the value of the taxable benefit received, where the premiums are partly or fully paid by the Province.
Members are required to complete the following forms upon election, and following any changes to his or her personal situation that would require the forms to be updated. For more information, please contact Payroll Services:
Members who hold ministerial or parliamentary office receive an additional salary that corresponds to a percentage of their basic compensation. If an MLA holds two or more positions for which an additional salary is granted, the MLA will receive only the higher amount.
The following table outlines the amount paid with respect to service in any of the listed positions. The amount is paid in addition to the basic compensation on the bi-weekly payroll and is fully taxable.
|Position||% of Basic
|Indemnity (Basic Compensation)||$104,009.66||$3,989.41|
|Premier||90 %||$ 93,608.69||$ 3,590.47|
|Minister||50 %||$ 52,004.83||$ 1,994.71|
|Minister of State||35 %||$ 36,403.38||$ 1,396.29|
|Speaker||50 %||$ 52,004.83||$ 1,994.71|
|Deputy Speaker||35 %||$ 36,403.38||$ 1,396.29|
|Assistant Deputy Speaker||35 %||$ 36,403.38||$ 1,396.29|
|Government Whip||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Deputy Government Whip||15 %||$ 15,601.45||$ 598.41|
|Government Caucus Chair||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Deputy Chair, Committee of the Whole||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Parliamentary Secretary||15 %||$ 15,601.45||$ 598.41|
|Leader of the Official Opposition||50 %||$ 52,004.83||$ 1,994.71|
|Official Opposition House Leader||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Official Opposition Whip||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Official Opposition Deputy Whip||15 %||$ 15,601.45||$ 598.41|
|Official Opposition Caucus Chair||20 %||$ 20,801.93||$ 797.88|
|Leader of the Third Party||25 %||$ 26,002.42||$ 997.35|
|Third Party House Leader||10 %||$ 10,400.97||$ 398.94|
|Third Party Whip||10 %||$ 10,400.97||$ 398.94|
|Third Party Caucus Chair||10 %||$ 10,400.97||$ 398.94|
|Chair, Select Standing or Special Committee||15 %||$ 15,601.45||$ 598.41|
|Deputy Chair, Select Standing or Special Committee||10 %||$ 10,400.97||$ 398.94|
* The additional salary paid to an MLA elected as Chair or Deputy Chair of a Select Standing or Special Committee is included on a Member's bi-weekly pay cheque. Payment will be made from the date the resolution (referral motion) is passed in the House until the last day of the bi-weekly pay period in which prorogation of the session occurs.
Capital City Living Allowance
All Members whose home base is outside the Capital Regional District (CRD) are reimbursed for expenses related to accommodation in the Victoria area so they may attend sessions of the Legislature, participate in the work of assigned parliamentary committees, and undertake other MLA duties, as required.
The Capital City Living Allowance provides funds for a Member living outside the CRD to have a second temporary accommodation while serving as an MLA.
SUMMARY OF OPTIONS
There are several options available to the Member for this allowance, depending upon whether they decide to rent accommodation, to purchase a second residence, or to stay in commercial hotel accommodation for those days they must be in Victoria.
The allowance for Members who rent or own, where expenses are supported by receipts, is capped at $19,000 per year. For Members who choose hotel accommodation, the annual cap is $17,000 where expenses are supported by receipts. Members who make other arrangements, or who do not provide receipts, may opt for a flat rate living allowance of $1,000 per month or $12,000 per year.
The option chosen by a Member is applicable for a whole year, for the period from July 1 to June 30.
Rental Option 1:
A Member whose principal residence is outside the Capital Regional District (CRD) and who rents a second residence within the CRD to use for the purpose of fulfilling his or her duties as an MLA is eligible to be reimbursed to a maximum of $19,000 for:
An MLA may authorize Financial Services to pay rent directly to the landlord. All other expenses will be reimbursed only upon presentation of receipts.
Members are required to complete the Capital City Living Allowance form and provide the following documents: a signed arm’ s-length declaration; a full copy of the lease agreement; copies of paid utility, telephone and internet bills; furniture rental agreements; and parking agreements.
The provision for furniture rental is capped at $175 per month or $2,100 per year.
An arm’s-length relationship or agreement is defined as a transaction between persons in which each acts in their own self-interest. Arm’s-length individuals are, generally, persons who are not related to a Member and who are not involved in other business with the Member. Members are not considered to have an arm’s-length relationship with: individuals connected by blood relationship, marriage or adoption (legal or in fact); former business associates; staff of caucus; political party members; donors to the political party (though they may not be party members); or any other persons the Legislative Assembly Management Committee may designate from time to time.
Rental Option 2:
Members have a second rental option: to claim a flat rate of $1,000 per month to a maximum of $12,000 per year. As this amount is less than the maximum payable under the first rental option, MLAs are not required to provide any supporting documentation. No further reimbursements will be paid out to Members choosing this option. Members are required to complete the Capital City Living Allowance form.
Ownership Option 1:
A Member whose principal residence is outside the CRD, and who owns a second residence within the CRD to use for the purpose of fulfilling his or her duties as an MLA, is eligible to be reimbursed to a maximum of $19,000 per year for:
Members may authorize Financial Services to pay expenses directly to a property manager or strata council. All other expenses will be reimbursed upon the presentation of receipts. Members are required to complete the Capital City Living Allowance form.
Ownership Option 2:
Another ownership option is to claim a flat rate of $1,000 per month to a maximum of $12,000 per year. As this amount is less than the maximum payable under the first ownership option, MLAs are not required to provide any supporting documentation. No further reimbursements will be paid out to Members choosing this option. Members are required to complete the Living Allowance form.
Members staying in a hotel during sitting days and not making any claims under any of the above provisions will be reimbursed to a maximum of $17,000 per year for hotel expenses, including parking and Internet services, upon presentation of receipts. Members are required to complete the Capital City Living Allowance form.
Per Diem Reimbursement
An MLA may claim up to $61 per day either when in Victoria or when travelling throughout the province. The per diem reimbursement is intended to cover the cost of meals and incidental expenses while a Member is away from their home or constituency. A per diem is not claimable when a Member is working in their constituency, except when attending a parliamentary committee meeting in their riding.
Further details are available in the section on Travel Guidelines.
Deductions for Absence from the House
As a requirement under the Members' Remuneration and Pensions Act, Members must maintain a record of their attendance at House sittings and prepare a declaration outlining the reason for any absences. This declaration must be submitted to the Clerk of the House between the 1st and 15th day of January and July each calendar year. Any absence in excess of those permitted under the Act will be deducted by Payroll Services at the rate of $300 per day from the Member’ s basic compensation upon receipt of instruction from the Clerk.
Death of a Member
In the unfortunate event that a Member passes away while holding office, basic compensation will be paid until the end of the month that the Member dies. Final payments will be made to the Member’s estate. The designated beneficiary should contact Payroll Services for details regarding final payments and benefits. Payroll Services will contact the constituency office with instructions.
Last Updated: April 1, 2015