The expectation is that re-elected Members will attempt to renew their lease at the current location in order to minimize transition costs (leasehold improvements, office moving and set up costs, information technology installations). Re-elected Members may rescind their notice of termination and negotiate renewal of the lease.
To assist Members with lease negotiations, the Legislative Assembly has an agreement in place with Shared Services B.C. to provide the services of a Leasing Consultant. All leases (both new and renewals) must be reviewed by the Leasing Consultant and by Financial Services. For more information, please see the Managing Your Constituency Office section.
Termination notices issued to constituency assistants by returning Members prior to the election period must be rescinded for all returning staff.
Constituency Office Funding
After a provincial general election, start-up funding is provided to returning Members to cover costs associated with setting up a consistency office. It is intended to cover the cost of office supplies, and small items such as lamps and garbage cans, artwork, and plants not included in the inventory of office furniture and equipment. Each Member will receive a $1,000 allowance.
Returning Members with an uninterrupted term of service in excess of three parliaments will receive a furnishings and equipment replenishment allowance of $4,000. Any unspent portion of the allowance carries forward and is available for future use.
Constituency Office Allowance
The constituency office allowance will continue for re-elected Members without interruption.
In-Constituency Travel Allowance – Constituency Assistants
In-constituency travel allowances for constituency assistants are paid on a pro-rated basis, excluding the election period (for the 42nd provincial general election, this election period is September 21, 2020 to October 24, 2020).
Constituency Office Assets
All re-elected Members must make a complete list of the inventory of assets. For the 42nd provincial general election, this must be completed before November 30, 2020. This inventory list should be provided to Financial Services. The Constituency Office Assets Inventory Form is available on the Constituency Office Portal.