- Rescind the lease termination notice to the landlord of their constituency office.
- Rescind the working termination notice to all returning constituency office staff.
- Members’ travel card is reinstated.
- In-constituency quarterly travel allowances for Members are available on a pro-rata basis, excluding the election period.
- The Legislative Assembly Administration issues guidelines and provides advice to Members on securing new or renewing existing constituency office leases.
- Legislative office space is assigned.
- Conduct an inventory of constituency office assets and submit it to Financial Services.
Basic compensation will continue for re-elected Members without interruption.
Members holding any of a number of additional responsibilities are provided an allowance in addition to their basic compensation (see Remuneration and Allowances). If a Member holds two or more positions for which an additional allowance is provided, the Member will receive only the higher amount. As noted below, the effective date for compensation is dependent upon the position for which an additional allowance is provided.
Compensation continues uninterrupted until a new Executive Council is appointed by Order in Council:
- Minister; and
- Minister of State.
Compensation continues uninterrupted until a new Speaker is elected by the Legislative Assembly:
Compensation begins on the date a resolution of appointment is adopted by the Legislative Assembly or by a parliamentary committee (as the case may be):
- Deputy Speaker;
- Assistant Deputy Speaker;
- Deputy Chair, Committee of the Whole;
- Chair of a select standing or special committee;
- Deputy Chair of a select standing or special committee;
Compensation begins on the date of appointment:
- Caucus Chair;
- Caucus Whip;
- Deputy Caucus Whip;
- Government House Leader (if not a Cabinet Minister);
- Leader of the Official Opposition;
- Leader of the Third Party;
- Official Opposition House Leader;
- Parliamentary Secretary; and
- Third Party House Leader.
Deductions for benefit plans previously chosen by Members will continue. Members may adjust their options by contacting Payroll Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-387-5532.
Members who are re-elected will be reimbursed for Member-related travel occurring on or after general voting day (for the 42nd provincial general election, October 24, 2020); however, reimbursement will not be issued until after the return of the writs of election.
Capital City Living Allowance
The Capital City Living Allowance will continue for re-elected Members without interruption.
Members’ Travel Expense Allowance
The allowance will be prorated, excluding the election period (for the 42nd provincial general election, this election period is September 21, 2020 to October 24, 2020).
Out-of-Constituency Travel Allowance
Members will not be reimbursed for Member related travel costs incurred effective the date of dissolution. Members who are re-elected will be reimbursed for Member-related travel occurring on or after general voting day (for the 42nd provincial general election, October 24, 2020); however, reimbursement will not be issued until after the return of the writs of election.
Members’ Travel Card
The Bank of Montreal Corporate Travel MasterCard will be reactivated shortly after the return of the writs of election. Members should use personal credit cards and retain receipts for reimbursement of valid expenses for Legislative Assembly business incurred after general voting day (for the 42nd provincial general election, October 25, 2020 onward).
Mobile Communication Devices and iPads
Members re-elected who use a personal mobile communication device (or other device not provided through the Legislative Assembly corporate account) for Legislative Assembly business may submit the associated bills for reimbursement for charges incurred after general voting day (for the 42nd provincial general election, October 25, 2020 onward).
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.
Re-elected Members may be assigned a different legislative office within the Parliament Buildings and be required to move. Office space may be reassigned based on party standing after the provincial general election. Any questions or concerns regarding legislative offices should be directed to Legislative Facility Services.
Surjit Dhanota, Legislative Facility Manager