Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

Act current to 2016-09-18 and last amended on 2015-10-27. Previous Versions

Marginal note:How allowance paid

 The sessional allowances payable under section 55.1 shall be paid in monthly instalments on the last day of each month.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 56;
  • 2005, c. 16, s. 4.

General Provisions Regarding Sessional Allowances

Marginal note:Deductions for non-attendance
  •  (1) A deduction at the rate of $120 per day shall be made from the sessional allowance of a member of either House of Parliament for every day beyond 21 on which the member does not attend a sitting of that House if it sits on that day.

  • Marginal note:Days not reckoned

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), in the case of a member elected or appointed after the commencement of a session, no day of a session previous to the election or appointment shall be reckoned as one of the twenty-one days referred to in that subsection.

  • Marginal note:Reckoning days of attendance

    (3) Each day during a session on which

    • (a) a member of either House of Parliament did not attend a sitting thereof by reason of public or official business,

    • (b) there has been no sitting of the House in consequence of its having adjourned over that day, or

    • (c) the member is unable to attend by reason of being ill,

    shall be reckoned as a day of attendance of the member at that session.

  • Marginal note:Payment of sessional allowance on death

    (4) Where a member of either House of Parliament dies, the sessional allowance of the member shall be paid to the end of the month in which the death occurs.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 57;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 3.
Marginal note:Service in armed forces not computed

 In the calculation pursuant to this Part of any deduction from the sessional allowance of a member on account of absence, days that were spent by the member

  • (a) on service as an officer or non-commissioned member of the reserve force while on any training or other duty authorized by regulations or orders made under the National Defence Act, or

  • (b) in the Canadian Forces or in any other armed forces of Her Majesty while those forces are on active service in consequence of any war,

shall not be computed.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 58;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 31 (1st Supp.), s. 61.
Marginal note:Stricter provisions by regulation of either House

 The Senate or the House of Commons may make regulations, by rule or by order, rendering more stringent on its own members the provisions of this Act that relate to the attendance of members or to the deductions to be made from sessional allowances.

  • R.S., c. S-8, s. 40.

Salaries and Additional Allowances of Members Before April 1, 2004

Marginal note:Presiding officers

 There shall be paid to the following members of the Senate or House of Commons annual salaries equal to the remuneration reference amount referred to in section 54.1 multiplied by the following percentages:

  • (a) the Speaker of the Senate, 17.6 per cent;

  • (b) any member of the Senate occupying the recognized position of Speaker pro tempore of the Senate, 7.3 per cent;

  • (c) the Speaker of the House of Commons, 24 per cent;

  • (d) the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, 12.5 per cent;

  • (e) the Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House of Commons, 5.1 per cent;

  • (f) the Assistant Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House of Commons, 5.1 per cent;

  • (g) any member — except one who receives a salary under the Salaries Act — occupying the position of Chair of a Standing or Special Committee of the Senate or House of Commons or a Standing or Special Joint Committee, other than the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, 3.6%; and

  • (h) any member — except one who receives a salary under the Salaries Act — occupying the position of Vice-Chair of a Standing or Special Committee of the Senate or House of Commons or a Standing or Special Joint Committee, other than the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, 1.9%.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 60;
  • 1998, c. 23, s. 2;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 4;
  • 2003, c. 16, s. 10.
Marginal note:Parliamentary Secretaries

 Commencing on January 1, 2001, a Parliamentary Secretary shall be paid an annual salary equal to the remuneration reference amount referred to in section 54.1 multiplied by 5.1 per cent.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 61;
  • 1998, c. 23, s. 3;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 4.
Marginal note:Additional allowances

 Commencing on January 1, 2001, there shall be paid to the following members of the Senate or the House of Commons additional annual allowances equal to the remuneration reference amount referred to in section 54.1 multiplied by the following percentages:

  • (a) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Leader of the Government in the Senate, except any such member in receipt of a salary under the Salaries Act, 24 per cent;

  • (b) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 11.5 per cent;

  • (c) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, 11.5 per cent;

  • (d) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, 7.3 per cent;

  • (e) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Government Whip in the Senate, 3.6 per cent;

  • (f) the member of the Senate occupying the position of Opposition Whip in the Senate, 2.2 per cent;

  • (g) the member occupying the position of Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, 24 per cent;

  • (h) each member of the House of Commons, other than the Prime Minister or the member occupying the position of Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons, who is the leader of a party that has a recognized membership of twelve or more persons in the House, 17.1 per cent;

  • (i) each of the members occupying the positions of Chief Government Whip and Chief Opposition Whip in the House of Commons, 9.1 per cent;

  • (j) each of the members occupying the positions of Deputy Government Whip and Deputy Opposition Whip and the position of Whip of a party that has a recognized membership of twelve or more persons in the House of Commons, 3.6 per cent;

  • (k) the member occupying the position of Opposition House Leader in the House of Commons, 12.5 per cent; and

  • (l) the member occupying the position of House Leader of a party that has a recognized membership of twelve or more persons in the House of Commons, 5.1 per cent.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 62;
  • 1998, c. 23, s. 4;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 4.

Salaries and Additional Allowances of Members From April 1, 2004

Marginal note:Presiding officers — fiscal year 2004-2005
  •  (1) Despite section 60, for the fiscal year commencing on April 1, 2004 there shall be paid to the following members of the Senate and the House of Commons the following annual salaries:

    • (a) the Speaker of the Senate, $49,600;

    • (b) the member of the Senate occupying the recognized position of Speaker pro tempore of the Senate, $20,600;

    • (c) the Speaker of the House of Commons, $67,800;

    • (d) the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, $35,300;

    • (e) the Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House of Commons, $14,300;

    • (f) the Assistant Deputy Chair of the Committee of the Whole House of Commons, $14,300;

    • (g) the member — unless he or she receives a salary under the Salaries Act — occupying the position of Chair of a Standing or Special Committee of the Senate or House of Commons or a Standing or Special Joint Committee, other than the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, $10,100; and

    • (h) the member — unless he or she receives a salary under the Salaries Act — occupying the position of Vice-Chair of a Standing or Special Committee of the Senate or House of Commons or a Standing or Special Joint Committee, other than the Liaison Committee of the House of Commons and the Standing Joint Committee on the Library of Parliament, $5,200.

  • Marginal note:Subsequent fiscal years

    (2) Despite section 60, the annual salary that shall be paid for each fiscal year subsequent to March 31, 2005 to a member of the Senate or the House of Commons referred to in subsection (1) is the annual salary for the previous fiscal year plus the amount obtained by multiplying that annual salary by the index described in section 67.1 for the previous calendar year.

  • 2005, c. 16, s. 6.
 
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