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Federal Referendum Fees Tariff (SOR/92-433)

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Federal Referendum Fees Tariff

SOR/92-433

CANADA ELECTIONS ACT

REFERENDUM ACT

Registration 1992-07-16

Tariff of Fees, Costs, Allowances and Expenses to be Paid and Allowed to Returning Officers and other Persons Employed at or with respect to a Referendum under the Referendum Act

P.C. 1992-1628 1992-07-16

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the President of the Privy Council and the Chief Electoral Officer, pursuant to subsections 198(1), 202(1) and 204(2) of the Canada Elections Act, as adapted by regulations made by the Chief Electoral Officer on July 14, 1992Footnote * pursuant to section 7 of the Referendum ActFootnote **, and subsection 198(2) of the Canada Elections Act as that provision applies pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the Referendum ActFootnote **, is pleased hereby to make the annexed Tariff of fees, costs, allowances and expenses to be paid and allowed to returning officers and other persons employed at or with respect to a referendum under the Referendum Act, effective July 1, 1992.

Short Title

 This Tariff may be cited as the Federal Referendum Fees Tariff.

Interpretation

 In this Tariff,

Act

Act means the Referendum Act; (Loi)

supervising deputy returning officer

supervising deputy returning officer means an individual who supervises the deputy returning officers of five or more polling stations located in a central polling place. (scrutateur principal)

General

 The fees, costs, allowances and expenses set out in the schedule shall be paid and allowed to returning officers and other persons employed at or with respect to a referendum under the Act other than persons to whom the Special Voting Rules Referendum Fees Tariff applies.

 The population figures referred to in the schedule shall be based on the most recent census of population under subsection 19(1) of the Statistics Act.

  •  (1) The rates for travel and living expenses referred to in items 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the schedule are the rates set out in the Treasury Board Travel Directive that are in effect at the time the services are performed.

  • (2) The rates for travel and living expenses referred to in items 1, 5, 12, 14, 16, 27, 31, 32, 35 and 38 of the schedule are the rates set out in the Treasury Board Travel Directive that are in effect at the time writs are issued.

 The Chief Electoral Officer may determine a rate of remuneration and may set fees for the performance of any service performed pursuant to the Act by any person other than those persons referred to in items 1 to 38 of the schedule.

Increases

 Where the amounts provided in any of items 1 to 38 of the schedule do not, by reason of the size or character of the electoral district, or by reason of other special circumstances, constitute sufficient remuneration to referendum officers and other persons employed in connection with the conduct of a referendum, including printers and landlords of premises used for the purpose of the referendum, the Chief Electoral Officer may authorize the payment of an additional amount to provide sufficient remuneration.

SCHEDULE(Sections 3 to 7)Fees, Costs, Allowances and Expenses Payable to Referendum Officers

Returning Officers and Staff
During a Referendum
  • 1 (1) Each returning officer shall be paid, for services performed by the returning officer during a referendum, a fee based on the population of the electoral district in respect of which the returning officer is appointed, as follows:

  • (a) where a poll is held and the returning officer is appointed in respect of an electoral district in which the population is

  • (i) 60,000 or less blank line

$ 13,143.00
  • (ii) greater than 60,000 and not greater than 70,000 blank line

14,527.00
  • (iii) greater than 70,000 and not greater than 90,000 blank line

15,910.00
  • (iv) greater than 90,000 and not greater than 110,000 blank line

17,294.00
  • (v) greater than 110,000 blank line

18,677.00
  • (b) where a poll is not held and enumeration has taken place blank line

2/3 of the amount payable under paragraph (a)
  • (c) where a poll is not held and enumeration has not taken place blank line

1/3 of the amount payable under paragraph (a)
  • (2) For attending a recount pursuant to section 29 of the Act and subsections 179(1) to (3), sections 181 and 182 and subsection 184(1) of the Canada Elections Act, for each hour of attendance as certified by the judge who recounts the votes, the returning officer shall be paid blank line

$ 27.67
  • (3) Each returning officer shall be paid, for expenses incurred by the returning officer during a referendum, as follows:

  • (a) for stationery, postage, telegrams, the rental of office equipment and furniture, telephone services and the transportation of referendum supplies, and other similar incidental expenses blank line

the actual and reasonable amount paid, as supported by vouchers
  • (b) for the rental of the returning officer’s office in connection with the conduct of the referendum blank line

the actual and reasonable amount incurred, as supported by vouchers
  • (c) for necessary travel in connection with the conduct of the referendum blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in items 33 to 35
  • 2 (1) Support staff at the office of the returning officer, including the staff required for the handling of ballot boxes and for the tabulation of referendum results immediately after the close of the polls on the ordinary polling day, shall be paid,

  • (a) for the services of full-time support staff

  • (i) where the population of the electoral district is 60,000 or less, one employee, who may be paid for up to a maximum of 338 hours of work, blank line

$ 9.50 per hour
  • (ii) where the population of the electoral district is greater than 60,000 and not greater than 90,000, two employees, who may be paid for up to a maximum of 338 hours of work each, blank line

$ 19.00 per hour in total for the two employees
  • (iii) where the population of the electoral district is greater than 90,000 and not greater than 110,000, three employees, who may be paid for up to a maximum of 338 hours of work each, blank line

$ 28.50 per hour in total for the three employees
  • (iv) where the population of the electoral district is greater than 110,000, four employees, who may be paid for up to a maximum of 338 hours of work each, blank line

$ 38.00 per hour in total for the four employees
  • (b) where full-time support staff referred to in paragraph (a) are required to provide services to the public in both official languages, in addition to the amount set out in paragraph (a), blank line

10% of the amount paid under paragraph (a)
  • (2) For the salary cost of additional support staff who may be required on a part-time basis during a referendum, the returning officer shall be provided with an accountable advance, based on the population of the electoral district, of blank line

$ 0.04 per person in the population
  • (3) For the salary cost of support staff hired specifically for addressing and mailing the notice of enumeration cards to all electors included in the preliminary lists of electors, the returning officer shall be provided with an accountable advance of blank line

$ 0.07 per elector
  • (4) For the salary cost of support staff hired specifically for affixing labels to notice of enumeration cards or detaching notices of enumeration from feed forms, when required, the returning officer shall be provided with an accountable advance of blank line

$ 0.02 per elector
Special Assignments
  • 3 Where at any time the Chief Electoral Officer requests a returning officer to carry out a special assignment, the returning officer shall be paid

  • (a) a fee for all services performed in connection with that assignment, per hour, of blank line

$ 27.67
  • (b) for travel and living expenses in connection with the services referred to in paragraph (a) blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Information Sessions on Referendum Matters
  • 4 Where the Chief Electoral Officer requests that a returning officer attend a training session or referendum debriefing session, the officer shall be paid

  • (a) for each day of attendance at a training session blank line

$ 175.00
  • (b) for each day of attendance at a referendum debriefing session blank line

225.00
  • (c) for travel between that officer’s place of residence and the place where the training or debriefing session is held, and for accommodation and living expenses at the place where the session is held if that place is not the place of residence of the officer blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Assistant Returning Officers
During a Referendum
  • 5 Each assistant returning officer shall be paid, for services performed and expenses incurred by the assistant returning officer during a referendum, as follows:

  • (a) for services performed pursuant to the Act blank line

75% of the amount received by a returning officer under subitem 1(1)
  • (b) for necessary travel, other than in urban polling divisions, in connection with the conduct of the referendum blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Special Assignments
  • 6 Where at any time the Chief Electoral Officer requests an assistant returning officer to carry out a special assignment, the assistant returning officer shall be paid

  • (a) a fee for all services performed in connection with that assignment, per hour, of blank line

$ 20.75
  • (b) for travel and living expenses in connection with the services referred to in paragraph (a) blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Information Sessions on Referendum Matters
  • 7 Where the Chief Electoral Officer requests that an assistant returning officer attend a training session or referendum debriefing session, the officer shall be paid

  • (a) for each day of attendance at a training session blank line

$ 175.00
  • (b) for each day of attendance at a referendum debriefing session blank line

166.00
  • (c) for travel between that officer’s place of residence and the place where the training or debriefing session is held, and for accommodation and living expenses at the place where the session is held if that place is not the place of residence of the officer blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Automation Coordinators
  • 8 Each person appointed by a returning officer to act as a coordinator to establish by a computerized system the preliminary lists of electors shall be paid an hourly rate that does not exceed blank line

$ 18.00
Printing and Reproduction
Notice of Enumeration
  • 9 In respect of the printing of the notice of enumeration in conformity with the specifications provided by the returning officer, a printer shall be paid an amount in respect of each polling division that does not exceed

  • (a) for the first 100 copies blank line

$ 30.10
  • (b) for each additional 50 copies or part thereof blank line

3.54
Ballots
  • 10 In respect of the typesetting, printing, numbering and binding or stitching of ballot papers in accordance with the sample sheet of ballot paper and the specimen book of ballot papers supplied by the Chief Electoral Officer and in conformity with the specifications provided by the returning officer, a printer shall be paid an amount that does not exceed

  • (a) for the first 1,000 ballots blank line

86.78
  • (b) for each additional 1,000 ballots blank line

52.00
Other Referendum Documents
  • 11 In respect of the reproduction of the preliminary lists of electors, the Notice of the Grant of a Poll, and all other referendum documents required to be reproduced, a printer shall be paid for each copy of each original page, when reproduced in accordance with the instructions issued by the returning officer, an amount that does not exceed blank line

0.10
Enumeration
Enumerators
  • 12 (1) Subject to subitem (3), each enumerator shall be paid, for the services performed by the enumerator in connection with the enumeration, a fee that is the greater of

  • (a) an amount of blank line

70.00

and

  • (b) an amount that is the sum of

  • (i) in respect of the names of the first 200 electors included in the preliminary list of electors, blank line

$ 0.62 per name

and

  • (ii) in respect of the names of electors in excess of 200 included in the preliminary list of electors, blank line

$ 0.93 per name
  • (2) In addition to the fee paid under subitem (1), each enumerator shall be paid

  • (a) for the typing of the necessary number of copies of the preliminary list of electors, where requested by the returning officer, blank line

$ 0.08 for the name of each elector included in the preliminary list of electors
  • (b) for attending a training session on enumeration procedures arranged by the returning officer blank line

$ 25.00
  • (c) for travel and incidental expenses,

  • (i) for the first 70 kilometres or part thereof blank line

$ 23.00
  • (ii) for each necessary kilometre in excess of the first 70 kilometres blank line

the allowance established by the Treasury Board Travel Directive
  • (d) for all services performed by the enumerator in connection with the revision of the preliminary list of electors in a rural polling division blank line

$ 84.00
  • (3) Where an enumerator enumerates more than one polling division, the fee payable to that enumerator shall be calculated on the basis of the number of electors who are in all polling divisions that the enumerator enumerated and whose names appear on the preliminary lists of electors.

Stand-by Enumerators
  • 13 Each stand-by enumerator shall be paid

  • (a) for agreeing to be on stand-by blank line

70.00
  • (b) for attending a training session on enumeration procedures arranged by the returning officer blank line

25.00
Supervisory Enumerator
  • 14 Each supervisory enumerator shall be paid

  • (a) for services performed pursuant to instructions from the returning officer, for each hour of work up to a maximum of 30 hours blank line

9.50
  • (b) for attending a training session on enumeration procedures arranged by the returning officer blank line

25.00
  • (c) for travel and incidental expenses,

  • (i) for the first 70 kilometres or part thereof blank line

23.00
  • (ii) for each necessary kilometre in excess of the first 70 kilometres blank line

the allowance established by the Treasury Board Travel Directive
Revision of Lists of Electors in Urban Polling Divisions
Revising Officers
  • 15 Each revising officer shall be paid

  • (a) for all services performed by the revising officer, including sitting for revision, a fee that is the greater of

  • (i) for every polling division included in the revisal district in respect of which the revising officer is appointed blank line

$  24.65

and

246.50

and

  • (b) for postage blank line

the actual and reasonable amount paid, as supported by vouchers
Revising Agents
  • 16 Each revising agent and each stand-by revising agent shall be paid

  • (a) for services the agent is requested to perform by the returning officer or the revising officer, for each hour of work blank line

$  7.00
  • (b) for attending a training session on revision procedures arranged by the returning officer blank line

25.00
  • (c) for travel and incidental expenses in the performance of the revising agent’s services, the greater of

  • (i) in respect of the number of kilometres travelled blank line

the allowance established by the Treasury Board Travel Directive

and

$ 60.00
Rental of Revisal Offices
  • 17 Where a building or part thereof is used as a revisal office, the owner of that building shall be paid rent, including the costs of heating, lighting, cleaning and furniture, for each day the revising officer uses those premises, in an amount that does not exceed per day blank line

77.80
Polling
Deputy Returning Officers and Supervising Deputy Returning Officers
  • 18 Each person appointed to be a deputy returning officer for an advance poll shall be paid the following fee for all services the deputy returning officer performs, including the counting of the votes on the ordinary polling day blank line

220.00
  • 19 Each person appointed to be a deputy returning officer for a polling station or for the counting of the votes cast in the office of the returning officer on the ordinary polling day shall be paid the following fee for all services the deputy returning officer performs blank line

139.00
  • 20 Each person appointed to be a supervising deputy returning officer for a central polling place shall be paid the following fee for all services the supervising deputy returning officer performs blank line

178.00
  • 21 Each deputy returning officer, supervising deputy returning officer and stand-by deputy returning officer shall be paid the following fee for attending a training session on voting procedure arranged by a returning officer blank line

25.00
Poll Clerks
  • 22 Each person appointed to be a poll clerk for an advance poll shall be paid the following fee for all services the poll clerk performs, including the counting of the votes on the ordinary polling day, blank line

166.00
  • 23 Each person appointed to be a poll clerk for a polling station or for the counting of the votes cast in the office of the returning officer on ordinary polling day shall be paid the following fee for all services the poll clerk performs blank line

101.15
  • 24 Each poll clerk and each stand-by poll clerk shall be paid the following fee for attending a training session on voting procedure arranged by a returning officer blank line

25.00
Rental of Polling Stations
  • 25 Where a building or a part thereof is used as an advance polling station, the owner of that building shall be paid rent, including the costs of heating, lighting, cleaning and furniture, for the two days that the advance poll is open and for the counting of the votes on the ordinary polling day, in an amount that does not exceed, per advance poll blank line

155.60
  • 26 Where a building or a part thereof is used as a polling station, the owner of that building shall be paid rent, including the costs of heating, lighting, cleaning and furniture, for the use of the premises, in an amount that does not exceed, per polling station blank line

77.80
Messengers
  • 27 Each messenger appointed by a returning officer with the prior authorization of the Chief Electoral Officer shall be paid

  • (a) for each hour worked blank line

9.50
  • (b) for travel and living expenses at a place other than the messenger’s place of residence blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Interpreters and Constables
  • 28 (1) Each interpreter at an advance polling station or polling station, appointed and sworn by the deputy returning officer and employed while the poll is open, shall be paid the following fee for each hour worked blank line

$11.00
  • (2) Each constable at an advance polling station, appointed and sworn by the deputy returning officer or the returning officer and employed while the poll is open, shall be paid the following fee for each hour worked blank line

$ 7.00, not to exceed $112.00 in the aggregate
  • (3) Each constable at a polling station, appointed and sworn by the deputy returning officer or the returning officer, shall be paid the following fee for each hour worked blank line

$ 7.00, not to exceed $84.00 in the aggregate
Security Guards
  • 29 Each returning officer shall be paid, for the services of security guards required by the returning officer during a referendum and hired with the prior authorization of the Chief Electoral Officer, blank line

the actual and reasonable amount incurred, as supported by vouchers
Witnesses
  • 30 Each elector called on by a returning officer to be a witness at the official addition of the votes, where there is not a representative present both from a group opposing and from a group supporting the referendum question, shall be paid the following fee for each hour worked blank line

$ 8.00
Other Referendum Officers
Additional Assistant Returning Officers
  • 31 Each assistant returning officer appointed under paragraph 18(2)(a) of the Canada Elections Act shall be paid

  • (a) for all services performed in connection with the conduct of a referendum in the designated area in respect of which the assistant returning officer is appointed, for each hour of work authorized by the returning officer blank line

20.75
  • (b) for necessary support staff services blank line

the actual and reasonable amount paid, as supported by vouchers
  • (c) for stationery, postage, telegrams, the rental of office equipment and furniture, telephone services and the transportation of referendum supplies, and other similar incidental expenses blank line

the actual and reasonable amount paid, as supported by vouchers
  • (d) for the rental of an office in connection with the conduct of a referendum blank line

the actual and reasonable amount incurred, as supporter by vouchers
  • (e) for travel, other than in urban polling divisions, in connection with the conduct of a referendum blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Assistant Training Officers
  • 32 Each assistant training officer appointed by the returning officer in electoral districts designated by the Chief Electoral Officer shall be paid

  • (a) for services related to providing training sessions, for each hour of work certified by the returning officer blank line

$ 20.75
  • (b) for travel and living expenses at a place other than the assistant training officer’s place of residence blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Rural Travel Allowances
  • 33 Each individual who, pursuant to this schedule, is authorized to be paid for expenses incurred in connection with the services the individual is required to perform, shall be paid for travel in a rural area as follows:

  • (a) for travel by means of a private motor vehicle blank line

the allowance established by the Treasury Board Travel Directive
  • (b) for travel by means other than a private motor vehicle blank line

the actual and reasonable expenses paid, as supported by vouchers
  • (c) for living expenses

  • (i) for lodging blank line

the actual and reasonable expenses paid, as supported by vouchers
  • (ii) for meals and incidental expenses blank line

the allowances established by the Treasury Board Travel Directive
Urban Travel Allowances
  • 34 Each returning officer shall be paid, in respect of travel in an urban area in connection with the services the returning officer is required to perform with respect to a referendum, for each 1,000 of population in the electoral district blank line

$ 7.50
  • 35 Each individual who, pursuant to this schedule, is authorized to be paid a travel allowance and is required to travel from an urban area through a rural area to another urban area in connection with the services the individual is required to perform shall be paid, in respect of the individual’s living and incidental expenses incurred in the urban area to which the individual travels, blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Accountable Advances
  • 36 In addition to the accountable advances provided for by subitems 2(2) to (4), the Chief Electoral Officer may make accountable advances to returning officers and to assistant returning officers appointed under paragraph 18(2)(a) of the Canada Elections Act to defray expenses in connection with a referendum, in an amount that does not exceed, in the aggregate per officer, blank line

$ 2,000.00
Clerical Assistants at a Judicial Recount
  • 37 Each clerical assistant, other than a returning officer, required to assist with a recount pursuant to section 29 of the Act and subsections 179(1) to (3), sections 181 and 182 and subsection 184(1) of the Canada Elections Act shall be paid for all attendance and services, as certified by the judge who recounts the votes, an hourly rate of blank line

$ 12.00
Sundry Allowances
  • 38 Each individual, other than those individuals referred to in items 1 to 37, who is employed in connection with the conduct of a referendum before or after the date of the issue of the writ shall, where requested by the Chief Electoral Officer to travel, be paid blank line

the allowances and expenses referred to in item 33
Goods and Services Tax
  • 39 Where a referendum officer who is a supplier of goods or services under this Tariff is not registered under section 241 of the Excise Tax Act and has paid tax under Part IX of that Act in respect of those goods or services, the referendum officer shall be paid, in addition to the amounts set out in items 1 to 38, an amount equal to the amount of that tax paid.

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