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Members of the National Assembly receive remuneration in the form of indemnities and various allowances:

Groups of Ridings

For some of the following allowances, the amounts vary according to the group (1 to 4) to which the riding belongs, since Québec’s 125 ridings are divided into 4 groups based on their physical size.

For instance, the smaller urban ridings are in group 1, while the very large ridings in rural areas are in group 3. The ridings of Duplessis and Ungava, which are exceptionally large, are in group 4.

Consult the list of riding groups (PDF, 59 KB, French only)

Basic Annual Indemnity

Under section 1 of the Act respecting the conditions of employment and the pension plan of the Members of the National Assembly, MNAs have, since April 1st, 2018, received a basic annual indemnity of $95,704.

The annual indemnity is increased by the same percentage as the salaries of senior executive officers in the public service, as of the effective dates of the new salary scales.

Additional Indemnity for Parliamentary Office Holders

MNAs who hold parliamentary or ministerial office receive an additional indemnity that corresponds to a percentage of their basic annual indemnity.

If an MNA holds two or more positions for which an additional indemnity is granted, he or she is entitled only to the higher indemnity.

Table of additional indemnities since April 1st, 2018

Table of additional indemnities
Parliamentary officePercentage of the basic indemnityAdditional indemnityTotal remuneration
Premier 105% 

$100,489

$196,193

Minister (including the Government House Leader) 75%

$71,778

$167,482

President (Speaker) of the National Assembly 75%

$71,778

$167,482

Vice-President (Deputy Speaker) of the National Assembly 35%

$33,496

$129,200

Leader of the Official Opposition 75%

$71,778

$167,482

Leader of the Second Opposition Group 35%

$33,496

$129,200

Official Opposition House Leader 35%

$33,496

$129,200

House Leader of the Second Opposition Group 25% $23,926 $119,630
Chief Government Whip 35%

$33,496

$129,200

Chief Official Opposition Whip 30%

$28,711

$124,415

Whip of the Second Opposition Group 20%

$19,141

$114,845
Deputy Government House Leader 25%

$23,926

$119,630
Deputy Official Opposition House Leader 20%

$19,141

$114,845
Deputy Government Whip 20%

$19,141

$114,845

Deputy Official Opposition Whip 20%

$19,141

$114,845

Chair of the Government Caucus 25%

$23,926

$119,630

Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus 22,5%

$21,533

$117,237

Parliamentary Assistant 20%

$19,141

$114,845

Standing Committee Chair 25%

$23,926

$119,630

Standing Committee Vice-Chair 20%

$19,141

$114,845

Temporary Chair of a Standing Committee 15%

$14,356

$110,060

Member of the Office of the National Assembly 15%

$14,356

$110,060

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Annual Expense Allowance

MNAs receive an annual expense allowance for the reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, including meal and accommodation expenses in their riding or outside Québec City, representation expenses, etc.

The allowance is adjusted on January 1 every year based on the Consumer Price Index for Canada established by Statistics Canada. As at January 1, 2018, the allowance was $17,304.

Transition Allowance

Under sections 12 to 18 of the Act respecting the conditions of employment and the pension plan of the Members of the National Assembly, Members who are defeated in an election, or who serve out their term as Members but are not candidates in the next election, are entitled to a transition allowance.

Members who resign during their term of office are also entitled to a transition allowance provided their resignation is due to a serious family matter or to a major health issue affecting them or a member of their immediate family. The Ethics Commissioner determines whether the conditions for receiving a transition allowance have been met. The amount paid to resigning Members who have obtained a favourable decision from the Ethics Commissioner must, however, be reduced by an amount equal to the employment, professional, business or retirement income the Members receive or are entitled to receive.

The transition allowance is equal to twice the Member's monthly salary (basic annual indemnity and, if applicable, the additional indemnity) for each complete year of service as an MNA. They are also entitled to twice the portion of their monthly salary corresponding to any fraction of a year during which they were an MNA. However, in no case may the allowance be less than four times nor more than 12 times the Member’s monthly salary.

The monthly salary is, as a rule, the higher of the following amounts:

  1. the average monthly salary received during the 12 months preceding the end of the MNA’s term or during each such month or part of a month if there were fewer than 12;
  2. the average monthly salary received during the 36 highest-paid months of all terms served as a Member, provided they were uninterrupted.

The transition allowance is paid out on the Member’s application as soon as the term ends, either in a lump sum or over a period of up to 36 months. On the Member’s application, any unpaid balance may be paid out in a lump sum.

If a person receiving a transition allowance becomes a Member once again, payment of the allowance ceases immediately.

Pension Plan

Under sections 19 and following of the Act respecting the conditions of employment and the pension plan of the Members of the National Assembly, MNAs are covered by a pension plan. A pamphlet entitled Le RRMAN – Le régime de retraite des membres de l’Assemblée nationale (in French only), published by Retraite Québec in January 2018, describes the main provisions of the pension plan.

Allowance for Travel in Ridings and Elsewhere in Québec

MNAs are entitled to a monthly allowance for travel expenses, including expenses for travel within their riding. The amount of the allowance varies according to the group to which the riding belongs.

For the period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, the annual travel allowance for political activities in Québec is as follows:

Allowance for Travel in Ridings and Elsewhere in Québec
Riding GroupMNA’s Annual allowance
1 $8,200
2 $13,400
3 $18,400
4 $20,500

Additional Allowance

Due to certain constraints and characteristics unique to their ridings, the Members for Berthier, Duplessis and Ungava are also entitled to an additional allowance, which is paid on presentation of vouchers for actual costs incurred for travel within their riding. This allowance enables them to visit communities that are difficult or impossible to reach by land.

The additional allowance is

  • $1,500 for the Member for Berthier
  • $15,300 for the Member for Duplessis
  • $24,200 for the Member for Ungava

Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

Reimbursement of Expenses for Travel Between a Riding and the Parliament Building

On presentation of vouchers, the National Assembly reimburses the expenses incurred by MNAs for travel between their riding offices and the Parliament Building.

MNAs who travel by plane, bus or train may be reimbursed for the cost of an economy class ticket as well as related costs.

MNAs who travel by car are entitled to an allowance equal to $0.45 per kilometre between their riding office and the Parliament Building.

Number of Trips Reimbursed

MNAs are entitled to a maximum of 60 return trips per fiscal year between their riding office and the Parliament Building, including 5 return trips for their spouse or dependent children.

MNAs who hold the offices listed below are entitled to 10 additional return trips per fiscal year:

  • Vice-President (Deputy Speaker) of the National Assembly
  • Official Opposition House Leader or House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • Deputy House Leader, Deputy Official Opposition House Leader or Deputy House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • Government Whip, Official Opposition Whip or Whip of the Second Opposition Group
  • Deputy Government Whip or Deputy Official Opposition Whip
  • Chair of the Government Caucus, Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus or Chair of the Second Opposition Group Caucus
  • Chair or Vice–Chair of a Standing Committee
  • Member of the Office of the National Assembly

MNAs representing ridings that are wholly or partially included in or are adjoining to Québec City are not entitled to the reimbursement of their expenses for travel between their riding and the Parliament Building.

Reimbursement of Accommodation Expenses in Québec City

MNAs are entitled to be reimbursed for the expenses they incur for lodgings in Québec City or the immediate vicinity provided their principal residence is located outside the territory of Québec City and the ridings adjacent to it or, in the case of the MNA whose main residence is in the riding of Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré, more than 50 kilometres from the Parliament Building by the shortest road;

The ridings that are completely or partially included in the territory of Québec City or are adjacent to that territory are  those of Charlesbourg, Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré, Chauveau, Jean-Lesage, Jean-Talon, La Peltrie, Louis-Hébert, Montmorency, Taschereau and Vanier-Les Rivières, and “immediate vicinity” means the ridings of Chauveau, La Peltrie and Montmorency and the parts of the riding of Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré that are less than 50 kilometres from the Parliament Building by the shortest road.

For the period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, accommodation expenses are reimbursed up to $15,500.

The reimbursement covers

  • the cost of renting a room in a hotel
    or
  • the rental of a dwelling
    or
  • the amount of the rental value of a secondary residence owned by the MNA or the MNA’s spouse

The reimbursement also covers

  • the rental value certificate
  • telephone service
  • housekeeping service
  • parking
  • electricity
  • fire, theft and liability insurance
  • cable television
  • monthly Internet fees

MNAs who hold the following offices are entitled to an additional amount of $3,000 annually as a reimbursement of their accommodation expenses:

  • President of the National Assembly (Speaker)
  • Premier
  • Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • Government House Leader, Official Opposition House Leader, House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • Chief Government Whip, Chief Official Opposition Whip
  • Whip of the Second Opposition Group
  • Chair of the Government Caucus, Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus or Chair of the Second Opposition Group Caucus

Riding Office Operating Budget*

The amount allocated annually to each MNA for the rental and operation of a riding office varies according to the group to which the riding belongs. For the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the operating budgets are as follows:

Riding Office Operating Budget
Riding GroupAnnual Allowance7/12 Pro rata
1 $61,100 $35,642
2 $50,100 $29,225
3 $54,900 $32,025
4 $52,300 $30,508

A Member whose riding belongs to group 3 or 4 and who rents a second or third riding office is entitled to an additional amount for the operation of those offices. For the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the amount allocated for a second office is $6,600 (7/12 pro rata: $3,850) and for a third office, $4,400 (7/12 pro rata: $2,567). The Government Caucus Chair, the Official Opposition Caucus Chair and the Second Opposition Group Caucus Chair are each entitled to an additional operating budget of $11,800 (7/16 pro rata: $6,883).

Consult the list of riding groups (PDF, 59 KB, French only)

In addition to rent, MNAs may be reimbursed for the cost of

  • stationery and office supplies
  • purchase of or subscription to newspapers and specialized databases
  • postal and messenger services
  • purchase or rental of photocopiers, fax machines, furniture, office equipment, decorative accessories and works of art
  • GPS receivers, pagers and answering machines
  • purchase and use of a cell phone
  • purchase, installation, use and maintenance of an alarm system
  • fire, theft, vandalism and civil liability insurance
  • electricity and heating
  • regular bank fees
  • rental taxes
  • moving and setting up
  • parking and snow removal
  • meet-and-greets or light snacks for constituents
  • rental of a room in the riding
  • advertising required for the operation of the riding office
  • publication of informative or opinion texts or printing and distribution of bulk mail
  • setting up and updating a website or blog

Property acquired using MNA allowances remains the property of the Assembly and is recorded in the inventory register of each MNA. MNAs must return the property to the Assembly when they leave office.

Members' Budget for Payroll Expenses**

Each MNA is granted a basic budget to cover payroll expenses. MNAs who represent group 3 or group 4 ridings as well as standing committee chairs and vice-chairs are granted an additional amount.

Members’ Budget for Payroll Expenses
Basic Budget for Payroll ExpensesAs at March 31, 20167/12 Pro rata
  $167,807 $97,887
Additional Amount for Payroll Expenses    
Group 3 $15,337 $8,947
Group 4 $49,267 $28,739
and for the MNAs of each of the following group 3 ridings: Arthabaska, Bonaventure, Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré, Côte-du-Sud, Gaspé, Matane-Matapédia, Lotbinière-Frontenac and Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata    
  • $15,717 (7/12 pro rata: $3,335) for each standing committee chair
  • $3,429 (7/12 pro rata: $2,000) for each standing committee vice-chair
  • $100,873 (7/12 pro rata: $58,843) each for the Government Caucus Chair and the Official Opposition Caucus Chair
  • $39,061 (7/12 pro rata: $22,786) for the Second Opposition Group Caucus Chair

 MNA Staff Travel Expenses*

The annual allowance for the reimbursement of MNA staff travel expenses varies according to the group to which the riding belongs. For the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, the allowance is as follows:

MNA Staff Travel Expenses
Riding GroupAs at April 1, 20187/12 Pro rata
1 $3,283 $1,915
2 $4,799 $2,799
3 $8,514 $4,967
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and for the MNAs from each of the following group 3 ridings: Arthabaska, Bonaventure, Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré, Côte-du-Sud, Gaspé, Matane-Matapédia, Lotbinière-Frontenac and Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata
$11,778 $6,871

Reimbursable expenses include meal and travel expenses and hotel accommodation.

House Officers’ Budget for Payroll Expenses** 

As with other Members, House officers have a budget for payroll expenses. This is used by each House officer to pay his or her riding and parliamentary staff.

As at March 31, 2016, the budgets for the payroll expenses of House officers were as follows:

House Officers' Budget for Payroll Expenses
Budget for Payroll ExpensesAs at March 31, 20167/12 Pro rata
National Assembly President $961,470 $560,858
Each National Assembly Vice-President $398,205 $232,286
Leader of the Official Opposition $1,828,637 $1,066,705
Leader of the Second Opposition Group $1,177,248 $686,728
Government House Leader $961,470 $560,858
Official Opposition House Leader $683,078 $398,462
House Leader of the Second Opposition Group $463,590 $270,428
Chief Government Whip $867,767 $506,197
Chief Official Opposition Whip $859,717 $501,502
Whip of the Second Opposition Group $386,325 $225,356

House Office Operating Budget*

Each House officer also has a budget to cover office expenses.

For the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, these budgets are as follows:

House Officers' Budget for Payroll Expenses
House Office Operating BudgetAs at April 1, 20187/12 Pro rata
National Assembly President $108,800 $63,467
Each National Assembly Vice-President $17,300 $10,092
Leader of the Official Opposition $287,400 $167,650
Leader of the Second Opposition Group $210,500 $122,792
Government House Leader $36,900 $21,525
Official Opposition House Leader $28,600 $16,683
House Leader of the Second Opposition Group $15,900 $9,275
Chief Government Whip $106,500 $62,125
Chief Official Opposition Whip $106,500 $62,125
Whip of the Second Opposition Group $78,100 $45,558

Budgets Allocated to Political Parties for Research and Support**

Under section 108 of the Act respecting the National Assembly, each party represented in the Assembly following the most recent general election and each independent Member receives a budget for research and support. This budget is used to pay staff and research-related expenses.

As at March 31, 2016, the budgets for the political parties represented in the National Assembly and the independent Members who had applied for such budgets were as follows:

Budgets Allocated to Political Parties for Research and Support
Budgets Allocated for Research and SupportAs at March 31, 20167/12 Pro rata
Quebec Liberal Party $937,300 $546,758
Parti québécois $650,100 $379,225
Coalition avenir Québec $815,300 $475,592
Québec solidaire $266,900 $155,692

*Considering that a general election will be held during the fiscal year and that, for the first time, the election date is known beforehand, some of the budgets allocated to the Members have been adjusted to reflect this situation. This is why these budgets have been allocated on a 7/12-month pro rata basis.

**Since the agreements setting out the conditions of employment have not yet been signed for all public sector employees, it has not actually been possible to allocate the 1.5%, 1.75% and 2% payroll increases to the Members for the 2016–2017, 2017–2018 and 2018–2019 fiscal years.

 
 

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