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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 receive a basic annual indemnity set at $90,850 on March 31, 2015.

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 — March 31, 2015

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

$95,393

$186,243

Minister (including the Government House Leader) 75%

$68,138

$158,988

President (Speaker) of the National Assembly 75%

$68,138

$158,988

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

$31,798

$122,648

Leader of the Official Opposition 75%

$68,138

$158,988

Leader of the Second Opposition Group 35%

$31,798

$122,648
Official Opposition House Leader 35%

$31,798

$122,648
House Leader of the Second Opposition Group 25% $22,713 $113,563
Chief Government Whip 35%

$31,798

$122,648

Chief Official Opposition Whip 30%

$27,255

$118,105

Whip of the Second Opposition Group 20%

$18,170

$109,020
Deputy Government House Leader 25%

$22,713

$113,563
Deputy Official Opposition House Leader 20%

$18,170

$109,020
Deputy Government Whip 20% $18,170

$109,020

Deputy Official Opposition Whip 20%

$18,170

$109,020

Chair of the Government Caucus 25%

$22,713

$113,563

Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus 22,5%

$20,441

$111,291

Parliamentary Assistant 20%

$18,170

$109,020

Standing Committee Chair 25%

$22,713

$113,563

Standing Committee Vice-Chair 20%

$18,170

$109,020

Temporary Chair of a Standing Committee 15%

$13,628

$104,478

Member of the Office of the National Assembly 15%

$13,628

$104,478

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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, 2015, the allowance was $16,465.

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 resign from their seats in the National Assembly, are defeated in an election or serve out their term as a Member but are not a candidate in the next election are entitled to a transition allowance. 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 CARRA in January 2015, 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, 2015 to March 31, 2016, 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 $8,000
2 $13,000
3 $17,800
4 $19,900

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
  • $10,000 for the Member for Duplessis
  • $16,000 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 the reimbursement of their accommodation expenses in Québec City or the immediate vicinity, provided their principal residence is

  • outside Québec City
  • outside an adjoining riding, i.e. outside Chauveau, La Peltrie and Montmorency

For the period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, accommodation expenses are reimbursed up to $15,200.

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

Budget for the Operation of a Riding Office

The amount allocated annually to MNAs 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, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the operation budgets are as follows:

Budget for the Operation of a Riding Office
Riding GroupAnnual Allowance
1 $58,200
2 $47,700
3 $52,300
4 $49,700

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, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the amount allocated for a second office is $6,300 and for a third office, $4,100.

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
  • newspapers and specialized databases
  • postal and parcel 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 leaving office.

Members' Budget for Payroll Expenses

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

For the period from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the basic budget for payroll expenses is set at $167,807.

The additional amount is

  • $15,337 for MNAs in group 3 ridings, for a total of $183,144
  • $49,267 for MNAs in group 4 ridings and the following group 3 ridings: Arthabaska, Bonaventure, Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, Côte-du-Sud, Gaspé, Matane-Matapédia, Lotbinière-Frontenac and Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata, for a total of $217,074
  • $5,337 for standing committee chairs
  • $3,429 for standing committee vice-chairs
  • $100,873 for Chair of the Government Caucus or Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus
  • $39,061 Chair of the Second Opposition Group Caucus

 Travel expenses for MNA Staff

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, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the allowance is as follows:

Travel expenses for MNA Staff
Riding GroupAnnual Allowance
1 $3,125
2 $4,567
3 $8,104
4
and the following group 3 ridings: Arthabaska, Bonaventure, Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré, Côte-du-Sud, Gaspé, Matane-Matapédia, Lotbinière-Frontenac and Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata
$11,211

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.

For the period from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, the budgets for the payroll expenses of House officers are as follows:

  • $961,470 for the President of the Assembly
  • $398,205 for each of the three Vice-Presidents
  • $961,470 for the Government House Leader
  • $867,767 for the Chief Government Whip
  • $1,828,637 for the Leader of the Official Opposition
  • $676,315 for the Official Opposition House Leader
  • $859,717 for the Chief Official Opposition Whip
  • $1,177,248 for the Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • $463,590 for the House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • $386,325 for the Whip of the Second Opposition Group

Budget for the Operation of a House Office and Chair caucus

House officers also have a budget to cover their office expenses.

For the period from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, these budgets are as follows:

  • $103,500 for the President of the Assembly
  • $16,400 for each of the three Vice-Presidents
  • $35,100 for the Government House Leader
  • $101,400 for the Chief Government Whip
  • $273,500 for the Leader of the Official Opposition
  • $27,300 for the Official Opposition House Leader
  • $101,400 for the Chief Official Opposition Whip
  • $200,300 for the Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • $15,200 for the House Leader of the Second Opposition Group
  • $74,400 for the Whip of the Second Opposition Group
  • $11,200 for the Chair of the Government Caucus, the Chair of the Official Opposition Caucus and the Chair of the Second Opposition Group Caucus

Budgets Allocated to Political Parties for Support Staff and Research 

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

For the period from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, the budgets for the political parties represented in the National Assembly and the independent Members who have applied for such budgets are as follows:

  • $937,300 for the Quebec Liberal Party for the Parti québécois
  • $650,100 for the Parti québécois
  • $815,300 for the Coalition avenir Québec
  • $266,900 for Québec solidaire

 

 
 

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