Travel Reimbursement

Under the terms of our collective agreement you are entitled to travel reimbursements

  • When on Rotation (Article 16.01)
  • Transportation Allowance for Exams (Article 16.02 (3)
  • Daytime Travel (Article 16.03 (d)
  • When on Home Call (Article 16.03 (b)

Please see the following CDHA guidelines.

For information about reimbursement please contact meded@nshealth.ca or 902-473-1033

(If you have any questions about the collective agreement in relation to eligible travel please contact the Maritime Resident Doctors office: sandi@mardocs.ca)

NSHA DEPARTMENTAL GUIDELINES ~ RESIDENT TRAVEL

The reimbursement of reasonable expenses associated with travel will be provided upon:

  • Provision of original receipts, if applicable
  • Verification from Program Directors / Program Assistants, and
  • Approval by Director, Medical Education Services and delegates.

A. LOCAL BUSINESS TRAVEL (Day Time Travel)

Residents travelling to and from their assigned work place during regular business hours on approved, required travel are permitted to claim mileage under Article 16.03(d) of the Collective Agreement.  The Program Director or Program Assistant is responsible for verification of travel incurred and accuracy of travel distance.

Article 16.03(c) permits the resident to claim taxi fare up to $15 each way for coverage for facilities within Capital Health.  If it is considered reasonable under the circumstances, the resident may claim taxi fare in excess of $15. The Program Director or Program Assistant is responsible for verification that travel was required for work purposes. 

Article 16.03(c) permits the resident to claim taxi fare up to $15 each way for coverage for facilities within Capital Health.  If it is considered reasonable under the circumstances, the resident may claim taxi fare in excess of $15. The Program Director or Program Assistant is responsible for verification that travel was required for work purposes. 

DEFINITIONS

Assigned Workplace – workplace where you regularly report for duty on a daily basis for a rotation. Alternate Workplace – workplace you are assigned to after first reporting to regular workplace. 

1. ELIGIBLE TRAVEL EXPENSES

Reimbursement of expenses will be approved in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • 1.1 Actual Mileage ~ The resident may claim actual mileage for return travel from assigned workplace to another alternate workplace during regular business hours. Claims for mileage must be submitted on the Mileage Claim Form – http://www.cdha.nshealth.ca/education-learning/medical-education.The following information should be included on the form:  date of travel, reason for travel, and mileage/kilometers driven.  The program director or program assistants are required to sign off on the form to verify the travel. Refer to table below for allowable mileage / kilometers between sites within NSHA (if applicable).  ORIGINAL forms and receipts must be submitted - no faxes, or photocopies. See section 3. 
  • 1.2 Alternate Mode of Travel ~ Residents will be eligible to claim taxi to and from an alternate clinical site to a maximum of $15 each way.  An original, dated receipt must be submitted for reimbursement of taxi fare.  The driver must to complete the spaces provided on the receipt for date, to, from and amount.
  • 1.3 Other Expenses ~ Residents will be eligible to claim bridge tolls, when applicable. A receipt is required for the Cobequid Pass.  When claiming for Halifax bridge tolls only indicate amount paid for bridge toll on the form; no receipt is required.
  • 1.4 Vehicles (Private) ~ NSHA does not accept liability, under any circumstances, for claims arising from the use of privately-owned vehicles on NSHA business.  

B. TRANSPORTATION ALLOWANCE FOR EXAMS

Article 16.02(3) states:  a resident required to travel to Halifax to write one of the exams specified in Article 18.10(a) shall be paid a transportation allowance. Submit mileage on form – specify date, reason for travel.  Follow procedure in section 3. 

C. COMMUTING / NOT RELOCATING FOR A ROTATION. Article 16.01(f) (Daily Commute) (While on Rotation)

Follow travel claim procedure listed in #3. This has a maximum monthly cap of $1,000. Note: Residents utilizing this provision are not eligible for accommodation allowance during this time period.

2. INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

The following expenses are examples of activity not eligible for reimbursement:

Vehicle insurance for privately owned car

  • Traffic fines
  • Fees for rental vehicles for daily local travel
  • Parking at regular assigned workplace
  • Travel between home and a workplace
  • Loss of personal property
  • Damage to personal vehicle(s)
  • Travel advances for daily travel 

3. TRAVEL CLAIM PROCEDURE

3.1 For reimbursement, complete either of the two forms available from the Medical Education website and obtain Program Director or Program Assistant signature.  Claims for reimbursement are to be submitted within 30 days of travel.   Submit the original completed form along with original receipts to the Medical Education Office, Room 227, Bethune Building, QEII Health Sciences Centre 1276 South Park Street, Halifax, NS  B3H 2Y9.  NO FAXES, PHOTOCOPIES or SCANNED VERSIONS will be accepted.  Final approval by Medical Education Services is required prior to submission to Finance Services for payment.

Mileage Claim Form ~ Complete the Mileage Claim Form if you have taken your car. 

Claim Form ~ Complete the Claim Form for air fare, taxi fare, car rental and/or accommodations.

  • 3.2 It is the responsibility of the resident to ensure that the expenses are itemized and all original receipts are provided.  No photocopies, credit card statements or interact slips are permissible as receipts.
  • 3.3 Receipts or other documents may not be altered or defaced in any way. Personal items not allowed as a claim may be deleted or entered as a deduction.
  • 3.4 Claims are to be signed by the claimant, approved by appropriate Program Director or Program Assistant and forwarded, along with original receipts, to the Medical Education Office within 30 days of completion of travel.  No faxes, photocopies or scanned versions will be accepted.  Claims may be made on a monthly basis.
  • 3.5 It is the responsibility of the Medical Education Services to ensure that only eligible expenses are approved.
  • 3.6 Claim adjustments (due to error or ineligibility) will be reversed or adjusted.
  • 3.7 Travel to sites not found on this list will be reimbursed, with appropriate authorization, according to the actual mileage claimed.
  • 3.8 All reimbursements will be mailed to the home address provided on the form.

4. STANDARD DISTANCE TABLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL

Departure Site  Destination Site Kms (Return) Departure Site Destination Site Kms (Return)
 Dart General/NSH  Forensic  30 Dart General/NSH Hants  130
Dart General/NSH  Eastern Shore   250 Dart General/NSH  Twin Oaks  80
Dart General/NSH  Cobequid 40 Dart General/NSH Musquodoboit 140
Dart General/NSH  Cole Harbour Place 30 Dart General/NSH Bedford / Sackville Clinic 45
QEII   Forensic 30 QEII  Dart General / NSH 20
QEII Hants 150 QEII  Eastern Shore 270
QEII   Twin Oaks  100 QEII Cobequid 40
QEII Musquodoboit  160      
Musquodoboit   Eastern Shore 130 Musquodoboit  Twin Oaks 80
Musquodoboit  Cobequid 130 Musquodoboit   Hants 250
Twin Oaks  Eastern Shore 150 Twin Oaks Cobequid 115
Twin Oaks Hants 230      
Eastern Shore  Cobequid 265 Eastern Shore  Hants 380
Cobequid  Hants 90      
QEII Cowie Hill 10      
Halifax  Bridgewater 220 Halifax Kentville 220
Halifax Truro 200      
Sydney Halifax 850      
Departure Site Destination Site Kms (one way)
Saint John, NB Halifax 424
Fredericton, NB Halifax 440
Moncton, NB Halifax 273
Sydney, NS Halifax 425

Click here to download a PDF of the chart.

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