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Budget

The Commission has no financial budget of its own, separate from that of the Ministry. All of the Commission’s costs, including Commission members’ per diem remuneration, staff and administrative support, and operational costs, are borne by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

The chart below provides details on the costs associated with the Commission:

Chart
Expense
Type
2017-2018
Estimates
2016-2017
Estimates
2016-2017
Actuals
2015-2016
Actuals
Per diems $50,000 $50,000 $100,965 $81,801
Members’ travel and
meeting expenses
$11,500 $10,500 $20,772 $17,916
Other
administration
$7,700 $6,500 $9,662 $8,525
Subtotal **$69,000 **$67,000 *$131,399 *$108,242
Full Time
Equivalents - numbers
1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
Full Time
Equivalents - costs
(salary + benefits)
$148,000 $158,000 $139,583 $141,790
Total Expenses $217,000 $225,000 $270,982 $250,032

 

 *The operating expenses cover costs associated with Commission hearings; per diems for Commission members; and reimbursement for out-of-pocket travel expenses related to meetings, including hotel accommodations, meal allowances (to the allowable maximum), parking and public transit.

**The number of hearings is determined by the application rate. Member per diem compensation rates are established by the Management Board of Cabinet’s Agencies and Appointments Directive. The expenditure estimates are based on typical application rates (using historical data and projecting forward), member per diem compensation rates and other operating expenses noted above.

Revenues

A fee for filing an application to the Building Code Commission was implemented starting January 1, 2014 ($170 per application) and is set to increase annually up to the rate of the Consumer Price Index. Accordingly, the application fee increased to $181, effective January 1, 2017.

Revenues received from the application fee are recorded as part of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs non-tax revenues.

The chart below provides details of the revenues associated with applications to the Commission:

Chart
Revenues 2017-2018
Estimates
2016-2016
Estimates
2016-2017
Actuals
2015-2016
Actuals
Application Fees $6,300 $10,320 $5,314 $7,612
Total Revenues $6,300 $10,320 $5,314 $7,612

 

Remuneration of Commission Members

As part-time appointees, Commission members receive remuneration in the form of a per diem at rates established by Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet. This per diem ranged from $423 for members to $523 for the Vice-Chair and $667 for the Chair. Commission members are also reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses associated with attending Commission hearings, in accordance with the Management Board of Cabinet’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive.

Costs associated with Commission activities, including operating costs and member per diems, form part of the overall budget for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. The number of applications to the Commission and/or the complexity of issues raised in the applications directly impact the budget requirement in support of Commission activities.

It should be noted that the court referenced hearings resulted in an increase in the expenditures of the Commission. On one court reference, seven hearing days have been held with additional hearing days scheduled into the next fiscal year.