Parliament of Canada Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. P-1)

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Sessional Allowances Before April 1, 2004

Marginal note:Amount
  •  (1) There shall be paid a sessional allowance at the rate of forty thousand two hundred dollars per annum, subject to adjustment made from time to time in accordance with subsections (3) to (6), to each of the members of the Senate and the House of Commons.

  • Marginal note:Commencement of membership

    (2) For the purposes of this section, a person shall be deemed to have become a member of the Senate on the day on which the person is summoned to the Senate, and a person shall be deemed to have become a member of the House of Commons on the day last fixed for the election of a member of the House of Commons for the electoral district represented by the person.

  • Marginal note:Adjustment

    (3) Subject to subsections (5) and (6) and section 67, for each twelve month period commencing January 1, there shall be paid to each of the members of the Senate and the House of Commons a sessional allowance at the rate per annum that is obtained by multiplying

    • (a) the sessional allowance payable to each such member for the twelve month period immediately preceding the twelve month period in respect of which the sessional allowance is to be determined

      by

    • (b) one per cent less than the lesser of

      • (i) the percentage that the Industrial Aggregate for the first adjustment year is of the Industrial Aggregate for the second adjustment year, and

      • (ii) the percentage that the Consumer Price Index for the first adjustment year is of the Consumer Price Index for the second adjustment year.

  • Marginal note:Construction of certain expressions

    (4) For the purposes of subsection (3),

    • (a) in relation to any twelve month period in respect of which the sessional allowance is to be determined,

      • (i) the “first adjustment year” is the last twelve month period, preceding the commencement of the period in respect of which the sessional allowance is to be determined, for which the Industrial Aggregate or the Consumer Price Index, as the case may be, is available on the first day of the period in respect of which the sessional allowance is to be determined, and

      • (ii) the second adjustment year is the twelve month period immediately preceding the first adjustment year; and

    • (b) the “Industrial Aggregate” for an adjustment year is the average weekly wages and salaries of the Industrial Aggregate in Canada for that year as published by Statistics Canada under the authority of the Statistics Act.

    • (c[Repealed, 2001, c. 20, s. 2]

  • Marginal note:Sessional allowance for 1984

    (5) Subject to section 67, there shall be paid to each of the members of the Senate and the House of Commons for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1984 a sessional allowance at the rate per annum that is the lesser of

    • (a) the rate per annum that would, but for this subsection, be determined under subsection (3), and

    • (b) the rate per annum that is obtained by multiplying

      • (i) the sessional allowance that was paid for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1983 to each member under this section as in force at that date

        by

      • (ii) one hundred and five per cent.

  • Marginal note:Calculation of allowance after January 1, 1985

    (6) For the purposes of calculating a sessional allowance under subsection (3) for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1985, the sessional allowance payable for the twelve month period immediately preceding that twelve month period shall be deemed to be the sessional allowance payable under subsection (5).

  • Marginal note:Override as of January 1, 1986

    (7) Notwithstanding subsection (3), there shall be paid to each of the members of the Senate and the House of Commons for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1986 a sessional allowance that is one thousand dollars less than the amount that would, but for this subsection, be determined under subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Deeming provision

    (8) For the purposes of calculating

    the sessional allowance payable for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1986 shall be deemed to have been the sessional allowance that would, but for subsection (7), have been determined under subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Override as of January 1, 1992

    (9) Notwithstanding subsection (3), there shall be paid to every member of the Senate and House of Commons

    • (a) for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1992, a sessional allowance at the same rate per annum as the sessional allowance payable to each such member for the twelve month period immediately preceding January 1, 1992; and

    • (b) for the twelve month periods commencing January 1, 1993, January 1, 1994, January 1, 1995, January 1, 1996 and January 1, 1997, a sessional allowance at the same rate per annum as the sessional allowance payable to each such member for the twelve month period commencing January 1, 1992 under paragraph (a).

  • Marginal note:Sessional allowance after January 1, 1998

    (10) Despite subsection (3), the sessional allowance for the twelve month period beginning on January 1, 1998 and for every twelve month period beginning on every successive January 1 during the 36th Parliament is the sessional allowance payable for the twelve month period immediately before that period increased by two per cent.

  • Marginal note:Deeming

    (11) For the purpose of calculating the sessional allowance for the twelve month period beginning on January 1, 1998, the sessional allowance payable for the twelve month period immediately before that period is deemed to be the sessional allowance payable under paragraph (9)(b).

  • Marginal note:Sessional allowance after January 1, 2001

    (12) Notwithstanding anything in this section, the annual sessional allowance that shall be paid, commencing on January 1, 2001,

    • (a) to members of the Senate is equal to 50 per cent of the remuneration reference amount referred to in section 54.1 minus $25,000; and

    • (b) to members of the House of Commons is equal to 50 per cent of the remuneration reference amount referred to in section 54.1.

  • R.S., 1985, c. P-1, s. 55;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 38 (2nd Supp.), s. 1;
  • 1991, c. 30, s. 23;
  • 1993, c. 13, s. 11;
  • 1994, c. 18, s. 10;
  • 1998, c. 23, s. 1;
  • 2001, c. 20, s. 2.