Allowances

16.01 Accommodations Allowance

The Employer shall provide accommodations, including telephone hook-up, heat and power, as well as high-speed internet hook-up and cable television where local service provider is available, at no charge for Residents on mandatory rotations outside their home base under the following guidelines (for purposes of this Agreement, the “home base” is considered the location of the home program of the Resident):

16.01 (a) (i) The Employer shall provide Residents with private accommodations based on availability of space as determined by the sponsor. Such private accommodations will be at no extra cost to the Resident. Priority for private accommodations shall be given to Residents who:

  • (1) are in married or common law relationships;
  • (2) have a minor child or children; or
  • (3) have undertaken a rotation of 2 months’ duration or greater.

(ii) Effective July 1, 2009, the Employer will ensure that, upon request, every Resident is provided private accommodation for the full duration of his/her rotation.

(iii) Such private accommodations will not exceed a two-bedroom apartment.

16.01 (b) The maximum period covered will be twelve (12) months in an academic year. Any residency rotation that exceeds twelve (12) consecutive months will not be considered for this program;

16.01 (c) Each Resident must follow all housing policies established by those teaching hospitals that provide accommodations;

16.01 (d) Cleaning fees in housing provided by the teaching hospitals in New Brunswick will continue to be the responsibility of the Resident;

16.01 (e) If accommodations are not provided by the teaching hospital in accordance with this Article, the Resident will be reimbursed for rent, telephone hook-up, high-speed internet hook-up and cable television where local service provider is available, and heat and power, paid outside his/her home base in accordance with current practice upon presentation of receipts or lease. This reimbursement shall be sufficient to fund furnished single accommodations, or family accommodations when requested, which accommodations will not exceed a two-bedroom apartment; and

16.01 (f) Where a Resident must perform a mandatory rotation outside their home base, the Resident may, with the approval of both the Program Director of the Resident’s own Program, and the Resident’s immediate supervisor, choose to commute using his/her personal vehicle rather than relocate from the home base. In such cases, the receiving academic facility or the Employer shall pay the Resident the approved mileage rates of the Nova Scotia Department of Health on a monthly basis. In no case shall such monthly payments exceed $1000. Residents utilizing this provision shall not be eligible for accommodation allowance in respect of the same time period.

16.02 Transportation Allowance

A Resident who is required to relocate his/her residence when moving from one teaching hospital to another as part of his/her residency program shall be entitled to one weekday's leave with pay in order to move from one location to another, and paid a transportation allowance equal to:

16.02 (1) economy airfare plus ground transportation; or

16.02 (2) where the Resident elects to use his/her personal vehicle, prevailing mileage rates of the Nova Scotia Department of Health.

This allowance will be paid by the receiving teaching hospital upon presentation of receipts. The provisions of this Article are intended as an expense reimbursement, and a transportation allowance will only be paid to the extent that a Resident has incurred an expense as a result of the move.

16.02 (3) Transportation Allowance for Exams

A Resident who is required to move from one teaching hospital to another as part of his/her residency program and who must travel to Halifax to write one of the exams specified in Article 18.10(a) shall be paid a transportation allowance equivalent to:

(a) economy airfare plus ground transportation; or

(b) where the Resident elects to use his/her personal vehicle, prevailing mileage rates of the Nova Scotia Department of Health.

This allowance will be paid by the Employer forthwith upon presentation of receipts or travel claim where the Resident elects to be paid mileage. For the LMCC 2 exam only the Resident will be reimbursed for up to two (2) days’ accommodations, plus travel expenses as described in this article, for the purpose of traveling to Halifax for writing the LMCC 2 exam, provided that they do not maintain their own existing accommodations.

16.03 (a) Daily/Monthly Parking

Residents shall qualify for parking at the prevailing staff parking rate at each facility.

16.03 (b) Transportation From Home Call

Understanding that Residents are required to be within a twenty (20) minute drive from the hospital while on-call from home, a Resident, scheduled by the program director to be on-call from home and who is called back shall receive reimbursement of taxi fare from their home to the facility and return to a maximum of $15.00 each way upon presentation of receipts.  The Employer will continue its current practice of reimbursing the Resident for any taxi fare in excess of $15.00 if it deems the costs to be reasonable in the circumstances.    For  greater certainty, this  would include paying the taxi fare for a Resident traveling from Halifax to the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth. Alternatively, the Employer will provide parking at its expense when Residents on-call from home are called back to work between 1700 hours and 1200 hours Monday to Friday inclusive, and all day weekends and holidays until 1200 of the next weekday.  Residents who park after 0800 hours will use their best efforts to have their vehicles moved as soon as possible, and no later than 1200 hours.

16.03 (c) Taxi for Post Call

Resident Physicians who feel they are unsafe to drive from their work location to their residence after working an in-house call shift will be reimbursed for taxi transportation home and if required, return to the work location for purposes of retrieving the vehicle to a maximum of twenty dollars ($20) each way.

Receipts will be provided in order to obtain reimbursement.

16.03 (d) Cross Coverage Transportation

When a Resident is required by a program director to provide cross-coverage between two or more facilities, the Employer will provide shuttle service or reimbursement of taxi fare to a maximum of $15.00 each way upon presentation of receipt. The Employer will continue its current practice of reimbursing the resident for any taxi fare in excess of $15.00 if it deems the costs to be reasonable in the circumstances. For greater certainty, this would include paying the taxi fare for a Resident traveling from Halifax to the Nova Scotia Hospital in Dartmouth.

16.3 (e) Mileage

The Employer shall pay mileage to Residents for required travel from their assigned workplace during regular business hours at the prevailing mileage rates of the Nova Scotia Department of Health.

16.04 (a) Call Stipend - Residents shall be paid a call stipend on a quarterly basis as follows:

Week-Day Call

(i) Continuing effective July 1, 2013, $130.00 per in house week-day call and
$65.00 per at home week-day call;
(ii) Effective August 20, 2018, $131.95 per in house week-day call and $65.98 per
home week-day call;
(iii) Effective June 30, 2019, $132.61 per in house week-day call and $66.31 per
home week-day call;
(iv) Effective July 1, 2019, $134.60 per in house week-day call and $67.30 per
home week-day call;
(v) Effective June 30, 2020, $135.27 per in house week-day call and $67.64 per
home week-day call;
(vi) Effective July 1, 2020, $137.30 per in house week-day call and $68.65 per
home week-day call.

Weekend Call

(a) (i) Continuing effective July 1, 2013, $145.00 per in house weekend call and
$65.00 per at home weekend call;
(ii) Effective August 20, 2018, $147.18 per in house weekend call and $65.98 per
home week-day call;
(iii) Effective June 30, 2019, $147.92 per in house weekend call and $66.31 per
home week-day call;
(iv) Effective July 1, 2019, $150.14 per in house weekend call and $67.30 per
home week-day call;
(v) Effective June 30, 2020, $150.89 per in house weekend call and $67.64 per
home week-day call;
(vi) Effective July 1, 2020, $153.15 per in house week-day call and $68.65 per
home week-day call..

(b) With each call stipend payment, the Employer shall provide to the Resident an itemized list of the call stipends included in that payment, as per the call tracker.

(c) The Employer shall audit call stipends on a quarterly basis, and will report any adjustments to the affected Resident.

(d) Residents must report all calls worked, on a monthly basis. Call stipends will be paid only if calls are reported within 10 days after the end of the month in which they are worked.

(e) For Residents on home call, four (4) or more hours spent in house will convert the at home call stipend to an in house call stipend. Residents must give notice to the Employer of a change from at home call to in house call within the time frame described in (d), or the Resident shall not receive the in house call stipend for that call.

(f) Any work performed as a result of scheduling outside of Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., shall result in the Resident being paid an on-call stipend, limited to the call provisions of Article 17.

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