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Travel Policies

Comparison to the TBS Special Travel Authorities/ TBS Travel Directive, Rates and Allowances

Travel Policy of the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs:

Section 34(1) of the Judges Act

Applies only to travel required by federally appointed judges in Canada who are required to travel to fulfill their judicial obligations.

Principal difference in policy provisions:

In accordance with the Act, judges are entitled to be reimbursed actual and reasonable expenses incurred. Judges are entitled to travel Business Class but they are encouraged to fly economy class, and in fact most do. A guideline for the reimbursement of hotel accommodations and meals has been established. The maximum amount reimbursable for hotel accommodations is $150.00 per night and the maximum amount reimbursable for meals is $85.00 per day. In the event of special circumstances, judges will be reimbursed for expenses incurred in excess of these guidelines but this requires either prior notification or a letter explaining the special circumstances.

Principal financial implications of the difference(s):
The overall costs of travel provided to judges is comparable to those costs incurred under the authority of the Special Travel Authorities