Benefits & Services

Honoraria & Expense Policy

The Honoraria & Expense Policy in place at Doctors Nova Scotia aims to defray, in part, financial losses physicians may incur when working on behalf of the association.

Doctors Nova Scotia depends on the expertise of its membership to develop policies and advance issues for improvement of the health-care system.

Eligible expenses

Expenses eligible for reimbursement include honorarium for physicians appointed by Doctors Nova Scotia to serve on a committee.

Ineligible expenses

The Doctors Nova Scotia annual meeting isn’t eligible for honoraria and expense claims.

Special circumstances

While not part of the Honoraria & Expense policy, when external organizations request physician sit on their committees, Doctors Nova Scotia will attempt to negotiate payment of honoraria and/or expenses with the agency requesting representation. 

Claim documentation

Claims for meetings must include formal documentation (eg. agenda and minutes) and reasonable travel time.

Payment rates

Daily rate: $800/day maximum

Members travelling from outside HRM:

  • Meetings plus travel lasting 4 hours or less will be paid honoraria for a half day
  • Meetings plus travel lasting in excess of 4 hours will be paid honoraria for one full day 
Members travelling from inside HRM:
  • Meetings lasting less than 4 hours will be paid honoraria for a half day ($400)
  • Meetings lasting 4 to 4.5 hours will be paid for a half day, plus the member can claim an additional $100 over and above the half day honoraria for an hour of travel ($500)
  • Meetings lasting more than 4.5 hours will be paid for one full day ($800)
$125/hour for teleconference calls

A $5,000 stipend is provided to Board of Directors standing committee chairs.

Honoraria are paid in two instalments. Payments for the period from January to June are made in July; payments for the period from July to December are made the following January.

Expense reimbursements
Receipts and a completed Travel Expense & Honoraria Claim Form must be submitted within 30 days.

  • Single room rate for standard accommodations. Claims are reimbursed at a reasonable amount based on meeting location. 
  • A $40 reimbursement is provided to those who chose to stay with family or friends rather than at a hotel.

Meals (maximum of $90/day)

  • Breakfast - $15
  • Lunch - $25
  • Dinner - $50

Executive honoraria

The Honoraria & Expense Policy also outlines remuneration provided to the executive of the Board of Directors. Persons in these positions receive no other honoraria in relation to their role with the association.

$100,000/per term
$1,000/month for car allowance

$30,000/per term

Past-President/Board chair   
$30,000/per term


Colleen Sears
Manager, Payroll & benefits