CAUT will reimburse elected members of CAUT committees for the cost of travel and accommodations to attend committee meetings. Reimbursable costs include travel by air, train, bus or automobile from the city of origin to location of the meeting and return, transfers by cab or bus from home to the terminal, or from the terminal to the meeting location, hotel accommodations, and a per diem for each day of the meeting. Members travelling on CAUT business must use unionized air carriers and hotels unless there is no other option available.
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, committee members should book direct flights and flights on fuel-efficient planes whenever possible. Members travelling within 300 kilometers of Ottawa are encouraged to use available rail, bus, public transportation, or carpooling options.
Travel by Air
Air travel must be booked through CAUT’s travel agency, W.E. Travel Services Ltd in Ottawa at 1-888-676-7747 or Vancouver at 1-800-663-4703. Fares will be charged directly to the CAUT account and paid by CAUT. Members will be responsible for any fees and extra costs incurred if they request changes to travel booked, except in emergency situations and approved by the Executive Director.
In extraordinary circumstances, such as when a committee member is combining travel to a CAUT meeting with university business, and with prior approval from CAUT, the air travel may be paid through the university and a pro-rated portion may be claimed to CAUT for reimbursement.
Travel by Train or Bus
Bookings for travel by train or bus are to be handled on an individual basis with costs being submitted to CAUT for reimbursement.
Travel by Automobile
CAUT will reimburse committee members for personal use of automobiles based on the approved mileage rate. The amount of reimbursement for mileage charges shall not exceed the lowest airfare available at the time of the meeting.
Travel Accident Insurance
CAUT has a general travel accident policy that covers individuals travelling on CAUT business, up to a maximum of $100,000 per person, per incident depending on the severity of the claim.
Hotel accommodations for committee meetings will be booked on your behalf by the committee secretary. If for any reason you have to change or cancel your reservation, please contact the committee secretary, or if you are All hotel room charges are centrally billed and paid directly by CAUT. Incidental and miscellaneous charges, such as room service, laundry, movies, telephone etc., must be paid by the committee member at check-out. However, if the hotel charges for internet access, this cost will be reimbursed to committee members by CAUT.
If you are attending a committee meeting and staying with friends or relatives, CAUT will pay up to 50% of the applicable hotel room rate for the number of days of the meeting.
CAUT will reimburse for the cost of meals and incidentals at the approved per diem rate. This daily rate covers breakfast, lunch, dinner and incidentals.
Committee members may apply for reimbursement of costs associated with providing alternative care for dependants that normally rely primarily upon the committee member for physical care. Notice of such arrangements, including an estimate of the costs, must be made to the CAUT office at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the event on the form circulated with the meeting materials.
All claims for reimbursement should be submitted using the Expense Claim form which is available on-line at www.caut.ca under Meetings & Events/Expense Claim Form. Please submit your expense claim as soon as possible following the meeting to the attention of Deborah Belsher, CAUT Financial Officer.
Please note that even though you must book directly with CAUT’s travel agent for air travel, you must still include the cost of the airfare on the Expense Claim form and then deduct that amount at the bottom of the form under PREPAID TICKET. This will assist our accounting staff in tracking the expenses related to a particular meeting.
Approved by the CAUT Council, May 2015.
Editorial revision, April 2021.