Reimbursement Guidelines


Reimbursement for accommodations while providing locum service under the rural locum programs in an A or B community for the duration of the assignment will be paid in accordance with the approved list of accommodations offering government rates. Physicians providing locum services in C or D communities will be reimbursed for overnight accommodations while traveling to and from the community only.

Government rates will be applied. Original receipts are required.

Note: Pre-paid accommodation booking by Locums for Rural BC staff is recommended. Contact for assistance.


Locum physicians will be paid travel honorariums, transportation, and meals (with certain exceptions) when they are providing locum services.

Travel time allowance for all specialists is $1,000 per day. 

Meal allowance (to be claimed while on travel status only): 

Breakfast before         7:00 am         $22        
Lunch before 12:00 pm $22
Dinner after 6:00 pm $28.50
Breakfast and Lunch   $30.00
Breakfast and Dinner   $36.50
Lunch and Dinner   $36.50
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner           $49.00
Incidentals (only if no meals)      $14.00


Out of Province Travel Allowance


Effective September 1st, 2019, locums traveling from outside of British Columbia (BC) and whose primary residential address is outside of BC, who meet all other eligibility criteria to participate with the program, may now be eligible for up to an additional $1,000 in travel funding (e.g. airfare costs, travel mileage) when providing a locum in an eligible community having difficulty recruiting locums. Travel time honorarium is payable within BC borders only.



The policy for reimbursing vehicle expenses incurred by locum physicians is:

  • Car rental (economy class) will be reimbursed. Road and weather conditions are considered at the time of the assignment. 
  • Personal vehicle use will be reimbursed at 53 cents/km while providing locum services in the community under the rural locum program in an A or B community only. Reimbursement for physicians providing locum services in C or D communities will be made only when traveling to and from the community. 
  • Original receipts are required.


Expenses for family members are not covered and any additional costs are the responsibility of the locum physician. 


Locum physicians must contact the facility to determine if pets are allowed. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the locum physician. 

Note: Submit all expense claims to the Locums for Rural BC office. 
RSLP Expenses Application (PDF)