Remuneration and Benefits

Clergy remuneration is determined by the Area Bishop in consultation with the parish churchwardens. At the Oct. 21, 1999 Executive Committee meeting, the following motion was passed: “That the stipend of clergy paid at the minimum level be automatically adjusted on Jan. 1 of each year to reflect the annual increases for CPI and years of service.”

The clergy remuneration package consists of:

  • a stipend
  • either living accommodation or a reasonable housing allowance
  • reasonable costs for fuel, telephone and public utilities (taxable benefits)
  • the diocesan benefits plan, including group insurance, dental, vision, and extended health care
  • short and long term disability
  • the national professional development plan (Continuing Education)
  • the pension plan
  • statutory benefits such as Canada Pension Plan and Employment Insurance premiums.

Reimbursement of travel expenses will be in accordance with diocesan policy. Effective January 1, 2012, the rate is $0.52 for the first 5,000 km and $0.46 thereafter.

For more information about clergy remuneration please review the following:

Please note that as of Jan. 1, 2010, the Canada Revenue Agency has new guidelines and procedures for clergy who wish to claim their housing allowance as a non-taxable benefit. Please read the memo which was mailed to all active clergy Nov. 4, 2009.

The 2019 T1213 package for clergy receiving a housing allowance was mailed out at the end of August. If you did not receive a package, and you receive a paid housing allowance, please contact Sarah Fang, General Accountant.

Information on remuneration for Part-Time Clergy is also available.