BRITISH COLUMBIA UTILITIES COMMISSION PARTICIPANT FUNDING RATE SHEET The following reasonable expenses are eligible for participant assistance: A. Loss of Wages An individual who has incurred a wage or salary loss as a result of participating in a hearing may recover a wage loss up to $175 per day if the participation is not considered a function of normal employment and if wages are, in fact, lost,. Proof of such loss is required from claimant's employer. B. Legal Fees The Commission panel will consider factors such as experience before regulatory tribunals, complexity of the issue and overall conduct of the counsel in determining an appropriate contribution or partial award towards legal costs. C. Expert Consultants The consultants' hourly rate will be compared to the fee schedule of professional organizations such as the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Management. In each case the expert's resume must be provided and the application reviewed considering the quality of service rendered. D. Disbursements Disbursements directly related to the participant's participation in the hearing will be allowed. Payment may be up to BCGEU rates applicable to the Regulatory Affairs staff of the Commission for travel, accommodation and meals, etc. MEAL EXPENSES (1) Maximum $40.00/Day (Out of Town Participants) Breakfast only $20.00 Lunch only 20.00 Dinner only 26.00 Breakfast & Lunch 27.00 Breakfast & Dinner 33.00 Lunch & Dinner 33.00 TRAVEL RATE (2) (Out of Town Participants) Vehicle Mileage: $.34/km (2) Airfare: Full Fare Economy (2) ACCOMMODATION RATES (3) (single room rate) May 1 thru Sept 30 Oct 1 thru April 30 Greater Vancouver $95.00 + taxes $70.00 + taxes Victoria $80.00 + taxes $65.00 + taxes All other areas in Province $70.00 + taxes $65.00 + taxes NOTES: 1. Meal Expenses/Out of Town Participants: The rates applicable to those Registered Intervenors who have applied to attend a hearing not in their immediate area. 2. Travel Rate/Out of Town Participants: The rates applicable to those Registered Intervenors who have applied for funding to attend a hearing not in their immediate area. The cost approved for consideration will be the lesser amount of the two options. 3. Accommodation rates apply to the area in which the hearing is being conducted. Please make note of the different seasonal rates applicable for high and low seasons. E. Child Care Child care (when such expenses are incurred for the purpose of participating) may be allowed to a maximum of $50.00 per day. Only child care expenses may be claimed. If child care expenses are already incurred for existing circumstances they are not eligible for reimbursement. F. Goods and Services Tax (GST) The participants will be compensated for GST they actually pay on reasonable costs which cannot be reclaimed under the provisions of the GST. G. Other costs Costs which the Commission panel may deem as reasonable.