Recruitment Relocation Expenses

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Policy: Recruitment Relocation Expenses
Policy Nr: Sec 02 - 02
Target Review Date: 2020-09-20
Main Stakeholder: Managing Director


The Department of Internal Medicine will provide relocation moving expenses to full-time faculty members (GFT, or UMFA PhD at the discretion of the Department Head) who live outside of the greater Winnipeg area (more than 100 kilometers) and who have been recruited to the Department of Internal Medicine.

Eligible expenses include costs related to the relocation (more than 100 kilometers) of the employee's family and possessions; and costs related to transportation and living expenses incurred in an attempt to locate suitable housing for the relocation. Family shall mean spouse, dependent children, and up to 2 pets. Where there are two eligible employees being relocated, each employee is entitled to the relocation expense reimbursement provisions. In administering this procedure, the university reserves the right to accept or reject claims for relocation expenses as is appropriate.

Maximum amounts are determined by the Department Head based on the distance and logistics involved, and the maximum reimbursement amount will be identified in the offer of employment.


The following expenses qualify for reimbursement

Personal Items:

  • Expenses for packing, moving, and unpacking specified household goods and personal effects including:
    • Pick-up, transportation and delivery charges of furniture and personal effects that normally can be contained in a standard moving van
    • Packing and unpacking of all items contained in the household
    • Replacement Value Insurance Protection except for items of extraordinary value
    • Reasonable storage expenses in Winnipeg (maximum 28 days).

Travel to Winnipeg:

  • Reasonable travel, meals, and lodging expenses for moving the employee from their former residence to the new residence upon the provision of original receipts. Total travel expenses will be reimbursed to the maximum of a one-way economy air fare (B fare class), per family member moving.
  • If required, reasonable costs of meals and reasonable lodging for the entire family while occupying temporary quarters after the start date of employment for a period not to exceed five (5) days, upon the provision of original receipts.

Mileage is not an eligible travel expense, however reasonable expenses for gas and tolls will be accepted, upon provision of original receipts.

Residency Search in Winnipeg:

  • If required between the time of signing the employment contract and the start date, pre-move travel, reasonable meals and reasonable lodging expenses for applicant and partner to search for a new residence after obtaining employment, upon provision of original receipts, for a period not to exceed two (2) days.

Additional Notes

  • Reasonable is defined as sensible, not excessive, suitable, logical; and final judgment remains with the Department Head.
  • Family is defined as spouse, dependent children, and up to 2 pets.

Note for all above: Daily meal expenses per person are capped at per diem rates established by the department and the university.

Total Per Diem Breakfast Lunch Supper
Canada $60 $15 $15 $30
USA/Africa $80 $20 $20 $40
Asia/Latin America/Oceania $90 $20 $20 $50
Europe/Caribbean $110 $25 $25 $60

Moving services not eligible for reimbursement

  • large boats, trailers and other large recreational vehicles
  • more than two vehicles
  • any mileage expenses
  • flammable items
  • third party servicing charges - e.g. washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water purifiers, electronic air cleaners, stereo equipment, T.V. and RAD antennae, and/or towers, waterbeds, pool tables, etc.
  • housecleaning - at the old or new residence
  • plants
  • frozen foods, preserves, etc.
  • perishables
  • firewood, outdoor swimming pools, building supplies, and other bulky items
  • pets and domestic animals
  • extra charges for loading and unloading on a weekend
  • extra pickup or unloading at a second location
  • removal of broadloom, draperies, fixtures, etc.
  • large volumes of heavy items such as books
  • insurance for items of extraordinary value
  • in-transit storage


The department encourages faculty to use either MacCosham or Allied Van Lines if they are already within Canada and request that they inform the van line company of choice that the Canadian Association of University and Business Officers rates should apply.

Individuals pay for the expenses themselves and then submit moving expenses (with original receipts) to the Internal Medicine Managing Director within 30 days of arrival in order to be reimbursed.

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