HSPBA: 2023 Professional Fees Reimbursement
HSA is pleased to advise members covered by the HSPBA collective agreement that the application process for funding to cover health science professional fees for 2023 – negotiated in the recent round of HSPBA bargaining – is now open.
Recognizing that many health science professionals pay out of pocket for mandatory regulatory body fees, and/or voluntary fees to professional associations that help them enhance their ability to maintain current and best practices, for the current year – 2023 – you may submit a receipt for reimbursement to cover the fees related to one professional body of your choice. You are encouraged to submit application for reimbursement for the highest dollar value fee you paid or will pay in 2023.
What you Need
The application process is exclusively online. In order to make application for reimbursement, HSA requires you to have an email on file with the union. To update your contact information, visit the HSA website form here: https://hsabc.org/contact/member-contact-update-form. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
In order to apply, you will need the following information on hand:
- A completed digital copy of HSA’s electronic banking information form (a link to a downloadable and form fillable link is provided in the application process)
- A digital copy (picture or scan) of a void cheque or banking information from your financial institution
- A digital copy (picture or scan) of the receipt you are applying to claim reimbursement for
All three documents will need to be uploaded to complete the applications. Your application will be rejected if any of these are missing. Only one fee may be claimed for reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
HSPBA members are able to apply for reimbursement to cover the fees related to one professional body of your choice. You are encouraged to submit application for reimbursement for the highest dollar value fee you paid or will pay in 2023.
Yes. Members will be reimbursed up to a maximum cap, informed by the fee rates set by regulatory bodies and professional associations.
An employee may deduct annual professional membership dues in computing the income or loss from an office or employment to the extent that they may reasonably be regarded as applicable to that source of income and provided that:
(a) they are annual dues (in contrast with entrance fees) necessary to maintain professional status,
(b) the amount claimed is paid in the taxation year and the employee is not reimbursed or entitled to be reimbursed,
(c) any reimbursement in part would reduce the amount of the claim on Line 21200 – Annual union, professional, or like dues on their personal income tax return.
A small percentage of users are encountering this error when submitting their application on their smartphone. Switching to a computer will resolve this issue, so please try again on a desktop or laptop.
Yes, please. We anticipate up to 18,000 applications for reimbursement; having all the necessary forms submitted together will streamline the reimbursement process.
No, you can only apply for reimbursement of professional fees.