10.2.1 A traveller who is in travel status that extends through or beyond a weekend is eligible for weekend travel home provisions subject to pre-authorization and the provisions contained in this policy. Weekend travel home is intended to remove the hardship of absence from home.
Authorization will be based on the following criteria:
- work schedule permits the traveller to be absent; and
- appropriate private or public transportation is available and its use is both practical and reasonable.
10.2.2 Provided that the requisite criteria are met, a traveller in travel status who returns home over a weekend shall be reimbursed actual transportation costs up to an amount not exceeding the cost of maintaining the traveller in travel status (i.e., accommodation, meals and incidental expense allowances, telephone calls home).
10.2.3 When a traveller is in travel status for a period of more than thirty (30) consecutive days where travel home every weekend is impractical (due to distance), provided that the traveller is in continuous travel status, the traveller may return home on average every third weekend.
The traveller will be reimbursed the most economical return airfare, the necessary ground transportation to and from the carrier’s terminal and applicable meals. Meals and incidentals at weekend destination (i.e.: home) will not be reimbursed.
10.2.4 When the traveller plans to be away for the weekend from the travel location, the traveller is responsible for cancelling hotel arrangements at the travel location.
10.2.5 Provided that the traveller is not required by the PSAC to remain at the duty travel location, a traveller may choose to spend the weekend at an alternate location. In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the traveller shall cancel charges for accommodation (and meals provided on-site) at the duty travel location, provide a receipt for alternate commercial accommodation and be eligible for reimbursement up to the amount that would have been incurred if the traveller had remained at the duty travel location.