After a significant amount of consultation with the Tri-Council agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR), Queen’s University received a revised ruling from the Tri-agencies on December 21, 2012 regarding gratuities. Prior to this, gratuities were not allowable charges on Tri-agency grants unless mandatory (Ex: If a meal included the cost of a gratuity and the claimant was obligated to pay the full cost).
The revised ruling provided by the agencies on December 21, 2012 stated that gratuities would now be deemed eligible expenses against agency grants as long as the following conditions apply:
If these criteria are not met, the gratuity would be disallowed by the agencies and therefore could not be charged to the grant.
This change will apply to expenses incurred on December 21, 2012 or later and will not be applied to claims prior to this date.