January 31, 2019

Peer Payment Standards for Short-Term Engagements

Payment standards are required to inform and enable equitable payment amounts for peer engagement. BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) Peer Payment Standards have been created as a supplement to BCCDC Peer Engagement Principles and Best Practices and BCCDC Paying Peer Research Assistants Guide.2,3 BCCDC Peer Payment Standards for Short-term Engagements inform payment amounts and methods to use when engaging peers in work across British Columbia (BC). The monetary amounts in this document are outlined to ensure consistent and thoughtful payment when engaging peers. 

The focus of these standards is short-term peer engagements, such as attending meetings as an expert or advising on policy documents, that are not classified as employment relationships. BCCDC recommends employing peers full-time or for longer-term contract engagements when possible and appropriate.

These standards are intended for BCCDC and can be considered for use by health authorities and other organizations who engage peers in BC. However, it is recognized that peer-run and/or community-based organizations may be unable to meet these standards due to funding constraints and/or the task-based nature of peer work at these organizations.

All findings and recommendations are based on engagements with key stakeholders (peers, health authorities, community-based and peer-run organizations) across all five regional health authorities in BC.

Note on terminology: the term ‘peer’ is widely used to describe someone with lived experience. Although this document uses the term peer, it is not always preferred. Terminology is constantly evolving. Always check-in with people to find out what works best for them.