RECOMMENDED FEE SCHEDULE

The following is an excerpt from the CIQS Recommended Fee Schedule (please click the link below for a full version of the Recommended Fee Schedule).

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Recommended Charges

The undernoted fee scales and hourly rates are exclusive of disbursements, which should be charged in accordance with section 3.12, and the Goods and Services Tax (GST) or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which will be charged at the prevailing rate.

3.1 Hourly Charges

Actual hourly rates vary across the country and by the level of experience and seniority of the PQS. The following rates are recommended rates to be used as a guide when determining time-based fees.

a) For any other work performed on an hourly basis, a principal’s time should be charged at not less than $250.00 per hour and staff engaged on work shall be charged at pre-agreed hourly billing rates.

b) For services in connection with arbitration or contractual disputes, subsequent to completion of an expert report when required, when consulting with council, reviewing and commenting on reports from other parties, preparing for and appearing in court or at an arbitration hearing whether formal or informal, the PQS’s fee should be $450.00 per hour, with a 4 hour minimum per day, or as otherwise set out in Article 4.1 or the Form of Agreement.

3.2 Feasibility Studies

For providing studies into the overall feasibility of construction projects during the feasibility study stage, the PQS’s fee should be charged in accordance with section 3.11 “Hourly Charges”.

3.3 Functional Program

For services at the functional program stage as described in section 1.2 above, the PQS’s fee should be charged in accordance with section 3.1 “Hourly Charges”.

3.4 Project Design (Schematic Design to Tender Review) – 4 Estimates (one Class C Estimate, two Class B Estimates, and one Class A Estimate)

For project design work including schematic design through to tender review inclusive, the PQS’s Base Fees should be calculated in accordance with the following table. Where not all 4 Estimates are provided, the fees should be apportioned, based on the services to be provided.


  BUILDING CATEGORY
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Less than $1M hourly rates hourly rates hourly rates hourly rates hourly rates hourly rates hourly rates
$1M to < $2M $12,000 plus 0.675% over $1M $12,800 plus 0.72% over $1M $13,600 plus 0.765% over $1M $14,400 plus 0.81% over $1M $16,000 plus 0.90% over $1M $17,600 plus 0.99% over $1M; $19,200 plus 1.08% over $1M
$2M to < $5M $18,750 plus 0.525% over $2M $20,000 plus 0.56% over $2M $21,250 plus 0.595% over $2M $22,500 plus 0.63% over $2M $25,000 plus 0.70% over $2M $27,500 plus 0.77% over $2M $30,000 plus 0.84% over $2M
$5M to < $10M $34,500 plus 0.375% over $5M $36,800 plus 0.40% over $5M $39,100 plus 0.425% over $5M $41,400 plus 0.45% over $5M $46,000 plus 0.50% over $5M $50,600 plus 0.55% over $5M $55,200 plus 0.60% over $5M
$10M to < $20M $53,250 plus 0.30% over $10M $56,800 plus 0.32% over $10M $60,350 plus 0.34% over $10M $63,900 plus 0.36% over $10M $71,000 plus 0.40% over $10M $78,100 plus 0.44% over $10M $85,300 plus 0.48% over $10M
$20M to < $30M $83,250 plus 0.263% over $20M $88,000 plus 0.28% over $20M $94,350 plus 0.298% over $20M $99,900 plus 0.315% over $20M $111,000 plus 0.35% over $20M $122,100 plus 0.385% over $20M $133,200 plus 0.42% over $20M
$30M to < $40M $109,500 plus 0.225% over $30M $116,800 plus 0.24% over $30M $124,100 plus 0.255% over $30M $131,400 plus 0.27% over $30M $146,000 plus 0.30% over $30M $160,600 plus 0.33% over $30M $175,200 plus 0.36% over $30M
$40M to < $60M $132,000 plus 0.188% over $40M $140,800 plus 0.20% over $40M $149,600 plus 0.213% over $40M $158,400 plus 0.225% over $40M $176,000 plus 0.25% over $40M $193,600 plus 0.275% over $40M $211,200 plus 0.30% over $40M
$60M to < $80M $169,500 plus 0.165% over $60M $180,800 plus 0.176% over $60M $192,100 plus 0.187% over $60M $203,400 plus 0.198% over $60M $226,000 plus 0.22% over $60M $248,600 plus 0.242% over $60M $271,200 plus 0.264% over $60M
$80M to < $100M $202,500 plus 0.15% over $80M $216,000 plus 0.16% over $80M $229,500 plus 0.17% over $80M $243,000 plus 0.18% over $80M $270,000 plus 0.20% over $80M $297,000 plus 0.22% over $80M $324,000 plus 0.24% over $80M
$100M to < $130M $233,250 plus 0.135% over $100M $248,800 plus 0.144% over $100M $264,350 plus 0.153% over $100M $279,900 plus 0.162% over $100M $311,000 plus 0.18% over $100M $342,100 plus 0.198% over $100M $373,200 plus 0.216% over $100M
$130M to < $160M $273,000 plus 0.128% over $130M $291,200 plus 0.136% over $130M $309,400 plus 0.145% over $130M $327,600 plus 0.153% over $130M $364,000 plus 0.17% over $130M $400,400 plus 0.187% over $130M $436,800 plus 0.204% over $130M
$160M to < $200M $311,250 plus 0.12% over $160M $332,000 plus 0.128% over $160M $352,750 plus 0.136% over $160M $373,500 plus 0.144% over $160M $415,000 plus 0.16% over $160M $456,500 plus 0.176% over $160M $498,000 plus 0.192% over $160M
>$200M $359,350 plus 0.113% over $200M $383,200 plus 0.12% over $200M $407,150 plus 0.128% over $200M $431,100 plus 0.135% over $200M $479,000 plus 0.15% over $200M $526,900 plus 0.165% over $200M $574,800 plus 0.18% over $200M

Classes of Estimates — the following is an excerpt from the CIQS Recommended Fee Schedule

Cost Planning Services

The following services are identified at specific stages in the work for ease of reference only. The client will only recognize the full benefit of engaging a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) if that person or firm is an active participant in the design team, able to provide costing advice on an ongoing and continuous basis. The following sets out some of the cost planning services a PQS can provide.

1.1 Feasibility Study - Class D Estimate(s)

The PQS will undertake studies into the feasibility of construction projects including an analysis of construction costs, operating and maintenance costs, site servicing and cash flows. The PQS may also, working with other market specialists, provide advice on feasibility studies analysing commercial returns, profitability, financing arrangements, land acquisition, revenue forecasts and market analysis. It is common for the Client to request more than one cost option at the Feasibility Stage if a site has not been selected, method of procurement has not been chosen, or the Client may request options for different building sizes and configurations.

For public, institutional and commercial construction projects, the PQS typically prepares a study which will consist of an analysis of budget requirements, analysis of possible building size within a fixed budget and preparation of cost studies including operating and maintenance cost evaluations.

1.2 Functional Program - Class D Estimate(s)

As an integral part of the above, the PQS will provide construction cost advice to a Client concerning their proposed project at the very earliest stage of the deliberations. This advice will assist the client in determining the viability of the project, prior to design.

The PQS will draw upon accumulated experience and recorded cost data to prepare an estimate(s) of the probable cost consistent with the known requirements. This estimate(s) will assist the client in assessing the feasibility of undertaking the project under consideration and in establishing a tentative budget. Clearly this early assessment of cost will involve a number of basic assumptions as to the nature and construction of the project. It is common for the Client to request more than one cost option at the Feasibility Stage if a site has not been selected, method of procurement has not been chosen, or the Client may request options for different building sizes and configurations.

The more complex projects, generally institutional developments, may also be costed at this stage based on a Facilities Program.

1.3 Schematic Design - Class C Estimate(s) (Documents 5%-25% complete)

The PQS shall meet with the Owner or Client, and review the extent of all aspects of Project Costs that the PQS has been directed to incorporate.

Based on the Client approved schematic design documents, the PQS shall meet with the Design Team, review the nature and scope of the entire project, and prepare for the Client's review a Budget Cost Estimate(s) and Cost Plan that reflects the size and character of the entire Project, including the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and such other elements as may be appropriate. This Budget Cost Estimate(s) and Cost Plan shall be presented as a Class C Estimate(s), including backup sheets showing quantities, unit rates and amounts for composite or individual items of work, as well as an Elemental Cost Summary.

The PQS shall, if required, meet with the Owner and/or Design Team for the purposes of reviewing the submitted Budget Cost Estimate(s), and making any subsequent revisions. At the Schematic Design phase, the Client may request from the designers more than one Schematic Design, and therefore more than one Class C Estimate to assist in the decision to move forward with one design option.

The agreed-upon Budget Cost Estimate shall become the Cost Plan, and shall form the basis for Cost Control in the subsequent Design Phases.

1.4 Design Development - Class B Estimate (Documents 25%-33% complete)

Based on the Client’s approved design development documents the PQS shall prepare, for the Owner’s or Client's review, a Project Cost Estimate or Construction Cost Estimate as applicable, that reflects the size and character of the entire Project, including the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and such other elements as may be appropriate. This estimate shall be presented as a Class B Estimate, including backup sheets showing quantities, unit rates and amounts for composite or individual items of work, as well as an Elemental Cost Summary.

This Estimate shall be accompanied by a report explaining the basis on which the Estimate has been prepared (including a list of documentation), outlining the scope of work, any limitations or qualifications, and including an Elemental Cost Comparison highlighting any deviations from the Cost Plan. The report shall also include any recommendations for cost reduction if this is required to adhere to the Cost Plan.

If any major deviation from the Cost Plan is apparent, a formal cost reduction program will be offered to the Client.

During the course of Design Development, the PQS shall review the design documentation from time-to-time, and shall participate in evaluating and analyzing alternative configurations, materials and systems. Such input shall be on the basis of milestones agreed to with the Client at the outset.

1.5 Working Documents- Class B Estimate (Documents 50%-66% complete)

Based on the Client’s approved 50%-66% contract drawings and specifications, the PQS shall prepare, for the Client's review, a Project Cost Estimate or Construction Cost Estimate as applicable, that reflects the size and character of the entire Project, including the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and such other elements as may be appropriate. This Estimate shall be presented as a Class B Estimate, including backup sheets showing quantities, unit rates and amounts for each item of work, as well as an Elemental Cost Summary and a Trade Summary suitable for comparison with contractors’ tenders or proposals.

This Estimate shall be accompanied by a report explaining the basis on which the Estimate has been prepared (including a list of documentation), outlining the scope of work, and any limitations or qualifications. The report shall also include any recommendations for cost reduction if this is required to adhere to the Cost Plan.

If any major deviation from the Cost Plan prepared in the Schematic Design Phase is apparent, and was not corrected in the Design Development Phase, a formal cost reduction program will be offered to the Owner or Client.

1.6 Pre Tender Contract Documents - Class A Estimate (Documents 90%-100% complete)

Based on the Client’s approved Pre Tender contract drawings and specifications, the PQS shall prepare, for the Client's review, a Project Cost Estimate or Construction Cost Estimate as applicable, that reflects the size and character of the entire Project, including the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, and such other elements as may be appropriate. This Estimate shall be presented as Class A Estimate, including backup sheets showing quantities, unit rates and amounts for each item of work, as well as an Elemental Cost Summary and a Trade Summary suitable for comparison with contractors’ tenders or proposals.

This Estimate shall be accompanied by a report explaining the basis on which the Estimate has been prepared (including a list of documentation), outlining the scope of work, and any limitations or qualifications. The report shall also include any recommendations for cost reduction if this is required to adhere to the Cost Plan.

If any major deviation from the Cost Plan prepared in the Schematic Design Phase is apparent, and was not corrected in the Design Development Phase, a formal cost reduction program will be offered to the Owner or Client.


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