Charge out rates

Trades, custodial & municipal cost recovery rates

UBC Building Operations recovers costs through a charge-out rate for services provided to UBC ancillaries and tenants, for non-core services (e.g. renovation work) provided to UBC academic departments, and for Annual Capital Allowance (ACA) cyclical maintenance and minor capital work.

Overtime rates apply to any services provided outside a normal Building Operations defined shift or on an emergency basis after regular shift hours. Efforts are made to notify the client in advance of emergency overtime requirements.

The following separate hourly and overtime rates have been established for trades, custodial and municipal services:

Service Hourly Rate Overtime Rate
Building Maintenance Trades $64/hour (effective April 1, 2016) $98/hour (effective April 1, 2016)
Custodial $35/hour $51/hour
Municipal (Landscapers / Labourers) $51/hour $70/hour

These hourly rates represent wages, benefits and overheads associated with each service group and are adjusted as required to reflect changes in the internal costs for the delivery of services.

When is a service considered cost recovery?

Building Operations pays for core building repairs and maintenance for which we receive annual funding from the University administration. This covers items such as plugged toilets, burnt out lights, and too hot/too cold problems. Your department is expected to pay for items that are not part of the core building operation. Some examples would be:

  • mounting a bulletin board
  • moving furniture
  • renovations to a room

If the trade required to do the work is part of our zone team, and you belong to a core department, you are responsible to pay for the materials used on the job.

Core service

  • Repair and maintenance work within University owned buildings

Cost recovery service

  • For non-ancillary units, labour is free if performed by zone trades and is less than two days. A work order is needed for material costs.
  • Some Ancillary units have service contracts which set specific rate for their needs. They pay for both labour and materials
Painting: hallways, building lobbies and vestibules, building exterior, public washrooms, classrooms, graffiti clean-up, repaint after flood damage. Painting: Bookcases, offices, private meeting rooms, business unit lobbies, change of colour for aesthetic reasons.
Carpentry: stained or damaged ceiling tile replacement, repairs after a flood (water damage), vandalism repairs, baseboard repair/replacement, hallways, public washrooms and building lobbies Carpentry: building or assembling bookcases and/or cabinetry, hanging whiteboards, corkboards, pictures and shelves, modifying desks and assembly or disassembly and keyboards tray installs
Electrical: resetting of tripped breakers, replacing ballasts, repair of base building electrical systems and equipment Electrical: installing or modifying electric ccts for building tenants, installing or modifying building lighting for client requirements, installing or hardwiring equipment for clients
Plumbing: repair/replacement of leaking or broken faucets, sinks and toilets, drain repair and clearing, base building hot water tank repair or replacement, if applicable lighting or repair to base building gas appliances such as furnaces and hot water tanks Plumbing: install or connection of client supplied equipment, upgrading existing or installing new sinks or new faucets