Payment Request Policy

Purpose and Scope

There are situations when a payment is required but no standard process can be applied. For example, it is not possible to submit a Purchase Order for the transaction in question, or no invoice exists to support a payment. The purpose of this Policy is to define the limited instances for which a Payment Request may be used as a method of payment.

Refer to the Procedures for details regarding the implementation and interpretation of the following policies.


P1. General

A Payment Request is used to issue a payment when no other method is appropriate, such as Purchase Requisition, PCard, Payroll and Expense Reimbursements.
Payment Requests are issued when an amount is owed to a third-party without any good or service having been purchased.
Donations are not eligible on Payment Requests
Please refer to Procedures to determine when a Payment Request is appropriate.

P2. Approvals and Responsibilities

All Payment Requests require the signature/approval of the Fund Financial Manager/Principal Investigator (FFM/PI) of each fund/grant charged.
If the payee is the FFM/PI or has a personal relationship with the FFM/PI, then their direct superior must approve the request.
The delegation of approval in certain circumstances is permitted. Refer to the Delegation of Signing Authority Regulation.
The FFM/PI is responsible in ensuring the Payment Request is:
a) Legitimate
b) Appropriate
c) Reasonable
d) For University business purposes only
e) In accordance with University and Granting Agency policies and guidelines
f) Includes sufficient and adequate supporting documentation
g) Charged to the correct FOAPAL(s) and no deficit exists or will exist on the fund(s) charged


PR1. Administrative Responsibility and Process

The administration of Payment Requests is under the responsibility of the Accounts Payable Office, in Financial Services. Any issues regarding the application of these guidelines will be resolved by the Manager, Transaction Services.
All Payment Requests must be originated by completing and submitting the Payment Request Form found under the Financial Services website.


PR2. When a Payment Request is Appropriate

Payments to public and health institutions, such as hospitals, universities, granting agencies and government

These relate to payments owed by the University to public and health institutions including institutional advances relating to research grants and contracts.
Payments to government offices and life insurance companies

These relate to the standard and ongoing payments originated by Human Resources relating to withholding taxes, benefits, pension and insurance premiums.
Payments to McGill student societies from university funds

These relate to contributions from a McGill unit, or the remittance of society fees collected from students by central administration. The letter of agreement should be submitted as supporting documentation or must be on file in Financial Services.
Refunds of amounts originally paid and credited to a University fund (FOAPAL)

Refunds typically originate from units providing services such as Residences, Athletics and the Executive Institute. Proof of the original payment and/or the calculation used to arrive at the refund amount is required as supporting documentation.
Participant Fees

Used when cheque payments are made directly to the participant in a research study. Supporting documentation is not required.

Such payments should not exceed $100 per person per day. Any participant fee payments exceeding this limit will be reviewed by Financial Services to ascertain whether they should be treated as employment income.
Living Allowances

Instances when the payment is made directly to the recipient (for which the nature and amount of the allowance is stipulated in granting agency guidelines). In this case, supporting documentation need not be provided.
Payments made on behalf of Trust Funds

Fund codes starting with ‘8’ are owned by affiliated yet legally separate entities, for which the University provides book-keeping services. It is not appropriate for trust funds purchases to be processed through a University formal purchase order or by PCard, therefore Payment Requests are the only means by which these separate entities can initiate payment to another 3rd party. Note: Personal Reimbursements charging a Trust Fund may be processed via Minerva Finance (Fund) Administration /Employee, Advances and Expense Reports menu.
Payments made to Annuitants

These refer to Charitable Gift Annuity payments. Please refer to:

Payment Request form

Overview of Procurement and Payment Methods

Purchasing Guidelines

PCard Regulation

Reimbursement of Travel and Other Expenses Policy

Research Administration Roles and Responsibilities

Publication Date: November 29, 2006
Revision Date: June 18, 2021- V 2.6

Related Memorandums, Announcements, and Revision Notes

June 18, 2021- Version 2.6: added PR2.8.

August 24, 2020 - Version 2.5: Updated P2.1: Added the word approval as per communication (link to the announcement) sent out over the FIS Listserv.

April 6, 2020 - Version 2.4: Overview section - Replaced the word Overview with Purpose and Scope;

December 13, 2019 - Version 2.3: Updated PR2.1.

March 07, 2019 - Version 2.2: PR 5: Removed Glossary of Terms.

October 22, 2018 - Version 2.1: PR 2.5: Replaced the term "subject fees" with "participant fees".

December 19, 2017 - Version 2.0: Updated P1 and P2 and removed PR4.

February 24, 2017 – Version 1.4: Replaced the phrase “academic staff or administrative and support staff” with "academic, researcher, or administrative staff"; Updated policy name reference for the Reimbursement of Travel and Other Expenses Policy.

February 3, 2017 – Version 1.3: Replaced the labeling convention "P1., P2., etc." in the Procedures section to "PR1., PR2., etc.".

March 16, 2016 – Version 1.2: Replaced the phrase “faculty or staff” with “academic staff or administrative and support staff”.

May 9, 2013 - Announcement from Cristiane Tinmouth, Controller, Financial Services about Delegation of Temporary Signing Authority Procedures For All Fund Financial Managers | Channels News.

May 6, 2013 - Memorandum from Rose Goldstein and Michael Di Grappa about Research Administration and Accountability – Tri-Agency Recommendations - NEW DELEGATION MENU | Channels News | PDF version

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