Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the Commission's total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. It also provides explanations of any variances in each of these areas compared to those of the previous fiscal year.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the Commission are related to supporting the Commission's mandate and the government’s priorities. 

The Commission protects the core principle of equal opportunity and promotes a vision of an inclusive society free from discrimiation by:

  • promoting human rights through research and policy development;
  • protecting human rights through a fair and effective complaints process;
  • representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians; and
  • auditing employers under federal jurisdiction for compliance with employment equity.

To effectively pursue its mandate, the Commission aims to achieve a single strategic outcome supported by its Program Activity Architecture, depicted in the following figure:

Equality, respect for human rights, and protection from discrimination by fostering understanding of, and compliance with, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act by federally regulated employers and service providers, as well as the public they serve.

The Commission leads the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) and ensures compliance with the Employment Equity Act (EEA). The CHRA prohibits discrimination and the EEA promotes equality in the workplace. Both laws apply to federal government departments and agencies, Crown corporations, and federally regulated private sector organizations.

Further details on the Commission’s mandate, program activities and governing legislation can be found in the Commission's Report on Plans and Priorities and its Departmental Performance Report.

The Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized below:

Expenditure Category
(in dollars)
 Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2016

 Expenditures for the previous year ending
March 31, 2015

Variance
TOTAL   445,791 464,915 (19,124)
Travel - Public Servants  305,842 330,619 (24,777)
Travel - Non-Public Servants  127,656 113,943 13,713
Total Travel  433,498 444,562 (11,064)
Hospitality  9,728 9,313 415
Conferences Fees  2,565 11,040 (8,475)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall, the Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences have decreased by $19,124 or 4.1%. Total expenditures for travel have decreased by 2.5%, expenditures for hospitality have increased by 4.5% and conferences fees have decreased by 76.8%. Variances are explained below.

TRAVEL:
Public servants:
 Compared to the previous fiscal year, public servant travel has decreased by $24,777. This can be explained by the overall spending that was contained in light of the strategic planning initiative the Commission undertook this year.

Non-public servants: The increase of $13,713 compared to last year is mainly attributable to the increase in travels related to stakeholder engagements.

HOSPITALITY:
This year, hospitality expenses have remained relatively stable.

CONFERENCES FEE:
This year, conference expenses have decreased by $8,475 compared to last year. This is mainly due to the high volume of attendees at the Annual Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA) conference last year.