Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences
For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on 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, 2017. 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:

Program Activity Architecture

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 Departmental Plans and its Departmental Results 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, 2017 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016 Variance
Travel - Public Servants 335,564 305,842 29,722
Travel - Non-Public Servants 132,344 127,656 4,688
Total Travel 467,908 433,498 34,410
Hospitality 11,364 9,728 1,636
Conferences Fees 11,835 2,565 9,270
TOTAL 491,107 445,791 45,316

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall, the Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by $45,316 or 10.17%. Variances are explained below.


Public servants: Compared to the previous fiscal year, public servant travel has increased by $29,722. This can be explained by increased volume of complaints submitted to the Commission and the associated travel for investigation and mediation purposes.

Non-public servants: The increase of $4,688 compared to last year is mainly attributable to the increase in travel associated with the Commission's focus on stakeholder engagement and outreach.


This year, hospitality expenses have increased by $1,636 primarily due to an increase in stakeholder meetings.

Conferences Fee:

This year, conference expenses have increased by $9,270 compared to last year. This is mainly due to increased representation and attendance at a variety of conferences.

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