Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Canadian Human Rights Commission

Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences
For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for the Canadian Human Rights Commission for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditure incurred by the Commission relate to activites that support the Commission's mandate and the government’s priorities.

The Commission leads the administration of the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA) and ensures compliance with the Employment Equity Act (EEA). The CHRA provides for both the protection and promotion of human rights while the EEA promotes equality in the workplace. Both laws apply the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination to federal government department and agencies, Crown corporations and federally regulated private sector organizations.

The Commission exist to help ensure that everyone in Canada is treated fairly, no matter who they are.

The Commission's travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the delivery of the following core programs and services to Canadians:

  • Engagement and Advocacy
    Provides a national credible voice for equality in Canada, by promoting broadly human rights in Canada by raising public awareness of human rights issues;
  • Human Rights Complaints
    Providing victims of discrimination with a mechanism to file human rights complaints and obtain redress/remedies as a result of the discrimination; reduce instances of systemic discrimination; and represent the interest in legal cases to advance human rights in Canada;
  • Employment Equity Audits
    Ensure employer's compliance with employment equity statutory requirements.

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, 2018 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2017 Variance
Travel
Operational activities 289,187 305,712 (16,525)
Key stakeholders 63,168 94,999 (31,831)
Internal governance 13,292 9,919 3,373
Training 55,437 47,614 7,823
Other 16,885 9,664 7,221
A. Total Travel 437,969 467,908 (29,939)
B. Hospitality 14,329 11,364 2,965
C. Conferences Fees 12,926 11,835 1,091
TOTAL (A+B+C) 465,224 491,107 (25,883)
International travel by minister and minister's staff (included in travel) - - -

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall, the Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences have decreased by $25 883 or 5.3%. Variances are explained below.

Travel:

Compared to the previous fiscal year, the overall decrease can be explained by a reduction in international representation.

Hospitality:

This year, hospitality expenses have increased by $2,965 primarily due to increase in stakeholder engagement meetings.

Conferences Fee:

This year, conference expenses have increased by $1,091 compared to last year. This is mainly due to increased representation and attendance at a variety of conferences.

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