Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012

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, 2012. 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.

The Commission promotes the core principle of equal opportunity and works to prevent discrimination in Canada by:

  • promoting the development of human rights cultures;
  • understanding human rights through research and policy development;
  • protecting human rights through effective case and complaint management; and
  • representing the public interest to advance human rights for all Canadians.

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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   Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2012
(in dollars)
 Expenditures for the previous year ending
March 31, 2011
(in dollars)
Variance
(in dollars)
TOTAL    760,159  667,297  92,862
Travel - Public Servants   698,642  597,544  101,098
Travel - Non-Public Servants  32,043   13,067  18,976
Total Travel   730,685  610,611  120,074
Hospitality   25,014  42,471  (17,457)
Conferences Fees   4,460  14,215  (9,755)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year
Overall, the Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences increased by $92,862. Expenditures for hospitality and conferences decreased compared to those of the previous fiscal year, while travel expenditures increased as a result of the Commission’s international obligations, as explained below.

TRAVEL:
Public servants:
During the 2011-12 fiscal year, travel expenses incurred by public servants increased by $101,098 over the previous fiscal year. This was mainly due to a greater number of trips made abroad as a result of the Commission assuming a two-year term beginning August 15, 2011 as Chair of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights, under the aegis of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. This  requires active participation by Commission officials at workshops, presentations, and meetings outside Canada.

Non-public servants: Compared to the previous fiscal year, travel expenses incurred by non-public servants increased by $18,976. This increase resulted from a special training initiative to support the Parliamentary legislative amendment repealing section 67 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which had previously shielded the Indian Act and matters associated with it from human rights scrutiny under the Canadian Human Rights Act. As of June 2011, members of First Nations communities could file complaints against First Nations governments regarding the administration of the Indian Act, for the first time. A special human rights training initiative was required to prepare and equip external mediators, who had experience working with First Nations communities, so that they could mediate these new human rights complaints, where appropriate.

HOSPITALITY:
In fiscal year 2011-12, hospitality expenses decreased by $17,457 due to the fact that the Commission did not host a Discrimination Prevention Forum as it had the previous year.

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