Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights

Report of the committee

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights has the honour to present its

THIRD REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016, to study steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered:

(ato engage the services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary;

(bto adjourn from place to place within Canada; and

(cto travel inside Canada.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

JIM MUNSON

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Study on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Thursday, April 14, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Munson moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Hubley:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights study and report on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations.

That the committee submit its final report no later than October 31, 2016 and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

Activity 1: Toronto and Montreal
$
54,794
GRAND TOTAL
$
54,794

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
JIM MUNSON
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights











Date
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Study on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

ACTIVITY 1: FACT-FINDING MISSION and PUBLIC HEARINGS
TORONTO and MONTREAL
18 participants travelling: 9 Senators, 9 staff (1 clerk, 2 analysts, 1 communications
officer, 1 administrative assistant, 3 interpreters, 1 reporter)







PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES









1.Local interpreters (Arabic-English) (0444)4,800




(2 translators/interpreters, 2 days, $1,200/day)



2.Reporting/transcribing (0403)6,800




(2 reporters, 2 days, $1,700/day)



3.Transcript editing services (0143)2,000


Sub-total
$13,600








TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES









1.Transportation - air (Ottawa-Toronto)4,320




9 senators x $240 (0224)





9 staff x $240 (0227)



2.Transportation - air (Toronto-Montreal)4,680




9 senators x $260 (0224)





9 staff x $260 (0227)



3.Transportation - train (Montreal-Ottawa)630




9 senators x $0 (0224)





9 staff x $70 (0227)



4.Hotel accommodation10,080




9 senators, $280/night, 2 nights (0222)





9 staff, $280/night, 2 nights (0226)



5.Per diem5,184




9 senators, $96/day, 3 days (0221)





9 staff, $96/day, 3 days (0225)



6.Working meals (travel) (0231)3,000


7.Taxis1,800




9 senators x $100 (0223)





9 staff x $100 (0232)



8.Charter bus (0228)1,600




(2 days, $800/day)



Sub-total
$31,294








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



1.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)200










RENTALS



2.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)3,000




(2 days, $1,500/day)



3.Rental - interpretation equipment -700



fact-finding (0504)





(2 days, $350/day)



4.Rental - interpretation equipment -6,000



public hearing (0504)





(2 days, $3,000/day)



Sub-total
$9,900








Total of Activity 1
$54,794

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on steps being taken to facilitate the integration of newly-arrived Syrian refugees and to address the challenges they are facing, including by the various levels of government, private sponsors and non-governmental organizations, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

Activity 1: Toronto and Montreal
$
54,794
GRAND TOTAL
$
54,794

(includes funds for public hearings and a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 9 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any surplus funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair