Relocation expenses in spotlight with Liberal claims

Conflict often due to lack of policy clarity
By Melissa Campeau
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2016

This past summer, Canadians were exposed to some of the intricacies of employer-sponsored relocation expenses when it came to light Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford had racked up a bill for $80,382 in moving to Ottawa, and principal secretary Gerald Butts had spent $126,669.

Those amounts are north of what’s typical, according to Stephen Cryne, president and CEO of the Canadian Employment Relocation Council (CERC) in Toronto, as the average cost to relocate a homeowner is about $57,000. But those expenses have been on the rise, with “an increase of 6.5 per cent from the $53,500 reported in 2013,” he said.

A company-sponsored relocation expense program might cover such essentials as a moving truck, realtor fees and travel expenses, as well as childcare and eldercare assistance and spousal job support, plus packing, unpacking, rental cars, temporary housing, a home-buying trip, storage, property management and per diem expenses.