Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2012-2013

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for Transport Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by Transport Canada are related to supporting departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

Transport Canada provides a variety of programs and services to Canadian citizens. These programs and services relate to areas such as safety, security, the environment and innovation in transportation by air, land and sea. The department is committed to ensuring Canada has aviation, rail, road and marine transportation systems that are safe, secure, environmentally responsible and innovative.

For more information about Transport Canada's mandates and priorities, please visit the Departmental Performance Report (DPR).

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Transport Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure Categories Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013 Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 +/- (In thousand of $)
(in thousands of dollars) (in thousands of dollars) (in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants $17,552 $25,385 $ (7,833)
Travel - Non-Public Servants $530 $566 $ (36)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff $42 $0 $42
Total Travel $18,124 $25,951 $ (7,827)
Hospitality $160 $232 $ (72)
Conference Fees $138 $254 $ (116)
TOTAL $18,422 $26,437 $ (8,015)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

This section is used to provide a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year's annual expenditures for each category.

Travel:

  • Public Servants: Departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased by 31% in comparison to fiscal year 2011/2012 mainly due to:
    • Department efforts to reduce travel expenditures through use of increased teleconferences and videoconferences.
    • Close monitoring of travel plans and expenditures by senior management.
  • Non-Public Servants: Departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by 6% in comparison to fiscal year 2011/2012 mainly due to management decisions to reduce travel costs.
  • International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff: Departmental International travel expenditures by the Minister and Minister's Staff, increased in comparison to fiscal year 2011/2012 mainly due to :
    • Expenditures related to three international trips in 2012/2013 compared to zero in fiscal year 2011/2012.
    • For further details on international travel, please visit TC Proactive Disclosure.

Hospitality: Departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by 31% in comparison to fiscal year 2011/2012, mainly due to:

  • Departmental efforts to reduce hospitality expenditures associated with meetings.

Conferences Fees: Departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by 31% in comparison to fiscal year 2011/2012, mainly due to:

  • Reduction in the number of employees participating in these events.
  • The above reductions support the objective of the new Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conferences and Event Expenditures to ensure that travel, hospitality and conference related activities provide value for money and represent effective, efficient and economical use of public resources.
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