Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013-2014

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, 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, 2014.  It also provides the variance explanations for significant changes 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 both the departmental mandate and the government’s priorities.

Transport Canada provides a variety of programs and services to Canadian citizens, related to 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 see the Departmental Performance Report and the Report on Plans and Priorities.

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

Expenditure Catagories Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(In thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(In thousands of dollars)
(In thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants $20,683 $17,552 $3,131
Travel - Non-Public Servants $436 $530 -$94
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff $20 $42 -$22
Total Travel $21,139 $18,124 $3,015
Hospitality $156 $160 -$4
Conference Fees $175 $138 $37
Total $21,470 $18,422 $3,048

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year


Overall travel expenditures increased by 17% ($3,015K) compared to fiscal year 2012-13, as follows:

  • Public Servants:  Travel expenditures by public servants increased 18% ($3,131K), mainly due to:
    • Increased number of inspection and investigation activities;
    • Department implementation of new and ongoing projects and programs; and
    • Increased mandatory training activities.
  • Non-Public Servants:  Travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased 18% ($94K) as a result of management decisions to reduce these travel costs.
  • International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff:  International travel expenditures by the Minister and Minister’s Staff decreased 52% ($22K) as a result of fewer trips in 2013-14.

For further details on international travel, please visit TC Proactive Disclosure.

Hospitality:  Hospitality expenditures remained essentially unchanged from 2012-2013.

Conferences Fees:  Conference fees increased 27% ($37K) over fiscal year 2012-2013, primarily due to the attendance of technical experts at conferences to support the core mandate of Transport Canada.

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