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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

For the year ending March 31, 2012

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 Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.

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 federal departments and agencies are, for the most part, directly related to supporting the departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

In particular, for WD, this includes the delivery of core programs to Canadians that advance innovation, business development and community economic development in rural and urban areas throughout the four western provinces. Through the Western Economic Diversification Act, the department is mandated to "promote the development and diversification of the economy of Western Canada and to advance the interests of Western Canada in national economic policy, program and project development and implementation."

Additional information on departmental programs and program activities may be found in WD’s Programs and the Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for WD are summarized below:

(in thousands of dollars)

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 20121 (a) Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011 (b) Variance (a - b)
Travel – Public Servants 1,776 2,306 (530)
Travel – Non-Public Servants 77 109 (32)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff 2 41 14 27
Total Travel 1,894 2,429 (535)
Hospitality 39 75 (36)
Conference Fees 20 28 (8)
TOTAL 1,953 2,532 (579)

 

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:

A. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010–11, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased by $530 thousand mainly due to:

B. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010–11, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $32 thousand mainly due to:

  • managed travel reductions.

C. Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared to fiscal year 2010–11, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff increased by $27 thousand mainly due to:

  • increased participation in and attendance at international events that create opportunities for western Canadian companies.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2010–11, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $36 thousand mainly due to:

  • managed hospitality reductions.

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2010–11, there is no significant variance in departmental conference fees expenditures.


[1] Figures for 2012 and 2011 have been re-stated by $64 thousand and $99 thousand, respectively, from Travel – Public Servants to Travel – Non-Public Servants.

[2] Amounts include international travel that is part of the department's program.