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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

For the year ending March 31, 2013

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 Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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, 2013 (a) Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 (b) Variance (a - b)
Travel – Public Servants 994 1,776 (782)
Travel – Non-Public Servants 85 77 8
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff1 0 41 (41)
Total Travel 1,079 1,894 (815)
Hospitality 41 39 2
Conference Fees 15 20 (5)
TOTAL 1,135 1,953 (818)

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 2011–12, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased by $782 thousand mainly due to:

  • the implementation of departmental savings initiatives; and
  • managed travel reductions.

B. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011–12, there is no significant variance in departmental non-public servants travel expenditures.

C. Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared to fiscal year 2011–12, there is a modest reduction in departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2011–12, there is no significant variance in departmental hospitality expenditures.

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2011–12, there is no significant variance in departmental conference fees expenditures.


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