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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

For the year ending March 31, 2015

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 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 conference fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency 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 the West 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.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

(in thousands of dollars)

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 (a) Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014 (b) Change (a - b)
Travel: Public Servants 731 739 (8)
Travel: Non-Public Servants 147 107 40
Total Travel 878 846 29
Hospitality 7 6 1
Conference Fees 29 20 9
Total 914 872 42
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff
(also included in Non-Public Servant travel)
15 15 0

Significant Variances Compared With 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: Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, there is no significant variance in departmental public servants travel expenditures.

Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, departmental expenditures by non-public servants increased by $40 thousand mainly due to:

  • the implementation of a Managerial Advisory Committee who provide strategic advice on the suite of Western Innovation Initiative projects under consideration by the department; and
  • an increase in independent financial reviews of funding recipients.

Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, there is no significant variance in departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff.

Hospitality:

Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, there is no significant variance in departmental hospitality.

Conference Fees:

Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, there is no significant variance in departmental conference fees.