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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

For the year ending March 31, 2016

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, 2016. 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, 2016 (a) Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2015 (b) Change (a - b)
Travel: Public Servants 766 731 35
Travel: Non-Public Servants 80 147 (67)
Total Travel 846 878 (32)
Hospitality 7 7 0
Conference Fees 18 29 (11)
Total 871 914 (43)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff
(also included in Non-Public Servant travel)
0 15 (15)

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 2014–15, departmental expenditures by public servants increased by $35 thousand mainly due to:

  • supporting management of innovation projects;
  • increased attendance at program outreach sessions and events;
  • development of a Regional Development Agency common system for grants and contributions; and
  • changes to the departmental organizational structure.

Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2014–15, departmental expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $67 thousand mainly due to:

  • changes to the departmental organizational structure decreasing ministerial travel;
  • no travel expenses incurred by the Managerial Advisory Committee for the Western Innovation Initiative in 2015-16 and
  • a reduction in independent financial reviews of funding recipients.

Hospitality:

Compared with fiscal year 2014–15, there is no significant variance in departmental hospitality.

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2014–15, there is a modest decrease in departmental conference fees.

Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared with fiscal year 2014–15, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and the Minister’s staff decreased mainly due to:

  • no international travel by the Minister or Minister’s staff in fiscal year 2015-16.