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 Statistics Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.
In particular, for Statistics Canada, this includes:
- The mandate and programs are available using the following link: Report on Plans and Priorities.
- Statistics Canada collects compiles, analyses and publishes statistical information on the economic, social and general conditions of Canada and its people. Statistics Canada participates in the international statistical community to contribute towards global compliance and reporting.
- To publish high quality statistical information, it is important that employees maintain, acquire and share knowledge. Attendance at conferences allows employees to innovate and remain current.
- Hospitality is provided when necessary based on courtesy, diplomacy or protocol as well as for the effective conduct of Statistics Canada's business.
Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Statistics Canada are summarized below:
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011||Variance|
|(in thousands of dollars)|
|Travel - Public Servants||$7,300||$7,797||-$497|
|Travel - Non-Public Servants||$9,990||$7,673||$2,317|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff Footnote *||$0||$0||$0|
Significant variance compared to the previous fiscal year:
Travel – Public servants: The decrease in travel expenditures incurred by public servants in 2011-12 compared to 2010-11 is primarily explained by the reduction in travel cost related to planned collection activities and course offerings.
Travel – Non-Public Servants: The increase in travel expenditures incurred by non-public servants is mostly due to collection activities associated with a new cost recovery project.
Hospitality and conference fees: The decrease in hospitality and conference expenditures compared to the previous fiscal year is due to transitory budgetary considerations. The variance in expenditures from 2010-11 to 2011-2012 represents a decrease of 30% for hospitality and 41% for conference.