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 Statistics Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandates and the government's priorities.
In particular, for Statistics Canada, this includes:
- The delivery of programs and services as outlined in the Report on Plans and Priorities;
- Participation in the international statistical community to contribute to global compliance and reporting;
- Attendance at selected conferences and exchanges with other organizations to enable employees to remain current and learn about leading edge innovations. In order to be able to publish high quality statistical information, employees must maintain, acquire and share knowledge;
- Hospitality, which is only provided when deemed necessary based on courtesy, diplomacy or protocol, and for the effective conduct of Statistics Canada's business.
Total annual travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for Statistics Canada are summarized below:
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013||Variance|
|(in thousands of dollars)|
|Travel — Public Servants||4,424||3,208||1,216|
|Travel — Non-Public ServantsFootnote *||5,934||8,064||-2,130|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's StaffFootnote **||0||0||0|
The overall total annual expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences for the agency decreased by $819,000, or 7.2%, compared with last year.
When excluding spending related to censuses, travel expenses for both public servants and non-public servants are lower in 2013-2014 than the average spending over the three year period from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013.
With regard to hospitality and conference fees, although the expenditures increased compared to 2012-2013, they were still relatively modest and remained lower than the average spending over the three year period from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013.
Significant variances compared with the previous fiscal year:
- Travel — Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, the Agency's increase in travel expenditures for public servants is mainly due to an increase in the operational requirements to travel.
- Travel — Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, the Agency's travel expenditures for non-public servants decreased mainly due to the completion of some field collection activities associated with cost-recovery projects.