Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2012-2013

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 the Canadian Transportation Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. 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 conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for the Canadian Transportation Agency, this includes the delivery of the following two key functions:

  • As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Agency, informally and through formal adjudication, resolves a range of commercial and consumer transportation-related disputes, including accessibility issues for persons with disabilities. It operates like a court when adjudicating disputes; and
  • As an economic regulator, the Agency makes determinations and issues authorities, licenses and permits to transportations carriers under federal jurisdiction.

Further information on the mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs of the Agency can be found in the 2012-2013 Departmental Performance Report on the Canadian Transportation Agency’s website.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Transportation Agency are summarized below:

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013 (a)Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012 (b)Variance (a – b)
TOTAL $380 $342 $38
Travel – Public Servants $324 $277 $47
Travel – Non-Public Servants $15 $16 ($1)
Total Travel $339 $293 $46
Hospitality $13 $13 -
Conference Fees $28 $36 ($8)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year


  • Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Agency travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to an increase in travel to remote locations (i.e. Yukon, Nunavut, northern Quebec and northern Ontario) related to the inspection program combined with a slight increase in the number of inspections undertaken in 2012-2013.
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, non-public servant travel expenses remained essentially the same.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, hospitality expenses remained the same.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, conference fees expenses decreased mainly due to expenditures related to a conference that takes place every two years.

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