Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2011-2012

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 the Canadian Transportation Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. 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 2011-2012 Departmental Performance Report on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s website.

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

Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 (a)Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2011 (b)Variance (a – b)
TOTAL $342 $422 ($80)
Travel – Public Servants $277 $371 ($94)
Travel – Non-Public Servants $16 $9 $7
Total Travel $293 $380 ($87)
Hospitality $13 $13 $0
Conference Fees $36 $29 $7

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

TRAVEL:

  • Public Servants:Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Agency travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to the following reasons:
    • a reduction in air travel required for inspections
    • a reduction in cases requiring mediation combined with an increased use of teleconferencing for mediation
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Agency travel expenditures by non-public servants increased mainly due to a conference hosted by the Agency every 2 years, to which non-public-servants were invited.

CONFERENCE FEES:

Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, Agency conference fees expenditures increased mainly due to a prepaid sponsorship for a conference which will be held in fall 2012.

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