Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2014-2015

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 (Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. It also provides explanations of variances in comparison to 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 the Agency are for the most part directly related to supporting its mandate and government priorities.

The Agency's core mandate is to help ensure the efficiency and accessibility of the national transportation system through the use of a range of authorities and tools. Further information on the Agency's mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs can be found in the 2014-2015 Departmental Performance Report on the Agency’s website.

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

 

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year
ending March 31, 2015
(a)
(in dollars)
Expenditures for the previous year
ending March 31, 2014
(b)
(in dollars)
Variance
(a – b)
(indollars)
TOTAL $317,797 $273,673 $44,124
Travel – Public Servants $270,954 244,866 26,088
Travel – Non-Public Servants 14,559 310 14,249
Total Travel 285,513 245,176 40,337
Hospitality 10,619 5,939 4,680
Conference Fees 21,665 22,558 (893)

 

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

 

TRAVEL:

  • Public Servants: Compared to 2013-2014, travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to the travel required as a result of the new mandates relating to Bill C-30 – Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, which received royal assent in May 2014. The Act mandated that consultations be held with stakeholders to inform and provide advice to the Minister on the minimum amount of grain to be moved by rail. As well, the Agency developed two new regulatory initiatives enabled by the Act (rates for expanded interswitching limits and operational terms for rail level of service) which required consultations with affected stakeholders.
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to 2013-2014, Agency travel expenditures by non-public servants increased mainly due to a meeting of the Agency's Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) for which membership includes approximately 25 non-public servants (disability associations) located across Canada. The Agency met with the AAC in October 2014 to obtain advice on the development of accessibility standards and guidance material.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to 2013-2014, hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to the aforementioned meeting with the Agency's Accessibility Advisory Committee.

CONFERENCE FEES:  The Agency's conference fees are consistent with those of 2013-2014. 

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