Public Services and Procurement Canada: Report on annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences

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 Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. It also provides the significant variance's 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 conference fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities supporting a departmental or agency's mandate and the government's priorities.

In particular, PSPC is a common service organization providing government departments, boards and agencies with support services for their programs that include:

  • procurement
  • office accommodation and facilities
  • architectural and engineering services
  • construction, maintenance and repair of public works and federal real property
  • pay and pension services
  • Receiver General, treasury of Canada administration, and maintenance of the accounts of Canada
  • linguistic services
  • industrial security services
  • specialized programs, including government-wide applications and greening of government operations
Annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of Public Services and Procurement Canada (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016 Change
Travel, public servants 13,549 11,250 2,299
Travel, non-public servants 6,834 5,473 1,361
Total travel 20,383 16,723 3,660
Hospitality 233 150 83
Conference fees 638 257 381
Total 21,254 17,130 4,124
International travel by Minister and Minister's staff (also included in non-public servant travel) 15 0 15

Significant variances compared with the previous fiscal year

This section provides a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year's annual expenditures for each category.

Travel—Public servants

Compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, the departmental travel expenditures variance is mainly attributable to increased core mandate activities in support of program delivery, including:

  • construction and repair of new and existing federal infrastructure across Canada, including various buildings and assets, on behalf of other government departments
  • engagement activities with key stakeholders, employees and clients
  • continued effort to stabilize the Phoenix pay system, to achieve a steady state and to meet service standards consistently

Travel—Non-public servants

Compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, the departmental travel expenditures variance is mainly attributable to increased core mandate activities in support of program delivery, including:

  • construction and repair of new and existing federal infrastructure across Canada, including various buildings and assets, on behalf of other government departments
  • increased interpretation activities to support other government departments' public consultation activities

Hospitality

Compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to costs incurred in support of consultation and engagement activities with key stakeholders and employees.

Conference fees

Compared with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, departmental conference fees expenditure variance is mainly due to increased participation in professional development workshops during the year.

Minister and Minister's staff

International travel expenditures increased compared with the previous year as a result of international consultation related to PSPC business. During the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, there were no international travel expenditures.

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