Environment Canada
Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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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 conference fees for Environment Canada (EC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 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 conference (THC) fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for EC, this includes protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

EC’s Mandate and Program Alignment Architecture

Environment Canada is the lead federal department for a wide range of environmental issues affecting Canadians. The Department also plays a stewardship role in achieving and maintaining a clean, safe and sustainable environment. Environment Canada addresses issues through monitoring, research, policy development, service delivery to Canadians, regulations, enforcement of environmental laws, advancement of clean technologies and strategic partnerships. The Department’s programs focus on a clean environment by minimizing threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution; a safe environment by equipping Canadians to make informed decisions on weather, water and climate conditions; and a sustainable environment by conserving and restoring Canada’s natural environment. The Department’s program focus reflects the increasingly evident interdependence between environmental sustainability and economic well-being.

Environment Canada fulfills its mandate by promoting three Strategic Outcomes, each contributing to the Government of Canada outcome of a clean and healthy environment.

  • Canada’s natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations;
  • Canadians are equipped to make informed decisions on changing weather, water and climate conditions; and
  • Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized.

EC has authority under numerous pieces of legislation which affect how the department operates.  Further information on the mandate, legislation, roles, priorities, responsibilities and strategic outcomes of Environment Canada can be found in Section I of EC's Reports on Plans and Priorities.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Environment Canada
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
Travel – Public Servants$23,369$25,834($2,465)
Travel – Non-Public Servants$1,853$1,734$119
Total Travel$25,222$27,568($2,346)
Hospitality$305$302$3
Conference Fees$390$347$43
TOTAL$25,917$28,217($2,300)
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant Travel)$28$104($76)

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

The overall reduction in THC spending from 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 is $2,300K. While the scale of variances differs between types of expenditures, these reductions relate directly to commitments made in the Deficit Reduction Action Plan.

The significant variances from the previous year’s annual expenditures for each category are detailed below.

TRAVEL

Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, total travel expenditures have decreased by $2,346K or 8,51%. Environment Canada is contributing to the implementation of the overall cost savings effort by achieving efficiencies via reductions to budget for travel. This has been facilitated by the increased use of communications technology such as videoconferencing, telepresence and webinars.

A. Public Servants
Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, departmental travel expenditures by public servants have decreased by $2,465K or 9.54%.

B. Non-Public Servants
Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants have increased by $119K or 6.86%.

C. Minister and Minister's Staff
Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff have decreased by $76K or 74.04%. This decrease is mainly explained by the participation of the Minister and his/her staff to more important conferences in expensive destinations in 2013-2014. In particular, there was the 19th session of the conference of parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland, the high-level assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in Norway and the International Polar Bear Forum on the issue of polar bear conservation and management and the representatives of the parties to the 1973 Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears in Russia.

HOSPITALITY

Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, departmental hospitality expenditures have increased by $3K or 0.99%.

CONFERENCE FEES

Compared with fiscal year 2013-2014, departmental conference fees expenditures have increased by $43K or 12.39%. This increase is mainly explained by Environment Canada’s hosting of the World Weather Open Science Conference 2014. Estimated participation of 122 employees has been approved. Environment Canada purchased the conference memberships. Also, there were more participants at the congress of the Canadian meteorological and oceanographic society and the participation at the American Ornithologists Union held every 4 years.

Trends of the Last 4 Fiscal Years

The spending on THC has reduced annually since 2011-2012 by a total of $4,888K or 15.87%. Environment Canada continues to monitor the rate of spending as part of its regular internal reporting process and, where deemed appropriate, will continue to introduce internal policy instruments and management structures aimed at reducing spending.

Trend Graph

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Travel expenditures from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015
(in thousands of dollars)
2011–20122012–20132013–20142014–2015
Travel expenditures$29,864$29,034$27,568$25,222

 

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

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Hospitality expenditures from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015
(in thousands of dollars)
2011–20122012–20132013–20142014–2015
Hospitality expenditures$580$381$302$305

 

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

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Conferences expenditures from 2011-2012 to 2014-2015
(in thousands of dollars)
2011–20122012–20132013–20142014–2015
Conferences expenditures$361$390$347$390
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