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 and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. 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 ECCC, this includes protecting the environment, conserving the country's natural heritage, and providing weather and meteorological information to keep Canadians informed and safe.

ECCC’s Mandate and Program Alignment Architecture

Environment and Climate Change 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 and Climate Change 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 and Climate Change 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.

ECCC 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 and Climate Change Canada can be found in Section I of ECCC's Reports on Plans and Priorities .

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Environment and Climate Change Canada
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2016
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2015
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
Travel – Public Servants$21,534$23,369($1,835)
Travel – Non-Public Servants$1,728$1,853($125)
Total Travel$23,262$25,222($1,960)
Hospitality$310$305$5
Conference Fees$349$390($41)
TOTAL$23,921$25,917($1,996)
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant Travel)$108$28$80

Significant variances compared with the previous fiscal year

The overall reduction in THC spending from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016 is $1,996K or 8.3%. While the scale of variances differs between types of expenditures, these reductions relate directly to commitments made in the Deficit Reduction Action Plan.

Total spending on travel, hospitality and conferences has reduced annually since 2012-2013 by a total of $5,884K or 19.8%.

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

Travel

Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, total travel expenditures have decreased by $1,960K or 7.77%. Environment and Climate Change 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 2014-2015, departmental travel expenditures by public servants have decreased by $1,835K or 7.85%.
B. Non-Public Servants
Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants have decreased by $125K or 6.75%.
C. Minister and Minister's Staff
Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental international travel expenditures by the Ministers and their staff have increased by $80K. This increase is mainly explained by the participation of Minister McKenna and her staff at Pre-Cop 21 and at Cop 21 held in Paris, France and their presence at many Climate Change related forums and events.

Hospitality

Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental hospitality expenditures have increased by $5K or 1.64%.

Conference Fees

Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental conference fees expenditures have decreased by $41K or 10.52%. This decrease is mainly explained by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s hosting of the World Weather Open Science Conference in 2014-2015 and the participation in 2014-2015 at the American Ornithologists Union held every 4 years.

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