Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the Commission's total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides explanations of any variances in each of these areas compared to those of the previous fiscal year.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandates and the government’s priorities.

The Commission promotes the core principle of equal opportunity and works to prevent discrimination in Canada by:

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The Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized below:

Expenditure Category   Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2013
(in dollars)

 Expenditures for the previous year ending
March 31, 2012
restated *

(in dollars)

Variance
(in dollars)
TOTAL    561,549  760,159  (198,610)
Travel - Public Servants   359,797  543,109  (183,312)
Travel - Non-Public Servants  185,969  187,576  (1,607)
Total Travel   545,766  730,685  (184,919)
Hospitality   13,933  25,014  (11,081)
Conferences Fees   1,850  4,460  (2,610)

* As a result of changes to the coding structure in 2012–13, the travel expenditures for the Acting Chief Commissioner and the Commissioners are now captured under Travel — Non-Public Servants. Consequently, the expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012 have been restated.

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year
Overall, the Commission’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences have decreased by $198,610 or 26%. Total expenditures for travel have decreased by 25.3%, expenditures for hospitality by 44.3% and conferences fees by 58.5%. Variances are explained below.

TRAVEL:
Public servants:
 The decrease of $183,312 compared to last year is mainly attributable to a decrease in travel related to the repeal of section 67 activities and a reduction in international representation. 

Non-public servants: Compared to the previous fiscal year, travel expenses incurred by non-public servants have stayed sensibly the same and decreased by $1,607. This decrease is due to a reduction in travel related the repeal of section 67 activities. 

HOSPITALITY:
This year, hospitality expenses have decreased by $11,081. The decrease is mainly due to less activities related to the repeal of section 67 but is also be attributable to the Commission's continued efforts to reduce discretionary cost.

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