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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 conferences for the Department of Finance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. 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 conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandates and the government’s priorities.

The Department of Finance Canada contributes to a strong economy and sound public finances for Canadians. It does so by monitoring developments in Canada and around the world to provide first-rate analysis and advice to the Government of Canada and by developing and implementing fiscal and economic policies that support the economic and social goals of Canada and its people.  Finance Canada also plays a central role in ensuring that government spending is focused on results and delivers value for taxpayer dollars. The Department interacts extensively with other federal organizations and acts as an effective conduit for the views of participants in the economy from all parts of Canada.

The Department’s responsibilities include the following:

  • Preparing the federal Budget and the Update of Economic and Fiscal Projections;
  • Preparing the Annual Financial Report of the Government of Canada and, in cooperation with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Receiver General for Canada, the Public Accounts of Canada;
  • Developing tax and tariff policy and legislation;
  • Managing federal borrowing on financial markets;
  • Designing and administering major transfers of federal funds to the provinces and territories;
  • Developing financial sector policy and legislation; and
  • Representing Canada in various international financial institutions and organizations.

The Minister of Finance is accountable for ensuring that his responsibilities are fulfilled both within his portfolio and with respect to the authorities assigned through legislation. The Minister has direct responsibility for a number of acts and is assigned specific responsibilities in other acts that are under the responsibility of other ministers.

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

Total Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expenditure for the previous year ending March 31, 2013 Change
Travel – Public Servants 2,297 2,086 211
Travel – Non-Public Servants 400  510 (110)
Total Travel 2,697 2,596 101
Hospitality 138 123 15
Conference Fees 3 3 -
Total 2,838 2,722 116
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) 193 240 (47)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

This section is used to provide a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year’s annual expenditures for each category.

Travel

Public Servants:Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to:

  • Increase in the distance travelled for  the 2013 G-20 and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summits;
  • Increase in international events where the Deputy Minister represented Canada in various meetings with financial institutions.

Non-Public Servants:Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:

  • A decrease in international meetings.

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • The hosting of a G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) meeting, as part of Canada’s role as G-20 FWG co-chair.

Conference Fees

Conference fees have remained stable from the previous year.

Minister and Minister's Staff

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental international travel expenditures by the minister and his staff decreased mainly due to:

  • A decrease in international meetings.