Report on annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the year 2014-2015
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Publication author : Canada Economic Development for Quebec regions
Publish date : September 9, 2016
This report presents the travel, hospitality and conferences expenditures for 2014-2015 fiscal year.
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Section 1: Introduction
As required by the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec (CED) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. It also provides an explanation of the variances in each of these categories compared with the previous fiscal year.
This information is updated annually and does not contain information that is normally withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the Agency support the departmental mandate and the government’s priorities.
Section 2: The Agency’s Mandate and Main Programs
According to the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Act, which came into effect on October 5, 2005, the Agency’s mission is to promote the long-term economic development of the regions of Quebec by giving special attention to those where slow economic growth is prevalent and those where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate.
Information on the Agency’s authorities, mandate and program activities can be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR).
Under the Agency’s mandate, the Minister, his staff and public servants are required to take a number of trips, mostly within the province, in the National Capital Region and sometimes internationally. This travel ensures that support is given to daily operations at headquarters and in the 12 business offices located across the province. These trips also allow Agency employees to take part in training sessions and to attend conferences in order to acquire and improve their knowledge.
At the national and international levels, there are travel costs related to promoting the Quebec industry’s competitive advantages and expertise. In July 2014, the Minister took part in a trade mission at the Farnborough International Airshow, the goal of which was to ensure that the economic interests of Quebec’s aerospace industry were well represented in global markets.
The costs associated with these activities help to support the Agency in the government’s priorities and in its mandate. The Agency ensures that public funds are managed prudently and that public resources are used effectively, efficiently and economically. These expenditures respect the Treasury Board guidelines.
Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences by the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec are summarized below:
(in thousands of dollars)
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2015||Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2014||Change (a-b)|
|Travel - Public servants||$501||$450||$51|
|Travel - Non-public servants*||$74||$75||$(1)|
|Total travel expenditures||$575||$525||$50|
|International travel by the Minister and the Minister's staff (also included in non-public servant travel)||$13||$16||$(3)|
* Includes international travel that is part of the Agency’s program.
Section 3: Significant Variances Compared with the Previous Fiscal Year
Overall, the Agency’s expenditures for the categories as a whole increased by $58,0000 compared with 2013–2014, mainly due to an increase in public servant travel expenditures.
Public servants: Compared with fiscal year 2013–2014, the Agency’s travel expenditures by public servants increased by $51,000, mainly due to:
- Some vacant positions in regional offices were filled temporarily by employees based outside the assignment area, which resulted in an increase in travel expenditures.
Non-public servants: Compared with fiscal year 2013–2014, CED’s travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $1,000.
- The variance is non-significant.
Hospitality and conference fees: Compared with fiscal year 2013–2014, CED’s hospitality and conference fees increased by $8.000.
- Expenditures in regional offices returned to their regular level.
International travel expenditures by the Minister and the Minister’s staff: Compared with fiscal year 2013–2014, the Agency’s international travel expenditures by the Minister and the Minister’s staff decreased by $3,000.
- The variance is non-significant.
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