Annual report on travel, hospitality and conferences expenditures for the year 2015-2016

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Publication author : Canada Economic Development for Quebec regions

Publish date : November 21, 2016

Summary :

This report presents the travel, hospitality and conferences expenditures for 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Table of Contents

  1. Section 1: Introduction
  2. Section 2: The Agency’s Mandate and Main Programs
  3. Section 3: Significant Variances Compared with the Previous Fiscal Year

Section 1: Introduction

As required by the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on total annual travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec Regions (CED) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. It also explains variances over the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

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

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by CED support the Department’s mandate and the Government’s priorities.

Section 2: The Agency’s Mandate and Main Programs

Under the CED Act, which came into effect on October 5, 2005, CED’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 or where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate.

Information on CED’s authorities, mandate and program activities can be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR).

Under CED’s mandate, the Minister, his or her staff and public servants are required to travel on occasion, mostly within the province, in the National Capital Region, but sometimes internationally. This travel supports daily operations at Headquarters and in the 12 business offices located across the province. The trips also permit CED employees to attend training sessions and conferences in order to acquire new knowledge or enhance their existing knowledge.

At the national and international levels, travel costs are incurred for the purpose of promoting the competitive advantages and expertise of Quebec industry. In July 2015, the President took part in a trade mission to the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, the goal of which was to ensure that the economic interests of Quebec’s aerospace industry were well represented in global markets.

In short, the costs associated with these activities serve to support CED in the Government’s priorities and its own mandate. CED ensures that public funds are managed prudently and that public resources are used effectively, efficiently and economically. These expenditures respect Treasury Board guidelines.

The total annual travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by the CED are summarized below.

(In $ thousands)

* Includes international travel as part of CED’s program.
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2016
(A)
Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2015
(B)
Variance
(A-B)
Travel – Public servants $656 $501 $155
Travel – Non-public servants* $28 $74 $(46)
Total travel expenditures $684 $575 $109
Hospitality $25 $15 $10
Conference fees $19 $8 $11
Total $44 $23 $21
International travel by the Minister and the Minister’s staff (also included in non-public servant travel) $1 $13 $(12)

Section 3: Significant Variances Compared with the Previous Fiscal Year

Overall, CED spending in all categories combined was up $130,000 compared with the 2014 2015 fiscal year. This increase is primarily a result of the increase in public servant travel expenditures.

Travel

Public servants: Compared with fiscal year 2014-15, CED public servant travel expenditures were up $155,000. This increase is explained by:

Non–public servants: Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants were down $46,000 due to the decreasing number of exonerated personnel.

Hospitality and conference fees: CED’S hospitality and conference fees were up $21,000 compared with fiscal year 2014–2015. This increase is explained by a greater presence in various forums, congresses and conferences stemming from a desire to be more present with our partners and our clients. 

International travel expenditures by the Minister and the Minister’s staff: Compared with fiscal year 2014–2015, international travel expenditures were down $12,000. Last year, the Minister attended the Farnborough International Airshow, whereas this year, CED was represented by its’ own personnel at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.

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