2016-2017 Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. 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 for travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for the Agency, the departmental mandate and the description of the program activities can be found in the Agency’s Departmental Results Report.

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

Expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017 (a) Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016 (b) Variance (a – b)
Travel – Public Servants $815 $483 $332
Travel – Non-Public Servants $414 $23 $391
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff 1 $0 $0 $0
Total Travel $1,229 $506 $723
Hospitality $56 $15 $41
Conference Fees $23 $18 $5
TOTAL $1,308 $539 $769

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

Travel:

Public Servants:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to the establishment of a secretariat of Agency employees that travelled extensively to support the Expert Panel reviewing environmental assessment processes in its consultation activities across the country.

Non-Public Servants:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants increased mainly due to the establishment of an Expert Panel reviewing environmental assessment processes that travelled extensively as part of its consultations with the public and Indigenous groups across the country.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • the establishment and support of an Expert Panel to review environmental assessment processes undertaking consultations across Canada.
  • the establishment of a Multi-Interest Advisory Committee (MIAC) providing advice to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada on the review of environmental assessment processes.
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