Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures
As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.
Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by a federal department or agency relate to activities that support the department or agency's mandate and the government's priorities.
In September 2004, the Agency was created within the federal Health Portfolio to deliver on the Government of Canada's commitment to increase its focus on public health in order to help protect and improve the health and safety of all Canadians and to contribute to strengthening the health care system.
The Agency's travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the delivery of the following core programs and services to Canadians:
- contribute to the prevention of disease and injury, and to the promotion of health;
- enhance the quality and quantity of surveillance data and expand the knowledge of disease and injury in Canada;
- provide federal leadership and accountability in managing public health emergencies;
- serve as a central point for sharing Canada's expertise with the rest of the world and for applying international research and development to Canada's public health programs; and
- strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health and facilitate national approaches to public health policy and planning.
Public health involves the organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and to prevent injury, illness and premature death. It includes programs, services and policies that protect and promote the health of all Canadians. In Canada, public health is a responsibility that is shared by the three levels of government in collaboration with the private sector, non-government organizations, health professionals and the public.
Overall, the Agency manages travel, hospitality, and conference activities / expenditures with prudence and probity so that they demonstrate value for money and use the most economical options to minimize costs whenever possible.
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the Year ending March 31, 2019
|Expenditures for the Year ending March 31, 2018
|A. Total Travel||5,942||4,901||1,041|
|C. Conference Fees||317||242||75|
|Differences may arise due to rounding|
Significant variances compared with previous fiscal year:
- Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, Agency travel expenditures increased by 21% or $1.0M in 2018-19 mainly due to an increase in stakeholder engagement across Canada.
- Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, Agency hospitality expenditures increased by 41% or $55K due to an increase in the number of conferences related to Immunization, the Group A Streptococcal Disease and Dementia.
- Conference Fees:
- Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, Agency conference fee expenditures increased by 31% or $75K mainly due to greater participation in conferences and workshops related to vaccination, infectious diseases and laboratory management and design.
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