2021-2022 Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures Report

Public Health Agency of Canada

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, 2022, 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.

Mandate

The role of the Agency is to promote health, prevent and control chronic diseases and injuries, prevent and control infectious diseases, prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, serve as a central point for sharing Canada's expertise with the rest of the world, apply 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.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures - Public Health Agency of Canada

Year ended March 31, 2022
Expenditure Category Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2022
($ thousands)
Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2021
($ thousands)
(Restated)Footnote *
Variance
($ thousands)
Travel
Operational activities 26,355 12,944 13,411
Key stakeholders 62 38 24
Internal governance 11 10 1
Training 121 27 94
Other 7 23 -16
A. Total travel 26,556 13,042 13,514
B. Hospitality 1 99 -98
C. Conference fees 144 170 -26
Total [A+B+C] 26,701 13,311 13,390

Differences may arise due to rounding.

Footnote 1

2020-21 figures are re-classified within the travel category.

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Significant variances compared with previous fiscal year

Travel:

For fiscal year 2021-22, the Agency spent $26.6 million in travel expenditures compared to $13.0 million in 2020-21. This represents an overall increase of $13.5 million, or 104% and is attributable to expenditures associated with the mandatory quarantine of travelers at borders during the COVID-19 pandemic, pursuant to the borders and travel health measure and Section 7 in the Quarantine Act.

Hospitality:

For fiscal year 2021-22, the Agency spent $1,000 in hospitality expenditures compared to $99,000 in 2020-21. This represents an overall decrease of $98,000, or 99% and is attributable to fewer hospitality events taking place because of public health measures for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference fees:

For fiscal year 2021-22, the Agency spent $144,000 in Conference fee expenditures compared to $170,000 for fiscal year 2020-21. This represents an overall decrease of $26,000, or 15% and is attributable to the Agency's reduced participation in conference events due to public health measures compared to pre-pandemic years.

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