Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – 2013-2014

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canada Border Services Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.  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 on 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 Canada Border Services Agency, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canada Border Services Agency are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(a)
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Variance
(a-b)
Travel – Public Servants
$33,164 $31,230 $1,934
Travel – Non-Public Servants
$5,383 $7,346 $-1,963
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff Footnote 1
     
Total Travel $38,547 $38,576 -$29
Hospitality $44 $66 -$22
Conference Fees $82 $101 -$19
TOTAL $38,673 $38,742 -$70

Note: Amounts may not balance due to rounding

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.

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Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall, the Agency spending in 2013-2014 on travel, hospitality and conference related expenditures has decreased by $70K from 2012-2013.

At a detailed level, travel has reduced by $29K. The reduction of travel for non-public servants can be attributed to a reduction in individuals removed from Canada through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.  This is offset by an increase in travel for front-line border officers receiving program certification to better protect our borders. Hospitality expenditures decreased by 33% or $22K and Conference fees by 19% or 19K.  The decrease can be attributed to the continued effort by management to ensure that the activities selected are aligned to the Agency's core mandate, objective and priorities.

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