Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for the Privy Council Office (PCO) 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 conference incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government’s priorities.

The mandate of the Privy Council Office (PCO) is to serve Canada and Canadians by providing professional, non-partisan advice and support to the Prime Minister, the ministers within the Prime Minister’s portfolio and Cabinet. The Prime Minister is responsible for this organization.

PCO supports the development of the Government of Canada’s policy and legislative agendas, coordinates responses to issues facing the Government and the country, and supports the effective operation of Cabinet. PCO is led by the Clerk of the Privy Council. In addition to serving as the Deputy Head for PCO, the Clerk also acts as Secretary to the Cabinet and the Head of the Public Service.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Privy Council Office
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2014
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013 Change
Travel – Public Servants $1,757 $1,484 $274
Travel – Non-Public Servants $474 $645 ($172)
Total Travel $2,231 $2,129 $102
Hospitality $152 $172 ($20)
Conference Fees $0 $0 -
Total $2,383 $2,301 $82
International Travel by Ministers’ and Ministers’ staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) $17 $16 $1

Variance Analysis

  • Travel :
    • Public Servants : Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased by $273K mainly due to:
      • An increase for the Regulatory Cooperation Council which was transferred from Treasury Board Secretariat on August 1, 2012;
      • An increase for the Office of the Special Advisor on Human Smuggling due to enhanced travel requirements as a result of operational pressures;
      • An increase in the Prime Minister’s Tour Support Group due to an increase in the number of domestic trips in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13.
    • Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $171K mainly due to a decrease in travel in the Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queen’s Privy Council. Minister Lebel is responsible for three departments which created efficiencies in the overall travel costs for the federal government.
    • International Travel by Ministers and Ministers’ Staff: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, there was no significant variance in the departmental international travel expenditures by ministers and their staff. Please note that international travel expenditures for the Prime Minister’s Office are paid for by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
  • Hospitality: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, there was no significant variance in hospitality.
  • Conference fees: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, there was no variance in the conference fees expenditures.