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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2017–2018

Canada School of Public Service

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 Canada School of Public Service (the School) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. 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.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by the School relate to activities that support the departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

In particular, for the School, this includes providing a range of learning activities to build individual and organizational capacity and management excellence across the public service to better serve Canadians. For more information on the mandate and programs of the School, please refer to the Departmental Plan 2018–19.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canada School of Public Service

Annual travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for the Canada School of Public Service, in thousands of dollars. The first column contains the expenditure categories. The total expenses are presented in the second-last line. Read to the right for the expenditures for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and the variance between the two fiscal years."
Expenditure Category Expenditures for
year ended
March 31, 2018
Expenditures for
year ended
March 31, 2017
Variance
($ thousands)
Travel
Operational activities
1,409 1,083 326
Key stakeholders
119 44 75
Internal governance
133 172 (39)
Training
99 56 43
Other
17 20 (3)
Total Travel 1,777 1,375 402
Hospitality 97 41 56
Conference Fees 53 17 36
Total 1,927 1,433 494
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (included in travel) 0 0 0

Significant variances compared with previous fiscal year

Overall expenditures increased by $494 thousand or approximately 34% in fiscal year 2017-18 due to the following:

Travel:

Compared with fiscal year 2016–17, departmental travel expenditures increased mainly due to the increased number of classroom offerings delivered by the School's faculty members across Canada, a new Leadership program and consultations across Canada to develop the Indigenous Learning Series, two initiatives involving more frequent travel. These are also illustrated by the increase in spending for Operational Activities and Key Stakeholders.

Hospitality:

Compared with fiscal year 2016–17, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to the School's new Leadership program and consultations to develop the Indigenous Learning Series.

Conference fees:

Compared with fiscal year 2016–17, departmental conference fee expenditures increased mainly due to School staff attending conferences to benefit from learning about leading edge knowledge, trends and innovation, with the goal of improving learning services and continuing to modernize the learning platform.

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