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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2019-2020

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, 2020, except for 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.

The School's travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the delivery of its core programs and services by providing a range of learning opportunities that respond to public service learning needs and lay the groundwork for a public service culture based on shared values and ethics, common practices and management excellence. For more information on the mandate and programs of the School, please refer to the Departmental Plan 2020–2021.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

(in thousands of dollars)
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, 2020, the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, and the variance between the two fiscal years."
Expenditure category Expenditures for
year ended
March 31, 2020
Expenditures for
year ended
March 31, 2019
Variance
Travel
Operational activities
1,514 1,741 (227)
Key stakeholders
69 98 (29)
Internal governance
86 77 9
Training
91 104 (13)
Other
11 16 (5)
A. Total Travel 1,771 2,036 (265)
B. Hospitality 103 91 12
C. Conference Fees 92 83 9
Total [A+B+C] 1,966 2,210 (244)
International travel by minister and minister's staff (included in travel) - - -

Significant variances compared with previous fiscal year

In comparison to the 2018-2019 fiscal year, there was an overall decrease of $244,000 (11%) in expenditures in 2019-20 mainly due to a decrease in travel expenditures. Notably, compared with fiscal year 2018-19, departmental travel expenditures decreased mainly due to the following:

  • implementation of a national planning model for learning delivery which resulted in travel savings for faculty members;
  • some travel cancellations occurred in March due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions; and
  • development of a pool of Indigenous Elders and speakers across Canada which enabled local participation in courses and events.

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