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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2012-2013

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 Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.  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 and the government's priorities.

Responsibilities

The mandate of CIDA is to manage Canada's aid resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable development results, and to engage in policy development in Canada and internationally. CIDA's mission is to lead Canada's international effort to help people living in poverty.

CIDA's efforts contribute to ensuring food security, generating sustainable economic growth, giving children and youth a better future, stabilizing fragile countries, and responding to natural disasters.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the achievement of CIDA's international mandate. 

Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of the Canadian International Development Agency are summarized below:

(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for
the year ending March 31, 2013
Expenditures for
the year ending
March 31, 2012
(restated**)
Variance
Travel - Public Servants 6,697 8,464 (1,767)
Travel - Non-Public Servants 64 67 (3)
International Travel by Ministers and Ministers' Staff* 156 169 (13)
Total Travel 6,917 8,700 (1,783)
Hospitality 230 307 (77)
Conference Fees 38 46 (8)
TOTAL 7,185 9,053 (1,868)

* Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.
**Comparative figure for Travel Non-Public Servants has been corrected to conform to the current year's presentation.

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel:

Compared to the fiscal year 2011-2012, CIDA's travel expenditures by public servants, non-public servants, Minister and Minister's staff have decreased by $1.8 million.  As part of government-wide efforts, CIDA has been working towards reducing costs and more effective management of travel requirements to fulfil its international mandate.

Hospitality and Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, hospitality and conference fees expenditures for CIDA have decreased slightly from the previous year.  Government-wide cost containment measures during the past few years helped to further reduce these costs.