Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (THC) – 2016-2017

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 conference fees for the Department of Justice for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. 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 fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government’s priorities.

Further information on the mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs of the Department of Justice can be found in the Department’s 2017-18 Main Estimates.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Department of Justice
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016 Variance
Travel - Public Servants 5,161 6,157 - 996
Travel - Non-Public Servants 605 548 57
Total Travel 5,766 6,705 - 939
Hospitality 133 147 - 14
Conference Fees 147 127 20
Total 6,046 6,979 - 933
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) 70 24 46

Travel Public Servants and Non-Public Servants – Explanation of Significant Variance: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures decreased by $939K (14%), from $6,705K to $5,766K. The decrease is mainly due to lower expenditures related to the delivery of litigation services. The Department of Justice provides an integrated suite of high-quality legal advisory, litigation and legislative services to the Minister of Justice and to all federal departments and agencies across Canada.  Litigation services related expenditures, such as travel, can vary from year to year depending on the inventory of active cases.

Hospitality – Explanation of Significant Variance: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental hospitality expenditures have remained relatively stable with a decrease of $14K (10%).

Conference Fees – Explanation of Significant Variance: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, Departmental conference fees expenditures increased by $20K (16%). The increase is due to higher conference participation in support of the Department’s core mandate activities.

International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff – Explanation of Significant Variance: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, international travel expenditures increased by $46K. Comparative figures in fiscal year 2015-16 were low due to travel reductions resulting from the federal election campaign period. Expenditures in 2016-17 were incurred by the Minister and her staff to support governmental priorities. Detailed information is available on the Department of Justice website, in accordance with the requirement for proactive disclosure.

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