Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

2011-2012

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of the categories of travel, hospitality and conferences for Status of Women Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.

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 are directly related to supporting Status of Women Canada's mandate, achieving its strategic outcome and meeting government priorities.

The Government of Canada established the Office of the Coordinator, Status of Women, in 1976 with the mandate to coordinate policy with respect to the status of women and to administer related programs (Order in Council 1976-779). Status of Women Canada (SWC) is thus the primary federal agency responsible for supporting the Government's agenda to advance equality for women. In fulfilling its mandate, the agency works with a wide range of organizations, building synergies with key stakeholders, collaborating with different orders of government and engaging the private and voluntary sectors. SWC also helps fulfill Canada's international obligations related to gender equality.

Further information on the mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs of Status of Women Canada can be found in the organisation's 2011-2012 Departmental Performance Report, available at the following link: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/account-resp/pr/dpr-rmr/index-eng.html

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Status of Women Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012

(a)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011

(b)
Variance

(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Total 316 304 12
* Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.
Travel – Public Servants 180 149 31
Travel – Non-Public Servants 91 117 (26)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff* 13 15 (2)
Total Travel 284 281 3
Hospitality 23 14 9
Conference Fees 9 9 -
Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:
Travel:
  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to:
    • An increase in the number of visits to organisations funded by SWC for project monitoring in order to comply with the due diligence requirements of the Transfer Payment Policy; and
    • Attendance at the United Nations for the International Day of the Girl proclamation and events.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • Reduced level of travel by Ministerial staff
Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • An increase in GBA training and awareness offered to federal and provincial government employees; and
  • A series of meetings, a roundtable and a reception at the United Nations in New York promoting and gaining international support for a Canadian initiative that proclaimed October 11 as International Day of the Girl.