Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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 the categories of travel, hospitality and conferences for Status of Women Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

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 organization's 2016-17 Departmental Results 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, 2017
(a)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2016
(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 290 208 82
Travel - Non-Public Servants 249 85 164
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff* 81 40 41
Total Travel 620 333 287
Hospitality 73 31 42
Conference Fees 8 10 -2
Total 701 374 327
*Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

The organization is focussed on effective cost control and maximum value for money, as per the Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Travel:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to the previous fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased by 39% mainly due to an increase of our regional presence and the Minister’s consultations for the Federal Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to the previous fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants increased by 192% due to the Minister’s consultations for the Federal Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence. As well, Minister and her staff increased their presence on the international scene as a leader on gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and developing innovative solutions for women’s economic empowerment, while advocating strongly for women’s rights at home and globally.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental hospitality expenditures doubled in 2016-17 due to Minister’s consultations for the Federal Strategy to Address Gender-Based Violence.

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental conference fees expenditures remains similar.

In summary, the organization has increased its total expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences compared to the previous fiscal year.  This increase is a result of additional initiatives undertaken in fiscal year 2016-17 such as Addressing Violence Against Women and Girls; Implementation of Gender Based Analysis; Promoting Women’s Economic Security and Prosperity.  In addition to this, SWC continued its participation in international forums to meet Canada’s obligations for gender equality.

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