Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - For the Year Ending March 31, 2016

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 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.  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 INAC are related to supporting the departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

INAC's mandate is to support Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:

Travel by public servants includes visits to Indigenous and Northern communities for the purpose of negotiations, inspections and monitoring of construction projects, as well as travel for internal meetings for planning and staff development.

Travel by non-public servants includes the travel by individuals participating in the adjudication of claims under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and for events organized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which wound down its operations as of December 31st, 2015.

Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of INAC are summarized below:

 

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2016 Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 Variance
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel:      
Travel – Public Servants
$ 13,332 $ 12,762 $ 570
Travel – Non-Public Servants
$ 10,077 $ 10,275 $ (198)
Total Travel $ 23,409 $23, 037 $ 372
Hospitality $ 654 $ 485 $ 169
Conference Fees $ 191 $ 162 $ 29
Total $ 24,254 $ 23,684 $ 570
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel)  $-  $-  $-

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel:

  1. Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to:
    • An increase in travel related to northern communities for municipal water license inspections and the pre-inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • A reduction of the Independent Assessment Process hearings required for 2015-16.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2014-15, departmental hospitality expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • Hospitality offered at 18 consultation meetings held across Canada for the pre-inquiry engagement process related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Conference Fees:

Compared with fiscal year 2014-2015, there was no significant variance in departmental conference expenditures.

 

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved, in accordance with the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures:

Original signed by
Hélène Laurendeau

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Hélène Laurendeau
Deputy Minister

Gatineau, Canada
Date: October 23, 2016

Original signed by
Paul J. Thoppil

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Paul J. Thoppil, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer

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