Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - For the Year Ending March 31, 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 conferences for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) 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 conferences incurred by INAC are related to supporting the departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

In particular, for INAC, this includes supporting Indigenous people (i.e. First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:

Expenditures for travel by public servants were incurred to support and improve community development and infrastructure and capacity in Indigenous Communities.

Expenditures for travel by non-public servants as well as hospitality was mainly aimed at supporting the fair and long lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools as well as to support the prevention of family violence against women and children in Indigenous Communities.

Conference fees were mainly incurred to participate and attend management and oversight functions.

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

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of INAC
Expenditure Category Expenditure for the Year Ending March 31, 2017
($000)
Expenditure for the Previous Year ending March 31, 2016
($000)
Change
($000)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel: Public Servants $16,072 $13,332 $2,740
Travel: Non-Public Servants $4,528 $10,077 $(5,549)
Total Travel $20,600 $23,409 $(2,809)
Hospitality $349 $654 $(305)
Conference Fees $216 $191 $25
Total $21,165 $24,254 $(3,089)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) $20 $0 $20

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel:

Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to:

  • consultations for the negotiation of comprehensive claims and self-government agreements in Northern communities as well as specific and special claims in support of rights and interest of Indigenous peoples; and
  • the management of projects related to lands and economic development as well as the construction and development of housing, wastewater infrastructure, community infrastructure, and cultural and recreational infrastructure in Indigenous communities in accordance with Budget 2016.

Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:

  • less hearings for the Independent Assessment Process, resulting from the wind down of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement; and
  • less consultation meetings held across Canada, resulting from the completion of the pre-inquiry phase in support of the establishment of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission.

Hospitality: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:

  • less hearings for the Independent Assessment Process, resulting from the wind down of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement; and
  • less consultation meetings held across Canada, resulting from the completion of the pre-inquiry phase in support of the establishment of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Commission.

Conference Fees: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental conference fees expenditures increased mainly due to:

  • participation to conferences related to management & oversight activities, specifically the Canadian Evaluation Society in 2016 National Conference and the Policy Community Conference in 2017 in Ottawa.

Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister and her staff increased mainly due to:

  • the attendance of senior management to the North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls in Washington as well as the attendance of the Minister at the World Summit in New York on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
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