Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - 2019

[Previous report: 2018]

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures - Canada.ca, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the CRTC for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. 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 federal departments and agencies are related to supporting departmental mandates and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for the CRTC, this includes expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred while regulating and supervising the Canadian communications system in the public interest, according to the policy objectives established in the Broadcasting Act of 1991, the Telecommunications Act of 1993, the Canada Elections Act and An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act (i.e. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation [CASL]).

These expenditures include non-discretionary travel costs related to the statutory requirements such as the conduct of public hearings, Commission meetings and investigations and enforcement activities.

Further details about the CRTC’s authority, mandate and program activities can be found in the department’s Departmental Results Report (DRR), Departmental Plans (DP), and other sources of relevant information located on the Treasury Board website at www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the CRTC are summarized below:
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2019 Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2018 Variance
Travel
Operational activities $423 $402 $21
Key stakeholders $100 $55 $45
Internal governance $17 $9 $8
Training $84 $66 $18
Other $0 $0 $0
A. Total Travel $624 $532 $92
B. Hospitality $31 $18 $13
C. Conference Fees $187 $178 $9
Total (A+B+C) $842 $728 $114

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by $114,000 or 16% compared to the previous year’s expenditures.

The increase in reported expenses is due to the Commission’s active engagement with stakeholders and partners nationally and internationally.

TRAVEL: Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, departmental travel expenditures increased by $92,000 in 2018-19.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, departmental conference fee expenditures increased slightly.

HOSPITALITY: Compared with fiscal year 2017-18, departmental hospitality expenditures increased slightly.

The CRTC will continue to actively monitor travel, hospitality and conference expenditures in 2019-20.

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