Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - 2017

[Previous report: 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 the CRTC 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 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).

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

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of CRTC are summarized below: (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017(a) Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016(b) Variances (a)-(b)
Travel - Public Servants $722 $594 $128
Travel - Non-Public Servants $21 $23 $-3
Minister and Minister's Staff $0 $0 $0
Total Travel $743 $617 $125
Hospitality $30 $29  $1
Conference Fees $181 $120 $61
TOTAL $954 $766 $187

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Overall expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by $187K or 24% compared to the previous year’s expenditures.

Although there was an increase in expenditures this year, there has been a decrease in year over year expenditures. From 2011-12 to 2016-17, the total annual expenditures in these three categories have decreased significantly amounting to a total reduction of $446K or 32%. The overall reduction is largely the result of active and on-going management of the CRTC’s travel, hospitality and conference expenditures.

TRAVEL: Departmental travel expenditures increased in 2016-17 compared to 2015-16. Expenditures incurred were focused on achieving the department’s core mandate, ensuring delivery on its key priorities and statutory responsibilities including the discoverability summit and public hearings.

The CRTC will continue to actively monitor travel related expenditures in 2017-18.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental conference fees expenditures increased by 50% ($61K) mainly as a result of an increase in the number of employees attending conferences that are necessary to support the departmental operational activities.

HOSPITALITY: Compared with fiscal year 2015-16, departmental hospitality expenditures increased slightly.

The CRTC will continue to actively monitor hospitality and conference fees related expenditures in 2017-18.

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