Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – 2012-13

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. 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 for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

In particular, for CIHR, this includes:

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of CIHR are summarized below (in thousands of dollars):
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance
(a – b)
  1. Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.
Travel – Public Servants 643.7 570.8 72.9
Travel – Non-Public Servants 2,445.9 2,626.6 (180.7)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total Travel 3,089.6 3,197.4 (107.8)
Hospitality 413.3 469.9 (56.6)
Conference Fees 32.9 57.4 (24.5)
Total 3,535.8 3,724.7 (188.9)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

This section is used to provide a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year's annual expenditures for each category.

Travel:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-12, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased by $72.9K (or 12.8%) due to increased travel for staff in support of the proposed reforms to CIHR's peer review process as described in CIHR's Strategic Plan, Health Research Roadmap: Creating innovative research for better health and health care.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-12, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $180.7K (or 6.9%) due to austerity measures implemented by CIHR and the increased use of virtual peer review.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2011-12, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $56.6K (or 12%) due to austerity measures implemented by CIHR and the increased use of virtual peer review.

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2011-12, departmental conference fees expenditures decreased significantly by $24.5K (or 42.7%) due to austerity measures implemented by CIHR.

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