Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – 2014-15
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 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 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:
- A mandate to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.
- CIHR is the Government of Canada's health research funding agency. Peer review committees are used to determine which candidates are eligible to receive funding in the form of grants and awards. The committees are made up of external experts from across the country and around the world who contribute their time and expertise to adjudicate grants and awards applications, with the aim of funding excellence for the benefit of Canada. The vast majority of CIHR’s travel and hospitality expenses are to support this peer review process.
- Further details on CIHR’s authority, mandate and program activities can be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
|Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
(a – b)
|(in thousands of dollars)|
|Travel – Public Servants||$ 671.9||$ 669.1||$ 2.8|
|Travel – Non-Public Servants||$ 1,785.0||$ 2,788.9||$ (1,003.9)|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister’s StaffFootnote *||$ 0.0||$ 0.0||$ 0.0|
|Total Travel||$ 2,456.9||$ 3,458.0||$ (1,001.1)|
|Hospitality||$ 323.7||$ 438.7||$ (115.0)|
|Conference Fees||$ 50.8||$ 55.4||$ (4.6)|
|Total||$ 2,831.4||$ 3,952.1||$ (1,120.7)|
Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:
- Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, there was no significant variance in departmental travel expenditures by public servants (increase of $2.8K or 0.04%).
- Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $1,003.9K (or 36%) due primarily to transformational activities as a result of reforms.
Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $115K (or 26%) due primarily to transformational activities as a result of reforms.
Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, there was no significant variance in departmental conference fees expenditures (decrease of $4.6K or 8%).
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