Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Canadian Space Agency

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on 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 Space Agency (CSA) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. 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 CSA, expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences incurred are related to providing services to the Canadian population and directly support the federal government's priorities and the CSA's mandate, which is "To promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians".

The CSA is achieving this mandate in cooperation with Government of Canada organizations, Canadian academia and space industry and international space agencies. The CSA's expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are mainly incurred in order to assure these different collaborations.

The CSA introduced a revised Program Activity Architecture (PAA) on April 1, 2011 and aligned its operations through four program activities to generate long-term benefits for Canadians. These program activities, which are, Space Data, Information and Services, Space Exploration, Future Canadian Space Capacity and internal services contribute to a single global strategic outcome: "Canada's exploration of space, provision of space services and development of its space capacity meet the nation's needs for scientific knowledge, innovation and information".

Information on the CSA's mission and Act is available by consulting the following site www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/about/mission.asp and on program activities by consulting the Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

for the CSA are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012
(a)
Expenditures for the precious year ending March 31, 2011
(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 5,350 5,494 (144)
Travel - Non-Public Servants 273 281 (7)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's StaffFootnote * - - -
Total Travel 5,623 5,775 (152)
Hospitality 105 109 (4)
Conference Fees 231 224 7
Total 5,959 6,108 (149)

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 Public Servants

Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, travel expenditures by the CSA's public servants decreased by $144 thousand (-2.6%) mainly due to the transfer of an amount of $23,710 of expenditures to Shared Services Canada combined with a rigorous monthly monitoring and to an effort to raise awareness to possible efficiencies.

Travel Non-Public Servants, Hospitality and Conference Fees

Expenditures for Travel Non-Public Servants, Hospitality and Conference fees as a whole remained essentially the same as for the previous year.

Footnotes

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Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.

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