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

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality and Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conference attendance fees for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these expenditure categories.

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 conference attendance fees incurred by federal departments and agencies support departmental mandates and the government's priorities.

In particular, for the CSA, expenditures for travel, hospitality and conference attendance fees 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 conference attendance fees are mainly incurred in order to maintain these different collaborations.

Information on the CSA's mission, mandate 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 Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences Attendance Fees for the CSA are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures for the precious year ending March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 3,615 5,350 (1,735)
Travel - Non-Public Servants 98 273 (175)
International Travel by the Minister and the Minister's Staff - - -
Total Travel Expenditures 3,713 5,623 (1,910)
Hospitality 40 105 (65)
Conference Attendance Fees 87 231 (144)
Total 3,840 5,959 (2,119)

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, Travel Non-Public Servants, Hospitality and Conference Attendance Fees

Compared to the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the total travel expenditures have decreased by 34% whereas hospitality expenditures and conference attendance fees have decreased by 62%. The following factors are key in explaining the decrease in expenditures :

  • Implementation of decisions announced in Budget 2012 in relation to the Deficit Reduction Action Plan (DRAP).
  • Increased efficiency awareness of all employees in regards to these expenditure categories.
  • Implementation of spending limits and rigorous monitoring mechanisms.

These expenditure reductions are results based. They optimize the use of resources and align with the government's priorities and responsibilities. Financial resources were managed diligently and the savings realized contribute to the government's efforts to restore fiscal balance.