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

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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, 2015. It also provides the significant 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 Canadian Space Agency'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

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 2,400 2,550 (149)
Travel - Non-Public Servants 935 668 267
International Travel by the Minister and the Minister's Staff - - -
Total Travel Expenditures 3,335 3,218 117
Hospitality 27 69 (42)
Conference Attendance Fees 58 40 18
Total 3,420 3,327 93

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Compared to last year, total spending on travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by 93 thousand dollars, an increase of 3%. The increase is mainly due to travel – non-public servants, under contracts with CSA partners. This annual variation is inherent and dependent upon the development cycle of certain activities of the CSA.

Spending on travel, hospitality and conferences decreased by 2,688 thousand dollars, or 56% (ie of 6,108 thousands of dollars to 3,420 thousands of dollars) since 2010-11. The Canadian Space Agency has been proactive in terms of managing these expenditures in order to align them with operational requirements and will continue to oversee these expenses by expenditure ceilings and rigorous monitoring mechanisms.