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, 2015. It also provides the significant variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these expenditure categories.
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.
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
|Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
|(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|
|Conference Attendance Fees||58||40||18|
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.
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