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 . 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 conferences incurred by the Agency are related to activities that support departmental mandate and the government's priorities.

The CSA's mandate 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 Canadian.

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

Information on the CSA's mission, mandate and Act is available by consulting the Canadian Space Agency's website as well; the program activities can by consulting at the following 2016–2017 Report on Plans and Priorities and the 2016–2017 Departmental Results Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conference Attendance Fees

Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the year ending

(a)
Expenditures
for the previous
year ending

(b)
Variance
(a-b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 2,663 2,472 191
Travel - Non-Public Servants 1,058 1,153 (95)
International Travel by the Minister and the Minister's Staff - - -
Total Travel Expenditures 3,721 3,625 96
Hospitality 44 21 23
Conference Attendance Fees 44 35 9
Total 3,809 3,681 128

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Compared to last year, total spending on travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by 128 thousand dollars which is an increase of 3%. This variance is mainly attributed to the increase of public servants travel to support the recruitment campaign of the 2 new astronauts. This same initiative also explains the increase in hospitality expenditures for the same period. The decrease in non-public servants travel is mostly explained by the development schedule of a major project; impacting the travel of contractual resources. With respect to conference attendance fees, the increase is explained by a space conference in - that takes place every two years.