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 , except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Travel, hospitality and conferences expenditures incurred by the CSA 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 CSA's website as well; the program activities can by consulting at the following 2017–2018 Departmental Plan and the 2017–2018 Departmental Results Report.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canadian Space Agency
Year ended
($ thousands)
Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the year ending

(a)
Expenditures
for the year ending

(b)
Variance
(a-b)
Travel - Operational activities 3,427 - Not applicable
Travel - Key stakeholders 122 - Not applicable
Travel - Internal governance 17 - Not applicable
Travel - Training 328 - Not applicable
Travel - Other 220 - Not applicable
A- Total Travel expenditures 4,114 3,721 393
B- Hospitality 65 44 21
C- Conference fees 44 44 -
Total Travel, Hospitality & Conference fees (A+B+C) 4,223 3,809 414
International travel by minister and minister's staff (included in travel) - - -

Note: Previous year annual reports reported on travel expenditures based on whether the travel was made by public servants or by non-public servants. Since the - fiscal year, departments must provide the total expenditures for public servants and non-public servants for each travel category and departments do not have to restate their travel expenditures for the year ended , by travel category according to the Guide to Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

Significant variances compared with previous fiscal year

Travel: Compared with fiscal year -, travel expenditures increased by 393 thousand dollars which is an increase of 9.6%. This variance is mainly attributed to the increase in travel to support Canada's third long-duration mission project on the International Space Station as well as a greater CSA presence in interdepartmental consultation events and meetings at the national and international levels.

Hospitality: Compared with fiscal year -, hospitality expenditures increased by 21 thousand dollars which is an increase of 32.4%. This variance is mainly attributed to the increase in hospitality activities to support the recruitment campaign of the 2 new astronauts as well as consultation events and meetings at the national and international levels.

Conference fees: N/A

Minister and minister's exempt staff: N/A

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