Reporting on Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada Total Annual Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the Fiscal Year 2011-2012

The Secretariat supports Treasury Board Ministers in strengthening the way government is managed to better serve Canadians and ensure value for money in government spending. In order to fulfill this mandate the Secretariat incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenditures to: implement key government initiatives; attend and present at national and international forums related to the Secretariat's mandate; recruit and provide professional development to functional communities (such as internal auditors, financial officers, etc); support Regional Federal Councils; and implement new policies and horizontal initiatives. In addition, as the employer for the government, the Secretariat incurs travel and related expenditures for labour management meetings with bargaining agents and other stakeholders, as well as with regard to human resources litigation and hearings.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Treasury Board Secretariat are summarized below:
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012
(a - b)
Return to endnote reference * Includes international travel that is part of the department's program
Travel - Public Servants 2,671 2,233 (438)
Travel - Non-Public Servants 357 110 (247)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff See endnote * 14 25 11
Total Travel 3,042 2,368 (674)
Hospitality 254 202 (52)
Conference Fees 96 12 (84)
Total 3,392 2,582 (810)

There is an overall reduction of expenditures in each of the 3 categories in fiscal year 2011-12 from the 2010-11 fiscal year. Reductions are largely the result of active and ongoing management of the Secretariat's travel, hospitality and conference expenditures.


  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • Adopting a more streamlined approach to recruitment activities along with fewer recruitment campaigns.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • Reduced travel requirements for consultations initiatives such as the Red Tape Reduction Commission as the Commission was winding down and completing its mandate.
  3. Minister and Minister's Staff: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, departmental international travel expenditures by the minister and his/her staff increased mainly due to:
    • One additional trip conducted by the Minister's office in fiscal year 2011-12 compared to fiscal year 2010-11.


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