Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2014-15

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for Transport Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.  It also provides the variance explanations for significant changes from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

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 Transport Canada are related to supporting both the departmental mandate and the government’s priorities.

Transport Canada provides a variety of programs and services to Canadian citizens, related to safety, security, the environment, and innovation in transportation by air, land and sea.  The department is committed to ensuring Canada has aviation, rail, road and marine transportation systems that are safe, secure, environmentally responsible and innovative. 

For more information about Transport Canada’s mandates and priorities, please see the Departmental Performance Report and the Report on Plans and Priorities.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Transport Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure Categories

Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
(In thousands of dollars)

Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(In thousands of dollars)

(In thousands of dollars)

Travel - Public Servants




Travel - Non-Public Servants




International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff




Total Travel








Conference Fees








Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year


Overall travel expenditures increased by 24% ($5,094K) compared to fiscal year 2013-14, as follows:

  • Public Servants:  Travel expenditures by public servants increased 23% ($4,843K), mainly due to:
    • Support core mandate activities through an increased number of inspection, investigation and other oversight activities;
    • Support stakeholder engagement and internal governance through meetings, workshops and conferences; and
    • Support employee training through an increased number of mandatory technical and operational training activities.
  • Non-Public Servants:  Travel expenditures by non-public servants increased 54% ($237K) mainly due to the launch in June 2014 of the statutory review of the Canada Transportation Act.
  • International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff:  International travel expenditures by the Minister and Minister’s Staff increased by $14K due to one additional trip overseas.

For further details on international travel, please visit Transport Canada Proactive Disclosure.


Hospitality expenditures increased by 25% ($38k) over fiscal year 2014-2015 mainly as a result of hospitality functions for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council.

Conferences Fees:

Conference fees increased 59% ($103K) over fiscal year 2014-2015, primarily due to the attendance of technical experts at conferences to support the core mandate of Transport Canada and members of the review of the Canada Transportation Act.