Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences - 2014-2015

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. It also provides explanations for variances 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 federal departments and agencies are directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for the CNSC, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

  • regulating the development, production and use of nuclear energy in Canada to protect health, safety and the environment
  • regulating the production, possession, use and transport of nuclear substances, and the production, possession and use of prescribed equipment and prescribed information
  • implementing measures respecting international control of the development, production, transport and use of nuclear energy and substances, including measures respecting the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear explosive devices
  • disseminating scientific, technical and regulatory information concerning the CNSC’s activities, pertaining to the development, production, possession, transport and use of nuclear substances that affect the environment and the health and safety of persons

For more information on the CNSC's mandate and core programs and/or services, please access the CNSC's Departmental Performance Report (DPR) or the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP).

Total annual expenditures for the CNSC's travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized as follows:
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015
(000 $)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014
(000 $)
Variance
(000 $)
* CNSC reports to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources, whose travel expenses are included in Natural Resources Canada's Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences.
Travel: Public servants $4,491 $4,345 $146
Travel: Non-public servants $58 $25 $33
Total Travel $4,549 $4,370 $179
Hospitality $78 $113 ($35)
Conference Fees $2 $1 $1
Total $4,629 $4,484 $145
International travel by Minister and minister’s staff * N/A N/A N/A

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

Travel:

  1. Public servants: Compared to fiscal year 2013–14, travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly because of:
    • An increase in international travel costs due to a depreciation of the Canadian dollar
    • Increased staff attendance at International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meetings
    • Increased travel costs for outreach activities, as the CNSC continued to make engagement and communication activities a priority 
  2. Non-public servants: Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, non-public servants travel increased due to a change in the Government-Wide Chart of Accounts, which took effect April 1, 2014, following the implementation of the Treasury Board Secretariat Guideline on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures.

    Starting in fiscal year 2014-15, when a contract for services requires the payment or reimbursement of contractor travel expenses, such expenses are to be recorded as non-public service travel, whereas they were previously recorded as Professional and Special Services.

  3. Minister and minister’s staff: Not applicable.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2013–14, hospitality expenditures decreased mainly because of a decrease in public hearings for the Joint Review Panel for Ontario Power Generation’s Deep Geological Repository which incurred additional hospitality expenses in 2013-14.

Conference Fees:

The CNSC had no significant changes in conference fees expenditures from 2013-14 to 2014-15.