Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – 2016-17

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 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. It also provides the variance explanations 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 for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for CIHR, this includes:

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of CIHR are summarized below:
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2016
(b)
Variance
(a – b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants $ 613.1 $ 479.9 $ 133.2
Travel – Non-Public Servants $ 1,342.7 $ 1,624.8 $ (282.1)
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s StaffFootnote * $ 0.0 $ 0.0 $ 0.0
Total Travel $ 1,955.8 $ 2,104.7 $ (148.9)
Hospitality $ 264.4 $ 315.9 $ (51.5)
Conference Fees $ 55.8 $ 34.6 $ 21.2
Total $ 2,276.0 $ 2,455.2 $ (179.2)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:

Travel:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by public-servants increased by $133.2K (or 28%). CIHR underwent an internal reorganization in July 2015 resulting in realignment of human resources in new or revised positions. Staff therefore travelled less in 2015-16 due to the implementation of the reorganization and the time required to identify travel requirements stemming from new and revised roles and responsibilities. In 2016-17 the organization remained stable with no further realignments and travel returned to its normal level.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased by $282.1K (or 17%) due primarily to transformational activities as a result of reforms and changes to peer review. The implementation of recommendations from the July 2017 working group with the health research community had a minimal impact on 2016-17 travel and hospitality expenditures.

Hospitality:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $51.5K (or 16%) due primarily to transformational activities as a result of reforms and changes to peer review. The implementation of recommendations from the July 2017 working group with the health research community had a minimal impact on 2016-17 travel and hospitality expenditures.  

Conference Fees:

Compared to fiscal year 2015-16, departmental conference expenditures increased by $21.2K (or 61%). CIHR underwent an internal reorganization in July 2015 resulting in realignment of human resources in new or revised positions. Staff therefore attended fewer conferences in 2015-16 due to the implementation of the reorganization and the time required to identify requirements stemming from new and revised roles and responsibilities.

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