Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality, and Conferences for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality, and conferences for Correctional Service Canada (CSC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. 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 related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

The CSC is an agency within the Public Safety Portfolio which is comprised of five key federal agencies and three review bodies, including the Office of the Correctional Investigator, dedicated to public safety.  CSC, as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control. It delivers its mandate under four major program activities. A summary description of CSC's program activities can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates.

CSC has locations throughout Canada that require travel for staff in order to oversee its operations. Other travel is required for CSC staff to attend training sessions to maintain or develop skills or to participate in various sessions to promote productive relationships with increasingly diverse partners, stakeholders, and others involved in public safety. Travel also occurs when transferring offenders and for parole officers to discharge their responsibilities.

For more details on CSC mandate and priorities please refer to the CSC's Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and Departmental Performance Report (DPR) which can be viewed at the following links:

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

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the
year ending
March 31, 2012
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the
year ending
March 31, 2011
(in thousands of dollars)
Restated*
Variance
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 30,724 27,767 2,957
Travel - Non-Public Servants 3,072 2,601 471
Total Travel 33,796 30,368 3,428
Hospitality 295 425 (130)
Conference Fees 6 - 6
Total 34,097 30,793 3,304

*The amount for Travel - Public Servants has been reduced by $ 858,000 and $ 114,000 for Non-Public Servants to exclude accommodation costs relating to the Correctional Training Program (CTP). Accommodation is provided by CSC to candidates enrolled in the CTP and does not qualify as travel cost. Therefore, the expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011 have been restated to ensure comparability between years.

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, CSC's travel expenditures for public servants increased mainly due to the implementation of the legislative initiatives which created additional travel requirements for CSC staff.
  2. Non-Public Servants:  Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, CSC's travel expenditures for non-public servants increased mainly due to additional transfers of inmates between institutions.