Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality, and Conferences for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013

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 Correctional Service Canada (CSC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides the explanations of the significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

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.

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, 2013
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the
year ending
March 31, 2012
(in thousands of dollars)
Variance
(in thousands of dollars)

Travel – Public Servants

17,028 30,724 (13,696)

Travel – Non-Public Servants

3,286 3,072 214 
Total Travel 20,314 33,796 (13,482)
Hospitality 130 295 (165)
Conference Fees 1 6 (5)
TOTAL 20,445 34,097 (13,652)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel:

  • Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, CSC's travel expenditures for public servants decreased mainly due to the implementation of strict controls to reduce travel expenditures and by maximizing the use of technology, such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing.
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, CSC's travel expenditures for non-public servants increased mainly due to additional transfers of inmates between institutions.

Hospitality:

  • Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, CSC's hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to the implementation of strict controls to reduce hospitality expenditures.