Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2013-14

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Events Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. 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 conference fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government’s priorities.

To fulfill its mandate, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL) oversees the full implementation of the Official Languages Act, protects the language rights of Canadians and promotes linguistic duality and bilingualism in Canada.

OCOL strives to accomplish this mandate through activities that raise awareness among federal institutions and other organizations subject to the Official Languages Act so that linguistic duality is an important element of leadership. These activities also aim to promote to Canada’s two official language communities the value of linguistic duality as one of the key elements of Canadian identity, and support official language minority communities in order to enhance their development and vitality.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages:

(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expenditures for the Previous Year Ending March 31, 2013 Change
Travel: Public Servants 336 344 (8)
Travel: Non-Public Servants - 10 (10)
Hospitality 22 39 (17)
Conference Fees 10 6 4
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff N/A N/A N/A
 

Significant variances compared with the previous fiscal year

This section is used to provide a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year’s annual expenditures for each category.

TRAVEL:

Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2012–13, OCOL’s travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to continuous efforts aimed at reducing costs by streamlining operational processes and promoting the use of technologies, such as teleconferencing and videoconferencing.

Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2012–13, OCOL did not incur any travel expenditures for non-public servants.

HOSPITALITY: Compared with fiscal year 2012–13, OCOL’s hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to efforts aimed at reducing the cost and the number of hospitality activities throughout OCOL.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared with fiscal year 2012–13, OCOL’s conference fees expenditures did not significantly change.