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2015-2016 Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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 each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. 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 the Public Health Agency of Canada are in support of its mandate and Government priorities.

Public health involves the organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and to prevent illness, injury, and premature death. The Public Health Agency of Canada has put in place programs, services and policies that protect and promote the health of all Canadians. In Canada, public health is a responsibility that is shared by all three levels of government in collaboration with the private sector, non-governmental organizations, health professionals and the public.

In September 2004, the Agency was created within the federal Health Portfolio to deliver on the Government of Canada’s commitment to increase its focus on public health in order to help protect and improve the health and safety of all Canadians and to contribute to strengthening public health capacities across Canada.

The Agency has the responsibility to:

  • Contribute to the prevention of disease and injury, and to the promotion of health;
  • Enhance surveillance information and expand the knowledge of disease and injury in Canada;
  • Provide federal leadership and accountability in managing national public health events;
  • Strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health and facilitate national approaches to public health policy and planning; and
  • Serve as a central point for sharing Canada's public health expertise with international partners, and to translate international knowledge and approaches to inform and support Canada's public health priorities and programs - for example, by participating in international working groups to develop new public health tools to protect, mitigate and respond to emerging public health threats.

For more detailed information on the Public Health Agency of Canada's mandate, including rolesand responsibilities, please refer to the Agency’s 2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities and the 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

The Public Health Agency of Canada manages travel, hospitality, and conference activities / expenditures with prudence and probity so that they demonstrate value for money and use the most economical options to minimize costs whenever possible.

Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of the Public Health Agency of Canada are summarized below:
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2015
(a)
Expenditures for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2016
(b)
Variance ($)
c = (b-a)
Variance (%)
d = c/b
Travel - Public Servants 5,808,606 5,878,854 70,248 1%
Travel - Non-Public Servants 615,068 569,521 (45,547) -8%
Total Travel 6,423,674 6,448,375 24,701 0%
Hospitality 85,277 85,082 (195) 0%
Conference Fees 256,507 335,964 79,457 24%
Total 6,765,458 6,869,421 103,963 2%

There are no significant variances when comparing both years' annual expenditures.