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 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.
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.
Public health involves the organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and to prevent injury, illness and premature death. It includes programs, services and policies that protect and promote the health of all Canadians. In Canada, public health is a responsibility that is shared by the three levels of government in collaboration with the private sector, non-government organizations, health professionals and the public.
In September 2004, the Public Health Agency of Canada (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 the health care system.
The Agency has the responsibility to:
More information on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s activities, plans and performance are detailed in the 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 year ending March 31, 2014
| Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
| Variance ($)
|Travel - Public Servants||$5,425,432||$6,316,124||($890,693)||-14%|
|Travel - Non Public Servants||$568,267||$995,870||($427,604)||-43%|
Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, departmental expenditures in each of these areas decreased mainly due to:
Significant efforts within the Agency to reduce Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, including the use of more economical business practices (i.e. video conferencing).