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2014–15 Report on annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (OCL) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 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.

In particular, for OCL, the mandate is stated in the Lobbying Act and covers three areas of activity: maintaining a registry of lobbyists that is accessible to Canadians; fostering greater awareness of the requirements of the Lobbying Act through education and outreach; and ensuring compliance with the legislation and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.

For further information on the OCL's programs, refer to the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying are summarized below:

Annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (in thousands of dollars)

Annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 ($000) Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014 ($000) Change ($000)
Travel: Public servants 22 18 4
Travel: Non-public servants 17 11 6
Total travel 39 29 10
Hospitality 3 2 1
Conference fees 1 2 -1
Total 43 33 10
International travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-public servant travel) 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 2013–14, travel expenditures by public servants increased linked to core mandate activities and training.

Non-public servants: Compared with fiscal year 2013–14, travel expenditures by non-public servants increased due to stakeholder engagement activities and outreach activities.

Hospitality: Compared to fiscal year 2013–14, hospitality expenditures did not change significantly.

Conference fees: Compared to fiscal year 2013–14, conference fees did not change significantly.

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