Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – 2013-14As 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 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) 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 conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.
In particular, for CIHR, this includes:
- A mandate to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.
- CIHR is the Government of Canada's health research funding agency. Peer and merit review committees are used to determine which candidates are eligible to receive funding in the form of grants and awards. It is an established practice at CIHR to extend hospitality to peer and merit review committee members.
- CIHR recognizes the valuable voluntary contribution that peer and merit review committee members and others provide in the evaluation of the numerous grants and awards applications received from applicants during the course of a given fiscal year and the important role they play as advisors in support of our various initiatives. The value of these contributions far outweighs the cost of the hospitality events offered to these volunteers.
- Further details on CIHR's authority, mandate and program activities can be found in the Departmental Performance Report and the Report on Plans and Priorities.
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
|Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013
(a – b)
|(in thousands of dollars)|
|Travel – Public Servants||669.1||643.7||25.4|
|Travel – Non-Public Servants||2,788.9||2,445.9||343.0|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff1||0.0||0.0||0.0|
Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:
- Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by public servants increased by $25.4K (or 3.9%) due to increased domestic and international travel for staff for the development of effective strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities.
- Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental travel expenditures by non-public servants increased by $343.0K (or 14.0%) due primarily to increasing travel costs incurred for peer review activities as well as increased travel in support of the proposed reforms to CIHR's peer review process.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental hospitality expenditures increased by $25.4K (or 6.1%) as a result of an increased emphasis by CIHR in the development of effective strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities, as well as the hosting of the biennial Canadian Health Research Awards during the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Compared to fiscal year 2012-13, departmental conference fees expenditures increased by $22.5K (or 68.4%) as a result of CIHR staff presenting at an increased number of conferences during the fiscal year pertaining to health issues of concern to citizens, public policy makers and health providers.
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