Proactive Disclosure

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 total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

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 related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

The majority of travel and hospitality expenditures of the Tribunal were incurred in the conduct of the various areas of its mandate, notably in the context of hearings held outside Ottawa, Ontario, plant visits and calling witnesses to appear before the Tribunal. Members and staff also attended conferences and made presentations to various international, legal and academic bodies.

The Tribunal was established in December 1988 under the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act. It is an independent, investigative and quasi-judicial decision-making body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Finance. The Tribunal also derives authority from the Special Measures Act, the Customs Act and the Excise Tax Act. The Tribunal's office is located in Ottawa.

Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance (1)
(a-b)

(in thousands of dollars)

Travel – Public Servants 16 35 (19)
Travel – Non Public Servants 2 5 (3)
Total Travel 18 40 (22)
Hospitality 5 6 (1)
Conference Fees 7 13 (6)
TOTAL 30 59 (29)

SIGNIFICANT VARIANCES COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR

Travel

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, travel expenditures by the Tribunal's employees decreased mainly due to fewer hearings held outside Ottawa, as well as fewer plant visits. There was also a reduction in the number of conference-related travel.

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, there was no significant change in hospitality expenditures.

Conference Fees

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Tribunal's conference fee expenditures decreased mainly due to a decrease in the number of employees attending conferences and to the priority given to in-house training activities.