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, 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 related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate 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, International technical exchanges and expenses related to witnesses called 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 authority of the Tribunal Chairperson and Members are provided pursuant to numerous statutes, but principally the Special Measures Act, the Customs Act and the Excise Tax Act. The Tribunal’s office is located in Ottawa, where the majority of hearings are held; however, the Tribunal can hold hearings anywhere the Chairperson and Members deem necessary.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Tribunal:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(a)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(b)
Variance (1) (a-b)
(a-b)

(in thousands of dollars)

Travel – Public Servants 71 16 55
Travel – Non Public Servants 3 2 1
Total Travel 74 18 56
Hospitality 5 5 0
Conference Fees 24 7 17
TOTAL 103 30 73

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

Travel

Public servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Tribunal’s travel expenditures by Public Servants increased by $55,000 mainly due to technical exchanges with international antidumping authorities, a visit to the United States International Trade Commission and an increase in conference-related travel.

Non-public servants: Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, there was no significant change in the Tribunal’s travel expenditures by non-public servants.

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, there was no change in the Tribunal’s hospitality expenditures.

Conference Fees

Compared to fiscal year 2012-2013, the Tribunal’s conference fee expenditures increased by $17,000 mainly due to an increase in the number of employees attending conferences.