Proactive Disclosure

Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

This report represents the final Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences provided by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (the Tribunal), as effective November 1, 2014, the Tribunal’s resources were transferred to the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada (ATSSC).

Through the coming into force of the Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act, on November 1, 2014, the Government of Canada consolidated the provision of support services to eleven administrative tribunals, including the Tribunal, into the ATSSC as a single, integrated service provider.  As a result, the Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures report information, including support services provided to the Tribunal, after November 1, 2014 will be provided by the ATSSC.

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the Tribunal’s expenditures for the first seven months of the 2014-15 fiscal year and the total annual expenditures for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

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 fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly 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, 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 period ending Oct 31, 2014
(a)

Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014
(b)

Variance (1)
(a-b)

(in thousands of dollars)

Travel – Public Servants

33

71

(38)

Travel – Non Public Servants

-

3

(3)

Total Travel

33

74

(41)

Hospitality

6

5

1

Conference Fees

1

24

(23)

TOTAL

40

103

(63)

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

Variances are mainly due to 2014-15 expenditures representing only seven months, as resources of the Tribunal were transferred to ATSSC on November 1, 2014. Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences after November 1, 2014 will be provided in the Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the ATSSC.