Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2011-12

Introduction

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on 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 Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (Office) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government's priorities.

Mandate and Program Activities

Created by an Act of Parliament in 1875, the Supreme Court of Canada is Canada's final court of appeal. It serves Canadians by deciding legal issues of public importance, thereby contributing to the development of all branches of law applicable within Canada. The independence of the Court, the quality of its work and the esteem in which it is held both in Canada and abroad contribute significantly as foundations for a secure, strong and democratic country founded on the Rule of Law. In accordance with the Supreme Court Act, the Supreme Court of Canada consists of the Chief Justice and the eight puisne judges. The Supreme Court of Canada is an important national institution, positioned at the pinnacle of the judicial branch of government in Canada.

The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada provides all necessary services and support for the Court to process, hear and decide cases.  It also serves as the interface between litigants and the Court.

The Office has a single strategic outcome: The administration of Canada's final court of appeal is effective and independent. That strategic outcome is further supported by three program activities: court operations: process payments of various allowances to Supreme Court Judges pursuant to the Judges Act; and internal services.

Further details on the Office's mandate and program activities may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-2012.

Total Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

These expenditures are summarized below:

(in thousands of dollars)

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2011
(b)
Variance
(a – b)
Travel – Public Servants 362 461 (99)
Travel – Non Public Servants 134 118 16
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff* N/A N/A N/A
Total Travel 496 579 (83)
Hospitality 90 121 (31)
Conference Fees 46 49 (3)
 
Total 632 749 (117)

(*) Includes international travel that is part of a department's program.

Significant Variances Compared to 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

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Office travel expenditures by public servants decreased mainly due to:
    • the Canada-US Law Clerks' Exchange Program's annual trip to Washington D.C. was abolished in 2011-2012;
    • the triennial Association des hautes juridictions de Cassation des pays ayant en partage l'usage du français (AHJUCAF) conference was held in 2010-2011; and
    • a decrease in statutory travel costs in 2011-2012 compared to the previous year.
  2. Non Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Office travel expenditures by non-public servants increased mainly due to:
    • hosting the visit of the Supreme Court of Israel delegation in Ottawa.
  3. Minister and Minister's Staff: N/A

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Office hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:

  • specific events occurring in 2010-2011 and not in 2011-2012, such as the AHJUCAF triennial conference and the Canada-US Law Clerks' Exchange Program reception.

Conference fees

Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, the Office conference fees expenditures decreased mainly due to:
  • corrections in financial coding procedures for conference attendance.