Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

Introduction

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conference fees for the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (Office) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conference fees incurred by federal departments and agencies are related to activities supporting a departmental or agency mandate and the government's priorities.

Mandate and Programs

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 Canada's government.

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. This strategic outcome is further supported by three programs: Court operations; Process payment of various allowances to Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, pursuant to the Judges Act; and Internal services.

Further details on the Office's mandate and programs may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2012-2013.

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada

(in thousands of dollars)

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012 Change
Travel – Public Servants 392 362 30
Travel – Non Public Servants 131 134 (3)
Total Travel 523 496 27
Hospitality 83 90 (7)
Conference Fees 2 46 (44)
Total 608 632 (24)
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) N/A N/A N/A

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 2011-2012, the Office's travel expenditures by public servants increased mainly due to:
    • A general increase in both statutory and operational travel costs; no significant variances to be noted.
  2. Non-Public Servants: There have been no significant variances in comparison to fiscal year 2011-2012.

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Office's hospitality expenditures decreased mainly due to:

  • A decrease in operational requirements.

Conference fees

Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Office's conference expenditures decreased mainly due to:

  • A general decrease in conference participation; no significant variances to be noted; and
  • Further corrections in financial coding procedures for conference attendance.