Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2013-2014

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 (ORSCC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. 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 that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government's priorities.

Mandate and Programs

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.  The Supreme Court of Canada is an important national institution, positioned at the pinnacle of the judicial branch of government in Canada, separate from and independent of the executive and legislative branches of government.

The ORSCC 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 ORSCC 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; Processing of payment to Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, pursuant to the Judges Act; and Internal services.

Further details on the ORSCC's mandate and programs may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-2014.

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, 2014 Expenditures for the Previous Year Ending March 31, 2013 Change
Travel: Public Servants 98 392 (294)
Travel: Non Public Servants 301 131 170
Total Travel 399 523 (124)
Hospitality 120 83 37
Conference Fees 1 2 (1)
Total 520 608 (88)
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 with fiscal year 2012-2013, the ORSCC's travel expenditures by public servants decreased, due mainly to:
    • Travel funded by statutory authorities being transferred to the non-public servants category in 2013-2014; and
    • A general decrease in operating travel costs.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, the ORSCC's travel expenditures by non-public servants increased, due mainly to:
    • Travel funded by statutory authorities being transferred from the public servants category in 2013-2014.

Hospitality

Compared with fiscal year 2012-2013, the ORSCC's hospitality expenditures increased, due mainly to:

  • Hosting foreign delegations in 2013-2014 (which did not occur the previous year), namely:
    1. a visit by a delegation from the Conseil Constitutionnel de la République Française; and
    2. a visit by a delegation from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Conference fees

There have been no significant variances in comparison to fiscal year 2012-2013.

Approval by Senior Officials

 

Roger Bilodeau, Q.C., Registrar
October 9, 2014

 

Catherine Laforce, Chief Financial Officer
October 9, 2014