Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

Introduction

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the respective annual expenditures for 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, 2017. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year for each type of expenditure.

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; Payments 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 2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities.

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, 2017 Expenditures for the Previous Year Ending March 31, 2016 Change
Travel: Public Servants 90 109 (19)
Travel: Non Public Servants 378 374 4
Total Travel 468 483 (15)
Hospitality 110 89 21
Conference Fees 1 1 0
Total 579 573 6
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 provides a brief explanation of significant variances from the previous year's annual expenditures for each category.

Travel

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, the ORSCC's travel expenditures by public servants decreased by $19K. There are no significant variances to be noted.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, the ORSCC’s travel expenditures by non-public servants increased by $4K. There are no significant variances to be noted.

Hospitality

Compared to fiscal year 2015-2016, the ORSCC's hospitality expenditures increased by $21K. There are no significant variances to be noted.

Conference fees

There are no variances to report in comparison to fiscal year 2015-2016.

Approval by Senior Officials

 

Roger Bilodeau, Q.C., Registrar
October 27, 2017

 

Catherine Laforce, Chief Financial Officer
October 25, 2017