Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences – March 31, 2014

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information about the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality, and conferences. This report covers the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information that is subject to being withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures incurred by the PPSC for travel, hospitality, and conferences are related to activities that support its mandate and the government’s priorities.

The PPSC is an independent prosecution service whose main objective is to prosecute offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. Its mandate is set out in the Director of Public Prosecutions ActFootnote 1. The Act calls on the PPSC to provide prosecutorial advice to law enforcement agencies, and to prosecute matters on behalf of the Crown that are within federal jurisdiction. The PPSC’s sole strategic outcome is the prosecution of criminal and regulatory offences under federal law in a manner that is independent, impartial, and fair.

The PPSC plays an integral role in the criminal justice system, promoting due process and working to safeguard the rights of all those who come into contact with the system. The benefits to Canadians from the work carried out by the PPSC include:

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2014
Expenditures for the Previous Year Ending March 31, 2013
Travel: Public Servants 3,571 4,004 (433)
Travel: Non-Public Servants 98 133 (35)
Total Travel 3,669 4,137 (468)
Hospitality 7 22 (15)
Conference Fees 12 36 (24)
Total 3,688 4,195 (507)
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel) 0 0 0

Significant Variances Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year

There is an overall reduction in all the categories in 2013–2014 from 2012–2013 largely due to concentrated efforts to reduce expenditures and by promoting the use of available technologies such as teleconferencing for connecting with partners and stakeholders.

Other significant variances were due to:

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