Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for 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 Canada Industrial Relations Board (the CIRB or the Board) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides an explanation for all variances from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

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

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the CIRB are for the most part directly related to supporting the Board’s mandate and the government’s priorities.  In particular, 65.3% of the Board’s travel expenses are directly related to hearings and case-related activities. Similarly, 89.4% of the hospitality expenses are related to the Board’s annual meeting and to the International Forum of Labour Agencies meeting.

Mandate

The CIRB is an independent, representational, quasi-judicial tribunal responsible for the interpretation and application of Part I (Industrial Relations) and certain provisions of Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code (the Code). The Board was established in January 1999 through amendments to Part I of the Code. The mandate of the Board is to contribute to and promote effective industrial relations in the federally regulated private sector.

Further information on the Board’s mandate, role, responsibilities and programs can be found in the Board’s 2012–13 Departmental Performance Report.

The Board’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the year
ending March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures
for the year
ending March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
(in dollars)
Travel–Public Servants 440,982 637,045 (196,064)
Travel–Non-Public Servants 2,293 3,968 (1,675)
Total Travel 443,274 641,013 (197,739)
       
Hospitality 31,754 8,712 23,042
Conference Fees - - -
TOTAL 475,028 649,725 (174,697)

Variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel

Public Servants: A large part of the decrease in the CIRB’s travel expenditures by public servants in 2011–12 ($171,711) was due to a decrease in hearing-related travel expenses.

Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011–12, the CIRB’s travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased, due to the end of a project in which a consultant was hired to assist the Board with its national consultations regarding the Canada Industrial Relations Board Regulations, 2001.

Hospitality:

The CIRB’s hospitality expenditures increased by $23,042, due to the International Forum of Labour Agencies’ annual meeting, which was hosted in 2012–13 by the CIRB.

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