Report on annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the fiscal year 2013-14

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Grain Commission for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations 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 federal departments and agencies are related to activities that support a departmental or agency mandate and the government’s priorities.

The Canadian Grain Commission administers the provisions of the Canada Grain Act. The Canadian Grain Commission’s mandate as set out in the Canada Grain Act is to, "in the interests of the grain producers, establish and maintain standards of quality for Canadian grain and regulate grain handling in Canada, to ensure a dependable commodity for domestic and export markets." To effectively pursue its mandate and make a difference to Canadians, the Canadian Grain Commission aims to achieve one strategic outcome: Canada’s grain is safe, reliable and marketable and Canadian grain producers are protected. The Canadian Grain Commission has five program activities which each contribute to making progress to the sole strategic outcome. They are the quality assurance program, the quantity assurance program, the grain quality research program, the producer protection program, and internal services. For further information on the Canadian Grain Commission’s programs and activities please see section II of the Canadian Grain Commission’s Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

During 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Canadian Grain Commission focused a tremendous amount of effort on updating user fees and developing and implementing organizational design and new service delivery models to reflect the amended Canada Grain Act, amended Canada Grain Regulations, and streamlined Canadian Grain Commission operations. Legislation to amend the Canada Grain Act was introduced as part of Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012, in October, 2012. The Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 received royal assent on December 14, 2012. User fees consultations and pre-proposal notification on updated fees under an amended Canada Grain Act were completed in November 2012. In February 2013, a Canadian Grain Commission User Fees Proposal was tabled in Parliament. Most Canada Grain Act amendments, as well as consequential amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations, and updated user fees came into force on August 1, 2013. The Canadian Grain Commission worked in close collaboration with producers, industry stakeholders, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and other government departments and agencies throughout this process.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Canadian Grain Commission
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2013 Variance
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – public servants $1,820 $2,198 ($378)
Travel – non-public servants $27 $34 ($7)
Total travel $1,847 $2,232 ($385)
Hospitality $27 $29 ($2)
Conference fees $12 $25 ($13)
Total $1,886 $2,286 ($400)
International travel by Minister and Minister's staff (also included in non-public servant travel) $- $- $-

Canadian Grain Commission travel, hospitality and conference expenditures have all decreased from 2012-13 to 2013-14 mainly due to:

  • The coming into force of amendments to the Canada Grain Act and updated user fees on August 1, 2013 resulted in a decrease in overall travel expenditures in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13.
  • Increased use of teleconferencing, videoconferencing and telepresence technology.
  • An ongoing commitment to limit discretionary expenditures when and where possible.