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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011

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 Environment Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.

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 supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, for Environment Canada, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

  • Weather and Environmental Services for Canadians
  • Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat
  • Substances and Waste Management
  • Weather and Environmental Services for Targeted Users
  • Climate Change and Clean Air
  • Water Resources
  • Compliance Promotion and Enforcement – Pollution
  • Compliance Promotion and Enforcement – Wildlife
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Mackenzie Gas Project
  • Internal Services

In addition, Environment Canada has authority under numerous pieces of legislation which affect how the department operates.  The most significant Acts are as follows:

  • Antarctic Environmental Protection Act
  • Canada Water Act
  • Canada Wildlife Act
  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
  • Department of the Environment Act
  • Fisheries Act (Sections 36-42)
  • International River Improvements Act
  • Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
  • Species at Risk Act
  • Weather Modification Information Act
  • Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act
  • Federal Sustainable Development Act ( 2008, c. 33 )

As for Environment Canada's mandate, it includes protecting and enhancing the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality. We also work to conserve Canada's renewable resources, such as plants and wildlife. We predict weather and monitor climate conditions. We protect Canada's water resources, working cooperatively with the United States to protect and conserve boundary waters. 

Fulfilling this mandate requires the department to undertake research, to enter into consultations with stakeholders, and to establish and enforce standards and regulations.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Environment Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure CategoryExpenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011
 (in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants33 359.1
Travel – Non-Public Servants2 196.3
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff *135.2
Total Travel35 690.6
Hospitality517.9
Conference Fees625.9
TOTAL36 834.4

(*) Includes international travel that is part of a department’s program.

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