Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for Fiscal Year 2017-2018

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, 2018. It also provides, where applicable, 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.

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 2017-18 Departmental Plan.

Travel, Hospitality and Conferences Expenditures
Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada

(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Year Ended
March 31, 2018
Expenditures for the
Year Ended
March 31, 2017
Variance
TravelFootnote 1
Operational activities 170   Not applicable
Key stakeholders 424   Not applicable
Internal governance 4   Not applicable
Training 40   Not applicable
Other travel 1   Not applicable
A.Total Travel 639 468 171
B. Hospitality 160 110 50
C. Conference Fees 5 1 4
Total 804 579 225
International travel by minister and minister's staff (included in travel)  Not applicable  Not applicable  Not applicable

 

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

Compared with fiscal year 2016-2017, the ORSCC’s travel expenditures increased by $171K, mainly due to greater operational travel requirements, an evolving outreach role and a growing number of protocol functions.  

Hospitality

Compared with fiscal year 2016-2017, the ORSCC’s hospitality expenditures increased by $50K, mainly due to greater operational requirements, an evolving outreach role and a growing number of protocol functions.

Conference fees

Compared with fiscal year 2016-2017, the ORSCC’s conference fee expenditures increased by $4K. There are no significant variances to be noted.

Approval by senior officials

 

Roger Bilodeau, Q.C., Registrar
October 23, 2018

 

Catherine Laforce, Chief Financial Officer
October 23, 2018

 

Footnotes

Footnote 1

As of Fiscal Year 2017-18, Travel is presented by travel categories and is the aggregation of public servant travel and non-public servant travel.

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