Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2019-2020
As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (ORSCC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. It also provides, where applicable, the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year for each type of expenditure.
Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by a federal department or agency relate to activities that support the department or agency’s mandate.
The ORSCC’s travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the delivery of its core responsibility, programs and services to Canadians, as described in the following sections.
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.
Core Responsibility and Programs
The ORSCC has a single Core Responsibility: The administration of Canada’s final court of appeal. This Core Responsibility is supported by two programs: Court Administration and Administration of the Judges Act for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, the ORSCC is further supported by its Internal Services, which are services in support of programs and/or required to meet corporate obligations of the ORSCC.
Travel, Hospitality and Conferences Expenditures
Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for the Year Ended
March 31, 2020
|Expenditures for the
March 31, 2019
|A. Total Travel||485||521||(36)|
|C. Conference Fees||5||1||4|
|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.
In comparison to fiscal year 2018-19, travel expenditures decreased by $36K, mainly due to a general decrease in both operational activities and key stakeholders’ travel.
In comparison to fiscal year 2018-19, hospitality expenditures increased by $166K, mainly due to the fact that the Supreme Court of Canada hosted the eighth triennial conference of the Association des cours constitutionnelles ayant en partage l’usage du français (ACCPUF) in the spring of 2019. There are no other significant variances to be noted.
In comparison to fiscal year 2018-19, conference expenditures increased by $4K. There are no significant variances to be noted.
Approval by senior officials
Catherine Laforce, Chief Financial Officer
October 27, 2020
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