2015-2016 Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Guideline 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 Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

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 OIC are related to supporting the organization's mandate and priorities.

In particular, for the OIC, this includes conducting efficient, fair and confidential investigations into complaints about federal institutions’ handling of access to information requests. The goal is to maximize compliance with the Access to Information Act while fostering disclosure of public sector information using the full range of tools, activities and powers at the Commissioner’s disposal, from information and mediation to persuasion and litigation, where required. The OIC also supports the Commissioner in her advisory role to Parliament and parliamentary committees on all access to information matters. In delivering its mandate, the OIC promotes information rights and advocates a pro-disclosure culture to ensure government transparency, accountability and citizen engagement.

Detailed information on the Office’s authority, mandate and program activities can be found in its Report on Plans and Priorities, Departmental Performance Report and Strategic Plan.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the OIC are summarized below:

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Year ended March 31, 2106

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year
ending March 31, 2016
Expenditures for the year
ending March 31, 2015
(in thousands of dollars) (in thousands of dollars) (in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants 37 26 11
Travel – Non-Public Servants 10 15 -5
Total Travel 47 41 6
Hospitality 3 4 -1
Conference Fees 8 8 0
Total 58 53 5

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:


Public Servants: Travel expenditures increased in 2015-2016 primarily due to travel requirements for legal staff to attend court hearings and for the Commissioner to attend meetings and conferences to support the core mandate.

Non-Public Servants: The absence of travel expenses for the ad hoc commissioner and travel required for outsourced lawyers in 20105-2016 explains primarily the decrease in travel expenses of non-public servants when comparing to 2014-2015.

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