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Archived - Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures: 2019 to 2020

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As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conferences and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020.

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 the CFIA, this includes the delivery of the following core programs and/or services to Canadians:

Travel is essential for the delivery of these services.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Year ended March 31, 2020
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2020
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2019
(in thousands of dollars)
Operational activities 6,626 7,981 (1,355)
Key stakeholders 482 677 (195)
Internal governance 424 538 (114)
Training 2,004 2,598 (594)
Other 1,065 1,308 (243)
A. Total Travel 10,601 13,102 (2,501)
B. Hospitality 60 130 (70)
C. Conference fees 192 184 8
Total 10,853 13,416 (2,563)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

In 2019 to 2020 the CFIA was successful at reducing travel expenditures through the use of video conferencing and other digital online technologies. Travel expenditures were further reduced in the last quarter of 2019 to 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an exponential rise in cases were reported, governments across Canada took wide-ranging steps to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19, which included travel restrictions and stay-at-home policies. Through the use of new technology and the mitigation and containment efforts due to COVID-19, the CFIA saw a significant reduction in travel expenditures in 2019 to 2020 compared to 2018 to 2019 which is expected to continue into 2020 to 2021.

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