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Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

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

  • be prepared at all times to conduct a federal general election, by-election or referendum
  • administer the political financing provisions of the Canada Elections Act
  • monitor compliance with and enforce electoral legislation
  • conduct voter education and information programs
  • provide support to the independent commissions in charge of adjusting the boundaries of federal electoral districts following each decennial census
  • carry out studies on alternative voting methods and, with the approval of parliamentarians, test on-line voting processes for future use during electoral events

A summary description of the Agency's program activities can be found at

Travel by public and non-public* servants across the country is required for Elections Canada to fulfill its mandate whether in election readiness or delivery mode.

Total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences by Elections Canada are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2011
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – Public Servants $992
Travel – Non-Public Servants* $908
International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff -
Total Travel $1,900
Hospitality $161
Conference Fees $6
Total $2,067

(*) Includes travel of returning officers and field election workers.