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201718 Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures
Elections Canada

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 Elections Canada for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by a federal department or agency relate to activities that support the department or agency's mandate and the government's priorities.

The mandate of Elections Canada is to:

  • be prepared to conduct a federal general election, by-election or referendum
  • administer the political financing provisions of the Canada Elections Act
  • monitor compliance with electoral legislation
  • conduct public information campaigns on voter registration, voting and becoming a candidate
  • conduct education programs for students on the electoral process
  • 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 alternative voting processes for future use during electoral events
  • provide assistance and co-operation in electoral matters to electoral agencies in other countries or to international organizations

A summary description of the agency's programs can be found in the 201718 Departmental Results Report.

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures
Elections Canada
Year ended March 31, 2018
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2018
($ thousands)
Expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2017
($ thousands)
($ thousands)
Operational activities 1,037 455 582
Key stakeholders 135 179 (44)
Internal governance 25 55 (30)
Training 49 45 4
Other 2 3 (1)
A. Total travel 1,248 737 511
B. Hospitality 116 81 35
C. Conference fees 10 13 (3)
Total [A+B+C] 1,374 831 543
International travel by minister and minister's staff (also included in travel) n/a n/a n/a

Significant variances compared with the previous fiscal year

Compared with fiscal year 20162017, expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences have increased by $543K (65%). This increase is mainly due to the operational activities of recruiting and onboarding returning officers, as well as conducting 11 by-elections, which is 10 more than were held in the previous fiscal year.