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 the Public Service Labour Relations Board (the Board) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these areas.

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 for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the government’s priorities.

In particular, the Board’s mandate is to effectively and efficiently administer the systems of collective bargaining and grievance adjudication established under the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, as well as certain provisions of Part II of the Canada Labour Code concerning occupational safety and health applicable to employees in the public service.

Through its role in adjudicating grievances and complaints, mediating disputes, supporting the collective bargaining process, and performing compensation analysis and research, the Board helps resolve labour relations issues in the federal public service and in Parliament in an impartial manner. This benefits Canadians by supporting a productive and effective workplace that delivers government programs in the public interest.

Further details on the Board’s mandate, program activities and legislation may be found in the Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

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

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2012
(b)
Variance
(a - b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants $344 $347 ($3)
Travel - Non-Public Servants $98 $135 ($37)
Total Travel $442 $482 ($40)
Hospitality $14 $28 ($14)
Conference Fees $28 $47 ($19)
Total $484 $557 ($73)

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

TRAVEL:

  1. Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Board’s travel expenditures by public servants have slightly decreased.
  2. Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Board’s travel expenditures by non-public servants decreased mainly due to:

    • The decrease is mainly attributable to a reduced use of part-time Board members, which decreased the Board’s travel expenditures for these non-public servants. This decrease was offset by an increase in travel expenses associated with the PSLRB’s involvement in recent arbitral awards and public interest commissions; its responsibilities associated with administering the collective bargaining process in the federal public service and in Parliament.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Board’s hospitality expenditures have decreased by 50%.

  • The decrease is mainly attributable to a reduction of interest-based negotiation and mediation training sessions held during 2012-2013. Due to the Board’s responsibilities associated with administering the collective bargaining process in the federal public service and in Parliament during the year, the Board’s dispute resolution specialists were less available to provide this training.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2011-2012, the Board’s conference fees expenditures have decreased by 40%:

  • This decrease is mainly attributable to an overall reduction in the Board’s participation in conference activities and also to a timing difference in the payment for the Board’s participation in the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) conference.