2016 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 National Energy Board 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 NEB support the Agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.

The NEB provides oversight of safety, integrity, environmental and economic issues throughout the lifecycle of its regulated facilities. As we continue working on behalf of Canadians, one ultimate outcome remains clear: the safety of Canadians and the protection of the environment for future generations.

In support and development of its programs, the NEB incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenses. In 2015-16, NEB spent approximately $2.5 million on travel, conferences and hospitality. A large portion of these expenses were in support of the program activities for Energy Regulation, which provides the Canadian public, project proponents and other government agencies with regulation of international and designated interprovincial power lines; construction, operations, and toll and tariffs on international and interprovincial pipelines; energy trade; and exploration and development in certain frontier and offshore areas.

Summary of annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the National Energy Board for fiscal year ending March 31, 2016
Expenditure Category Expenditures
for the
year ending
March 31, 2016
for the
year ending
March 31, 2015
(a - b)
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants 2,267 1,965 302
Travel - Non-Public Servants 36 26 10
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff 0 0 0
Travel 2,303 1,991 312
Hospitality 35 43 (8)
Conference Fees 111 128 (17)
Grand Total 2,449 2,162 287

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year:

Travel: Public servants: Departmental travel expenditures by public servants grew in 2015-16 due to increased stakeholder engagement related activities.

Hospitality: The NEB hosted fewer events in 2015-16.

Conferences Fees: Attendance at conferences was reduced.

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