Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences 2019-20

According to subsection 4.1.2 of the Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures of Treasury Board, departments are required to publically disclose total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conference fees. This report provides information on these expenditures for the Department of Public Safety Canada for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020, except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by Public Safety Canada are in support of its mandate and the government's priorities.

The Department's mandate is to keep Canada safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism. As such, Public Safety Canada collaborates with federal partners as well as other levels of government, non-government organizations, community groups, the private sector, foreign states, academia, communities and first responders on issues related to national security, border strategies, countering crime and emergency management. This cooperation supports a cohesive and integrated approach to Canada's safety and security.

In fiscal year 2019-20, the Department provided strategic policy advice and support to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and the former Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction on a range of issues including: national security, community safety and emergency management. The Department also delivers a number of grant and contribution programs related to these issues.

For more detailed information on Public Safety Canada's mandate, including roles and responsibilities, please refer to the Department's 2019-20 Departmental Plan (DP) and the 2019-20 Departmental Results Report (DRR).

Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Public Safety Canada
(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditure Category Expenditures for the Year Ending March 31, 2020 ($000) Expenditures for the Previous Year Ending March 31, 2019 ($000) Change ($000)
Operational activities 1,782 2,239 (457)
Key stakeholders 1,035 1,114 (79)
Internal governance 85 139 (54)
Training 331 383 (52)
Other  -  -   - 
A. Total Travel 3,233 3,875 (642)
B. Hospitality 312 319 (7)
C. Conference Fees 83 126 (43)
Total [A+B+C] 3,628 4,320 (692)
International Travel by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Minister's Staff[2] 33 47 (14)
International Travel by the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and Minister's Staff[2] 4 18 (14)

[1]International travel incurred by the Minister and Minister's staff is included in Travel: Operational activities. It is also reported separately for information purposes at the bottom of the table.
[2]Includes international travel that is part of the Department's program.

Travel, Hospitality and Conferences (THC) expenditures by Significant Initiative in 2019-20

Significant Initiatives


THC Actuals[1] ($000)

Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Directorate (NCSD) participated in public events and conferences in direct support of fulfilling the department's commitment under the National Cyber Security Strategy, such as the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security Symposium - a forum for Critical Infrastructure (CI) stakeholders to share information on the latest threats, trends and mitigation measures to help protect ICS and improve critical infrastructure resilience; the ICS Technical Workshops - hands-on awareness raising sessions, using real tools and targets, for the development of incident handler skills for the ICS environment; and Cyber Exercises - the delivery of cyber security exercises to Canadian CI owners and operators as well as participation in international cyber exercises to identify gaps in security systems and resolve them prior to an incident, to test incident response plans, and to raise awareness for cyber security.


Counter Radicalization to Violence

The Government of Canada is taking a whole of government approach to preventing radicalization to violence. The Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence provides leadership on Canada's response to radicalization to violence by coordinating talent and expertise, mobilizing and supporting community outreach and enhancing research in the area.


Regional Resilience Assessment Program

The Regional Resilience Assessment Program is a vulnerability and dependency assessment program for owners and operators of Critical Infrastructure (CI) facilities within the 10 CI sectors in Canada. This program involves site assessments to help organizations measure and improve their resilience to all hazards in Canada, such as cyber threats, accidental or intentional man-made events, and natural catastrophes.


Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Aboriginal Community Safety Planning Initiative works to prevent incidents of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, provides a means to enhance accessibility to Restorative Justice programming and responds to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Public Safety Canada worked with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada providing facilitation services to support the development of Community Safety Plans. A large part of this commitment requires both Public Safety Canada employees and facilitators to work with every community.


Drug-Impaired Driving

Public Safety Canada is working with federal, provincial and territorial partners and with road safety advocates to help raise awareness of the dangers of driving while impaired by cannabis or other drugs. The working group is collecting and reviewing data to set up data collection procedures. This initiative also includes sessions for national training conference that allows Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to work collaboratively to train law enforcement on the usage of the approved drug screening equipment.


National Risk Profile

Public Safety Canada is currently developing a National Risk Profile (NRP). The objective of the NRP is to design and develop an approach for a national disaster risk and emergency management capability assessment aimed at providing decision-makers and practitioners an understanding of threats and hazards and their trends over time. The NRP is a key initiative designed to support the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada which is a collaborative, whole-of-society roadmap to strengthen Canada's ability to assess risks, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. In that regard, the NRP will support Canada's ability to better predict, prepare for, and respond to disasters, including weather-related emergencies and natural disasters.


Opioids and Other Drugs

Support for domestic and international travel of the Opioids and Other Drugs team to advance its supply reduction efforts with a range of stakeholders, including participation in the North American Dialogue on Drug Policy, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Canada-US Joint Action Plan on Opioids, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Advisory Committee and other information-sharing conferences.


Public Safety Broadband Network

A Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) is a secure high-speed wireless data communications network that can be used by emergency responders and public safety personnel during day-to-day operations or major planned and unplanned events. A Public Safety Canada-led PSBN Temporary National Coordination Office (TNCO) was established with key stakeholders to finalize national recommendations and requirements for a future PSBN as well as to undertake analysis to develop options for a permanent coordination structure to guide the work going forward. To this end, TNCO members from across Canada participated in face-to-face meetings over the course of the TNCO mandate (two in 2019-20 a third was planned but cancelled due to the fall election). In addition, one meeting also included a concurrent stakeholder engagement session with industry to ensure the development of a consolidated view for a PSBN in Canada.


Total Significant Initiatives


[1]Significant initiatives THC actuals are presented for information purposes to bolster transparency and are based on a fair estimate of expenditures for these initiatives.

Significant Variances Compared With Previous Fiscal Year

Overall, the travel, hospitality and conferences expenditures decreased by $692K or 16% compared to 2018-19.


Compared to fiscal year 2018-19, departmental travel expenditures decreased by $642K or 17%. This decrease is mainly due to the 2019 election, the departure of a Minister, and continued efforts to ensure that travel expenditures are managed in the most effective and economical manner.


Compared to fiscal year 2018-19, departmental hospitality expenditures decreased by $7K or 2%. This decrease is in line with continued efforts to ensure that hospitality expenditures are managed in the most effective and economical manner.

Conference Fees

Compared to fiscal year 2018-19, departmental conference expenditures decreased by $43K or 34%. This decrease is mainly due to various events that took place in fiscal year 2018-19 that were not attended in fiscal year 2019-20 such as the Institute on Governance Civil Dialogue Series and the Canada UK colloquium.

Minister and Minister's Staff

Compared to fiscal year 2018-19, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and his staff decreased by $14K or 30%. This decrease is mainly due to ministerial travel ceasing during the 2019 federal election and the appointment of the new Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Bill Blair, in November 2019.

Compared to fiscal year 2018-19, departmental international travel expenditures by the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and his staff decreased by $14K or 78%. This decrease is due to the elimination of the position following the federal election in fiscal year 2019‑20.

Approved by the Chief Financial Officer

Patrick Amyot, CPA, CMA
Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Management Branch,
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Security Officer
Public Safety Canada, Government of Canada
Ottawa (Canada)
Date signed: October 26, 2020

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