Report on annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences for the fiscal year 2014-15

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.  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.

The Canadian Grain Commission administers the provisions of the Canada Grain Act (CGA). The Canadian Grain Commission’s mandate as set out in the Canada Grain Act is to, “in the interests of the grain producers, establish and maintain standards of quality for Canadian grain and regulate grain handling in Canada, to ensure a dependable commodity for domestic and export markets.” To effectively pursue its mandate and make a difference to Canadians, the Canadian Grain Commission aims to achieve one strategic outcome:  Canada’s grain is safe, reliable and marketable and Canadian grain producers are properly compensated for grain deliveries to licensed grain companies.  The Canadian Grain Commission has five programs which each contribute to making progress to the sole strategic outcome. They are the quality assurance program, the quantity assurance program, the grain quality research program, the producer protection program, and internal services. For further information on the Canadian Grain Commission’s programs and activities please the Canadian Grain Commission’s Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report.

Annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of the Canadian Grain Commission
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 Expenditures for the previous year ending March 31, 2014 Change
(in thousands of dollars)
Travel – public servants $1,822 $1,820 $2
Travel – non-public servants $148 $27 $121
Total travel $1,970 $1,847 $123
Hospitality $19 $27 ($8)
Conference fees $16 $12 $4
Total $2,005 $1,886 $119
International travel by Minister and Minister's staff (also included in non-public servant travel) $- $- $-

Canadian Grain Commission travel expenditures increased from 2013-14 to 2014-15 mainly due to increased expenses related to participation in mandate supporting 2014-15 new crop missions. New crop missions are an integral part of the Canadian Grain Commission’s relationship with the end users of Canadian crops. These missions provide the opportunity for a two-way exchange of information regarding the quality factors in the current year’s crops, allow Canadian Grain Commission subject matter experts to address any concerns related to end use quality attributes of Canadian grain, and provide opportunities for the Canadian Grain Commission exchange information with end use customers about the Canadian Grain Commission’s programs and services. In addition, the missions allow the Canadian Grain Commission to establish and maintain government-to-government relationships where the Canadian Grain Commission is the ‘competent authority’ for Canada and has a key role in the resolution of market access issues. As the grain industry continues to evolve, a new ‘Team Canada’ approach for 2014-15 new crop missions was initiated with each mission including representatives from the Canadian Grain Commission, Canadian International Grains Institute, Cereals Canada, as well as industry and producer organizations. As a result, the Canadian Grain Commission’s investment in new crop missions and related travel expenditures increased. During 2014-15, Canadian Grain Commission subject matter experts participated in new crop missions to Asia, Europe, South America, and North Africa/Middle East.