Office of the Correctional Investigator 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 Office of the Correctional Investigator for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012. It also provides the variance explanation 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 a government organization are related to supporting its mandate and the government’s priorities. In particular, for the Office of the Correctional Investigator, this includes the delivery of the following core program and services to Canadians:

The Office of the Correctional Investigator provides Canadians with timely, independent, thorough and objective monitoring of their federal correctional system to ensure that it remains safe, secure, fair, humane and effective. Essentially, its oversight role is to ensure that the Correctional Service of Canada carries out its statutory mandate in compliance with its domestic and international legal and human rights obligations. The mandate of the Office of the Correctional Investigator, as defined by the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, is to function as an Ombudsman for federal offenders. The Office of the Correctional Investigator is independent of the Correctional Service of Canada and may initiate an investigation on receipt of a complaint by or on behalf of an offender, at the request of the Minister or on its own initiative. The Correctional Investigator is required by legislation to report annually through the Minister of Public Safety Canada to both Houses of Parliament.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of the Office of the Correctional Investigator are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2012
(a)
Expenditures for the previous year ending
March 31, 2011
(b)
Variance
(a–b)
  (in thousands of dollars)
Travel - Public Servants $242 $235 $7
Travel - Non-Public Servants $6 $1 $5
International Travel by Minister and Minister’s Staff * N/A N/A N/A
Total Travel $248 $236 $12
Hospitality $7 $14 –$7
Conference Fees $10 $9 $1
TOTAL $265 $259 $6

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year.

TRAVEL:

  • Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, travel expenditures by public servants remained stable with an increase of 7K in this expenditure area.
  • Non-Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, travel expenditures by non-public servants increased by 5K.

* The Minister or the Minister’s Staff does not travel as part of the Office of the Correctional Investigator’s program.

HOSPITALITY: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, hospitality expenditures decreased by 7K.

CONFERENCE FEES: Compared to fiscal year 2010-2011, conference fees expenditures remained stable with an increase of 1K.