Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canada Border Services Agency 2018 - 2019

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for Canada Border Services Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019.

Travel, hospitality and conference expenditures incurred by a federal department or agency relate to activities that support the department or agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.


The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for providing integrated border services that support national security and public safety priorities and facilitate the free flow of persons and goods, including animals and plants, that meet all requirements under the program legislation.

Canada Border Services Agency Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures for Year ending March 31, 2019

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Expenditure category

Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2019 ($ thousands)

Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2018 ($ thousands)

Variance ($ thousands)


Operational activities




Key stakeholders




Internal governance












A. Total travel




B. Hospitality




C. Conference fees




Total [A+B+C]




International travel by minister and minister's staff (included in travel)




Explanation of significant variances compared with previous fiscal year

Total travel:

Compared with fiscal year 2017-2018, departmental travel expenditures increased by $ 7.6 million or 23%, mainly due to an increase in removals. The increase in training is mainly due to recertification of border services officers that are now armed. Additionally there has been an increase due to face to face meetings with key international partners.


Not applicable (no significant variance).

Conference fees:

Not applicable (no significant variance).

Minister and minister’s exempt staff - International travel:

Not applicable.