Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions 2017 - 2018

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 Economic Development for Quebec Regions for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

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 mission of Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED) is to promote the long-term economic development of the regions of Quebec by according special attention to those regions where slow economic growth is prevalent or where opportunities for productive employment are inadequate. CED exercises its mandate under the provisions of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Act, which came into force on October 5, 2005. In addition, CED is committed to promoting co-operation and complementarity with Quebec and the communities in Quebec. CED is a key federal player in Quebec for the promotion of economic development in the regions and among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). To deliver on its core responsibility, namely developing Quebec’s economy, CED fosters the startup and performance of businesses by helping them become more innovative, productive and competitive. It supports community engagement efforts in the various regions of Quebec, and the attraction of investments that aim to increase the prosperity of the economies of Quebec and Canada. CED contributes to the economic vitality of all of Quebec’s regions by leveraging their competitive regional advantages. It supports transitional and diversification efforts in communities that remain dependent on a limited number of sectors or that have been affected by an economic shock, such as the closure of the chrysotile mines or the Lac-Mégantic tragedy. Additional information about CED’s authorities, mandate and programs can be found in the Departmental Plan and the Departmental Results Report.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures for Year ending March 31, 2018

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Expenditure category

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

Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2017 Note 1 ($ 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:

Overall, CED spending in all categories combined decreased by $63,000 compared with the 2016 2017 fiscal year due to lower travel expenditures. Compared with fiscal year 2016-2017, public servant travel expenditures decreased by $81,000. This decrease can be attributed to the optimization of the use of the telepresence system allowing visual and interactive communications between our offices, with our clients and for training. Also, the hiring of staff in regional offices reduces the travel costs of employees temporarily assigned to these regions in 2016-2017.



Conference fees:

Compared with fiscal year 2016-2017, departmental conference fee expenditures increase of $17 000 is mainly due to a greater attendance at various forums, conventions and conferences dealing primarily with CED’s internal governance.

Minister and minister’s exempt staff - International travel: