Annual Report on Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions 2021 - 2022

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, 2022.

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.


Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)’s mission is to promote the long-term economic development of the regions of Quebec by giving special attention to those where slow economic growth is prevalent or opportunities for productive employment are inadequate. CED is the key economic development player for Quebec’s regions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In order to accomplish its core responsibility, which is economic development in Quebec, CED fosters business start-ups and growth. It helps them become more innovative, productive and competitive. It supports efforts to engage the regions of Quebec and attract investments that will help boost the economic well-being of Quebec and Canada. CED contributes to the economic vitality of all of Quebec’s regions by leveraging their competitive regional advantages, such as wind power and marine technologies. It also supports the transition and diversification of communities that remain dependent on a limited number of sectors or that have been affected by an economic shock. CED achieves its results by supporting businesses, primarily SMEs, and non-profit organizations (NPOs), through strategic investments. Through its 12 business offices across Quebec’s regions and the relationships it has developed with other economic development players, CED stays abreast of the needs of the regions and businesses and is able to offer financial support to carry out projects that support businesses and communities in their economic development efforts. The following three CED programs support its core responsibility: • Regional Innovation • Vitality of Communities • Targeted or temporary support. Additional information of CED’s authorities, mandate and programs in available in the 2021-2022 Departmental Plan and the 2020-2021 Departmental Results Report.

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures for Year ending March 31, 2022

Travel, Hospitality and Conference Expenditures

Expenditure category

Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2022 ($ thousands)

Expenditures for year ended March 31, 2021 ($ 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:

Expenditures in 2021-2022 amounted to $52K. In comparison, expenditures amounted to $8K in 2020-2021. This is therefore an increase of $44K in comparison with the previous year. Easing in sanitary measures have led to the start of a return to usual travel linked to operational activities.


In 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, there are no hospitality expenditures to report.

Conference fees:

In 2021-2022, only $11K was spent in this category. In 2020-2021, expenditures amounted to $1K. This is an increase of $10K from last year mainly due to the easing of restrictions resulting from the global pandemic and the resumption of normal activities.

Minister and minister’s exempt staff - International travel: