As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Events Expenditures, this report provides information on travel, hospitality and conference expenditures for the Parks Canada Agency for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, except for information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

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.

Parks Canada Agency’s travel, hospitality and conference expenditures support the delivery of core programs and services to Canadians. In particular, this includes managing national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada is a proud steward of these heritage places and protects and presents them for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations of Canadians.

Parks Canada’s mandate and programs

Parks Canada has the mandate to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.

The programs that support Parks Canada’s mandate include:

  • Heritage places establishment;
  • Heritage places conservation;
  • Heritage places promotion and public support;
  • Visitor experience; and,
  • Heritage canals, highways and townsites management.

Canada’s national urban park, national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas, of which Parks Canada is the proud steward, offer Canadians opportunities to visit, experience and personally connect with these heritage places.

Further information on Parks Canada's mandate and programs can be found in the Departmental Plan (DP) and in the Departmental Results Report (DRR).

Annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences of Parks Canada

(Year ended March 31, 2018)
Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2018 ($ thousands) Expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017 ($ thousands) Variance ($ thousands)
Travel      
Operational activities $11,906 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Key stakeholders $1,156 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Internal governance $769 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Training $1,799 Not Applicable Not Applicable
Other $656 Not Applicable Not Applicable
A. Total travel $16,286 $12,775 $3,511
B. Hospitality $399 $254 $145
C. Conference fees $287 $343 $(56)
Total [A+B+C] $16,972 $13,372 $3,600
International travel by minister and minister’s staff (included in travel) $0 $0 $0
Totals may differ due to rounding

Significant variances compared to the previous fiscal year

Travel

For fiscal year 2017-18, the Agency's expenditures for travel increased by $3.5 million or 27 percent. The increase is primarily related to the Agency's responsibility as the federal government's lead on the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative, a series of record-breaking wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta requiring the relocation of fire crews, and travel related to additional temporary funding initiatives.

Hospitality

For fiscal year 2017-18, the Agency's expenditures for hospitality increased by $145,000 or 57 percent. The increase is primarily due to activities related to the Agency's responsibility as the federal government's lead on the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative, the addition of new national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites that have recently been established/designated or are in the process of being established/designated, and hospitality related to additional temporary funding initiatives.

Conference fees

For fiscal year 2017-2018, the Agency's conferences fees expenditures have decreased by $56,000 or 16 percent.