Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences for 2013-14

As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. It also provides the variance explanations for 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. SSHRC’s purpose is to promote and assist research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. Social sciences and humanities research builds knowledge about people in the past and present, with a view toward creating a better future.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by federal departments and agencies are for the most part directly related to supporting departmental mandate(s) and the Government of Canada’s priorities.

By focusing on developing talent, generating insights and forging connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that enhance our understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. Further information on SSHRC’s mandate and program activities can be found in SSHRC’s 2013-14 Report on Plans and Priorities.

SSHRC’s program delivery is centred on a merit review model. External experts from across the country and around the world contribute their time and expertise to adjudicate grant proposals and scholarship and fellowship applications, with the aim of funding excellence for the benefit of Canada. The vast majority of SSHRC’s travel and hospitality expenses are to support this merit review process.

SSHRC’s total annual expenditures for travel, hospitality and conferences are summarized below:

Expenditure category Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2014
(a)
Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2013
(b)
Variance


(a-b)
  (in thousands of dollars)
Travel–Public servants 259 187 72
Travel–Non-public servants 491 739 -248
International travel by minister and minister’s staff* 0 0 0
Total travel 750 926 -176
Hospitality 90 117 -27
Conference fees 40 35 5
TOTAL 880 1,078 -198

* Includes international travel that is part of a department’s program.

Compared with fiscal year 2012-13, SSHRC’s public servant travel and conference expenditures have increased, mainly due to the following:

  • increase in travel for outreach activities; and
  • increase in travel for the Canadian Excellence Research Chairs evaluations.

SSHRC was able to decrease its non-public servants travel and hospitality expenditures by:

  • using teleconferencing technologies for, but not limited to, the Insight Development Grants adjudication process; and
  • limiting the number of people attending meetings or conferences.