As required by the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality Conferences and Event Expenditures, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for the Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA or the Agency) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. It also provides the variance explanations from the previous fiscal year in each of these categories.
Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by the NPA are related to activities that support the Agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.
The Agency was established by the Northern Pipeline Act (Act) in 1978 to facilitate the planning and construction by Foothills Pipe Lines Limited (Foothills) of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline (AHGP) project and to maximize social and economic benefits from its construction and operation while minimizing any adverse effects.
In February 2013, Foothills notified the Agency that no further work is planned on the AHGP for now; however the company intends to maintain the AHGP assets in Canada.
In support and development of its programs and mandate, the Agency normally incurs travel, hospitality and conference expenditures. The Agency did not incur any travel, hospitality or conferences expenditures in 2014-15.
For more information on NPA Plans and Priorities, see the 2014-15 Report on Plans and Priorities.
Total annual expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences for the Agency are summarized below:
|Expenditure Category||Expenditures for
the Year Ending
March 31, 2015
|Expenditures for the
Previous Year Ending
March 31, 2014
|Travel: Public Servants||-||$7||($7)|
|Travel: Non-Public Servants||-||-||-|
|International Travel by Minister and Minister's Staff (also included in Non-Public Servant travel)||-||-||-|
Significant Variance Compared With the Previous Fiscal Year
Travel - Public Servants: Compared to fiscal year 2013-14, the NPA travel expenditures by public servants decreased by $7 thousand, or 100%, as a result of the reduced consultation and engagement activities with Aboriginal groups and other levels of government associated with the current project status.