Report on Annual Expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences

As required by the Treasury Board Directive for the Management of Expenditures on Travel, Hospitality and Conferences, this report provides information on the total annual expenditures for each of travel, hospitality and conferences for Northern Pipeline Agency (NPA)for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.

This information is updated annually and does not contain information withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act.

Expenditures on travel, hospitality and conferences incurred by NPA support the Agency’s mandate and the government’s priorities.

The Northern Pipeline Agency was created by the Northern Pipeline Act (the Act) in 1978 to carry out Canada’s responsibilities in respect of the planning and construction (by Foothills) of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Natural Gas Transportation System (ANGTS),or as it is known today, the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline (AHGP). The first stage (the southern portion) of the AHGP was constructed in the early 1980s for the initial purpose of transporting gas sourced from Western Canada to the U.S.  Stage Two of the AHGP in Canada would comprise approximately 1,555 km of pipeline from the Yukon-Alaska border near Beaver Creek to the British Columbia-Alberta border near Boundary Lake, as defined by the NEB certificates granted under the Act.

TransCanada is pursuing Stage Two of the project, carrying out field studies and preparing for major regulatory filings in the Fall of 2012. Accordingly, the NPA is carrying out its responsibilities under the Act by working with federal agencies, provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal communities, the public, the United States, and TransCanada.

In support and development of its program, NPA incurs travel and hospitality expenses.  In 2010-11, NPA spent $98 thousand on travel and hospitality. The expense (99% of travel and 1% of hospitality) was in support of overseeing and regulating the planning and construction of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline. 

For more information on NPA Plans and Priorities, see the 2011-12 Report on Plans and Priorities.

Total annual expenditures for Travel, Hospitality and Conferences of Northern Pipeline Agency are summarized below:

Expenditure Category Expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2011
(in thousands of dollars)
   Travel – Public Servants $97
   Travel – Non-Public Servants -
   International Travel by Minister
   and Minister’s Staff
-
Total Travel $97
Hospitality $1
Conference Fees -
TOTAL $98