Government of Canada - Tabling of the 2007-08 Supplementary Estimates (A)



    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today tabled in the House of Commons the 2007-2008
Supplementary Estimates (A) totalling $13.6 billion.
    "Through these Supplementary Estimates (A), the Government is moving
forward with priorities announced in Budget 2007, including spending on the
Canada First Defence Plan, Canada's Strategic Infrastructure Fund, and
transfers to the provinces," said President Toews.
    These Supplementary Estimates are fully consistent with the Government's
overall planned spending level of $233 billion for 2007-2008 as set out in
Budget 2007. They also reflect the Government's commitment to control
government spending and effectively manage taxpayers' dollars.
    These Supplementary Estimates provide information to Parliament in
support of $13.6 billion in supplementary expenditures, including
approximately $8 billion in voted appropriations that were not sufficiently
developed or known at the time of the 2007-2008 Main Estimates. This figure
includes $875.2 million for implementing the Canada First Defence Plan, $571.8
million for Canada's Strategic Infrastructure Fund, and $5.9 billion in
statutory transfers to the provinces.
    Please refer to the attached backgrounders for further details on the
2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (A) and information on the Estimates
process. The Supplementary Estimates and related documents are posted on the
Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat Web site at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca

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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                            October 30, 2007

             OVERVIEW OF THE 2007-08 SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A)
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    The Government of Canada presents its overall spending priorities through
the expense plan set out by the Minister of Finance in the Budget and The
Economic and Fiscal Update. The plans are implemented through a series of
legislative measures, including the Estimates and related appropriation bills.
    The 2007-2008 Supplementary Estimates (A) provide information in support
of $13.6 billion in supplementary expenditures, including approximately $8
billion in voted appropriations that were not sufficiently developed or known
at the time of the 2007-2008 Main Estimates.

    Moving the Government Agenda Forward

    Through the Supplementary Estimates (A), the Government is moving forward
with priorities announced in Budget 2007, and related Cabinet decisions,
including funding for defence and security, and investments in infrastructure
and communities. Approximately $8.0 billion of theses Supplementary Estimates
(A) requires the approval of Parliament and includes such major budgetary
items as:

    
    -   $1.5 billion for National Defence operations, including
        $875.2 million for implementing the Canada First Defence Plan;

    -   $571.8 million in funding for the Canada Strategic Infrastructure
        Fund;

    -   $326.7 million to fund infrastructure under the Provincial-
        Territorial Infrastructure Base Funding Program;

    -   $126.8 million in funding for the Municipal-Rural Infrastructure
        Fund;

    -   $181.9 million in funding to help low-income Canadians, people with
        disabilities, seniors and Aboriginals to live in decent, affordable
        housing;

    -   $120.9 million in funding for additional RCMP positions and law
        enforcement priorities;

    -   $116 million in funding for the ecoAuto Rebate Program;

    -   $1.2 billion reflecting the new central Vote for annual routine
        adjustments for departmental Operating Budget Carry Forward; and

    -   $500 million for a new central Vote for departmental Paylist
        requirements.

    These Supplementary Estimates (A) also include $5.9 billion in changes to
statutory budgetary spending, for which parliamentary approval has already
been provided. Adjustments to projected statutory spending are provided for
information purposes only. This figure includes:

    -   $1.5 billion to implement the Clean Air and Climate Change Trust
        Fund;

    -   $1.2 billion for Fiscal Equalization;

    -   $794.6 million in support of the Canada Social Transfer;

    -   $614 million for Transitional payments;

    -   $612 million to implement the Patient Wait Times Guarantee;

    -   $300 million to assist provinces and territories with the cost of the
        Human Papillomavirus Immunization;

    -   $250 million for Child Care Spaces; and

    -   $401 million for the Cost of Production Benefit to assist
        agricultural producers.

    Total Supplementary Estimates (A) ($ millions)
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                                Budgetary(xx)   Non-Budgetary          Total
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    Voted                           $8,048.0            $26.6       $8,074.6
    Appropriations(*)
    Statutory Authorities           $5,518.3(1)                     $5,518.3
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    Total                          $13,566.3            $26.6      $13,592.9
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    The Supplementary Estimates (A) are fully consistent with the
Government's overall planned spending level of $233 billion for 2007-2008 as
set out in Budget 2007. This reflects the Government's commitment to
controlling government spending and effectively managing taxpayers' dollars.

    Increased Transparency in Accountability and Reporting

    A number of improvements have been made to the form and content of the
Supplementary Estimates in recent years to enhance transparency and
accountability. The Treasury Board Secretariat has worked with departments and
agencies to improve the quality of information presented for their individual
requirements, resulting in better information describing the nature of
transactions, including the offset of new spending requirements through the
use of existing spending authorities.
    These Supplementary Estimates seek approval to create two new central
Votes. These Votes will provide departments and agencies with the flexibility
to receive their approved Operating Budget Carry Forward and Paylist
requirements on a more timely and consistent basis. These new Votes support
efforts of the Government to increase transparency in relation to how money is
spent, and reduce the reliance on Supplementary Estimates for routine and
predictable annual transactions.
    The Budget and the Estimates, in conjunction with The Economic and Fiscal
Update, reflect the Government's annual resource planning and allocation
priorities. The subsequent reporting of financial results in the Public
Accounts of Canada, as well as the Departmental Performance Reports, assists
Parliament in holding the Government to account for the allocation and
management of public funds.

    
    (*)  Voted appropriations are those for which parliamentary authority is
         sought through an annual appropriation bill.
    (xx) Budgetary expenditures include cost of servicing the public debt;
         operating and capital expenditures; transfer payments to other
         levels of government, organizations or individuals; and payments to
         Crown corporations.

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    (1) The total increase in statutory authorities is derived from a total
        of $5.9 billion in changes to statutory budgetary spending from which
        $890 million is reduced for forecast public debt charges and
        $401 million is added for the Cost of Production Benefit to assist
        agricultural producers.


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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                            October 30, 2007

                              ESTIMATES PROCESS
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    The Government of Canada is committed to pursuing management excellence,
and ensuring value for money to Canadians by providing an effective,
transparent and accountable government. Consequently, the Government has
improved parliamentary reporting - in order to better meet the information
needs of parliamentarians and better support their oversight role in the use
of public funds. It is important for parliamentarians-and through them all
Canadians-to understand what the Government is doing, why it is doing it, how
much each program or service costs and what results are being achieved.
    Each year, the Government of Canada prepares Main Estimates, and
Supplementary Estimates as required, in support of its request to Parliament
for authority to spend public funds. This request is formalized through the
tabling of appropriation bills in Parliament. The normal tabling dates in
Parliament are:

    
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    Document                                            Normal Tabling Dates
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    The Government Expenditure Plan (Part I)            On or before March 1
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    Main Estimates (Part II)                            On or before March 1
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    Interim Supply for Main Estimates                              Mid March
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    Reports on Plans and Priorities (Part III)         On or before March 31
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    Full Supply for Main Estimates                                  Mid June
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    Departmental Performance Reports (Part III)                 Late October/
                                                              early November
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    Supplementary Estimates (A)                                 Late October
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    Supplementary Estimates (B)                                Late February
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    The Estimates, which are tabled in the House of Commons by the President
of the Treasury Board, consist of three parts:

    -   Part I - The Government Expenditure Plan provides an overview of
        federal spending and summarises the relationship of the key elements
        of the Main Estimates to the current Expenditure Plan.

    -   Part II - The Main Estimates identify the spending authorities
        (votes) and amounts to be included in subsequent appropriation bills.
        Parliament will be asked to approve these votes to enable the
        Government to proceed with its spending plans.

    -   Part III - Departmental Expenditure Plans, which are divided into two
        components:

        1. Reports on Plans and Priorities (RPPs) are individual expenditure
           plans for each department and agency (excluding Crown
           Corporations). They describe departmental priorities and strategic
           outcomes, expected results and the associated resource
           requirements covering a three-year period.

        2. Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs) are individual department
           and agency accounts of accomplishments against plans and expected
           results set out in their RPP. DPRs provide information on how the
           department or agency is progressing towards its strategic
           outcomes.
    

    The Budget and the Estimates, in conjunction with the Economic and Fiscal
Update, reflect the Government's annual resource planning and allocation
priorities. The subsequent reporting of financial results in the Public
Accounts of Canada, as well as the Departmental Performance Reports, assists
Parliament in holding the Government to account for the allocation and
management of public funds.





For further information:

For further information: Mike Storeshaw, Director of Communications,
Office of the President of the Treasury Board, (613) 957-2666; Robert
Makichuk, Chief, Media Relations, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, (613)
957-2391; TTY (Telecommunications device for the hearing impaired) - (613)
957-9090


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