Tabling of the 2009-10 Supplementary Estimates (A)



    OTTAWA, May 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, today tabled the 2009-10 Supplementary Estimates (A) in the
House of Commons.
    "Within two months of tabling our Economic Action Plan, we have received
nearly all the necessary authorities for funds to flow, including $10 billion
through the Budget Implementation Act which was introduced and passed in
record time," said Minister Toews.
    "Through these Supplementary Estimates, the Government continues to move
forward with our priorities announced in Budget 2009 including our Economic
Action Plan," he added. "Our Economic Action Plan is our plan to help
Canadians weather the global economic recession, to stimulate our economy and
to invest in our long-term prosperity."
    The 2009-10 Supplementary Estimates (A) seek parliamentary authority to
spend $5 billion in voted budgetary expenditures of which $1.6 billion is in
direct support of the implementation of the Economic Action Plan and $3.4
billion is for other government priorities, such as the Canadian mission in
Afghanistan and support to Canadians farmers.
    They also provide information related to $53.8 billion in statutory
expenditures that have been authorized by Parliament through enabling
legislation. Of this amount, $50 billion is an increase to the Insured
Mortgage Purchase Program of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as
announced in Budget 2009. This will provide lenders with stable long-term
financing so that they can continue lending to Canadian consumers and
businesses, which in turn will help to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
    The Government is also reporting on the use of Vote 35, a funding
mechanism made available through 2009-10 Main Estimates. These Supplementary
Estimates include information related to nearly $2 billion in allocations from
Vote 35 to provide bridge funding to Economic Action Plan initiatives that
were ready to move forward in advance of the usual supply process schedule.
Vote 35 is available to departments until June 30th 2009.
    Please refer to the attached backgrounder for more details on the 2009-10
Supplementary Estimates (A). The Supplementary Estimates and related documents
are posted on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Web site
(www.tbs-sct.gc.ca)


    
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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                              14 May, 2009

                         Supplementary Estimates (A)
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    Overview

    For the second year in a row, Supplementary Estimates (A) are being
introduced in the spring, instead of the fall, to provide funding earlier in
support of budget priorities. This allows the Government of Canada to move
forward quickly on priorities from Budget 2009
(http://www.budget.gc.ca/2009/home-accueil-eng.asp) and on initiatives
outlined in the Economic Action Plan
(http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?id=1396).
    The 2009-10 Supplementary Estimates (A) seek Parliament's approval of $5.3
billion in budgetary and non-budgetary expenditures that were already planned
for in Budget 2009, but were not sufficiently developed or advanced in
approvals to be included in the 2009-10 Main Estimates. They do not represent
an increase to spending included in that plan.
    They also provide information to Parliament about an increase of $53.8
billion in statutory spending (expenditures that have been authorized by
Parliament through enabling legislation). This includes a $50 billion increase
to the Insured Mortgage Purchase Program of the Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation announced in Budget 2009 and includes $3.8B for other statutory
increases.
    In total, Supplementary Estimates (A) provide information on $59.1 billion
in expenditures.

    Budgetary Expenditures

    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.

    Non-Budgetary Expenditures

    Non-budgetary expenditures (loans, investments and advances) are
expenditures that represent changes in the composition of the financial assets
of the Government of Canada.

    Table 1 provides a financial overview of these Supplementary Estimates.


    Table 1 - Total Supplementary Estimates ($ millions)

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                                Budgetary      Non-Budgetary        Total
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    Voted Appropriations         5,005.1            247.8           5,252.9
    Statutory Authorities        1,552.1         52,271.8          53,823.9
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    Total                        6,557.2         52,519.6          59,076.8
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    Spending in the Supplementary Estimates is consistent with the fiscal
framework established in the January 2009 Budget.

    Economic Action Plan Funding ($ billions)
                                                        Allocated     Total
                                                        To-date
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    Economic Action Plan stimulus over two years                      $39.9
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    Economic Action Plan stimulus 2009-10                             $22.7
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    Budget Implementation Act funding and tax measures    $10.0
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    Ways and Means and other tax authorities                3.5
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    Vote 35                                                 1.8
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    Economic Action Plan initiatives within  2009-10
     Supplementary Estimates A                              1.6
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    Loan Authorities (as of March 10)                       3.7
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    Sub-total                                             $20.6       $20.6
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    Pending Economic Action Plan measures to be
     funded through Vote 35 or subsequent
     Supplementary Estimates this fiscal year.                         $2.1
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    The Estimates Process

    These 2009-10 Supplementary Estimates (A) are fully consistent with Budget
2009 and other decisions confirmed and approved by Cabinet. Supplementary
Estimates are part of the normal parliamentary approval process to ensure
previously planned government initiatives receive the necessary funding to
move forward and meet the needs of Canadians.
    Supplementary Estimates documents present information to Parliament on the
Government of Canada's spending requirements which were not sufficiently
developed in time for inclusion in the Main Estimates. They are tabled in
Parliament approximately one month in advance of the related Appropriation Act
which authorizes the actual release of funds. This period is intended to
provide the various Standing Committees of Parliament with sufficient time to
review proposed spending plans before introduction of the Appropriation Act.
    Supplementary Estimates are published each year; each is identified
alphabetically (A, B, C, etc.). This is the second year in a row that the
government is tabling Supplementary Estimates (A) in mid-May to provide
federal organizations with the funding they need earlier in the year.
Supplementary Estimates (B) follow in late October and Supplementary Estimates
(C) in mid-February if required.
    The Estimates are part of the yearly Reporting Cycle on government
spending. 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 in Departmental Performance Reports,
help Parliament hold the Government of Canada to account for the allocation
and management of public funds.

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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; This news release is available online at: www.tbs-sct.gc.ca


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