Tabling of the Government of Canada's 2007-2008 Reports on Plans and Priorities



    OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of
the Treasury Board, today tabled the 2007-2008 Reports on Plans and Priorities
in the House of Commons on behalf of 91 federal departments and agencies.
    The 2007-2008 Reports on Plans and Priorities are departmental
expenditure plans that elaborate on, and supplement, the information contained
in the 2007-2008 Main Estimates. In these reports, departments and agencies
outline their strategic outcomes, plans and priorities, performance
measurement and expected results over a three-year period.
    The tabling of the 2007-2008 Reports on Plans and Priorities supports the
2007-2008 Estimates process. These reports constitute a component of Part III
of the Estimates. Parts I and II of the Estimates were tabled on February 27,
2007. Taken together, the Main Estimates, the Reports on Plans and Priorities,
the Budget and the Economic and Fiscal Update reflect the Government's annual
resource planning and allocation priorities.
    To coincide with this tabling, the Treasury Board Secretariat Web site
will be featuring an RPP Overview for Parliamentarians, which is available at
www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/parl. The RPP Overview for Parliamentarians links
information in each of the 91 Reports on Plans and Priorities to provide a
whole-of-government view of planned spending, and shows how departments and
agencies contribute to broad government outcomes in four areas: economic,
social, international and government affairs.
    Please refer to the accompanying backgrounder for further details on the
Estimates process. The 2007-2008 Reports on Plans and Priorities and related
documents are posted on the Treasury Board Web site at:
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca.

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                                 Backgrounder
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                                                                29 March 2007
                       Backgrounder - Estimates Process
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    Each year, the Government of Canada prepares Estimates 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
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    Supplementary Estimates (A)                         Early November
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    Supplementary Estimates (B)                         Early March
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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 key elements of the Main Estimates.

    - Part II - The Main Estimates directly support the Appropriation Act.
      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).
       These reports provide increased levels of detail over a three-year
       period on an organization's main priorities by strategic outcome(s),
       program activity(ies) and expected results, including links to related
       resource requirements.

    2. Departmental Performance Reports (DPRs) are individual department and
       agency accounts of results achieved against planned performance
       expectations, as set out in respective RPPs. These Performance Reports
       cover the most recently completed fiscal year.
    

    In addition, Supplementary Estimates can be tabled during the fiscal year
in support of an Appropriation Act seeking new spending authorities or
adjustments to appropriations previously approved by Parliament.
    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 (DPR's),
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) 952-5051; 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 on two networks: Internet: 
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/; Government Enterprise Network (GENet): 
http://publiservice.tbs-sct.gc.ca/


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