Tabling of the Government of Canada's 2008-09 reports on plans and priorities



    OTTAWA, March 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Vic Toews, President of
the Treasury Board, today tabled the 2008-09 Reports on Plans and Priorities
in the House of Commons on behalf of 93 federal departments and agencies.
    The 2008-09 Reports on Plans and Priorities are departmental expenditure
plans that elaborate on, and supplement, the information contained in the
2008-09 Main Estimates tabled on February 28, 2008. These reports describe
departmental plans over a three-year period, set out departmental priorities,
provide performance measurement indicators, and explain a department's
expected results.
    In an effort to improve its reporting to Parliament, the Government is
piloting a new format for the 2008-09 Reports on Plans and Priorities with
four departments and agencies. The Treasury Board Secretariat, Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada, Parks Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency are presenting their Reports in a more concise format in an effort to
make the reports less bureaucratic and easier to read.
    "We are taking steps to improve how we present information to
Parliamentarians and Canadians to help them to understand how the government
manages tax dollars," said Minister Toews. "This means that Canadians can
better hold the government to account."
    In a further effort to improve the information available to Canadians,
the Treasury Board Secretariat has prepared an Overview of Reports on Plans
and Priorities. The overview is available through the Government of Canada
Planning and Performance Gateway, which is available at
www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/ppg-cpr. This site allows visitors to navigate through the
Government's planned spending and expected results in four outcome areas:
economic, social, international and government affairs.
    Please refer to the accompanying backgrounder for further details on the
Estimates process. The 2008-09 Reports on Plans and Priorities and related
documents are posted on the Treasury Board Web site at:
http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/est-pre/estime.asp .

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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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