Expenditure Monitor 2016-2017 Q1

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Government expenditures for the first three months of 2016-17 were $62.9 billion, an increase of 5.7 per cent over the same period last year ($59.5 billion). The additional spending is focused on Direct Program Spending, almost entirely as increased grants and contributions to outside entities.

Budget 2016, and subsequently Supplementary Estimates (A) 2016-17, outlined an increased emphasis on infrastructure renewal. Budget 2016 outlined $5.3 billion in investment in housing and infrastructure in 2016-17, the majority of the funds as grants and contributions. In accordance, the first quarter has observed a large increase, $1.22 billion, in grants and contributions, which have been disbursed at a rate unprecedented compared to recent years. As per the Budget, many of these transfers have been to First Nations for infrastructure purposes, and to other levels of government.

Operating spending has increased $438 million year-over-year, despite a decrease in personnel spending stemming from flat employment levels and a shift toward more casual and term employees. Direct capital spending by the Government has decreased $84.5 million (10.5 per cent) due to procurement timeline complexities within the Department of National Defence.

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