The Government’s Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates for 2022-23

Published: March 10, 2022
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Abstract

This report examines the federal government’s Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates for 2022-23, which supports the first two appropriation bills that seek Parliament’s approval of $190.3 billion in budgetary authorities.

Highlights

  • Federal spending on Elderly Benefits is set to increase by $6.7 billion (10.9 per cent) to a total of $68.3 billion in 2022-23.

  • The Canada Health Transfer will grow by $2.1 billion (4.8 per cent) to $45.2 billion in 2022-23.

  • Proposed spending for the Indigenous portfolio will total $45.4 billion, which represents 214 per cent increase over Indigenous-related budgetary expenditures in 2017-18, primarily related to the roughly $20 billion in compensation for First Nations children and their families.