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The mandate of the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) is to provide independent analysis to Parliament on the state of the nation’s finances, the government’s estimates and trends in the Canadian economy; and upon request from a committee or parliamentarian, to estimate the financial cost of any proposal for matters over which Parliament has jurisdiction.
This note presents detailed analysis of the first supplement to the federal government’s Main Estimates for the 2015-16 fiscal year
- The Government of Canada (Government) is asking parliamentarians for $3.2 billion in new money to implement the spending plan outlined in Budget 2015. This represents the largest Supplementary Estimates (A) since 2009-10.
- The funding requested in these supplementary estimates places an emphasis on infrastructure spending across the country. Of the total proposed spending, $1.1 billion is earmarked for federal infrastructure renewal. Transfers to Crown Corporations supplement government-owned capital spending, including infrastructure provisions of $403 million for Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority and $355 million for Marine Atlantic.
- In the Whole of Government spending framework, the Government proposes to increase the spending on “A Clean and Healthy Environment” and “A Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage” by 13 %. These increases are a result of added funding for the Nuclear Legacy Liabilities Program, and infrastructure funding for Parks Canada, respectively.