Supplementary Estimates (C) 2017-18

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The Supplementary Estimates (C) 2017-18 ask Parliament to authorize an additional $4.0 billion in spending, some of which is offset by a $0.3 billion reduction in statutory spending. This increases total planned budgetary spending outlined in the estimates to $271 billion for the 2017-18 fiscal year (5.4% higher than the preceding fiscal year). 

The PBO identified significant spending proposals within each of the four Government of Canada spending areas, as follows:

  • Economic Affairs: $204 million for the proposed write-off of Canada Student Loans.
  • Social Affairs: $435 million in support of the Government’s new defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged.
  • International Affairs: $377 million increase attributable to Global Affairs Canada’s International Development program, which includes $203 million to support international assistance priorities and $170 million to help developing countries address the impact of climate change.
  • Government Affairs: $623 million to address funding shortfalls in the Service Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP).

The PBO tracked the implementation of Budget 2017 spending measures in Supplementary Estimates (C) 2017-18, and identified 22 Budget 2017 measures that received funding, accounting for $148 million. However, approximately one quarter of all Budget 2017 measures did not appear in any supplementary estimates document in 2017-18.

In its 2017-18 Departmental Plan, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat committed to include 100 per cent of budget initiatives, by May 31, 2018, in the next available estimates. This means that parliamentarians could expect to see virtually all Budget 2018 measures in the spring 2018-19 main estimates. It is expected that significant improvements in efficiency will be needed in order to achieve the Government’s target.

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