Ottawa’s spending plan: Winners, losers, watchdogs – the highlights

- February 26th, 2013

 

For the fiscal year that begins on April 1, 2013, the federal government plans to spend $252.54 billion. The most recent estimate for what it will spend in the current fiscal year, which ends March 30, 2013, is $259 billion. Now, the federal budget for 2013-2014 has yet to be tabled — it likely won’t be published until late March — and there is highly likely that the budget will override the current spending plan of $252 billion. It could be less but it could be more.

In any event, if the government follows through and sticks to spending $252.5 billion next year, it will have reduced spending next year by $6.5 billion or about 2.5 per cent.

Here’s some other numbers found in the spending plan published yeterday (see the note at the bottom of this post about the source of these numbers):

Big Cuts

  • National Defence: – $2.7 billion (-13% compared to “Estimates to Date for FY13))
  • Infrastracture Canada: -$1.4 billion (-26.1%)
  • Transport: -$578 million (-27.7%)

Spending Winners

  • Human Resources: +$2.9 billion (+6%)
  • Finance (Transfers to Provinces): +$2.5 billion (+2.9%)
  • Natural Resources: +$277 million. (+11.2%)
  • Canadian Space Agency: +$125 million (+34.5%)

Law-and-order funding slashed

  • Canada Border Services Agency: -$357M (-17.5%)
  • Correctional Services Canada: -$428 M (-14.2%)
  • RCMP: -$58M (-2.1%)

Five Biggest Spenders By Department for FY14

  1. Finance: $87.6 billion (This would be your transfers to provinces)
  2. Human Resources: $51 billion (EI, skills training and the like)
  3. National Defence: $17.99 billion (chopped by $2.7 billion or 13%)
  4. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development: $7.9 billion (-$480 million or 5.7%)
  5. Treasury Board Secretariat: $5.66 billion

CBC vs Economic Development

CBC: $1.06 billion (-$41.6M or -3.8%)

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES: $1.07 billion (-$132 million or -11.6%)

(Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency + Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency + Economic Development for Quebec Regions + Southern Ontario Economic Development Agency + Western Economic Diversification)

Senate vs House of Commons

  • Senate: $92.5 million (+$301,183 million / +0.3%)
  • House of Commons: $428.8 million ( -$34 million / -7.4%)
  • Senate Ethics Officer: $788.294 (-$19,003 / -2.4%)

Officers of Parliament

Spending plan for 2013-2014 (Difference from current year in absolute and relative terms)

  • Auditor General (established 1868); $84.3 million. (+$10,312 / 0.0%)
  • Chief Electoral Officer (established 1920): $115.9 million (- $20.4 m / – 15%)
  • Official Languages Commissioner (created in 1970); $23.9 million (+3.3 million / +15.8%)
  • Privacy Commissioner (1983);  $26.6 million (+$4.5 million / +20.3%
  • Access to Information Commissioner (1983); $13.2 million (+$2.8 million / +27.3 %)
  • Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner (2007); $7 million (-$96,887 / -1.4%)
  • Public Sector Integrity Commissioner (2007);  $5.67 million (+$18,827 / +0.3%)
  • Commissioner of Lobbying (2008). $4.4 million (-$204,827 / -4.4%)
Note: The Parliamentary Budget Officer is not an officer of parliament (despite the incumbent’s attempt to make it so) and so the PBO budget is part of the budget for the Library of Parliament. The spending plan tabled yesterday does not provide any detail about next year’s budget for the PBO but the Library of Parliament is getting its budget trimmed to $42.95 million, a decrease of $1.5 million or -3.4 per cent.

Watchdogs

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency: $31 million (+$1.4 million  / +4.6%)
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency: $687.9 million (-$40.4 million / -5.5%)
  • Canadian Human Rights Commission: $22.5 million (-$625,209 / -2.7%)
  • Canadian Human Rights Tribunal: $4.5 million (+$10,763 / +0.2%)
  • Military Police Complaints Commission: $5.6 million (-$2.97 million / -34.6%)
  • Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner: $2.1 million (-$282,070)
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission: $5.4 million (-$2.6 million / – 32.5%)
  • Veterans Review and Appeal Board: $11.6 million (+$55,300 / +0.5%)

A note about these numbers: The source for all these numbers are the 2013-2014 Main Estimates tabled in the House of Commons Monday by Treasury Board President Tony Clement. For all comparisons, we looked at the government’s spending plans for next year — in the document these can be found under the columns “Main Estimates 2013-2014″ — and matched those numbers up against the most recent information about the government’s spending plans for the current year, 20120-2013. In the document, the most recent spending plans are found in the columns with the heading “Estimates To Date”.  While the source of the numbers is the Treasury Board Secretariat, the calculations (and any errors in calculations) are all mine .

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1 comment

  1. Gabby in QC says:

    Very informative post.

    “Human Resources: +$2.9 billion (+6%)”

    So why do we keep hearing NDP MP Chris Charlton and other opposition MPs yapping about cuts! Cuts! CUTS! to EI and other programs?

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