Federal government estimates spending of $4.9 billion to deliver programs and services

Jean-Yves Duclos

Federal government estimates spending of $4.9 billion to deliver programs and services


Dec. 6, 2019

Global Korean Post


In order to spend money, the government must receive Parliament’s approval, either through previously adopted legislation that provides ongoing authority or on an annual basis through the introduction and passage of appropriation bills in Parliament.


To support Parliament’s consideration and review, the President of the Treasury Board tables in Parliament, prior to the introduction of each appropriation bill, an Estimates publication (Interim, Main or Supplementary) that provides information and details on spending authorities sought.

On Dec. 5, Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, delivered the 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates (A) in the House of Commons.

As part of the government’s planned spending cycle, the 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates (A) seek Parliament’s approval of $4.9 billion to deliver programs and services to Canadians.

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat says that the planned spending in these Supplementary Estimates would provide support for Canada’s veterans, defense modernization and climate change action are all part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to responsibly grow the economy and extend opportunities to all Canadians.


These investments would support the continued delivery of Budget 2019 measures.

This spending is for agreements that have been signed, not for those under negotiation.


The Supplementary Estimates (A), 2019–20 seek parliamentary approval of $4.9 billion in new voted spending. The majority of this new spending is for:

  • Demand-driven services to Veterans;
  • International assistance;
  • Compensation adjustments;
  • Capital projects for National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard;
  • Workload migration and cloud computing services; and
  • Incentives for purchase of zero-emission vehicles.

Overall, funding requirements for the top 10 organizations account for approximately 81% of the $4.9 billion in voted spending sought through these Estimates. Of those 10 organizations, these 5 are each seeking more than $350 million to support their priorities:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs ($857.4 million);
  • Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development ($565.5 million);
  • Treasury Board Secretariat ($526.4 million);
  • Department of National Defence ($427.2 million); and
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans ($355.9 million).