New government initiatives are announced through different sources, including the Speech from the Throne, the federal budget, international agreements, federal–provincial-territorial agreements, ministerial mandate letters and ministerial proposals. However, before a new initiative receives funding, approvals from Cabinet, the Treasury Board and Parliament are needed.
This paper describes these approvals along with the role of the central agencies involved in this process – the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance Canada and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat – and the role of Parliament. A budget initiative is selected as an example; the allocation of funds for this initiative is followed in the estimates, and actual spending is followed in the Public Accounts of Canada.
Read the full text of the HillStudy: Funding New Government Initiatives: From Announcement to Money Allocation
By Raphaëlle Deraspe, Library of Parliament
Categories: Economics and finance, Executive summary, Government, Parliament and politics