Part I of the Estimates process is the Government Expenditure Plan. It provides a summary and highlights of year-over-year changes in departmental spending and transfer payments in order to provide perspective on the major issues influencing government planned spending.
Part II is the Main Estimates, known traditionally as the “Blue Book.” It directly supports the appropriation acts for the Main Estimates. The publication provides a listing of the resources required by individual departments and agencies for the upcoming fiscal year in order to deliver the programs for which they are responsible. It identifies the spending authorities (votes) and the amounts to be included in subsequent appropriation bills that Parliament will be asked to approve to enable the government to proceed with its spending plans.
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