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DPR Overview 2008-09

Actual spending for the Government of Canada

In 2008-09, a total of 134 federal organizations delivered programs and services that contributed to Economic, Social, International, and Government Affairs. Together, spending on these areas amounted to $194.2 billion. 

When spending on public debt servicing and consolidated specified purpose accounts are also included, as in the table and graphic below, total government spending is $226.7 billion. 
 
Total government expenses, as presented in the Public Accounts of Canada 2009, including not only spending on public debt servicing and consolidated specified purpose accounts, but also accrual and other adjustments, and tax credits and repayments, amounted to $238.8 billion. This represents an increase of $6 billion over total expenses in 2007-08 and a decrease of $800 million from planned expenses. 
 
For more detailed information on each spending area, please click on the links below. 
Spending AreasPlanned Spending
($thousands)
Actual Spending
($thousands)
$ Change% ChangeTrend
Economic Affairs101,173,898105,439,9834,266,0854.2Increase
Social Affairs47,787,44748,772,550985,1032.1Increase
International Affairs27,356,08828,281,436925,3483.4Increase
Government Affairs12,634,75111,660,171(974,580)(7.7)Decrease
Other34,821,57544,691,1499,869,57428.3Increase
Total223,773,759238,845,28915,071,5306.7Increase



*Other spending includes public debt servicing and consolidated specified purpose accounts (excluding Employment Insurance, which is presented under Economic Affairs).