Strategic Reviews

Responsible spending and sound management of tax dollars are important at all times.

The Government of Canada introduced a revised Expenditure Management System in 2007 as part of an ongoing commitment to better manage government spending. This system ensures value for money for all government spending. A key pillar of this system is the ongoing assessment of all direct program spending, or strategic reviews.

As part of this process departments and agencies review 100 per cent of their programs with a view to better focus programs and services, streamline internal operations and transform the way they do business and achieve better results for Canadians. In this way, federal organizations are better able to:

  • Increase efficiencies and effectiveness;
  • Focus on core roles; and
  • Meet the priorities of Canadians.

The strategic review process is an effective tool to help control the growth of spending. It is a mechanism that allows the government to reallocate funding from low-priority, low-performing programs to higher priorities for Canadians based on a comprehensive review of all programs.

Building on the strategic reviews with a commitment to delivering ongoing priority programs and services in a financially responsible manner, the Government announced a review of departmental spending in Budget 2011.

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