DAOD 1017-0, Hospitality in Canada

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Policy Direction
  4. Authority
  5. References

1. Introduction

Date of Issue: 1998-01-30

Application: This is an order that applies to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and a directive that applies to employees of the Department of National Defence (DND).

Supersession: CFAO 61-5, Entertainment of Visitors at Public Expense

Approval Authority: Issued under the authority of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Finance and Corporate Services) (ADM(Fin CS)).

Enquiries: Directorate Financial Policy and Procedures (DFPP)

2. Definitions

hospitality (accueil)

Hospitality is the complimentary provision of refreshments (beverages and light snacks), meals and sometimes, entertainment, to guests of DND or the CAF, and where appropriate DND employees and CAF members, at public expense.

Hospitality may exceptionally consist of one or more of the following:

hospitality function (activité d'accueil)

A hospitality function is an event or occasion where one or more forms of hospitality is provided. An event or occasion may cover a single meal or, such as in the case of a conference, may include various forms of hospitality over a number of days.

3. Policy Direction

Policy Statement

3.1 Hospitality may be extended in Canada when it facilitates the conduct of DND or CAF business, or when, as a matter of courtesy, it is considered necessary. Hospitality shall be extended in an economical, consistent and appropriate manner.


3.2 With the exception of hospitality functions initiated by the Deputy Minister (DM) or the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), all hospitality functions must be pre-authorized by an individual with delegated signing authority and must be approved in accordance with the Treasury Board Manual and applicable orders and directives.

3.3 No person shall approve a hospitality function from which that person can personally benefit or when it places that person in an apparent or potential conflict of interest.

4. Authority

Authority Table

4.1 The following table identifies the authorities responsible for implementing the policy.

The ... has/have the authority to ...


  • administer the policy on Hospitality in Canada; and
  • oversee the effectiveness of the policy.


issue instructions to implement the policy.

Signing Authorities

approve hospitality functions within their jurisdiction.

(see DAOD 1017-1, Procedure for Extending Hospitality in Canada)

5. References

Acts, Regulations, Cental Agency Policies and Policy DAOD

Other Reference

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