Minister Brison tables 2018–2019 Main Estimates and Departmental Plans 

News release

April 16, 2018, Ottawa, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to strengthen oversight of taxpayer dollars and to improve the clarity and consistency of financial reporting.

Today, Treasury Board President Scott Brison tabled the 2018–19 Main Estimates in the House of Commons, along with the Departmental Plans of 87 government departments and agencies.

The 2018–19 Main Estimates provide information to support the Government’s request for Parliament to approve $276 billion in spending to deliver programs and services in the fiscal year starting April 1. The 2018–19 Departmental Plans contain additional information on how government departments plan to spend these funds, including expected outcomes and the actual results achieved.

With this year’s tabling, the Government marks an important milestone for Estimates Reform. For the first time in recent years, the Main Estimates include 100% of the measures announced in the Budget, providing parliamentarians and Canadians with important spending information so they can better hold government to account.

This year, the Government also introduced reconciliation tables in both the Budget and Estimates to better align financial information and track the implementation of Budget items. By showing a direct link between the Budget and the Estimates, the Government of Canada is making the planning, spending, tracking and reporting of tax dollars more transparent. 


“We’re empowering parliamentarians to hold the government to account and are committed to improving the clarity, transparency, and accountability of government spending.”

“I am committed to working with parliamentarians and other stakeholders to continue improving the consistency of the government’s financial reporting processes as we make investments in the priority areas of growth, progress, reconciliation, and advancement to strengthen Canada’s middle class.”

The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

Quick facts

  • The Main Estimates include $113 billion in planned voted expenditures and $163 billion in statutory expenditures.

  • Main Estimates reflect spending proposals that are already planned and represent “up to” amounts. 

  • The Budget Implementation vote will provide funding for approved Budget 2018 measures.

  • The Main Estimates also include spending for Budget 2017 priorities such as innovation, a national housing strategy, early learning and child care, as well as funding for measures announced after Budget 2017, such as the 2018 G7 Summit and Canada’s new defence policy, “Strong, Secure, Engaged”. 

  • Part 1 of the Main Estimates, the Government Expenditure Plan, gives an overview of spending requirements for 2018–19 and comparisons to previous fiscal years.

  • Part II of the Main Estimates provides information on estimated spending by each federal organization requesting authority to spend through a 2018–19 appropriation bill.

  • Departmental Plans provide details on an organization's mandate, commitments and priorities and provide links to related resource requirements in the Main Estimates. This information is organized by core responsibility and programs, highlighting departmental results and indicators. 

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