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Canada’s New Government cuts wasteful programs, refocuses spending on priorities, achieves major debt reduction as promised

Areas of savings identified by Canada's New Government:

Areas of Savings Identified by Canada's New Government

Program savings identified as a Percentage of the 2-year total of $1,001 M – Text version

Program Savings Identified ($000s)
Efficiency 256,062
Unused Funds 379,563
Non-Core Programs 99,620
Value for Money 265,647
Grand Total 1,000,892

Definitions

Value for Money
Funding for third parties to further their interests or programs that are not effective, do not achieve results or are being re-focused or targeted for improved effectiveness.
Unused Funds
Funding for programs that will not proceed, funds in excess of what is required to achieve results or funds not needed due to lower than anticipated take up.
Non-Core Programs
Programs or activities do not meet the priorities of the federal government or Canadians.
Efficiency
Savings from streamlining or consolidation of activities or from operational or program efficiencies, as well as programs or services that can be provided or are being provided elsewhere.

A common-sense approach to responsible spending going forward:

Responsible spending is not a one-time exercise.  It is the way Canada's New Government intends to manage tax dollars, year in and year out.

The new Expenditure Management System will make responsible spending the norm for how Canada's New Government does business.  It will require that all new and existing programs go through a systematic and rigorous examination.  This will ensure that this Government only approves funds that are actually needed to achieve measurable results in a way that is effective, and provides value for money on behalf of Canadians.

Detailed Savings by Area

Portfolio/Organizations Description 2-year Savings
Efficiency
 Various Smaller Cabinet 46,784
Agriculture and Agri-Food Reduction in Number of Advisory Groups 1,000
Canada Revenue Agency Elimination of Advisory Committees 1,396
Canadian Heritage Operating/Program Efficiencies 1,105
Canadian Heritage Reduction to Museums Assistance Program 4,630
Canadian Heritage Status of Women Canada Administrative Savings 5,000
Canadian International Development Agency Operational Efficiencies 4,000
Finance Consolidating Retail Debt Program Administration 5,000
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Elimination of Foreign Policy Consultation, Research and Outreach Contribution Program 1,309
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Consolidation of Missions Abroad 4,250
Foreign Affairs & International Trade More Gradual Implementation of Overseas Activities 14,000
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Reduced funding for public diplomacy 11,878
Health Elimination of Health Canada's Policy Research Program 7,500
Health Health Portfolio Efficiencies 28,100
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Efficiencies in the administration of CMHC programs 45,000
Human Resources and Skills Development Efficiencies Related to Policy Research Initiative 300
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Departmental Efficiencies 3,550
Industry More Gradual Implementation of Commercialization Pilot Program 7,500
Industry Statistics Canada Operational Efficiencies 15,000
Justice Elimination of Funding for the Law Commission of Canada 4,194
Natural Resources Cessation of Operations of the Very Long Base Interferometry (VLBI) System 1,600
Natural Resources Elimination of Unused Funding for Previous Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative 11,700
Natural Resources Phase in approach to International Capacity Building 1,800
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canadian Firearms Centre Operational Efficiencies 6,000
Transport Capital Management Efficiencies 3,000
Transport Corporate Management & Program Efficiencies 466
Treasury Board Reduction in Additional Planned Funding for Ministers' Regional Responsibilities 20,000
Efficiency Total 256,062
Unused Funds
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Elimination of Unused Program Funding 10,000
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canadian Food Inspection Agency Reduction to Non Health and Safety Related Inspection Activities 4,000
Agriculture and Agri-Food Reduction in Funding For Greencover Canada Program due to lower participation 5,000
Canadian Heritage Elimination of Unneeded Funds from Loan Loss Reserve under Cultural Investment Fund 500
Citizenship and Immigration, Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Justice, Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs & Courts Administration Service Elimination of Unused Funding for a Proposed New Citizenship Act 20,293
Environment Parks Canada Agency Earlier Wind-up of Commercial Heritage Property Incentive Pilot 2,900
Fisheries and Oceans Elimination of Unused Program Funding 20,000
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Elimination of Residual Funding for Softwood Lumber Trade Litigation 14,986
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Elimination of Unused Funding for Enhanced Representation Initiative 7,950
Health Health Policy Grants - Unused Portion 12,000
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Elimination of Unused Funding Related to Northwest Territories Devolution 50,000
Industry Canadian Tourism Commission Elimination of Unused Funds for Relocation of Canadian Tourism Commission 5,675
Industry One-Time Reduction in Excess Reserves in Canadian Intellectual Property Office Revolving Fund 50,000
Industry Canada & Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec Reduction in Funding for the Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Due to Lower Take Up 24,890
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Royal Canadian Mounted Police Elimination of Drug Impaired Driving Program's Training Budget 4,650
Public Works and Government Services Elimination of Excess Funding for Real Property Renewal 5,000
Public Works and Government Services Reduction in Excess Revolving Fund Surplus 40,000
Treasury Board Elimination of Uncommitted Funding for Government-Wide Initiatives 18,500
Treasury Board Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada Reduction in Excess Funding for Public Service Human Resource Programs 83,219
Unused Funds Total 379,563
Non-Core Programs
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Industry (FedNor), Social Sciencies & Humanities Research Council & Western Economic Diversification Elimination of Non-Committed Funds for Social Economy Programs 39,276
Canadian Heritage Elimination of Support to Canadian Volunteerism Initiative 9,744
Environment Reduction in Low Priority Grants and Contributions 7,600
Foreign Affairs & International Trade Elimination of Youth International Internship Program 10,200
Health Elimination of Medical Marijuana Research Program 4,000
Human Resources and Skills Development Reduction in Low Priority Grants and Contributions Related to Social Development Partnership Program 13,800
Natural Resources Elimination of Programs for Studying Concrete and Other Materials 1,100
Public Works and Government Services Elimination of Canadian Identity Grant and Contribution Program 4,800
Treasury Board Canada School of Public Service Reduction in Low Priority Training for Federal Employees 9,100
Non-Core Programs Total 99,620
Value for Money
Canada Revenue Agency, Canada Border Services Agency & Finance Elimination of Visitor Rebate Program 78,800
Canadian Heritage Elimination of Funding for the Centre for Research and Information on Canada 6,500
Canadian Heritage Elimination of Court Challenges Program 5,604
Health Elimination of Funding for First Nations and Inuit Tobacco Control Strategy 10,800
Human Resources and Skills Development Improved Targeting of Adult Learning and Literacy Skills Program 17,700
Human Resources and Skills Development Improved Targeting of Investments for Youth Employment 55,400
Human Resources and Skills Development Refocusing of Workplace Skills Strategy 17,600
Human Resources and Skills Development Elimination of Funding for Canadian Policy Research Networks 3,000
Industry Reduced Funding for Industrial Programs including Technology Partnerships Canada 42,200
National Defence Cancellation of High-Frequency Surface Wave Radar Project 13,900
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Refocusing of Some Funding from National Crime Prevention Centre 14,143
Value for Money Total 265,647
Grand Total 1,000,892