Parliament’s expenses totalled roughly $628-million in 2016-17, including $444.9-million for the House of Commons and $80.7-million for the Senate.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced accelerated increases to the Canada Child Benefit as part of his fall economic update Oct. 24. As shown in the 2017 Public Accounts, federal program expenses increased by six per cent in 2016-17 to reach $287.2-billion, largely due to increased transfers to people (for benefits, of which the child benefit saw the largest increase), provinces and other payments. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal government spent a total of $311.3-billion in 2016-17, up $14.9-billion from the year prior, and its budgetary deficit swelled to hit $17.8-billion by the end of the last fiscal year.
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