Spending by Employment and Social Development Canada has risen by $74-billion compared to last year.
Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough, left, Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen, Seniors Minister Deb Schulte, and Labour Filomena Tassi together head the Employment and Social Development Department, which has more than doubled its annual spending already this year as the government has tried to keep the economy afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
The federal government has topped $392-billion in approved spending for the current fiscal year, with two appropriation periods still remaining that will raise that total higher.
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