Canadian Government Expenses

Canadian Government Expenses




Getting Tough on Government Expenses

Get ready for some exciting new updates, coming to you via the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation in the fall!

Look at these results!

Millions of dollars have been saved on expenses from the year before I completed the project compared to the year after it went public. The expense graphs under each department show a clear picture. Continually rising expenses until suddenly in 2010 a dramatic drop across almost all of the departments!

Largest Spending Cutbacks from 2009 to 2010

These departments need to be congratulated for cutting costs and deserve a sincere THANK YOU from the Canadian taxpayer for saving their hard earned dollars!

Department Change Amount
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada ($1,281,631.26)
Privy Council Office ($413,208.31)
National Defence ($382,357.73)
Environment Canada ($323,463.48)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada ($268,917.98)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ($267,610.02)
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) ($182,600.30)
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada ($182,547.29)
Justice Canada, Department of ($179,679.19)
Service Canada ($176,834.23)


This is what one person can do by himself, with a zero dollar budget and no official access to the government data other than what was proactively disclosed on the tangled websites. Just imagine what I'd be capable of if you gave me money, staff, and official clearance.

Think of how many social programs can be funded with all that saved money!

The next time you're waiting for health care, that wait time might be a little shorter; the next time you or your child seeks out education, it might be a little less costly for you and be of a little bit higher quality; the next time you seek out any public service from your government, you should expect it to be just that much quicker and of a higher calibre than usual because money and resources were saved by sensible, efficient government staff.


Data Last Retrieved: January 10, 2011

A window into the Canadian federal government expenses. No longer can your public servants hide behind layers of obscurity. Part of the equilism project, a multi-generational vision of positive social change. This is all done pro-bono with no funding or resources other than what is donated by good samaritans.

This project was completed primarily by a single person in approximately 500 man-hours. At a contractor rate of $50/hr, it would have cost $25,000. The next time government does an IT / database project and claims to need millions or even billions of dollars, keep in mind what can be done on a five figure budget.


Since 2003 we have assessed a total of 160718 expenses claimed with the total expense bill running exactly $185,916,778.66 and is growing!

Largest Spending Increases from 2009 to 2010

Where is the world going and why is it in a handbasket? Thank you Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada for getting us all ready for 2012!

Department Change Amount
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada $100,536.20
Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario $92,136.82
Canadian International Development Agency $76,061.03
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat $64,932.36
Industry Canada $46,965.51
Canada School of Public Service $40,828.61
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission $33,006.70
Library and Archives of Canada $32,570.75
Parks Canada $30,371.35
Transport Canada $25,612.79


Department Spending Trends

Department Total Spent Number of Expenses Number of Employees
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada $24,731,245.59 22926 336
National Defence $15,578,312.20 9933 210
Privy Council Office $10,284,717.66 13485 453
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) $6,700,694.61 6254 291
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) $6,352,132.14 8111 103
Finance Canada, Department of $6,097,945.85 3744 115
Fisheries and Oceans Canada $5,897,441.53 4376 118
Environment Canada $5,813,277.00 3770 132
Industry Canada $5,574,306.24 4172 164
Natural Resources Canada $5,516,096.03 4516 130
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada $5,295,563.56 2694 116
Health Canada $5,078,331.68 4720 147
Veterans Affairs Canada $4,708,802.56 3167 85
Justice Canada, Department of $4,691,918.74 3759 125
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) $4,501,601.02 4177 117
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency $4,139,682.75 3623 48
Canadian International Development Agency $4,060,774.76 1585 77
Service Canada $2,926,722.75 2463 40
Auditor General of Canada, Office of the $2,924,852.12 3386 31
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada $2,863,508.16 1699 85
Western Economic Diversification Canada $2,803,833.52 1905 51
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada $2,645,687.66 2366 98
National Research Council Canada $2,372,887.13 1607 19
Transport Canada $2,287,757.33 2590 108
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat $2,242,968.08 3430 116
Public Health Agency of Canada $2,164,561.47 807 15
Correctional Service of Canada $2,127,047.89 1773 39
Public Works and Government Services Canada $2,122,150.24 3162 112
Parks Canada $2,106,946.56 1287 18
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) $2,017,591.96 1317 31
Canadian Food Inspection Agency $1,947,196.50 1482 35
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) $1,535,239.04 1110 31
Canadian Heritage $1,301,469.19 783 74
Citizenship and Immigration Canada $1,180,635.95 891 55
Infrastructure Canada $1,086,010.82 1120 34
National Energy Board $1,059,518.00 786 7
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada $1,041,545.28 845 13
Statistics Canada $984,284.75 1391 21
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions $970,763.49 2042 45
Canadian Institutes of Health Research $852,447.67 809 14
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission $840,678.02 1450 11
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission $757,891.14 404 13
Canada School of Public Service $748,188.54 605 11
Canadian Space Agency $728,773.26 673 8
Library and Archives of Canada $728,230.94 725 9
Financial Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) $693,194.18 561 17
Courts Administration Service $686,107.68 649 24
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency $674,975.04 465 10
Privacy Commissioner of Canada $653,197.21 568 6
Public Service Commission of Canada $625,270.00 1235 22
Transportation Safety Board of Canada $577,622.52 372 12
Canadian Human Rights Commission $563,083.37 227 7
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal $533,002.31 259 4
National Film Board of Canada $485,803.83 663 3
Veterans Review and Appeal Board Canada $474,357.95 359 4
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada $455,824.86 414 7
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada $454,880.38 640 12
Status of Women Canada $427,389.38 339 28
Telefilm Canada $420,322.21 503 5
Security Intelligence Review Committee $417,815.71 189 3
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy $320,315.15 352 4
Secretary to the Governor General, Office of the $300,299.92 221 8
Canadian Transportation Agency $299,021.75 389 4
Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario $295,178.74 303 15
Commissioner of Official Languages, Office of the $288,894.64 241 3
Supreme Court of Canada $274,132.20 218 3
National Farm Products Council $273,058.22 325 7
Canadian Grain Commission $271,662.70 285 3
Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada $259,788.41 114 3
Elections Canada $241,038.31 129 7
Public Service Labour Relations Board $236,691.55 210 5
Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs, Office of the $233,772.69 395 5
Canada Industrial Relations Board $210,458.80 222 3
National Parole Board $208,603.58 181 4
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP $195,190.28 112 4
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) $192,098.10 236 5
Information Commissioner of Canada, Office of the $155,608.83 120 10
Canadian Forces Grievance Board $140,112.43 114 3
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board $124,057.95 217 4
Canadian Museum for Human Rights $97,981.79 85 2
Director of Public Prosecutions, Office of the $93,907.79 93 3
Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal $93,519.27 86 5
Copyright Board Canada $82,657.70 54 1
Correctional Investigator, Office of the $75,800.14 70 1
Military Police Complaints Commission $63,758.63 44 4
Canadian International Trade Tribunal $54,560.94 93 7
Public Service Staffing Tribunal $53,733.76 33 1
NAFTA Secretariat - Canadian Section $52,866.59 79 3
Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission $51,588.73 83 6
Competition Tribunal $51,308.79 99 2
Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, Office of the $39,190.88 84 1
Registrar of Lobbyists, Office of the $25,415.60 32 2
RCMP External Review Committee $17,017.40 22 2
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety $8,408.39 14 2


Top Spenders Overall 2003-Present

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $1,097,669.47 408
Gary Lunn Canadian Heritage Minister of State (Sport) $710,539.82 209
Peter Gordon MacKay National Defence Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway $650,757.79 347
Monique Collette Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency President $643,584.86 719
Joseph Caron Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada High Commissioner, India (New Delhi) until July 2010 $607,775.05 1177
Marc Lortie Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, France (Paris) $604,105.61 649
Paul Mills Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Vice-President, Newfoundland and Labrador $595,730.16 225
James Flaherty Finance Canada, Department of Minister of Finance $590,296.26 290
John McNee Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations $578,815.70 853
Keith Hillier Veterans Affairs Canada Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Delivery and Commemoration $561,373.92 284

Top Spenders For Each Year

2010

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
W.J. Natynczyk National Defence Chief of the Defence Staff $186,647.58 73
Veena Rawat Industry Canada President - Communication Research Centre $186,427.41 28
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $150,478.69 40
Loyola Sullivan Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation $135,996.38 28
DANIEL WATSON Western Economic Diversification Canada Deputy Minister $135,909.48 41
Sarah Greer Finance Canada, Department of Executive Assistant to the Minister $135,769.53 48
James Flaherty Finance Canada, Department of Minister of Finance $130,981.77 47
Gerry Ritz Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister $127,220.78 28
Suzanne Tining Veterans Affairs Canada Deputy Minister $127,126.68 50
Gary Lunn Canadian Heritage Minister of State (Sport) $125,049.25 34

2009

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $210,393.66 64
W.J. Natynczyk National Defence Chief of the Defence Staff $206,681.84 98
Stockwell Day Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Minister of International Trade until January 18 2010 $192,975.17 59
Lawrence Cannon Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs $171,190.06 42
Gary Lunn Canadian Heritage Minister of State (Sport) $165,816.10 49
John McNee Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations $163,594.57 175
Jim Prentice Environment Canada Minister $151,153.49 51
Leonard J. Edwards Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Deputy Minister until June 2010 $149,431.94 67
Gerry Ritz Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister $147,326.49 28
Alain Beaudet Canadian Institutes of Health Research President $138,830.60 81

2008

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
Marc Lortie Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, France (Paris) $192,541.79 150
Michel Gauthier National Defence Commander CEFCOM $192,418.71 76
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $192,198.16 69
Steve Verheul Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Chief Agriculture Negotiator and Assistant Deputy Minister, International Trade Agreements and Negotiations $160,616.47 16
Loyola Sullivan Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador for Fisheries Conservation $151,948.29 20
Gary Lunn Canadian Heritage Minister of State (Sport) $150,021.21 43
Peter Gordon MacKay National Defence Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway eff 30 Oct 08 $148,485.12 63
Suzanne Tining Veterans Affairs Canada Deputy Minister $147,653.33 63
Stockwell Day Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Minister of International Trade until January 18 2010 $127,141.34 44
James Flaherty Finance Canada, Department of Minister of Finance $119,888.32 64

2007

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
Gary Lunn Natural Resources Canada Minister, Natural Resources Canada $170,879.07 47
H.M. Petras National Defence Chief of Reserves and Cadets $162,739.25 51
Steve Verheul Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Chief Agriculture Negotiator and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Negotiations $159,267.40 17
Peter Gordon MacKay National Defence Minister of National Defence and Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency $148,587.69 64
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $148,037.07 53
Joseph Caron Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, Japan (Tokyo) - until August 2008 $125,049.65 218
Yvon Long Privy Council Office Senior Media Advance $124,714.05 41
David L. Emerson Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics - until June 2008 $121,920.70 23
Michael Wilson Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, United States (Washington, D.C.) until October 2009 $121,909.22 143
Sylvie Stachenko Public Health Agency of Canada Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch $119,797.71 21

2006

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $161,099.96 67
Mark Carney Finance Canada, Department of Senior Associate Deputy Minister $148,630.90 35
Steve Verheul Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Chief Agriculture Negotiator and Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Negotiations $143,622.97 16
Joseph Caron Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, Japan (Tokyo) - until August 2008 $140,393.90 254
Peter Gordon MacKay Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency $129,189.71 69
Claude Laverdure Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, France (Paris) $129,138.62 111
David Malone Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada High Commissioner, India (New Delhi) - until August 2008 $125,285.88 64
V. Peter Harder Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Deputy Minister (until March, 2007) $124,613.02 121
Michael Wilson Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, United States (Washington, D.C.) until October 2009 $115,834.70 126
H.M. Petras National Defence Chief of Reserves and Cadets $114,412.10 41

2005

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
David Butler-Jones Public Health Agency of Canada Chief Public Health Officer $176,917.50 94
David Malone Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada High Commissioner, India (New Delhi) - until August 2008 $174,857.36 73
Stéphane Dion Environment Canada Minister $153,171.86 107
Norine Smith Environment Canada Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Climate Affairs $146,723.85 34
Arthur Carty Privy Council Office National Science Advisor $135,136.72 117
John Watson Privy Council Office Head - Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat $133,495.82 189
Gavin Menzies Privy Council Office Special Assistant - Tour $123,173.46 30
Jacques Bilodeau Environment Canada Ambassador $121,997.07 14
Sayla Nordin Privy Council Office Special Assistant - Tour $121,044.16 69
Paul Gully Public Health Agency of Canada Deputy Chief Public Health Officer $118,711.37 35

2004

Member Name Department Title Total Amount Number of Expenses
Claude Laverdure Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, France (Paris) $163,175.36 113
Michael Raymont National Research Council Canada Vice-President Technology and Industry Support $135,610.47 60
Gavin Menzies Privy Council Office Special Assistant - Tour $132,027.96 20
Alphée Moreau Privy Council Office Senior Media Advance Officer $125,217.36 43
Sayla Nordin Privy Council Office Special Assistant - Tour $120,098.43 58
Lou McGuire Natural Resources Canada Chief of Staff, Minister's Office $118,491.13 144
John Watson Privy Council Office Head - Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat $117,138.57 177
Robert R. Fowler Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Ambassador, Italy (Rome), Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for Africa, Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN Food Agencies in Rome, Head of the PM's Special Advisory Team on Sudan $114,284.16 57
Howard Brown Natural Resources Canada Assistant Deputy Minister, Energy Policy Sector (EPS) $110,070.83 90
Michael Kergin Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Special Advisor $109,994.30 113


Updates

UPDATE [2011-01-10]: The new data set is up and available. I'm going to do a re-crawl in the next few days to grab a couple of fixes. In the meantime, custom reports are now FREE to all. I'm going to create a change report to highlight the biggest increases and decreases in spending between 2009 and 2010 to see if this project had any effect.

UPDATE [2011-01-06]: I am making progress on updating the crawler and plan to release the data within the next few days if all goes according to plan. On that date, I will enable public access to the expense search tool for the day.

UPDATE [2011-01-05]: The first full run of the crawler across all sites has generated 40 megs of logfiles, so now it's a matter of going through them with a fine-toothed comb to see what can be fixed, test each of the individual fixes and eventually do another crawler run to get the final version of the data.

UPDATE [2010-12-30]: As promised, I am starting a run of the government expenses crawler engine. Let's hope the first run goes well and there aren't too many errors to correct. Also, as part of my protest against greed and over-consumption, while most people are gorging themselves with turkey and pies and cookies, I have been fasting since christmas. I do this for health purposes and to draw a line of contrast between the current greedy state of the world and a necessary counterbalance to repair a mindset borne out of survival but taken to extreme due to affluence. Wish me luck!

UPDATE [2010-12-08]: The current data set was downloaded in the summer of 2010. I am hoping to get a new version downloaded this winter, provided I can find time to update the crawler to match the current government site format. If anyone has any interest in doing a story about the latest results, please let me know.

In the upcoming quarters, we will be looking for a broad spectrum reduction in government expense claims. Any departments or individuals who do not comply with this mandate will be put into the spotlight to try and explain their actions.

Special recognition in accommodating taxpayers in these tough economic times will go to the departments which demonstrate the most effective cost savings in the upcoming quarters and years.

We will also be looking to have the full MP expenses which are hidden in the "Other" category released to the public. The moment legislation is passed to release these expenses, this site will pick them up and publish reports for the entire country to see.




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