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The Government’s Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates for 2021-22

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Published on March 10, 2021 PDF

This report examines the federal government’s Expenditure Plan and Main Estimates for 2021-22, which supports the first two appropriation bills that seek Parliament’s approval of $141.9 billion in budgetary authorities.



  • The federal government's Main Estimates for 2021-2022 outline $342.2 billion in budgetary spending authorities. Of this amount, $141.9 billion requires parliamentary approval.

  • As we transition away from the early days of the global pandemic, planned expenditures for the Government’s response to COVID-19 have fallen to $22.7 billion, a drop of $136.8 billion compared to the estimates for 2020-2021. However, these estimates do not reflect the new spending items to be announced in Budget 2021.

Yves Giroux
Parliamentary Budget Officer