Reports on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports

The Estimates of the Government of Canada are structured in several parts. Beginning with an overview of total government spending in Part I, the documents become increasingly more specific. Part II outlines spending according to departments, agencies and programs and contains the proposed wording of the conditions governing spending which Parliament will be asked to approve. The Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR) make up Part III of the Estimates publications. All Estimates documents are prepared to support appropriation acts. The appropriation act is the vehicle through which funds are authorized in order to pay for government programs and services.

The Part I, Part II and RPP documents, along with the Minister of Finance's Budget, reflect the government's annual budget planning and resource allocation priorities. In combination with subsequent reporting of financial results in the Public Accounts and of accomplishments achieved in DPRs, this material helps Parliament hold the government to account for the allocation and management of public funds.

Reports on Plans and Priorities

These reports provide details on departmental priorities by strategic outcomes, programs, expected results and related resource requirements for the upcoming fiscal year and two subsequent years. They form the basis against which year-end performance is assessed and reported on via DPRs and they are usually tabled on or before March 31.

Departmental Performance Reports

These Performance Reports, which cover the most recently completed fiscal year, are tabled in Parliament in the fall. They provide details on actual results achieved against departments and agencies plans, priorities and expected results set out in their respective RPP.

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