POLITICS

Some of the big-ticket items in federal government's supplementary spending

02/19/2015 05:46 EST | Updated 04/21/2015 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - The government has tabled its third and final list of supplementary estimates for this fiscal year. The estimates cover spending that wasn't forecast in earlier budgets and estimates. Among the amounts to be approved from this set of estimates:

Treasury Board: $400 million to eligible departments and agencies for the payment of accumulated severance pay benefits.

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Employment and Social Development: $294.6 million to write off 63,540 unrecoverable student loans, most of which have been in default since 2008 or earlier.

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National Defence: $122 million for the mission against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and $17 million for operations in Eastern Europe in support of NATO members. The money covers incremental costs for things such as mission support equipment, ammunition and overseas allowances.

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Treasury Board: $196.3 million to meet shortfalls in the Service Income Security Insurance Plan, which provides long-term disability benefits to medically released members of the military. There has been a spike in these claims over the last two years in the wake of the mission in Afghanistan.

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Foreign Affairs: $126 million for financial support for international crisis response to help fragile and conflict-affected states, including Afghanistan and Myanmar.

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Foreign Affairs: $52 million for the Ebola outbreak, including contributions to international organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Food Program, UNICEF, the United Nations Ebola Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Doctors without Borders.

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Foreign Affairs: $36.7 million to support global efforts to combat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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Aboriginal Affairs: $69.1 million to fund a comprehensive and sustainable approach to on-reserve emergency management and for on-reserve response and recovery activities. Total emergency response and recovery expenditures in 2014-15 are forecast to reach $82.4 due mainly to floods and forest fires in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Public Health Agency of Canada: $33.4 million to maintain programming which mitigates the public heath, animal health and economic risks related to ad cow disease.

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Shared Services Canada: $32.5 million to establish a new, secure telecommunications and information technology infrastructure for the National Research Council of Canada following an attack by hackers last July. The project will secure and substantially rebuild the council's information technology infrastructure.

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House of Commons: $3.54 million for unspecified security enhancements in the wake of the Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill, in which a soldier was killed while standing sentry at the National War Memorial.