Disclosure of Travel and Hospitality Expenses


On December 12, 2003, the government released the Guide for Ministers and Ministers of State and Guidelines for Ministers' Offices, which stipulates that all travel and hospitality expenses for Ministers, Ministers of State, Parliamentary Secretaries, and their exempt staff, and by senior level employees at the Deputy Minister, Associate Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister, and equivalent levels will be provided on institutional web sites. In line with this commitment, the requirement also extends to senior level Government of Canada employees. The Commissioner of Canada ElectionsFootnote *, although independent in the conduct of his or her mandate from the PPSC, is also subject to travel and hospitality disclosure.

The rules and principles governing travel are outlined in the Guidelines for Ministers' Offices and in Treasury Board's Travel Directive and Special Travel Authorities. The purpose of these directives is to provide for the reimbursement of reasonable expenses necessarily incurred during travel on government business.

The Government of Canada extends hospitality in accordance with the rules and principles outlined in the Guidelines for Ministers' Offices and the Treasury Board Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures. The objective of the policy is to ensure that hospitality is extended in an economical and affordable way when it facilitates government business or is considered desirable as a matter of courtesy and protocol.

The information on this web site will be updated every three months.

Please note that information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act does not appear on this web site.

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