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Disclosure of Travel and Hospitality Expenses for Selected Government Officials

Overview

On December 12, 2003, the Prime Minister announced a new policy on the mandatory publication of travel and hospitality Expenses for selected government officials

This web site provides information on the travel and hospitality expenses incurred within Health Canada by the Minister, Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of State, and their exempt staff, and by senior level employees at the Deputy Minister, Associate Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister, and equivalent levels. Any Member(s) of Parliament who accompany the Minister as a guest or travel on Health Canada and or the Minister's behalf and incur travel expenses are also subject to the proactive disclosure whether or not the expenses have been charged to the Minister's budget.

The rules and principles governing travel are outlined in the Treasury Board's Policies for Ministers' Offices - January 2011, the Special Travel Authorities, the Directive on Travel, Hospitality, Conference and Event Expenditures and in the National Joint Council's Travel Directive. 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 Treasury Board's Policies for Minister's Offices - January 2011 and the 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 is updated every three months, since its beginning on March 31, 2004. Updated information is posted on the department's web site by the predetermined dates set by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat; July 1st, October 1st, December 31st and March 31st.

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.

Note:

During the posting periods of December 31, 2004 to the March 31, 2005 posting, Health Canada's disclosure of travel and hospitality expenses included the Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada and his senior direct reports. Since the June 30, 2005 posting, the agency has been proactively posting disclosure information on their web site. To view these expenses click on the following link: Public Health Agency of Canada .

Travel and hospitality expenses of selected government officials paid directly by other organizations or government departments are not included in these disclosures.

When applicable, reporting periods are updated as required to include any subsequent adjustments to expenditures.

To view the list of Reporting Periods, click on the following Disclosure of Travel and Hospitality Expenses for Selected Government Officials by reporting period.