G8/G20 security bill to hit $833 million
CTV News has learned that Ottawa expects to spend $833 million on security for next month’s G8 and G20 summits.
[montreal.ctv.ca] In March, the federal government had allocated $179 million for its security budget. But under new estimates that will be introduced in the House of Commons later Tuesday, these costs should increase by $654 million to a total of $833 million, officials tell CTV.
The new costs are included in the Supplementary Estimates (A), 2010-11 — the first of several documents used to inform Parliament about spending requirements that are not included in the Main Estimates of the annual budget.
According to a copy of the Supplementary Estimates (A), 2010-11, that has been posted to the Treasury Board of Canada website, the additional $654 million will be split among the following departments:
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police — $321.5 million
- Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness — $262.6 million
- National Defence — $63.1 million
- Others – $6.7 million
The document says the additional funding will be used to:
- design, plan, coordinate and implement security operations for the summits
- provide the RCMP and its security partners with accommodation facilities for the G8 and G20 Summits
- procure information technology and portable communication assets
- work with federal, provincial and municipal security partners responsible for providing Summit security
- ensure the safekeeping of all International Protected Persons attending the summits
The G8 will be held in Huntsville, Ont., from June 25-26.
The G20 will take place in Toronto, from June 26-27.