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Report of the committee

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry has the honour to present its

THIRTEENTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Thursday, February 15, 2018, to study how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets, respectfully requests supplementary funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

DIANE F. GRIFFIN

Chair

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets

APPLICATION FOR SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2019

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Thursday, February 15, 2018:

The Honourable Senator Dagenais moved, for the Honourable Senator Griffin, seconded by the Honourable Senator Plett:

That the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry be authorized to conduct a study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets. More specifically, the Committee shall be authorized to examine:

(athe comparative advantage of the Canadian value-added food sector;

(bthe food sector’s capacity to generate value-added products in order to meet global consumer demand while remaining competitive in the Canadian market;

(cthe support that should be provided to industry stakeholders in such areas as technology, marketing, environmental certification and intellectual property; and

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than December 21, 2018, and that the committee retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings until 180 days after the tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Richard Denis

Clerk of the Senate

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SUMMARY OF BUDGET

ACTIVITY 1: Kelowna, B.C. & Winnipeg, Man.$ 122,965
TOTAL$122,965

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on September 20, 2018.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Présidente du Comité sénatorial permanent de l’agriculture et des forêts
DIANE F. GRIFFIN
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
SABI MARWAH
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

GENERAL ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL COST OF THE SPECIAL STUDY

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(2) of the Senate Administrative Rules.

Expenses for fiscal year 2018-2019: $140,285

Estimate of the total cost of the special study: $140,285

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STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

Study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS

APPLICATION FOR SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET AUTHORIZATION

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2019

ACTIVITY 1: FACT FINDING TRIP TO KELOWNA, B.C. & WINNIPEG, MAN.



17 participants: 9 senators, 8 staff (1 clerk, 1 communications officer, 1 Committees Directorate staff, 2 analysts, 3 interpreters)










TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING EXPENSES








1.Transportation - air56,000




9 senators x $4,000 (0224)





8 staff x $2,500 (0227)



2.Hotel accommodation30,600




9 senators, $300/night, 6 nights (0222)





8 staff, $300/night, 6 nights (0226)



3.Per diem12,495




9 senators, $105/day, 7 days (0221)





8 staff, $105/day, 7 days (0225)



4.Working meals (travel) (0231)5,500


5.Taxis3,400




9 senators x $200 (0223)





8 staff x $200 (0232)



6.Charter bus (0228)10,000




(5 days, $2,000/day)



Sub-total
$117,995








ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES










OTHER



7.Miscellaneous costs associated with travel (0229)500


8.Rental office space (meeting rooms) (0540)3,000




(2 days, $1,500/day)



9.Rental - interpretation equipment (0504)1,470




(7 days, $210/day)



Sub-total
$4,970








Total of Activity 1
$122,965







Grand Total

$ 122,965

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The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, for the purpose of its special study on how the value-added food sector can be more competitive in global markets, as authorized by the Senate on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The approved budget is as follows:

ACTIVITY 1: Kelowna, B.C. & Winnipeg, Man.$ 113,710
TOTAL$113,710

(includes funds for a fact-finding mission; includes funds for 7 senators to travel)

The budgets approved by the Senate for each travel activity are the maximum amount that can be spent for that activity;

Budgets normally include funds for the full membership of the committee to travel;

In general, a reduced delegation actually travels and efforts are made to find additional savings;

Therefore, actual expenditures are expected to be considerably below the approved budget, and they will be reported to the Senate;

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Any funds remaining at the conclusion of a travel activity will be clawed-back and can be made available for allocation to committees for other activities.

Respectfully submitted,

SABI MARWAH

Chair