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About $4-million will be spent on the royal visit, according to a provisional budget obtained by an anti-monarchy group.

Citizens for a Canadian Republic obtained a draft budget under access to information legislation, but some of the documents were blacked out. However, those portions could easily be lifted from the documents by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The numbers do not include security costs for local police forces.

From the censored document:

- Reconnaissance visit: $14,240

- Pre-dry-run visit: $24,718

- Dry-run visit: $74,269

- Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa: $1,125,000

From the uncensored document:

- Travel and hospitality costs for the actual royal visit: $173,972

- Arrival in Halifax: $120,000, including $50,000 for large screen rentals

- Luncheon in Halifax for 255 people, increased to include a "pre-luncheon reception" for 60 to 70 people personally invited by Peter MacKay: $150,000

- Dinner in Toronto, decreased to 500 guests from 1,200: $500,000

- Official departure from Canada: $35,000, including the addition of $10,000 for a rented landau

- "Legacy Gift": $250,000

- Website design and videographer: $70,000

- Miscellaneous costs that include calligraphy and business cards: $14,560

- Salaries of the Royal Visit Team: $449,282, plus $108,000 in overtime





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