I can tell you that the team was absolutely thrilled to see that these funds were given to us in the budget. We are in the process of finalizing the submission.
For this year the amount is about $620,000 and for subsequent years the amount will be $780,000. We will use the funds to hire five new employees. Currently, in the area of information management and information technology, we have three employees from the CS group, Computer Systems Administration, working on the Registry of Lobbyists.
We rely heavily on consultants, who are fantastic. However, we will need a few more staff to work on the registry to improve its accessibility and usability for those who need to report. Several things can be done to make the registry a little more user-friendly. So the funds will be used to hire five employees.
We also requested about $158,000 per year to update our tools. We have a lot of nice things, but licences and computers cost more. Everything costs more.
This year, we requested $175,000 to evaluate the possibility of using cloud computing, which the government recommends. We really can't afford it and I didn't even get the opportunity to evaluate it. We hope to be able to do that this year and then determine what the cost of using cloud computing would be.
We will be improving the Registry of Lobbyists and also trying to integrate our systems. We use three or four internal systems that are not really interconnected. So we're hoping that our staff can work on that to improve efficiency for those using those systems.