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Report on Plans and Priorities 2016-17

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations for Fisheries and Oceans Canada

For the year ending March 31


(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast
results
2015-16
Planned
results
2016-17
Expenses
Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries 512,915 480,901
Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems 277,607 273,665
Safe and Secure Waters 761,994 750,240
Internal Services 339,488 286,475
Total expenses 1,892,004 1,791,281
 
Revenues
Sales of goods and services 86,713 86,743
Other revenues 4,366 4,215
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (41,105) (43,043)
Total revenues 49,974 47,915
 
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 1,842,030 1,743,366

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the future-oriented statement of operations.

 

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and the plans of Fisheries and Oceans Canada as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2015-2016 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2015, and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The activities of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.

  • Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

  • Allowances for doubtful accounts are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions were adopted as at November 30, 2015.

 

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2015-2016 and for 2016-2017, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this future-oriented statement of operations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has made estimates and assumptions concerning the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are continually evaluated and are based on experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the future-oriented statement of operations and the historical statement of operations include the following:

  • The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.

  • Implementation of new collective agreements.

  • Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan receivables.

  • Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, Fisheries and Oceans Canada will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Performance Report.

 

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared using the Government’s accounting policies that came into effect for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which are based on Canadian public sector accounting standards. The presentation and results using the stated accounting policies do not result in any significant differences from Canadian public sector accounting standards.

Significant accounting policies are as follows:

a) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for Fisheries and Oceans Canada operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charge for accommodation, employee contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and worker's compensation which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost. Vacation pay and compensatory leave, as well as severance benefits, are accrued and expenses are recorded as the benefits are earned by employees under their terms of employment.

Transfer payments are recorded as expenses when the recipient has met the eligibility criteria or fulfilled the terms of a contractual transfer agreement or, in the case of transactions that do not form part of an existing program, when the Government announces a decision to make a non-recurring transfer, provided the enabling legislation or authorization for payment receives parliamentary approval prior to the completion of the financial statement. Transfer payments that become repayable as a result of conditions specified in the contribution agreement that have come into being are recorded as a reduction to transfer payment expense and as a receivable.

Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, provision for valuation on loans, investments and advances and inventory obsolescence or liabilities, including contingent liabilities and environmental liabilities to the extent the future event is likely to occur and a reasonable estimate can be made.

Expenses also include amortization of tangible capital assets, which are capitalized at their acquisition cost. Amortization of tangible capital assets is done on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the asset.

b) Revenues

Revenues from regulatory fees are recognized in the accounts based on the services provided in the year.

Funds received from external parties for specified purposes are recorded upon receipt as deferred revenue. These revenues are recognized in the period in which the related expenses are incurred.

Funds that have been received are recorded as deferred revenue, provided Fisheries and Oceans Canada has an obligation to other parties for the provision of goods, services or the use of assets in the future.

Other revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event that gave rise to the revenue takes place.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s liabilities. While the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, he has no authority regarding the disposition of non- respendable revenues. As a result, non-respendable revenues are considered to be earned on behalf of the Government of Canada and are therefore presented in reduction of the entity’s gross revenues.

 

4. Parliamentary Authorities

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the department do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are primarily based on cash flow requirements. Items recognized in the future-oriented statement of operations in one year may be funded through parliamentary authorities in prior, current or future years. Accordingly, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has different net cost of operations for the year on a government funding basis than on an accrual accounting basis. The differences are reconciled in the following tables:

a) Reconciliation of net cost of operations to requested authorities


(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast Results
2015-16
Planned Results
2016-17
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 1,842,030 1,743,366
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (189,026) (197,547)
Net loss on disposal of tangible capital assets including adjustments (2,352) (4,827)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (112,321) (112,903)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave 1,805 (512)
Decrease in employee future benefits not charged to authorities 2,218 322
(Decrease) increase in inventory (1,213) 899
Bad debt expense (903) (882)
Refunds of previous years expenditures 3,294 3,437
(Decrease) increase in earmarked supplementary fines (32) 42
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (298,530) (311,971)
 
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 843,757 809,655
  843,757 809,655
 
Requested authorities 2,387,257 2,241,050

b) Authorities requested


(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast Results
2015-16
Planned Results
2016-17
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures 1,323,906 1,238,520
Vote 5 – Capital expenditures 843,757 809,655
Vote 10 – Grants and contributions 96,922 65,511
Statutory amounts 122,672 127,364
Requested authorities 2,387,257 2,241,050