Departmental Plan 2017-18

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

For the year ending March 31

(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast results
Planned results
Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries 550,879 490,246
Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems 328,108 308,646
Safe and Secure Waters 806,302 711,584
Internal Services 341,248 312,658
Total expenses 2,026,537 1,823,134
Sales of goods and services 88,312 88,976
Other revenues 4,428 4,846
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (43,049) (45,907)
Total revenues 49,691 47,915
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 1,976,846 1,775,219

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future‐Oriented Statement of Operations.


Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

1. Methodology and significant assumptions

The Future‐Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared on the basis of government priorities and the plans of Fisheries and Oceans Canada as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2016‐2017 is based on actual results as at September 30, 2016, and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2017‐2018 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 are made as at September 30, 2016.


2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2016‐2017 and for 2017‐2018, actual results achieved for both years are likely to differ 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 about the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are based on past experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, and are continually evaluated.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the Future‐Oriented Statement of Operations and the historical statement of operations include:

  • the timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment which may affect gains/losses and amortization expense;

  • the implementation of new collective agreements;

  • economic conditions, which may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan receivables; and

  • other changes to the operating budget, such as new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, 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 Results Report.


3. Summary of significant accounting policies

The Future‐Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared using the Government of Canada's accounting policies in effect for fiscal year 2016‐2017, and is 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

The expenses are recorded on an accrual basis.

Expenses for Fisheries and Oceans Canada's operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charge for accommodation, employer contributions' to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and workers' 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 recipients have met all the eligibility criteria and the transfers are authorized by March 31. In the case of transfers that do not form part of an existing program, the transfers are considered to be authorized 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 statements.

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 fiscal 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. Although the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, she has no authority over 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 as a reduction of the department’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 differs from financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are based mainly 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
Planned Results
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 1,976,846 1,775,219
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (199,065) (209,593)
Net loss on disposal of tangible capital assets (322) (994)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (119,771) (117,901)
Increase in vacation pay and compensatory leave (2,547) (3,352)
(Increase) decrease in employee future benefits (1,157) 1,888
Increase (decrease) in inventory 967 (206)
Bad debt expense (413) (444)
Refunds of previous years' expenditures 4,371 4,513
(Increase) decrease in earmarked supplementary fines (64) 21
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (318,001) (326,068)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 906,739 751,806
Total items not affecting net cost of operations, but affecting authorities 906,739 751,806
Requested authorities 2,565,584 2,200,957

b) Authorities requested

(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast Results for
Planned Results for
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures 1,418,346 1,258,375
Vote 5 – Capital expenditures 906,739 751,806
Vote 10 – Grants and contributions 100,714 70,970
Statutory amounts 139,785 119,806
Total authorities requested 2,565,584 2,200,957