Future-oriented statement of operations (Unaudited)
For the year ended March 31, 2017
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- Statement of Management Responsibility Including Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
- Future-oriented statement of operations (Unaudited)
- Notes to the Future-oriented Financial Statements (Unaudited)
Statement of Management Responsibility Including Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
Departmental management is responsible for this Future-oriented statement of operations, including responsibility for the appropriateness of the assumptions on which this statement was prepared. This statement is based on the best information available and the assumptions adopted as at January 25, 2016 and reflects the plans described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.
This Future-oriented statement of operations has not been audited.
Original signed by:
Chief Financial Officer
Signed at Ottawa, ON
March 7, 2016
Future–oriented statement of operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
|Public Infrastructure for a More Prosperous Canada||3,360,047||3,282,882|
|Revenues earned on behalf of Government||(465)||(88)|
|Net cost of operations||3,390,192||3,310715|
The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future-oriented Statements of Operations.
Notes to the Future-oriented Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ended March 31
1. Authority and Objectives
The Office of Infrastructure of Canada (INFC) was created in 2002 as a separate organization under Schedule I.1 of the Financial Administration Act. The applied name for this organization is Infrastructure Canada.
INFC is funded through annual and statutory appropriations received from the Parliament of Canada and is not taxable under the provisions of the Income Tax Act. INFC reports to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
INFC was established to lead the Government of Canada's effort to address infrastructure challenges through strategic investments in provincial, territorial and municipal assets, engagement in key partnerships, and the development and implementation of sound policies. Order in Council 2004-325 authorizes the Minister of INFC to enter into transfer payment agreements and contracts related to infrastructure initiatives in Canada.
As per Order in Council P.C. 2014-144 dated February 10, 2014, ministerial responsibility for the Federal Montreal Bridges group, which includes the New Bridge for the St Lawrence Corridor ProjectFootnote1 and oversight of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) was transferred from the Minister of Transport to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (effective February 13, 2014). The enabling legislation for this project, the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Act, was enacted on June 19, 2014.
Effective November 4, 2015, responsibility for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority was transferred from the Minister of Transport to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. This Crown corporation is responsible for the procurement process for the design, construction, operation and maintenance for the new publicly-owned Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan through a public-private partnership.
Also effective on November 4, 2015, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities was designated as the Minister responsible for federal matters relating to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative.
Since 2014-15 and beyond, INFC delivers its mandate under one strategic outcome and internal services in support of its activities as described below.
Public Infrastructure for a More Prosperous Canada: INFC’s key business lines and initiatives are grouped into 6 programs which fall under this strategic outcome.
- Funding for Provincial-Territorial Priorities – providing predictable funding to each province and territory to enhance Canada’s public infrastructure system. (Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Base Fund)
- Permanent and Flexible Infrastructure Funding – providing predictable and flexible funding for municipalities for their infrastructure priorities (Gas Tax Fund)
- Investments in National Infrastructure Priorities – provides funding to infrastructure projects that advance the national priorities (New Building Canada Fund-National Infrastructure Component, Green Infrastructure Fund, Border Infrastructure Fund and Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Fund)
- Large-Scale Infrastructure Investments – providing funding for infrastructure projects of national, regional and/or local significance (New Building Canada Fund-Provincial Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, Building Canada Fund–Major Infrastructure Component, Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund and Gordie Howe International Bridge project)
- Infrastructure Investments in Small Communities and Rural Areas – providing funding for infrastructure projects in small communities and rural areas (New Building Canada Fund-Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-Small Communities Fund and Building Canada Fund-Communities Component)
- New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor Project – In support of the Government of Canada’s economic and safety priorities, this program ensures the overall delivery of the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor project in Montreal, Quebec.
Internal Services: Internal Services are groups of activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of INFC. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across INFC, not those provided specifically for a program.
2. Methodology and Significant Assumptions
The Future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.
The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2015-16 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 2016-17 fiscal year.
The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:
- Additional authorities will be sought in 2015-16 for the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor Project. Funding to be sought through the 2015-16 Supplementary Estimates C are included in these forecasts.
- Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on historical data adjusted to reflect current authorities.
- The National Recreational Trails program is expected to end on March 31, 2016. Therefore, no amounts related to this program are included in the 2016-17 planned results.
- The 2016-2017 Main Estimates amount is higher than the 2016-2017 Planned Results as it includes $547 million in funding that INFC has determined it will not spend in 2016-2017.
- Forecast results of 2015-16 for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project (GHIB) are reflected in the Future-oriented statement of operations of Transport Canada since the transfer to INFC is not yet completed. However, INFC is reflecting the total approved capital authority of $46 million for GHIB in its planned results of 2016-17.
These assumptions are adopted as at January 25, 2016.
3. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information
While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2015–16 and for 2016–17, 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, INFC 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 expenses.
- Implementation of new collective agreements.
- The rate at which recipients submit claims under the New Building Canada Plan, and under sunsetting programs.
- Further changes to the contributions (and operating budgets) through approval of additional new infrastructure initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.
- The new Minister’s office could have an impact on INFC operating budgets.
- The transfer of responsibility for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative.
Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, INFC 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.
4. 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 2011–12 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:
Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for INFC's 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, compensatory leave and severance benefits are accrued and expenses are recorded as the benefits are earned by employees under their respective 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 which 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.
Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, or for 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. Tangible capital assets are amortized on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the asset.
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 the Department's liabilities. While the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, he or she 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.
5. Parliamentary Authorities
INFC is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to INFC 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, INFC has a 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 current year authorities used
(in thousands of dollars)
|Net cost of operations||3,390,192||3,310,715|
|Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:|
|Amortization of tangible capital assets||(2,055)||(2,622)|
|Services provided without charge by other government departments||(5,490)||(5,566)|
|Decrease/(Increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave||(295)||0|
|Decrease/(Increase) in employee future benefits||(168)||(68)|
|Refunds of previous years' expenditures||683||683|
|Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities||(7,325)||(7,573)|
|Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting appropriations:|
|Acquisition of tangible assets||57,478||19,491|
|Transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears||8||0|
|Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities||57,486||19,491|
b) Authorities requested
(in thousands of dollars)
|Vote 1 – Operating expenditures||$ 122,960||$ 110,041|
|Vote 5 – Capital expenditures||90,179||68,690|
|Vote 10 – Contributions||1,569,895||1,612,886|
|Employee Benefit Plan||5,750||5,875|
|Gas Tax Fund||1,973,269||2,071,933|
|Minister's Salary and Motor Car Allowance||82||84|
|Authorities available for future years|
- Footnote 1
The project is also commonly referred to as the New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project.
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