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National Research Council Canada
Consolidated Future-Oriented Statement of Operations
For the Year Ending March 31

(in thousands of dollars)
Technology Development and Advancement
319,944 306,544
Industrial Research Assistance
286,360 262,857
Science infrastructure and Measurement
107,982 101,230
Internal Services
284,229 269,926
Total Expenses
998,515 940,557
Research services
57,651 66,607
Technical services
77,806 89,892
Intellectual property, royalties and fees
6,050 6,990
Sales of goods and information products
3,675 4,246
3,887 4,491
Grants and contributions
2,401 2,774
Lease inducement revenue
2,548 2,548
350 350
Revenues earned on behalf of Government
(150) (150)
Total Revenues
154,218 177,748
Net cost of operations

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

National Research Council Canada
Notes to Consolidated Future-Oriented Statement of Operations
For the Year Ending March 31, 2016

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The consolidated future‑oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of government priorities and the plans of the NRC as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The main assumptions are as follows:

  1. Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on a combination of information obtained through an organization wide business planning process, quarterly financial forecasts, and historical information. The estimated results presented for 2014‑15 are based on the September 30, 2014 financial update used by NRC for internal forecasting purposes, and the forecast presented for 2015‑16 is based on the Annual Reference Level Update (ARLU).
  2. Program alignment architecture (PAA) distribution in 2015‑16 will be proportionally consistent with 2014‑15.
  3. No significant change in foreign exchange rates is expected.

These assumptions are adopted as at January 21, 2015.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to accurately forecast final results for the remainder of 2014‑15 and for 2015‑16, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this consolidated future‑oriented statement of operations, NRC 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 historical 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 consolidated future‑oriented statement of operations and the historical consolidated statement of operations include:

  1. This statement is based on approvals received as at January 21, 2015. Subsequent increases or decreases to these approved amounts would have an impact on spending.
  2. Revenues generated for 2015‑16 are based on targets set by NRC management, and represent a significant increase from 2014‑15. Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of accounts receivables. Variations to revenue earned would have an impact on spending.
  3. Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives, technical adjustments or reductions to program funding.
  4. The timing and amounts of acquisitions and disposals of tangible capital assets may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  5. Implementation of new collective agreements.
  6. Renewal of cluster funding of $60,000,000 in 2015‑16 has not yet been approved as of the date of this statement. This funding and related expenses are not included in these statements.
  7. Internal services in 2014‑15 include a one time project expenditures of $40,000,000 relating to the implementation of the Business Continuity and Secure NRC project, undertaken as a result of NRC's IT environment being compromised.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, NRC 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

This consolidated future‑oriented statement of operations has been prepared using the Government's accounting policies stated below, 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:

  1. Consolidation

    This consolidated future‑oriented statement of operations include both NRC and its portion of the accounts of the Canada‑France‑Hawaii Telescope Corporation (CFHT). The NRC relationship with CFHT meets the definition of a government partnership under Canadian public sector accounting standards, which requires that its results be proportionally consolidated within those of NRC. All inter‑organizational balances and transactions are eliminated as part of the consolidation process. CHFT forecasts statements as at December 31, 2014 and 2015 have been proportionally consolidated with NRC's March 31 future‑oriented statement of operations.

  2. Revenues

    Revenues are recognized in the year in which the underlying transaction or event occurred that gave rise to revenue as follows:

    • Research and technical services: Revenues are recognized as services are provided based on percentage‑of‑completion.
    • Intellectual property, royalties and fees: Revenues are recognized over the licence period.
    • Sales of goods and information products: Revenue is recognized when goods or information products are delivered to the client.
    • Rentals: Revenue is recognized in the period to which the lease or use of property relates.
    • Grants and contributions: Revenue is recognized when the transfer payment is authorized and any eligibility criteria are met, except to the extent that transfer stipulations give rise to an obligation that meets the definition of a liability.

    Funds received for which NRC has an obligation to other parties for the provision of goods, services or the use of assets in the future are recorded as deferred revenue.

    Receipts are deposited to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF). Under the NRC Act, money received by NRC through the conduct of its operations is respendable in the current or in subsequent years.

    Revenues that are non‑respendable are not available to discharge NRC's liabilities. While the President 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 NRC's gross revenues.

  3. Expenses

    • Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis.
    • Contributions are recognized in the year in which the recipient has met the eligibility criteria or fulfilled the terms of a contractual transfer agreement, provided that the transfer is authorized and a reasonable estimate can be made.
    • Grants are recognized in the year in which the conditions for payment are met. In the case of grants which do not form part of an existing program, the expense is recognized 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 consolidated statement of operations.
    • Vacation pay and compensatory leave are accrued as the benefits are earned by employees under their respective terms of employment.
    • Services provided without charge by other government departments and agencies for accommodation, employer contributions to the health and dental insurance plans, legal services, workers' compensation and the services related to the email, data centre and network services and the email, data centre and network support unit as well as the acquisition and provision of hardware and software for end user devices are recorded as operating expenses at their estimated cost.
    • 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.

4. Parliamentary Authorities

NRC is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to NRC do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since 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, NRC 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)
Net Cost of Operations
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
154,218 177,747
Amortization of tangible capital assets
(60,000) (60,000)
Services provided without charge by other government departments and agencies
(49,441) (45,582)
Decrease in employee future benefits
21,200 -
Decrease in salary accrual
18,455 -
Decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave
3,000 3,000
Cost of goods sold
(488) (563)
Bad debt expenses
(200) (200)
(100) (100)
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities
86,644 74,302
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets and additions to assets under construction
58,000 40,703
Pay in arrears transition payment
11,600 -
Inventory purchases
1,500 1,500
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities
71,100 42,203
Requested authorities 1,002,041 879,314

b. Authorities requested

(in thousands of dollars)
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures
455,988 361,628
Vote 5 – Capital expenditures
32,148 30,703
Vote 10 – Grants and contributions
283,058 255,318
Statutory amounts:
Revenues pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(e) of the National Research Council Act
308,180 304,248
Contributions to employee benefit plans
64,415 56,666
Revenues available for use in future years
(129,248) (116,749)
Lapsed authorities:
Frozen allotments - Operating
(12,500) (12,500)
Requested authorities 1,002,041 879,314
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