Quarterly Financial Report - For the quarter ended June 30, 2017 (unaudited)
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The Government of Canada uses financial information to support decision making, for policy development, for service delivery and for historical reference. These financial statements have been prepared to respond to these requirements. This Departmental Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) reflects the results of the current fiscal period in relation to the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A). The QFR should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates (A) as well as Canada's Economic Action Plan (Budget 2012, Budget 2013, Budget 2014, Budget 2015 , Budget 2016 and Budget 2017). They have been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F‑11) and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Although these statements have not been subject to an external audit or review, the National Research Council Canada (NRC) attests that they are an accurate and true reflection of the financial position for the period ended June 30, 2017.
1.1 NRC Mandate
The NRC exists under the National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N‑15) and is a Departmental corporation named in Schedule II of the Financial Administration Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F‑11). The mission of the NRC is to work with clients and partners to provide innovation support, strategic research, and scientific and technical services to develop and deploy solutions to meet Canada's current and future industrial and societal needs.
Under the National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N‑15), the NRC is responsible for:
Further details on the NRC's legislative framework, authority, mandate and program activities can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates and the Departmental Plan.
1.2 Basis of Presentation
This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the NRC's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the NRC consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A) for 2017‑18. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use for spending authorities.
The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government of Canada. Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes (pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(e) of the National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N‑15), the NRC has authority to expend revenues it has received through the conduct of its operations).
When Parliament is dissolved for the purposes of a general election, section 30 of the Financial Administration Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. F‑11) authorizes the Governor General, under certain conditions, to issue a special warrant authorizing the Government of Canada to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. A special warrant is deemed to be an appropriation for the fiscal year in which it is issued.
The NRC uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements which are part of the Departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.
2. Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year to Date (YTD) results
This section highlights the items that contributed most significantly to the changes in budgetary authorities for the current fiscal year and to the actual expenditures for the quarter that ended on June 30, 2017 compared with the previous fiscal year. This section should be read in conjunction with the NRC's tables entitled Statement of Authorities and Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object found on the last 2 pages of this report.
2.1 Authorities and Expenditures
The following graph provides a comparison of the budgetary authorities and expenditures as of June 30, 2017 and those as of June 30, 2016.
Long description of the Comparison of Budgetary Authorities and Expenditures
|FY 2017‑2018||FY 2016‑2017|
|Expenditures - Quarter 1||$208.9||$186.1|
As shown in the graph above, the NRC's expenditures totalled $208.9M during the first quarter of 2017‑18 which represents an increase of $22.8M over the first quarter of 2016‑17. Higher expenditures are mainly attributable to the increase of $27.3M in Grants and Contributions, offset by decreases of $2.4M in Statutory Employee Benefit Plan, $1.2M in capital expenditures as well as a combined decrease of $0.9M in operating and statutory revenue expenditures. Refer to 2.3 Significant Changes to Budgetary Expenditures for additional details.
2.2 Significant Changes to Authorities
As of June 30, 2017, the authorities were $1,205.1M, representing a decrease of $52.4 (4.2%) in comparison to the 2016‑17 authorities of the same period. The following table summarizes the significant changes to NRC authorities:
Grants & Contributions
|Statutory Revenues||Contributions to EBP||Total|
|Authorities - Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2017 - As of June 30, 2016||1,257.5|
|Support R&D by small and medium sized firms (IRAP) (Budget 2016)||-||-||(50.0)||-||-||(50.0)|
|2014 Federal Infrastructure Initiative||-||(31.1)||-||-||-||(31.1)|
|Statutory Revenue Carry Forward adjustment||-||-||-||(16.7)||-||(16.7)|
|Statutory Revenue adjustment||-||-||-||(7.0)||-||(7.0)|
|Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory||-||(1.2)||32.8||-||-||31.6|
|Youth Employment Strategy (Budget 2017)||-||-||10.0||-||-||10.0|
|2016 Federal Infrastructure Initiative (Budget 2016)||-||9.9||-||-||-||9.9|
|Reinvestment for Sale of Real Property||-||2.2||-||-||-||2.2|
|Total increase (decrease) in authorities in comparison to prior year||0.1||(20.2)||(6.3)||(23.7)||(2.3)||(52.4)|
|Authorities – Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2018 - As of June 30, 2017||1,205.1|
The decrease of $52.4M in authorities is explained by the following items:
2.3 Significant Changes to Budgetary Expenditures
This section should be read in conjunction with the NRC's tables entitled Statement of Authorities and Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object both located at the end of this report.
2.3.1 Variances in Year‑to‑date Expenditures
As of June 30, 2017, year‑to‑date expenditures were $208.9M, representing an increase of $22.8M (12.3%) in comparison to the 2016‑17 expenditures of the same period. This increase is mostly attributable to the following items:
3. Risks and Uncertainties
NRC DialogueFootnote 1 consultations were completed, and findings and proposals to better NRC were socialized with staff and managers in Q1. A corporate risk to be managed this fiscal year will be staff engagement and expectations on organizational changes in response to the Dialogue. In Q2, NRC management responses to the Dialogue will be communicated to staff, as well as early actions that are being planned. Contingency plans will also be developed on how to move forward on Dialogue actions in the event that the full amount of incremental funding asked for is not forthcoming in Budget 2018.
Two other key risks being managed in Q1 relate to: the agility, reliability and sustainability of NRC's research IT infrastructure; and management of NRC's aging scientific infrastructure and real property. To manage the IT risk, NRC has allocated $20.0M over 3 years to ensure this is achieved in a timely fashion, and is working on a research infrastructure proposal in collaboration with Shared Services Canada to ensure timely and flexible access to a variety of research platforms. To manage the other key risk, NRC is launching a review of NRC facilities to develop an effective lifecycle management approach in support of NRC priorities and capability requirements.
4. Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs
NRC launched a new Environmental Policy in Q1 to support effective environmental stewardship of the organization's R&D activities, facilities and real property, as well as promote and advance innovation and research in clean technologies. The policy will serve to guide day‑to‑day activities, support ongoing regulatory compliance and foster good corporate citizenship.
Approved by Senior Officials
Vice‑President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer
August 24, 2017
5. Statement of Authorities (unaudited)
For the quarter ended June 30, 2017
for use for the
March 31, 2018Table 3 & 4 note 1
the quarter ended
June 30, 2017
|Year to date
|Vote 1 - Operating expenditures||401,517||71,882||71,882|
|Vote 5 - Capital expenditures||92,640||4,220||4,220|
|Vote 10 - Grants and contributions||363,336||77,966||77,966|
|Statutory revenue Table 3 & 4 note 2||300,883||44,937||44,937|
|Total Budgetary authorities||1,205,083||208,877||208,877|
|Total available for
use for the
March 31, 2017 Table 3 & 4 note 1
|Used during the
June 30, 2016
|Year to date
|Vote 1 - Operating expenditures||401,656||71,647||71,647|
|Vote 5 - Capital expenditures||112,109||5,417||5,417|
|Vote 10 - Grants and contributions||369,875||50,697||50,697|
|Statutory revenue Table 3 & 4 note 2||324,566||46,025||46,025|
|Total Budgetary authorities||1,257,508||186,109||186,109|
- Table 3 & 4 note 1
Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter‑end.
- Table 3 & 4 note 2
Includes Statutory Revenue available for use in future years pursuant to paragraph 5(1)(e) of the National Research Council Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. N‑15).
6. Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object
For the quarter ended June 30, 2017 (in thousands of dollars)
for the year ending
March 31, 2018
June 30, 2017
|Year to date
|Transportation and communications||24,971||2,794||2,794|
|Professional and special services||74,863||7,452||7,452|
|Purchased repair and maintenance||39,073||2,323||2,323|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||67,213||5,187||5,187|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||57,117||3,979||3,979|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||82,750||4,930||4,930|
|Other subsidies and payments||19,418||2,376||2,376|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||1,205,083||208,877||208,877|
for the year ending
March 31, 2017
the quarter ended
June 30, 2016
|Year to date
|Transportation and communications||23,846||2,957||2,957|
|Professional and special services||79,209||9,805||9,805|
|Purchased repair and maintenance||31,442||4,167||4,167|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||64,656||4,829||4,829|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||101,980||3,323||3,323|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||85,958||7,476||7,476|
|Other subsidies and payments||22,601||2,277||2,277|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||1,257,508||186,109||186,109|
- Footnote 1
NRC Dialogue: In support of the continued renewal of the NRC and to advance Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan, NRC's President was mandated in August 2016 to assess the current state of NRC. This assessment was carried out through engagement with NRC employees covering four areas: innovation support, engagement, governance and management.
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