Quarterly Financial Report of Transport Canada - September 30, 2012

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Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board Accounting Standard 1.3. The quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A), as well as Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 (Budget 2012).

This quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

1.1 Authority, Mandate and Program Activities

A summary description of Transport Canada’s program activities can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates.

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 Transport Canada’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A) for the 2012-13 fiscal year. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before monies can be spent by the Government. 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.

When Parliament is dissolved for the purposes of a general election, section 30 of the Financial Administration Act authorizes the Governor General, under certain conditions, to issue a special warrant authorizing the Government 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.

Transport Canada uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process and published in the Departmental Performance Report. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

As part of the Parliamentary business of supply, the Main Estimates must be tabled in Parliament on or before March 1 preceding the new fiscal year. Budget 2012 was tabled in Parliament on March 29, after the tabling of the Main Estimates on February 28, 2012. As a result the measures announced in the Budget 2012 could not be reflected in the 2012-13 Main Estimates.

In fiscal year 2012-13, frozen allotments will be established by Treasury Board authority in departmental votes to prohibit the spending of funds already identified as savings measures in Budget 2012. In future years, the changes to departmental authorities will be implemented through the Annual Reference Level Update, as approved by Treasury Board, and reflected in the subsequent Main Estimates tabled in Parliament.

2. Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year to Date (YTD) Results

2.1 Statement of Authorities

Transport Canada’s total authorities available for use increased by approximately $522.9 million (or 33%), from $1,583.3 million as of September 30, 2011 to $2,106.2 million as of September 30, 2012, as summarized below:

Description of activity
(in million of dollars)
Expenditures Revenues Net Expenditures
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures

4

(1)

3

Vote 5 – Capital expenditures

5

-

5

Vote 10 – Grants and contributions

533

-

533

Vote 17 – Forgiveness of Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority's Loans

(23)

-

(23)

Budgetary statutory authorities

Employee benefit plan

(1)

-

(1)

Grants and contributions

1

-

1

Other statutory payments

4

-

4

Total increase in authorities 523 (1) 522

Note: Totals may not add and may not agree with details provided elsewhere due to rounding.

The Statement of Authorities attached at the end illustrates the total authorities available for use, the authorities used for the quarter and the year-to-date authorities used for the current fiscal year as well as the comparative figures. The major year-to-year variances for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 are explained below.

2.1.1 Vote 1 – Net operating expenditures (increase of $3.1M)

The Net operating expenditures authorities increased by $3.1 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13 and the variance is primarily a net result of the following factors:

  • Increases in planned spending of:

    • $23 million on the assessment, management and remediation of projects to be carried out under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan,
    • $19 million in funding for the Next Generation of Clean Transportation Initiatives, and
    • $14.9 million from the operating budget carry forward.

  • Offset by decreases in planned spending of:

    • $22 million resulting from the transfer to Shared Services Canada,
    • $14.9 million from sunsetting programs such as the Health of the Oceans and the Port Divestiture Fund,
    • $2.3 million in transfers to other government departments,
    • $3.1 million in re-profiling for the Divestiture of Mirabel Airport Reserve Lands, and
    • $11.5 million in various other reductions.

The actual Operating expenditures for the year-to-date of 2012-13 decreased by $35.5 million when compared to the year-to-date of 2011-12. This is primarily explained by decreases of $12.4 million in salary and wages, $7.3 million in aircraft maintenance, $3.5 million in travel, $3.3 million in professional services, $2.6 million in public utility services, $2.3 million in telecommunication services, $2 million in purchased repairs to building and works and various other minor reductions in expenditures totaling $2.1 million.

2.1.2 Vote 5 – Capital expenditures (increase of $5.2M)

The Capital expenditures authorities increased by $5.2 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13. The variance is primarily explained by increases in planned spending of $9.7 million for the Ferry Services Contribution Program and $8.7 million for the Detroit River International Crossing Project, offset by a transfer of $6.3 million to Shared Services Canada, and reductions totaling $6.9 million for various minor projects.

The actual Capital expenditures for the year-to-date 2012-13 decreased by $3 million when compared to the year-to-date of 2011-12 primarily due to differences in the timing of payments for various projects.

2.1.3 Vote 10 – Grants and contributions (increase of $532.7M)

The Grants and contributions authorities increased by $532.7 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13 and the variance is largely due to the following factors:

  • Increases in planned spending of:

    • $649.8 million regarding the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund,
    • $16.1 million for the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services,
    • $15.5 million for the Ferry Services Contribution Program, and
    • $4.5 million for the Oshawa Harbor Port Consolidation Program.

  • Offset by decreases in planned spending of:

    • $134.5 million for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund,
    • $12.5 million for the Airports Capital Assistance Program, and
    • $6.6 million for the Port Divestiture Fund.

The actual Grants and contributions year-to-date expenditures at September 30, 2012 increased by $73.1 million when compared to the year-to-date at quarter end of 2011-12 primarily due to an increase in expenditures for the Gateway and Border Crossings Fund.

2.1.4 Vote 17 – Forgiveness of Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority’s loans (decrease of $22.6M)

There is no planned amount and expenditures for 2012-13. The 2011-12 Vote 17 of $22.6 million to forgive loans relating to the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority is not recurrent.

2.1.5 Budgetary statutory authorities (increase of $3.8M for Other statutory payments)

The Other statutory payments authorities increased by $3.8 million from 2011-12 to 2012-13. The variance is explained by an increase in planned payments required for the capital portion of the statutory payment to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of $3.8 million reflecting significantly increased anticipated costs associated with maintaining the federally owned infrastructure.

As at September 30, the Other statutory payments year-to-date actual expenditures for 2012-13 decreased by $18.7 million when compared to the year-to-date for 2011-12. The variance is explained mostly by a decrease in the statutory payment to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

2.2 Statement of Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object

Transport Canada’s annual planned expenditures for 2012-13 have increased by approximately $522.9 million when compared to 2011-12. Of the annual planned expenditures, 12% was expended in the second quarter of 2012-13, compared to 15% for the same quarter of 2011-12. Overall, year-to-date expenditures for 2012-13 represent 23% of annual planned expenditures, compared to 30% in 2011-12.

The statement of Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object attached at the end illustrates the annual planned expenditures, the expenditures for the quarter and the year-to-date expenditures for the current fiscal year as well as the comparative figures. The major year-to-year variances for the year-to-date as at September 30, 2012 are found in the following categories:

  • Personnel
    The Personnel year-to-date expenditures as at September 30, 2012 decreased by approximately $16.5 million when compared to the previous year-to-date expenditures for 2011-12. The variance is largely attributed to a reduction of $7.2 million in severance pay payments and reduced spending as a result of austerity measures to ensure Transport Canada meets its Budget 2012 savings.

  • Transportation and communications
    The Transportation and communications year-to-date expenditures at September 30, 2012 decreased by $6.4 million compared to year-to-date at quarter end of 2011-12. The decrease is mainly due to the transfer of telecommunications services to Shared Services Canada.

  • Professional and special services
    The Professional and special services year-to-date expenditures at September 30, 2012 decreased by $16.4 million when compared to year-to-date at quarter end of 2011-12. The difference is largely due to a reduction in spending for engineering and architectural services, management consulting and temporary help services.

  • Acquisitions of land, buildings and works
    The Acquisitions of land, buildings and works year-to-date expenditures at September 30, 2012 increased by $6.4 million over the year-to-date expenditures at quarter end of 2011-12 as a result of an increase of $8.3 million for the rehabilitation of airside and groundside pavement at Port Hardy Airport, offset by reductions in the Detroit River International Crossing Capital Project and the reconfiguration of airport runways and construction of a new airport terminal at Waskaganish totaling $1.5 million.

  • Transfer payments
    The Transfer payments year-to-date expenditures at September 30, 2012 increased by $74.6 million compared to year-to-date at quarter end of 2011-12. This is primarily due to an increase in expenditures for the Gateway and Border Crossings Fund.

    Note that the Transfer payments planned expenditures for 2012-13 increased by approximately $534.1 million when compared to the planned expenditures for 2011-12. The variance is largely due to increases in planned spending regarding the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund ($649.8 million), the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services ($16.1 million), the Ferry Services Contribution Program ($15.5 million), and the Oshawa Harbor Port Consolidation Program ($4.5 million), offset by decreases in planned spending for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund ($134.5 million), the Airports Capital Assistance Program ($12.5 million), and the Port Divestiture Fund ($6.6 million).

  • Forgiveness of loans (St-John Harbour Bridge Authority)
    Year-to-date expenditures for the Forgiveness of loans for the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority decreased by $22.6 million in 2012-13 when compared to the previous year. The 2011-12 expenditure represents the amount of a non-interest bearing loan to the Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority that was conditionally forgiven during the second quarter of last year and is not recurrent.

  • Other subsidies and payments
    Year-to-date expenditures regarding Other subsidies and payments decreased by approximately $22.4 million in 2012-13 when compared to 2011-12. The difference is largely due to decreases in the statutory payment to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation of $18.6 million reflecting a decrease in costs associated with maintaining the federally owned infrastructure for the first two quarters, and $ 4.3 million decrease in payments to settle multiple cases of damage and other claims against the Crown.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

Transport Canada’s Report on Plans and Priorities identifies the current risk environment and the department’s key risk areas to the achievement of its strategic outcomes. Within this context, specific financial risks relative to the second quarter include the following:

Budget 2010 announced that the operating budgets of departments would be frozen at their 2010-11 levels for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13. There is a risk that Transport Canada’s capacity to address emerging financial pressures will decrease as a result of these cost containment measures. Transport Canada has implemented strategies to manage the operating budget freeze within the department, including expenditure restraint in discretionary spending and re-allocation of planned spending from lower to higher priorities.

4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There have been no significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs over the last quarter, except as described in section 2.1.

5. Budget 2012 Implementation

This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that will be implemented in order to refocus government and programs; make it easier for Canadians and business to deal with their government; and modernize and reduce the back office.

Transport Canada will achieve Budget 2012 savings of $62.1 million by fiscal year 2014-15 through efficiency measures and program reductions that align resources to its core mandate, scaling back where the need is reduced; transforming how it works internally; and by consolidating and streamlining. With these changes Transport Canada will implement more efficient and lean administrative processes, and focus on core federal roles and priorities.

In the first year of implementation, Transport Canada will achieve savings of approximately $37 million. Savings will increase to $47 million in 2013-14 and will result in ongoing savings of $62.1 million by 2014-15. These savings have yet to be incorporated into the Department's authorities.

Specifically, savings will be achieved through:

Overall efficiencies, such as:

  • Reducing procurement spending in targeted professional services areas,
  • Reducing overall travel expenses that are not essential to core business.

Back office streamlining, such as:

  • Finding savings in all groups through greater efficiencies, for example by streamlining ministerial correspondence, centralizing web publishing and better aligning work to departmental priorities,
  • Reducing administrative overhead, for example by streamlining program management activities.

Program changes, such as:

  • Realigning and streamlining TC’s main research functions (R&D and Economic Analysis) and refocusing R&D activities on core strategic priority areas,
  • Integrating the Marine Safety and Marine Security programs by consolidating their management functions,
  • Working with other organizations to leverage knowledge and expertise.

Departmental expenditures in the first two quarters of 2012-13 have decreased from the same period for last fiscal year partly as a result of measures announced in Budget 2012.

Transport Canada is mitigating financial risks or uncertainties related to these savings by taking measures to: ensure that core safety and security functions are not compromised; minimize the impact on employees and Canadians; focus on long-term benefits; improve internal processes; identify efficiencies; and focus on core functions which are in line with the Department’s mandate and strategic outcome structure.

Other measures referenced in Budget 2012 include:

  • Renewed spending of $5 million for Health of the Oceans, $16.1 million for Regional and Remote Passenger Rail, $16.3 million for the Port Divestiture Fund, $3.5 million for Major Projects Management Office, and
  • New spending of $5.2 million for Responsible Energy Development.

Approved by:

Original signed by

Louis Lévesque,
Deputy Minister
Ottawa, Canada

November 29, 2012

Original signed by

André Morency,
Chief Financial Officer
Ottawa, Canada

November 29, 2012

Transport Canada
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended September 30, 2012

Statement of Authorities (Unaudited)

(in thousands of dollars) Fiscal year 2012-2013 Fiscal year 2011-2012
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2013 1,2 Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2012 Year to date used at quarter-end Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2012 1 Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2011 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 1 - Net operating expenditures

573,187

117,445

230,422

570,114

140,453

265,872

Vote 5 - Capital expenditures

110,300

12,749

16,408

105,096

17,033

19,361

Vote 10 - Grants and contributions

1,201,818

96,933

106,651

669,077

23,543

33,514

Vote 17 - Forgiveness of Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority's Loans

-

-

-

22,646

22,646

22,646

Budgetary statutory authorities

Employee benefit plan

73,816

18,454

36,908

74,380

18,595

37,190

Grants and contributions

63,629

582

61,111

62,275

527

59,602

Other statutory payments

83,452

5,556

25,176

79,674

9,574

43,892

Total budgetary authorities

2,106,202

251,719

476,676

1,583,262

232,371

482,077

Non-budgetary authorities

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total authorities

2,106,202

251,719

476,676

1,583,262

232,371

482,077

(1) Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter end.
(2) Total available for use does not reflect measures announced in Budget 2012.

Transport Canada
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended September 30, 2012

Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object (Unaudited)

(in thousands of dollars) Fiscal year 2012-2013 Fiscal year 2011-2012
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013* Expended during the quarter ended September 30, 2012 Year to date expended at quarter-end Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2012 Expended during the quarter ended September 30, 2011 Year to date expended at quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel

493,815

125,707

250,685

487,683

139,577

267,145

Transportation and communications

35,144

4,644

8,77

43,529

8,211

15,183

Information

4,452

500

749

4,715

660

959

Professional and special services

159,837

18,753

28,167

147,360

33,175

44,529

Rentals

4,623

2,707

3,995

4,943

2,744

3,522

Repair and maintenance

18,220

2,881

3,714

19,737

2,938

3,564

Utilities, materials and supplies

14,747

3,727

6,787

18,213

4,563

8,635

Acquisition of land, buildings and works

67,715

10,044

10,330

84,214

3,812

3,943

Acquisition of machinery and equipment

42,585

2,148

5,854

20,883

3,625

5,557

Transfer payments

1,265,447

97,515

167,762

731,352

24,071

93,117

Forgiveness of Saint John Harbour Bridge Authority's Loans

-

-

-

22,646

22,646

22,646

Other subsidies and payments

83,372

7,540

27,977

80,693

10,940

50,403

Total gross budgetary expenditures

2,189,957

276,166

514,798

1,665,968

256,962

519,203

Less revenues netted against expenditures:
Vote-netted revenues

(83,755)

(24,447)

(38,122)

(82,706)

(24,591)

(37,126)

Total Revenues netted against expenditures:

(83,755)

(24,447)

(38,122)

(82,706)

(24,591)

(37,126)

Total net budgetary expenditures

2,106,202

251,719

476,676

1,583,262

232,371

482,077

* Planned expenditures do not reflect measures announced in Budget 2012.

Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the current year’s presentation.

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