Future-Oriented Statement of Operations of Transport Canada (Unaudited)
for the year ending March 31, 2016

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the year ending March 31

(in thousands of dollars)

An Efficient Transportation System 1,037,648 1,056,997
A Safe and Secure Transportation System 509,332 474,314
Internal Services 193,488 177,082
A Clean Transportation System 90,440 67,180
Ship-Source Oil Pollution Fund and other programs 2,094 2,237
Expenses incurred on behalf of Government (2,094) (2,237)
Total expenses 1,830,908 1,775,573
Airport rent 313,327 326,280
Monitoring and enforcement revenues 44,866 44,743
Aircraft maintenance and flying services 29,535 28,517
Rentals and concessions 29,025 30,385
Transport facilities user fees 15,291 14,268
Pollution control revenues 7,089 8,033
Other 2,686 815
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (355,249) (371,831)
Total revenues 86,570 81,210
Net cost of operations 1,744,338 1,694,363

Information for the year ending March 31, 2015 includes actual amounts from April 1, 2014 to November 30, 2014.

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this Future-Oriented Statement of Operations.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31

1. 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 estimated results for fiscal year 2014-15 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2014 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • – The Department's activities 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.

These assumptions are adopted as at December 24, 2014.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

While every attempt has been made to 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 Future-Oriented Statement of Operations, Transport Canada 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 amounts of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment that may affect
    gains/losses and amortization expense.
  • – Implementation of new collective agreements.
  • – Economic conditions that may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan
  • – Interest rates in effect at the time of issue that affect the net present value of non-interest
    bearing loans.
  • – Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later
    in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, Transport 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 Performance Report.

3. Summary of significant accounting policies

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared using the Government of Canada's accounting policies that came into effect for the 2014-15 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:

  • (a) Expenses:
    • Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis.
    • Expenses for the Department'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 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 recipient has met the eligibility criteria or fulfilled the terms of a contractual transfer agreement or, in the case of transactions that 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. Transfer payments that become repayable as a result of conditions specified in the contribution agreement that have come into being are recorded as a reduction to transfer payment expense and as a receivable.
    • Expenses 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 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 the Department 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 the Department's liabilities. While the Deputy Head 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 as a reduction of the entity's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary authorities

Transport Canada is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Department 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, the Department 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 requested authorities

(in thousands of dollars)

Net cost of operations 1,744,338 1,694,363
Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (146,778) (147,803)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (89,534) (85,551)
Loss on disposal of tangible capital assets (7,288) (6,062)
Prior years' assets under construction expensed (7,904) (8,421)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave (989) 1,798
Decrease in employee future benefits 20,981 2,070
Decrease in environmental and contingent liabilities 12,937 32,442
Increase in accrued liabilities not charged to authorities 866 808
Refunds of previous years' expenditures 1,346 1,469
Adjustments of previous years accounts payable 1,572 1,625
Bad debt expense (203) (211)
Other 337 287
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting
(214,657) (207,549)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets 142,799 106,911
Decrease in lease obligation for tangible capital assets 20,125 21,041
Increase (decrease) in inventory (198) 99
Increase (decrease) in prepaid expenses (293) 147
Decrease in previous year accrued liabilities charged to authorities 2,405 -
Transition payment for pay in arrears charged to authorities 18,194 -
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting
183,032 128,198
Requested authorities 1,712,713 1,615,012
  • (b) Authorities requested

(in thousands of dollars)

Authorities requested
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures 656,837 551,125
Vote 5 – Capital expenditures 142,799 106,911
Vote 10 – Transfer payments 639,768 683,313
Statutory amounts 273,309 273,663
Requested authorities 1,712,713 1,615,012

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