Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited) As at March 31, 2014 and 2015

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Publication author : Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Publish date : March 6, 2014

Summary :

This report presents Canada Economic Development's future-oriented financial statements (unaudited) as of March 31, 2014 and 2015.

Financial position

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited) For the Year Ended March 31
  Estimated results
2013-2014
Planned results
2014-2015
  (in thousands of dollars)
Expenses
Business Development 84,172 80,269
Regional Economic Development 48,348 47,750
Strengthening Community Economies 98,557 40,147
Internal Services 16,484 15,940
Expenses incurred on behalf of the Government (14,682) (10,128)
Total Operating Expenses 232,879 173,978
Revenues
Interest income 467 570
Miscellaneous revenues 135 158
Revenues earned on behalf of the Government (602) (728)
Total Revenues 0 0
Net cost of operations 232,879 173,978

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these financial statements.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations

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 2013-14 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2013 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

These assumptions are adopted as at November 30, 2013.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2013-2014 and for 2014-15, 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 the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 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 future-oriented statement of operations and the historical statement of operations include:

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec 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 Government’s accounting policies that came into effect for the 2013-14 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 operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered including services provided without charges 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 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. 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 also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, provision for valuation on loans and advances 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 are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event occurred that gave rise to the revenues, except for the item listed below. Loans are non-interest bearing and, due to the uncertainty as to ultimate collection, interest income is only charged on overdue amounts when received.Other revenues consist of other fees and gains on the disposal of capital and non-capital assets.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the Agency’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 in reduction of the entity’s gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary authorities

The Agency 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 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, the Department 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
  Estimated
2013-2014
Planned
2014-2015
  (in thousands of dollars)
Net cost of operations 232,879 173,978
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (464) (227)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (5,449) (5,452)
Decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave 297 3
Repayment of previous years’ contributions and expenses 7,489 7,330
Other 509 779
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities 2,382 2,433
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets 121 21
New loans 69,799 71,409
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 69,920 71,430
Requested authorities 305,181 247,841
b) Authorities requested
  Estimated
2013-2014
Planned
2014-2015
  (in thousands of dollars)
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 41,993 37,907
Vote 5 - Grants and contributions 260,896 205,310
Statutory amounts 5,119 4,624
  308,008 247,841
Less:
Lapsed: Operating and Grants and contributions 2,827 0
Requested authorities 305,181 247,841
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