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Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and programs
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of Canada uses financial information to support decision making, for policy development, for service delivery and for historical reference.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, including the Budget 2018 items which were accessed through the Treasury Board Budget Implementation Vote. The QFR should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates as well as Canada's Economic Action Plan (Budget 2012, Budget 2013, Budget 2014, Budget 2015 , Budget 2016, Budget 2017 and Budget 2018 ). 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 September 30, 2018.
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:
- Undertaking, assisting or promoting scientific and industrial research in fields of importance to Canada;
- Providing vital scientific and technological services to the research and industrial communities;
- Investigating standards and methods of measurement;
- Working on the standardization and certification of scientific and technical apparatus, instruments and materials used or usable by Canadian industry;
- Operating and administering any astronomical observatories established or maintained by the Government of Canada;
- Establishing, operating and maintaining a national science library; and
- Publishing and selling or otherwise distributing such scientific and technical information as the Council deems necessary.
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 for 2018-19, including the Budget 2018 items which were accessed through the Treasury Board Budget Implementation vote. 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 September 30, 2018 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 September 30, 2018 and those as of September 30, 2017.
Long description of the Comparison of Budgetary Authorities and Expenditures
(in million of dollars)
|FY 2018‑19||FY 2017‑18|
|Expenditures - Quarter 1||$195.1||$208.9|
|Expenditures - Quarter 2||$232.0||$225.2|
As shown in the graph above, the NRC's expenditures totalled $232.0M during the second quarter of 2018-19 which represents an increase of $6.8M over the second quarter of 2017-18. Higher expenditures are mainly attributable to increases of $5.6M in Grants and Contributions, $0.8M in capital expenditures and $0.7M in combined 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 September 30, 2018, the authorities were $1,401.7M, representing an increase of $169.8M (13.8%) in comparison to the 2017-18 authorities of the same period.
The increase of $169.8M in authorities is explained by the following items:
- Transfer payments consisting of Grants and Contributions (G&C) authorities increased by $149.3M. The variance is mainly attributable to Budget 2018 increases of $90.0M for the Industrial Research Assistance Program and $27.0M for Collaborative Research Excellence. The remaining variance is primarily associated with an increase of $38.3M in contributions to the International Astronomical Observatory Program, offset by a decrease of $7.1M in contributions for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program.
- Combined operating and statutory authorities increased by $44.6M. This growth is mainly attributable to $28.1M in funding from Budget 2018 and a $12.8M variance in Statutory Revenue authorities.
- Capital authorities decreased by $26.1M. The variance is primarily attributable to a $26.5M decrease in funding for Federal Infrastructure Initiatives, $2.2M for the sale of land and $1.1M for the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory, offset by a year-over-year increase of $3.6M in NRC's Capital Budget Carry-Forward.
The following table summarizes the significant changes to NRC authorities since June 30, 2018:
Grants & Contributions
|Statutory Revenues||Contributions to EBP||Total|
|Authorities – Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2019 - As of June 30, 2018||1,366.6|
|Operating and Capital Budget Carry-Forward||17.0||18.1||35.1|
|Total increase (decrease) in authorities in comparison to prior year||17.0||18.1||35.1|
|Authorities – Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2019 - As of September 30, 2018||1,401.7|
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 September 30, 2018, year-to-date expenditures were $427.1M, representing a decrease of $7.0M (1.6%) in comparison to the 2017-18 expenditures of the same period. This decrease is mostly attributable to the following items:
- Transfer payments consisting of Grants & Contributions (G&C) expenditures decreased by $15.0M compared with the same period in the previous year. This change is mainly attributable to decreases in contributions to Firms and Organizations of $21.1M and $1.7M respectively, offset by increases in contributions of $3.7M for the Youth Employment Strategy and $3.5M for the International Astronomical Observatories Program.
- Combined operating expenditures and statutory revenue expenditure increased by $6.8M compared with the same period of the previous fiscal year. The variance results from a $5.7M increase in personnel costs, mainly due to the retro-active payments of multiple collective bargaining agreements and a $3.5M increase in acquisition of machinery and equipment, offset by a decrease of $2.2M for Payment in lieu of taxes (PILT).
3. Risks and Uncertainties
Progress continued to be made against the 2018-19 corporate risks (e.g., Dialogue implementation, collaboration, governance) with recognition of some continuing areas for attention, including:
- Managing the pace of change: In Q2, NRC undertook a stock-take of its implementation progress against the action plan for achieving its new vision defined through its internal assessment exercise (NRC Dialogue). Both internal and external experts were consulted on the path forward with a focus on delivering the most impactful initiatives, and consolidating and implementing the remaining actions as part of NRC operational activities.
- Enabling Information Technologies: NRC continues to work with SSC to explore options and implement solutions to address NRC's needs to address client requirements and collaborate with research partners.
- Addressing Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) Results: Internal consultations on NRC's results from the PSES were undertaken in Q2, the results of which were discussed with NRC's senior executive committee to move forward on concrete solutions to address concerns identified.
4. Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs
A series of new R&D initiatives were announced within NRC: i) Ideation Programs (New Beginnings Fund and Collaborative (Small Teams) Ideation Fund) to support self-directed research in collaboration with our partners; ii) Cluster Support programs to deliver research in support of the five winning business-led innovation clusters; iii) Challenge Programs to build collaborative multi-stakeholder teams to tackle priority issues for Canada.
NRC's first Departmental Science Advisor and Chief Science Officer was appointed to support the federal science agenda, while the new position of internal Science Advisor to the President was also filled, working with the new President's Research Excellence Advisory Committee.
A new governance structure was announced for a combined Executive Committee (EXCO) to support NRC decision-making, comprising of the NRC senior executives and director generals of research centres, branches, and IRAP.
Approved by Senior Officials
Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (Acting)
November 26, 2018
5. Statement of Authorities (unaudited)
For the quarter ended September 30, 2018
for use for the
March 31, 2019Table 3 & 4 note 1
the quarter ended
September 30, 2018
|Year to date
|Vote 1 - Operating expenditures||445,656||86,503||186,535|
|Vote 5 - Capital expenditures||81,048||12,086||17,269|
|Vote 10 - Grants and contributions||512,680||69,841||127,256|
|Statutory revenue Table 3 & 4 note 2||313,666||53,978||76,912|
|Total Budgetary authorities||1,401,733||231,973||427,101|
|Total available for
use for the
March 31, 2018 Table 3 & 4 note 1
|Used during the
September 30, 2017
|Year to date
|Vote 1 - Operating expenditures||413,828||102,685||174,567|
|Vote 5 - Capital expenditures||107,122||11,258||15,478|
|Vote 10 - Grants and contributions||363,336||64,259||142,225|
|Statutory revenue Table 3 & 4 note 2||300,883||37,136||82,073|
|Total Budgetary authorities||1,231,876||225,210||434,086|
- 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, 2018
for the year ending
March 31, 2019
September 30, 2018
|Year to date
|Transportation and communications||23,176||3,702||6,590|
|Professional and special services||87,710||16,072||26,619|
|Purchased repair and maintenance||31,300||4,058||7,416|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||66,355||8,304||13,947|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||78,878||4,195||6,435|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||67,799||11,142||20,146|
|Other subsidies and payments||25,222||5,905||8,479|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||1,401,733||231,973||427,101|
for the year ending
March 31, 2018
the quarter ended
September 30, 2017
|Year to date
|Transportation and communications||25,823||3,600||6,395|
|Professional and special services||77,416||13,942||21,394|
|Purchased repair and maintenance||40,406||4,525||6,848|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||69,505||9,640||14,826|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||73,548||8,204||12,183|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||85,572||11,046||15,975|
|Other subsidies and payments||19,418||8,275||10,652|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||1,231,875||225,210||434,086|