Non-financial assets

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Non-financial assets are assets that have an economic life that extends beyond the accounting period and that are intended for consumption in the normal course of operations. They are converted into expense in future periods and include tangible capital assets, inventories, and prepaid expenses.

Tangible capital assets consist of acquired, built, developed or improved tangible assets, which are intended to be used on a continuous basis and are not intended for sale in the ordinary course of business. For financial reporting purposes, tangible capital assets are grouped in the following categories: land, buildings, works and infrastructure, machinery and equipment, vehicles, leasehold improvements, assets under construction, and assets under capital leases.

Inventories are items of tangible property that are to be used in the delivery of program outputs. Some revolving funds and a few departments may have inventories held for resale to parties outside the Government.

Prepaid expenses and other are disbursements made, pursuant to a contract, before the completion of the work, delivery of the goods or rendering of the service.

Table 10.1 presents the non-financial assets by category.

Table summary

The table presents, in thousands of dollars, a two-year comparative of the non-financial assets by category. It consists of three columns: a list of the categories; March 31 of the current year; March 31 of the previous year. The first series of rows presents the net tangible capital assets and a subtotal. The following rows present Inventories and Prepaid expenses. A final row presents the total for this table.

Table 10.1
Non-financial assets by category

(in thousands of dollars)

  March 31, 2016 March 31, 2015
Net tangible capital assets, Table 10.2
Land 1,665,250 1,604,805
Buildings 14,948,686 14,414,181
Works and infrastructure 6,433,048 6,273,001
Machinery and equipment 9,851,603 9,313,628
Vehicles, Table 10.3 16,367,357 14,234,608
Leasehold improvements 1,170,515 1,205,890
Assets under construction 12,574,468 13,358,804
Assets under capital leases, Table 10.4 2,826,935 2,942,291
Subtotal 65,837,862 63,347,208
Inventories 7,221,554 7,250,094
Prepaid expenses and other 4,705,789 4,031,737
Total 77,765,205 74,629,039

Chart 10A
Non-financial assets by category at March 31, 2016

Non-Financial Assets by Category at March 31, 2015. Refer to the text description following the image.

Image description

The Graph "Non-financial assets by category at March 31, 2016" illustrates the non-financial assets by category for the current year and the relative percentage to the total. The percentage by component is: Prepaid expenses and other 6.1%; Land 2.1%; Buildings 19.2%; Works and infrastructure 8.3%; Machinery and equipment 12.7%; Vehicles 21.0%; Leasehold improvements 1.5%; Assets under construction 16.2%; Assets under capital leases 3.6%; and Inventories 9.3%.

Chart 10B
Non-financial assets at March 31, 2016

(in millions of dollars)

Non-Financial Assets at March 31, 2015. Refer to the text description following the image.

Image description

The Graph "Non-financial assets at March 31, 2016" illustrates, in millions of dollars, the non-financial assets for the current and nine previous years. In chronological order, the amounts are: $56,637 for 2007; $58,644 for 2008; $61,503 for 2009; $63,375 for 2010; $66,581 for 2011; $67,959 for 2012; $68,922 for 2013; $70,433 for 2014; $74,629 for 2015; and $77,765 for 2016.

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