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Table of contents
- Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal Year to Date results
- Risks and uncertainties
- Significant changes to operations, personnel and programs
- Budget 2012 implementation
This Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) should be read in conjunction with:
- Main Estimates
- Supplementary Estimate
- Canada's Economic Action Plan
It has been prepared by management as required under section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by Treasury Board Accounting Standard 1.3. It has not been subject to an external audit or review.
1.1 Authority, mandate and program alignment architecture
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) plays an important role in the daily operations of the Government of Canada. It supports federal departments and agencies in the achievement of their mandated objectives as their central purchasing agent, real property manager, linguistic authority, treasurer, accountant, and pay and pension administrator. The Department's vision is to excel in government operations, and its strategic outcome and mission are to deliver high-quality, central programs and services that ensure sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians and meet the program needs of federal institutions.
The Department, founded in 1841, was instrumental in the building of our nation's canals, roads and bridges, the Houses of Parliament, post offices and federal buildings across the country. Today, PWGSC has evolved into a sophisticated operational arm of government that employs approximately 12,000 permanent employees working in locations across Canada, with its headquarters in the National Capital Area. PWGSC:
- Injects approximately $16 billion annually into the Canadian economy through government procurement for 140 federal departments and agencies;
- Handles over $2.3 trillion in cash flow transactions through the Receiver General function as treasurer;
- Issues more than 13.6 million federal pay and pension payments;
- Provides accommodation to parliamentarians and more than 265,105 public servants in 1,641 locations across Canada;
- Manages a Crown-owned property portfolio with a market value of $7.3 billion, including 19 engineering assets such as bridges and dams;
- Provides translation and interpretation services, annually, for more than 1,470 parliamentary sittings and parliamentary committee meetings, and manages translation for more than one million pages of text on behalf of other federal organizations; and
- Processes and images more than 30.4 million pages, annually, for federal government departments and agencies.
Further details on PWGSC's authority, mandate and programs may be found in the 2015–16 Report on Plans and Priorities.
1.2 Basis of presentation
This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting also known as modified cash accounting, and a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities. The accompanying Statement of Authorities compares PWGSC's spending authorities granted by Parliament to those used by the Department. Information in the Statement of Authorities is consistent with that in the Main Estimates.
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 granting statutory spending authority for specific purposes.
PWGSC uses the accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual Consolidated Departmental Financial Statements (DFS) that are published in the Departmental Performance Report. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on a modified cash basis of accounting.
The main difference between the QFR and the DFS is the timing of when revenues and expenses are recognized. The QFR reports revenues only when the money is received and expenses only when the money is paid out. The DFS reports revenues when they are earned and expenses when they are incurred. In the latter case, revenues are recorded even if cash has not been received and expenses are incurred even if cash has not yet been paid out.
1.3 Public Works and Government Services Canada's financial structure
PWGSC provides services to many government departments, agencies and Crown corporations through a variety of funding mechanisms. This includes budgetary authorities that are comprised of voted and statutory authorities, as well as non-budgetary authorities. The voted budgetary authorities include Operating Expenditures, Vote-Netted Revenues and Capital Expenditures, while the statutory authorities are mainly comprised of Revolving Funds, Employee Benefit Plans and Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT). The non-budgetary authorities consist primarily of the Seized Property Working Capital Account (see description below).
PWGSC's complex financial structure may result in significant fluctuations in authorities on a quarterly basis which are due to timing differences that are resolved by year end. These are summarized as follows:
- For the most part, PWGSC delivers its services on a cost-recovery basis, generating revenues via Revolving Fund ("the Funds") organizations and programs within the Operating Vote. These organizations and programs are mainly designed to provide services to other government organizations, and are expected to recover the cost of their operations through revenues. However, the costs incurred by the Funds are usually disbursed prior to invoicing the client, which generally occurs upon completion of a project or after services are rendered, and thus revenues may be collected in a subsequent quarter.
- PWGSC manages a variety of real property projects that progress through phases from planning to funding and from procurement to construction. Historical trends have shown that expenditures against these projects are not incurred evenly throughout the year; thus, quarter-to-quarter fluctuations are normal.
- PILT issued by PWGSC are funded through a statutory vote and paid on behalf of other participating federal departments. Payments are subsequently recovered from the participating departments and are recorded as statutory grants in the Public Accounts of Canada. Timing fluctuations can occur between the payments and recoveries.
- PWGSC also manages seized property for the Government of Canada pursuant to the Seized Property Management Act. The financial management of this activity is undertaken through the non-budgetary Seized Property Working Capital Account. Charged to this Account are expenditures and advances made to maintain and manage any seized or restrained property. PWGSC recovers its costs from this Account once the property owner loses the right to the property and it is disposed of.
2. Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date results
2.1 Significant changes to authorities
When compared to the same quarter of the previous year, PWGSC's Authorities Available for Use increased by $277.6 million (2014-15: $2,664.6 million; 2015–16: $2,942.2 million) as reflected in the Table 1 - Statement of authorities (unaudited). Major reasons for the increase are outlined below the table:
|Initiative||Operating||Capital||Budgetary statutory authorities||Total variances|
|Operation, maintenance and capital projects for federal accommodation||(159.0)||332.8||0.0||173.8|
|Cape Breton operations||39.0||0.0||0.1||39.1|
|Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan - Phase II||5.4||0.0||0.0||5.4|
|Collective agreements and Employee Benefit Plan adjustment||2.7||0.0||2.1||4.8|
|Build in Canada Innovation Program||2.5||0.0||0.0||2.5|
|Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative||2.0||0.0||0.0||2.0|
|Deficit Reduction Action Plan||(28.8)||0.0||0.0||(28.8)|
|Cumulative variance in authorities available for use||(94.6)||368.9||3.3||277.6|
Groupings can change between quarters due to materiality of initiatives.
Amounts may not balance with other public documents due to rounding.
The net increase of $277.6 million can be explained by:
- Other – increase of $8.6 million
This net increase of $8.6 million is the result of funding variances in miscellaneous projects and activities.
2.2 Significant changes to year-to-date net expenditures
As presented in the Table 2 - Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by standard object (unaudited), the Total Net Budgetary Expenditures have decreased by $0.3 million when compared to the same quarter of the previous year (2014-15: $870.1 million; 2015–16: $869.8 million).
Overall, total spending at the end of the first quarter represents 30% of annual planned expenditures for 2015–16, which compares to the first quarter of 2014-15 at 33%.
The proportion of actual expenditures in comparison to planned expenditures is consistent with the previous year, in each major expenditure category, with the exception of the Information category. The variance in this category is mainly due to information technology infrastructure costs as part of rehabilitation work on Parliamentary Precinct buildings.
|Standard Object||2015–16 Year To Date used at quarter end||2014-15 Year To Date used at quarter end||Year Over Year Variance|
|Professional and special services||185.6||169.3||16.3|
|Repair and maintenance||100.3||125.2||(24.9)|
|Other subsidies and payments||85.6||108.5||(22.9)|
|Revenues netted against expenditures||(407.3)||(428.6)||21.3|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||869.8||870.1||(0.3)|
The net decrease of $0.3 million is mainly attributable to:
- Information – increase of $6.1 million
- Information technology infrastructure costs as part of the Long Term Vision and Plan to preserve the Parliament Buildings.
- Professional and special services – increase of $16.3 million
- Construction work on several projects for other government departments including:
- The High Arctic Research Station for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada;
- The Giant Mine Remediation Project for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada;
- The Rock Bay Remediation project for Transport Canada as part of the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan; and
- Road resurfacing project at the Pacific Rim National Park for Parks Canada.
- Construction work on several projects for other government departments including:
- Rentals – decrease of $44.0 million
- Earlier recovery of rental costs from another government department to whom the service is being provided; and
- Timing differences in the payment of leases and other rentals.
- Repair and maintenance – decrease of $24.9 million
- Timing differences in the receipt of invoices from a new real property services provider.
- Transfer payments – increase of $42.8 million
- Timing differences between when a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) is issued and when the cost is recovered from other government departments.
- Other subsidies and payments – decrease of $22.9 million
- One-time transition payment in 2014-15 to implement salary payment in arrears by the Government of Canada.
- Offset by costs for a new capital lease at 90 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Revenues netted against expenditures – decrease of $21.3 million
- Timing difference in the billing cycle between 2014-15 and 2015–16.
- Other expenditures – increase of $5.0 million
- The increases in other expenditure categories not listed above are due to increased activity in various projects.
3. Risks and uncertainties
PWGSC integrates risk management principles into business planning, decision-making and organizational processes to minimize negative impacts and maximize opportunities across our diverse range of services and operations. Risk management in PWGSC is carried out in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Framework for the Management of Risk, the Management Accountability Framework and the PWGSC Policy on Integrated Risk Management.
The following key risks were identified as having a potential financial impact:
- PWGSC's dependency on clients' expenditures: More than half of PWGSC's financial and human resources are directly tied to cost recovered services and activities. In a context of reduced expenditures on the part of client departments and agencies, there is a risk that PWGSC could face unpredictable and reduced business volumes and concomitant reduced resources. In response to this risk PWGSC will adjust to reduced operational demands while maintaining the quality of its services. This includes sustaining rigorous management of revenues, expenditures, forecasting and commitment monitoring and working closely with other departments through the client service network to identify changing requirements and their impacts on the Department.
- PWGSC's ability to undertake and deliver complex, transformational and interdepartmental major projects and procurements: There are inherent risks in PWGSC undertaking and delivering complex, transformational and interdepartmental major projects and procurements on time, within the approved budget and according to scope which could ultimately have an impact on the Department's service strategy. In order to address these risks, PWGSC has implemented disciplined investment and project management processes; established service agreements and service standards with clear identification of responsibilities; ensured sound contract management; engaged early with client departments and other stakeholders; and developed the Departmental Integrated Investment Plan (IIP).
4. Significant changes to operations, personnel and programs
PWGSC did not see any significant changes to its operations, personnel and programs in the first quarter of 2015–16.
5. Budget 2012 implementation
This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that are being implemented in order to refocus government and programs, make it easier for Canadians and businesses to deal with their government, and modernize and reduce the back office functions.
PWGSC is committed to achieving Budget 2012 cumulative and ongoing savings of $177.6 million by 2018-19. Savings of $1.5 million were achieved in 2012-13, $28.1 million in 2013-14 and $85.3 million in 2014-15. For 2015–16, accumulated savings will increase to $114.2 million; savings will increase to $162.0 million in 2016–17 and $163.6 million in 2017-18. These savings support fiscal responsibility and a more effective use of departmental resources. With these changes, and building on progress made in recent years, PWGSC is transforming to better serve its clients through enhanced efficiency and effectiveness, and sound and robust management.
The cumulative savings initiatives for 2015–16, totalling $114.2 million, are in the following areas:
- Accommodation and Real Property Services – $66.4 million: Contributing to a more affordable public service by reducing office accommodation costs. This will be achieved by working with departments to recapture real property office space in response to reduced accommodation needs. PWGSC has also developed new real property space standards consistent with leading practices, resulting in a reduction in the total amount of government office space by approximately 10%.
- Internal Services – $22.2 million: Achieving savings by concentrating on core functions, streamlining processes and eliminating redundancies and overlap, thereby ensuring value for taxpayer money. Savings will be achieved by:
- Reducing internal overhead and information technology (IT) applications;
- Integrating the financial and real property management systems;
- Rationalizing redundant print services;
- Modernizing IT infrastructure to reduce costs; and
- Winding down of the Investigations and Litigation Office.
- Receiver General for Canada – $17.4 million: Payments made on behalf of the Government of Canada (e.g. employment insurance payments, income tax refunds, Government of Canada pay and pension cheques) which are currently issued as cheques will, over time, be transitioned to direct deposit. As the initiative relies on the active engagement of other federal departments and agencies, PWGSC has developed targeted plans working with federal departments and agencies, as well as financial institutions and associations.
- Linguistic Management and Services - $5.3 million: The Canadian Language Sector Enhancement Program ended in 2012-13.
- Specialized Programs and Services – $2.9 million: Achieved by optimizing interdepartmental coordination on Greening Government Operations, eliminating print publications, and improving efficiency in government operations.
George Da Pont, Deputy Minister
Public Works and Government Services Canada
August 28, 2015
Julie Charron, Chief Financial Officer, Acting
Public Works and Government Services Canada
August 28, 2015
|Fiscal year 2015–16||Fiscal year 2014-15|
| Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2016
Footnote 1, Footnote 2, Footnote 3
|Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2015||Year to date used at quarter end|| Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2015
Footnote 1, Footnote 2
|Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2014||Year to date used at quarter end|
|Gross Operating Expenditures||3,046,662||681,731||681,731||3,088,755||710,611||710,611|
|Net Operating Expenditures||1,691,455||431,171||431,171||1,786,072||445,654||445,654|
|Vote 5 - Capital Expenditures||1,128,864||92,278||92,278||759,964||86,121||86,121|
|Revolving Fund Authorities|
|Real Property Services Revolving Fund|
|Translation Bureau Revolving Fund|
|Optional Services Revolving Fund|
|Total of All Revolving Funds|
|Total Revolving Fund Net Expenditures||4,772||63,307||63,307||5,940||99,059||99,059|
|Other Budgetary Statutory Authorities|
|Contributions to employee benefit plans||116,553||29,138||29,138||112,068||28,017||28,017|
|Minister of PWGSC salary and motor car allowance||82||21||21||80||20||20|
|Refunds of amounts credited to revenues in previous years||0||0||0||124||124||124|
|Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets||437||0||0||352||1||1|
|Collection agency fees||0||0||0||6||6||6|
|Payment in lieu of taxes to municipalities and other taxing authorities Footnote 2||0||253,914||253,914||0||211,097||211,097|
|Total Other Budgetary Statutory Authorities||117,072||283,073||283,073||112,630||239,265||239,265|
|Total budgetary authorities||2,942,163||869,829||869,829||2,664,606||870,099||870,099|
|Seized Property Working Capital Account||0||(7,421)||(7,421)||0||(7,213)||(7,213)|
|Fiscal year 2015–16||Fiscal year 2014-15|
| Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2016
Footnote 1, Footnote 2
|Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2015|| Year to date used at quarter end
|Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Footnote 1, Footnote 2||Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2014||Year to date used at quarter end|
|Transportation and Communications||81,135||14,051||14,051||81,428||15,360||15,360|
|Professional and Special Services||1,621,851||185,588||185,588||1,493,048||169,252||169,252|
|Repair and Maintenance||991,932||100,339||100,339||988,157||125,230||125,230|
|Utilities, Materials and Supplies||277,764||23,247||23,247||242,307||22,678||22,678|
|Acquisition of land, buildings and works||456,762||28,062||28,062||317,964||26,056||26,056|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||63,715||6,737||6,737||66,560||4,951||4,951|
|Transfer payments Footnote 2||0||253,914||253,914||0||211,097||211,097|
|Other subsidies and payments||574,297||85,584||85,584||528,180||108,504||108,504|
|Total gross budgetary expenditures||6,251,022||1,277,102||1,277,102||5,808,688||1,298,647||1,298,647|
|Less revenues netted against expenditures|
|Revolving Fund Revenues||(1,953,652)||(156,713)||(156,713)||(1,841,399)||(163,591)||(163,591)|
|Total revenues netted against expenditures||(3,308,859)||(407,273)||(407,273)||(3,144,082)||(428,548)||(428,548)|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||2,942,163||869,829||869,829||2,664,606||870,099||870,099|
- Footnote 1
Includes only Authorities available for use and approved by Parliament at quarter-end. Amounts may not balance with other public documents due to rounding.
- Footnote 2
Consistent with the presentation in the Main Estimates, "Total available for use for the year" (Table 1) and "Planned expenditures for the year" (Table 2) for both 2015–16 and 2014-15, under "Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT)" (Table 1) and "Transfer Payments" (Table 2), are presented net of planned PILT made to municipalities and the equivalent planned recoveries from other government departments. A description of PILT is provided in Section 1.3 of this report.
- Footnote 3
There is a net increase of $277.6 million in the "Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2016" when compared to the same quarter for the year ending March 31, 2015.
- Footnote 4
There is a net decrease of $0.3 million in the "Year to date used at quarter end" of Fiscal year 2015–16 compared to the "Year to date used at quarter end" of Fiscal year 2014-15.
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