Future-oriented statement of operations for the years ending March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018 (unaudited )


Forecast results 2017 (in thousands of dollars)

Planned results 2018 (in thousands of dollars)


Official Languages



Cultural Industries









Engagement and Community Participation



Attachment to Canada






Internal Services



Total expenses




Revenue from the 1979 Federal-provincial Lottery-agreement



Miscellaneous revenues



Sale of goods and services



Revenues earned on behalf of Government



Total revenues



Net cost of operations before funding and transfers



Information for the year ending March 31, 2017 includes actual amounts from April 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

The accompanying notes form an integral part of this future-oriented statement of operations.

1. Authority and objectives

The Department of Canadian Heritage was established in 1995 under the Department of Canadian Heritage Act.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is responsible for formulating policies and delivering programs that help all Canadians participate in their shared cultural and civic life.

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s work is structured around the following three strategic outcomes:

  • Canadian artistic expressions and cultural content are created and accessible at home and abroad;
  • Canadians share, express and appreciate their Canadian identity; and
  • Canadians participate and excel in sport.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is specifically responsible for formulating and implementing cultural policies related to copyright, foreign investment and broadcasting, as well as policies related to arts, heritage, official languages, sports, state ceremonial and protocol, and Canadian symbols.

The programs include:

  • Arts: This improves Canadians’ opportunities to engage with the arts, contributes to the resilience of the arts sector and deepens the connections between cultural organizations and their communities. This Program encourages access and participation, resilience and excellence in the arts for all Canadians by supporting institutions that offer artists and performers training of the highest calibre in preparation for professional careers, the presentation of professional arts festivals or performing arts series, the improvement of arts and heritage infrastructure, the improvement of business practices of arts and heritage organizations, and the development of partnerships in the sector. Policy, legislative and regulatory measures targeting the Canadian arts sector also further this Program's objectives.

  • Cultural Industries: supports Canadian cultural industries in adapting to a changing and challenging global marketplace. This is achieved through the delivery of grants, contributions and tax credits as well as policy, regulatory and legislative measures. Fostering the competitiveness and creative output of these industries ensures that Canadian and international audiences access a range of Canadian content across a variety of formats and platforms and contributes to the Canadian economy.

  • Heritage: This Program ensures that Canada’s cultural heritage is preserved and accessible to Canadians today and in the future. It enables the heritage sector to improve professional knowledge, skills and practices, to preserve and present heritage collections and objects, and to create and circulate exhibitions and other forms of heritage content. This is accomplished by providing funding such as grants, contributions and tax incentives; information, expertise, training and other services; and regulatory and legislative measures. The primary goal of this Program is to promote the preservation and presentation of Canada’s cultural heritage.

  • Attachment to Canada: This Program strengthens Canadian identity by promoting pride and a sense of national purpose in Canadians. It celebrates and commemorates Canada and enhances understanding of shared values, cultural diversity and knowledge of Canada. Also, it promotes civic education and participation among Canadians, including youth, as well as provides them with the opportunity to learn about and understand Canada’s society, diversity, history and institutions. This is achieved through delivering programs and services in the form of grants and contributions. The core concept of this Program is to promote knowledge and experiences of Canada among Canadians.

  • Engagement and Community Participation: This Program aims to engage Canadians and provide them with opportunities to participate in the civil, social and cultural aspects of life in Canada and in their communities. This is accomplished through funding programs and initiatives that support the efforts of communities to build stronger citizen engagement and social inclusion through the performing and visual arts; express, celebrate and preserve local heritage; contribute to increasing the respect for and awareness of human rights in Canada; and develop innovative and culturally appropriate initiatives to support the efforts of indigenous communities in the revitalization and preservation of their languages and cultures. This Program has strong social benefits, as it contributes to the preservation of the history and identity of Canada’s diverse communities, while offering a way for traditions and identities to evolve over time. The Program supports the Department’s mandate to strengthen Canadian identity and values, and build attachment to Canada.

  • Official Languages: Canadian Heritage plays an important role in the horizontal coordination of official languages within the federal government and especially with respect to coordination and support to federal institutions in the implementation of the government's commitment towards the development of official-language minority communities (OLMCs) and the promotion of linguistic duality, pursuant to section 42 of the Official Languages Act. Canadian Heritage is also responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the Official Languages Support Programs pertaining to the promotion of linguistic duality within Canada and the development of OLMCs, in accordance with section 43 of the Act. These activities contribute to achieving the following Government Outcome: "A diverse society that promotes linguistic duality and social inclusion."

  • Sport: This Program promotes development and excellence in sport among Canadians and Canadian communities through initiatives that: provide direct support to Canadian high performance athletes; enhance Canada’s ability to host the Canada Games and international sport events in Canada; support the development of excellence in the Canadian sport system; and contribute to increasing participation in sport by Canadians of all ages and abilities. The core concept of this Program is to enhance and promote Canadian participation and excellence in sport, by providing funding, expertise and other services to Canadian athletes, sport organizations, stakeholders and event organizers.

  • Internal Services: Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Management Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not to those provided specifically to a program.

2. Methodology and significant assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and the plans of the Department as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2016-2017 is based on actual results as at December 31st, 2016 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  1. The Department of Canadian Heritage’s activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
  2. 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.
  3. Allowances for uncollectibility are based on experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions were adopted as at January 16, 2017.

3. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2016-2017 and for 2017-2018, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this financial statement, the Department of Canadian Heritage 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 financial statements include:

  1. The timing and amounts of acquisitions and disposals of tangible capital assets may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  2. Implementation of new collective agreements.
  3. Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of accounts receivable.
  4. Further changes to the operating budget through additional new or modified initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, the Department of Canadian Heritage will not be updating the forecasts for any changes to appropriations of forecast financial information made in ensuing supplementary estimates.

4. Summary of significant accounting policies

This future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared using the Government of Canada’s accounting policies in effect for the 2016-2017 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:

  1. Consolidation

    This consolidated future-oriented statement includes the accounts of the following sub-entities that the Deputy Minister is accountable for: Canadian Conservation Institute and Canadian Heritage Information Network. The accounts of these sub-entities have been consolidated with those of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and all inter-organizational balances and transactions have been eliminated.

  2. 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, employer contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and workers’ 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. Expenses also include a provision for bad debt on accounts receivable and amortization of tangible capital assets.

    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 future-oriented 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.

  3. Revenues

    Revenues from sale of goods and services are recognized in the accounts based on the goods and services provided in the year.

    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 of Canadian Heritage’s liabilities. While the Deputy Minister 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 Department of Canadian Heritage’s gross revenues.

  4. Employee future benefits

    • Pension benefits: Eligible employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, a multiemployer pension plan administered by the Government. The Department of Canadian Heritage’s contributions to the Plan are charged to expenses in the year incurred and represent the total departmental obligation to the Plan. The Department of Canadian Heritage’s responsibility with regard to the Plan is limited to its contributions. Actuarial surpluses or deficiencies are recognized in the future-oriented financial statement of the Government of Canada, as the Plan’s sponsor.
    • Severance benefits: Employees entitled to severance benefits under labour contracts or conditions of employment earn these benefits as services necessary to earn them are rendered. The obligation relating to the benefits earned by employees is calculated using information derived from the results of the actuarially determined liability for employee severance benefits for the Government as a whole.

5. Parliamentary authorities

The Department of Canadian Heritage is financed by the Government of Canada through Parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Department of Canadian Heritage do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are primarily based on cash flow requirements. Consequently, 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:

Reconciliation of net cost of operations to requested authorities

Forecast results 2017 (in thousands of dollars)

Planned results 2018 (in thousands of dollars)

Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers



Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities

Amortization of tangible capital assets



Services provided without charge by other government departments



Decrease (increase) in vacation pay



Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits



Bad debt expense



Refund of prior years' expenditures



Outstanding respendable revenue



Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities



Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities

Acquisitions of tangible capital assets



Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities



Requested authorities



Authorities requested

Forecast results 2017 (in thousands of dollars)

Planned results 2018 (in thousands of dollars)

Authorities requested

Vote 1 - Operating expenditures



Vote 5 - Grants and contributions



Statutory amounts




Lapsed: Operating expendituresFootnote 1



Lapsed: Grants and contributions



Requested authorities



Authorities requested for the year ending March 31, 2018 are the planned spending amounts presented in the 2017-2018 Report on Plans and Priorities. Authorities requested for the year ending March 31, 2017 include amounts presented in the 2016-2017 Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (A) and (B), planned for presentations in Supplementary Estimates (C) and estimates of amounts to be allocated at year-end from Treasury Board central votes.

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