Future-oriented statement of operations for the years ending March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2022 (unaudited)

- Forecast results 2021 (in thousands of dollars) Planned results 2022 (in thousands of dollars)
Creativity, Arts and Culture 825,814 508,228
Heritage and Celebration 169,934 102,628
Sport 332,853 250,832
Diversity and Inclusion 125,620 156,370
Official Languages 484,277 455,253
Internal Services 113,892 96,755
Total expenses 2,052,390 1,570,065
Revenue from the 1979 Federal-provincial Lottery-agreement 77,671 78,592
Miscellaneous revenues 4,010 4,960
Sale of goods and services 4,626 3,814
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (77,753) (78,673)
Total revenues 8,554 8,693
Net cost of operations before funding and transfers 2,043,836 1,561,372

Information for the year ending March 31, 2021 includes actual amounts from April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

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:

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 diversity and inclusion, heritage and celebration, official languages, sports, state ceremonial and protocol, and Canadian symbols.

The core responsibilities include:

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 Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2020-21 is based on actual results as at December 31st, 2020 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been established for the planned results for the 2021-22 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 past 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 15, 2021.

3. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast results for the remainder of fiscal year 2020-21 and for 2021-22, 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 Department of Canadian Heritage has established 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 past 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:

  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. Other changes to the operating budget such as new or modified initiatives, or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, the Department of Canadian Heritage will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Results Report.

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 2020–2021 fiscal year, and is 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 of Operations includes the accounts of the following sub-entities that the deputy head 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.

  1. 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 Statement of Operations. 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.

  1. 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 head is expected to maintain accounting control, he or she 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’s gross revenues.

  1. Employee future benefits
    • Pension benefits: Eligible employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, a multi-employer 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 is financed by the Government of Canada through Parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the department differs from financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are based mainly 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
- Forecast results 2021 (in thousands of dollars) Planned results 2022 (in thousands of dollars)
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 2,043,836 1,561,372
Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (1,292) (1,810)
Adjustment to Asset Under Construction - (2,000)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (31,013) (30,998)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay (1,178) 402
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits (604) 230
Bad debt expense (34) (291)
Refunds of prior years’ expenditures 3,822 5,404
Outstanding respendable revenue - 36
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (30,299) (29,027)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets 4,549 6,300
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 4,549 6,300
Requested authorities 2,018,086 1,538,645
b) Authorities provided/requested
- Forecast results for 2021 (in thousands of dollars) Planned results for 2022 (in thousands of dollars)
Authorities provided/requested:
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 225,330 212,345
Vote 5 - Grants and contributions 1,367,113 1,298,496
Statutory amounts 447,799 27,804
Estimated unused operating authoritiesFootnote 1 (4,848) -
Estimated unused grants and contributions authoritiesFootnote 2 (17,308) -
Requested authorities 2,018,086 1,538,645

Authorities requested for the year ending March 31, 2021, are the planned spending amounts presented in the 2021–2022 Departmental Plan. Authorities requested for the year ending March 31, 2021, include amounts presented in the 2020–2021 Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates 2020-2021 (A), (B), and (C), Emergency Support Funding (COVID-19), and estimates of amounts to be allocated at year-end from Treasury Board central votes.

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