Quarterly financial report, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013


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This quarterly report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board. This quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates, as well as Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 (Budget 2012). This report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC), as part of the criminal justice system and respecting the rule of law, contributes to public safety by actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens, while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control. It delivers its mandate under four major program activities. A summary description of CSC's program activities can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates.

CSC contributes to public safety by administering court-imposed sentences for offenders sentenced to two years or more. This involves managing institutions of various security levels and supervising offenders on different forms of conditional release, while assisting them to become law-abiding citizens. CSC also administers post-sentence supervision of offenders with Long Term Supervision Orders for up to ten years.

Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the CSC's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department, consistent with the Main Estimates, and Supplementary Estimates A for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, for which full supply was released on June 20, 2013Footnote 1. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

As part of the Parliamentary business of supply, the Main Estimates must be tabled in Parliament on or before March 1 preceding the new fiscal year. Budget 2012 was tabled in Parliament on March 29, after the tabling of the Main Estimates on February 28, 2012. As a result the measures announced in the Budget 2012 could not be reflected in the 2012-2013 Main Estimates, i.e., these authorities did not take into consideration any effect from the Deficit Reduction Action Plan.

In fiscal year 2012-2013, frozen allotments were established by Treasury Board authority in departmental votes to prohibit the spending of funds already identified as savings measures in Budget 2012. In 2013-2014, the changes to departmental authorities were reflected in the 2013-2014 Main Estimates tabled in Parliament.

The authority of Parliament is required before moneys can be spent by the Government. 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.

CSC uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

CSC has an active Revolving Fund (CORCAN) which is included in the statutory votes of the enclosed Statement of Authorities. CORCAN's purpose is to aid in the safe reintegration of offenders into Canadian society by providing employment and training opportunities to offenders incarcerated in federal penitentiaries and, for brief periods of time, after they are released into the community. CORCAN has a continuing non-lapsing authority from Parliament to make payments out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) for working capital, capital acquisitions and temporary financing of accumulated operating deficits, the total of which is not to exceed $5.0 million at any time.

Highlights of Fiscal Quarter End and Fiscal Year to Date (YTD) Results

Authorities Analysis

As reflected in the attached Statement of Authorities, as of June 30, 2013, CSC has seen a reduction in total authorities of $428.4 million for the current fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal year. This represents a 14.2% decrease over the total authorities available as of June 30, 2012.

The following table summarizes the variances in total authorities by vote between June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

(in millions of dollars)
Quarterly Financial Report as of June 30, 2013 Operating
(Vote 25)
(Vote 30)
Budgetary Statutory AuthorityFootnote 2 Total
CSC Accommodation Plan 2013-2018 (165.3) (19.8) (18.8) (203.9)
Budget 2012 Saving Measures (Deficit Reduction Action Plan) (154.3) - (15.9) (170.2)
Reprofiling among fiscal years - (81.1) - (81.1)
Collective Agreements Renewals 20.9 - 4.2 25.1
National Capital, Accommodation and Operations Plan 1.1 - (0.1) 1.0
Other (0.3) - 1.0 0.7
Total (297.9) (100.9) (29.6) (428.4)

Variances in Authorities as of June 30, 2013

Through CSC 2013-2018 Accommodation Plan, funding has been reduced by $203.9 million. As part of the Plan, CSC's reference levels were reduced by $165.3 million in operating, $19.8 million in capital and $18.8 million in Employee Benefit Plan. This reduction in operating is associated with the return of funds related to projected inmate population growth which has not materialized for the Tackling Violent Crime Act and the Truth in Sentencing Act. The reduction in capital of $19.8 million is the result of two adjustments. Capital funding was reduced by $89.8 million to reflect the inmate population growth that has not materialized and an increase of $70.0 million was provided to address the ongoing capitalized maintenance requirements of existing and planned additional units within existing institutions.

The $170.2 million relates to savings identified as part of the Budget 2012 (Deficit Reduction Action Plan).

There was a reduction in capital vote reference levels of $81.1 million due to reprofiling of capital funding among fiscal years. It is attributable to the Construction Portfolio ($12.3 million), the reduction in opening reference level relating to the Truth in Sentencing Act ($57.6 million), the Strategic Review Reallocation ($10.8 million) and other adjustments ($0.4 million).

In the first quarter of 2013-2014, CSC received $25.1 million for Collective Agreement renewals.

The $1.0 million increase for the National Capital, Accommodation & Operations Plan (NCAOP) represents a net adjustment from previous years' plans. These changes are based on funding formulae driven by variations in Consumer Price Index and offender population levels, both incarcerated and in the community, as well as changes to the offender profile.

Quarterly Expenditures Analysis

Compared to the first quarter of the previous fiscal year, total net budgetary expenditures have decreased by $3.6 million (0.7%).

(in millions of dollars)
Departmental Budgetary Expenditures Quarter Over Quarter
Total Net Budgetary Expenditures 2012-2013 522.4
Total Net Budgetary Expenditures 2013-2014 518.8
Variance (3.6)
Explanation of Variances by Standard Object
  • Acquisition of land, buildings and worksFootnote 4
  • Other
Total (3.6)

Quarter Over Quarter Expenditures Analysis

The overall decrease of $3.6 million is mainly attributable to a reduction in professional and special services expenditures. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in acquisition of land, buildings and works. The following paragraphs explain the significant variances.

The decrease of $14.2 million in professional and special services expenditures is mainly due to a modification in the Correctional and Training feeFootnote 5 invoicing process between CSC and CORCAN that resulted from a difference in the timing of the expenditure. At the end of the first quarter, CSC had only partially paid the Training fee invoice to CORCAN whereas in 2012-2013, CSC had completely paid the Training fee invoice to CORCAN during the first quarter.

The quarter over quarter increase of $10.0 million in acquisition of land, buildings and works expenditures is mainly due to the ongoing construction of new living units in many of CSC's existing institutions across the country.

Spending Trend Analysis

CSC's spending trend in the first quarter of 2013-2014 is comparable to the same quarter last year ($518.8 million versus $522.4 million). Overall, no major variance in spending has been observed in the first quarter as the majority of the savings will materialize once the Deficit Reduction Action Plan saving measures are implemented as planned later in the fiscal year.

Risks and Uncertainties

CSC's Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) identifies the current risk environment and CSC's key risk areas to the achievement of its strategic outcomes. Within this context, specific financial risks relative to the first quarter include the following:

Collective agreements covering approximately 44% of CSC's workforce have expired (primarily with the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers). New agreements could result in significant financial pressure for CSC.

CSC continues to implement measures to address the budgetary constraints resulting from the Expenditure Restraint ActFootnote 6, including:

Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

During the first quarter of 2013-2014, there have been no significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs.

Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2014*
Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2013*, **
Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2012 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 25 – Operating Expenditures 2,008,952 432,383 432,383 2,306,862 444,388 444,388
Vote 30 – Capital Expenditures 355,545 30,476 30,476 456,432 19,674 19,674
Budgetary Statutory Authorities
CORCAN Gross Expenditures 87,201 16,748 16,748 86,633 17,671 17,671
CORCAN Gross Revenues (87,201) (19,055) (19,055) (86,633) (25,000) (25,000)
CORCAN Net Expenditures (Revenues) - (2,307) (2,307) - (7,329) (7,329)
Contributions to employee benefit plans 233,117 58,279 58,279 262,737 65,684 65,684
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 1,335 - - 1,341 - -
Total Budgetary Authorities 2,598,949 518,831 518,831 3,027,372 522,417 522,417
Non-Budgetary Authorities 46 - - 46 - -
Total Authorities 2,598,995 518,831 518,831 3,027,418 522,417 522,417

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* Includes only Authorities that were available for use and granted by Parliament as of quarter end.

** Total available for use does not reflect measures announced in Budget 2012.

Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

(in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Fiscal Year 2012-2013
Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2014**
Expended during the quarter ended
June 30, 2013
Year to date used at quarter-end Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2013 *, **
Expended during the quarter ended
June 30, 2012
Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 1,614,750 415,046 415,046 1,798,387 419,555 419,555
Transportation and communications 60,641 5,872 5,872 73,847 6,193 6,193
Information 1,931 175 175 2,113 151 151
Professional and special services 356,414 51,361 51,361 417,733 65,512 65,512
Rentals 16,847 2,932 2,932 20,496 2,428 2,428
Repair and maintenance 46,327 2,762 2,762 63,199 2,647 2,647
Utilities, materials and supplies 149,888 22,125 22,125 183,094 21,044 21,044
Acquisition of land, buildings and works 280,725 26,471 26,471 303,477 16,461 16,461
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 76,154 2,050 2,050 154,296 2,729 2,729
Transfer payments 958 121 121 1,590 - -
Other subsidies and payments 81,515 8,971 8,971 95,773 10,697 10,697
Total Gross Budgetary Expenditures 2,686,150 537,886 537,886 3,114,005 547,417 547,417
Less Revenues Netted Against Expenditures
CORCAN (87,201) (19,055) (19,055) (86,633) (25,000) (25,000)
Total Net Budgetary Expenditures 2,598,949 518,831 518,831 3,027,372 522,417 522,417

* Planned expenditures do not reflect measures announced in Budget 2012.

** The variations in planned expenditures by Standard Object in 2013 are attributable to the implementation of Budget 2012 Saving Measures as well as the return of operating and capital funds associated with the CSC Accommodation Plan 2013-2018.


Footnote 1

Released through Orders in Council P.C. 2013-0826 and P.C. 2013-0828.

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Footnote 2

Represent CSC's allocation of the employer's share of Employee Benefit Plan.

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Footnote 3

This variance mainly explains the decrease of CSC's expenditures in Vote 25 (Operating Expenditures) as presented in Statement of Authorities.

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Footnote 4

This variance mainly explains the increase of CSC's expenditures in Vote 30 (Capital Expenditures) presented in Statement of Authorities.

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Footnote 5

The Correctional and Training fee's purpose is to offset salary and operating costs that cannot be recovered by CORCAN through the sale of goods and services due to the correctional environment in which it operates.

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Footnote 6

As of 2013-2014, CSC is receiving the funding for the increase in salary, however CSC has to cover the salary increase for signed agreement for 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

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