ARCHIVED - 2008-2009 Statement of Management Responsibility

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Introduction

Responsibility for the integrity and objectivity of the accompanying financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2009, and all information contained in these statements rests with Health Canada's management. These financial statements have been prepared by management in accordance with accounting standards issued by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat which are consistent with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector.

Management is responsible for the integrity and objectivity of the information in these financial statements.  Some of the information in the financial statements is based on management's best estimates and judgment and gives due consideration to materiality.  To fulfil its accounting and reporting responsibilities, management maintains a set of accounts that provides a centralized record of Health Canada's financial transactions.  Financial information submitted to the Public Accounts of Canada and included in Health Canada's Departmental Performance Report is consistent with these financial statements.

Management maintains a system of financial management and internal control designed to provide reasonable assurance that financial information is reliable, that assets are safeguarded and that transactions are in accordance with the Financial Administration Act, are executed in accordance with prescribed regulations, within Parliamentary authorities, and are properly recorded to maintain accountability of Government funds. Management also seeks to ensure the objectivity and integrity of data in its financial statements by careful selection, training and development of qualified staff, by organizational arrangements that provide appropriate divisions of responsibility, and by communication programs aimed at ensuring that regulations, policies, standards and managerial authorities are understood throughout Health Canada.

Management is supported by the Departmental Audit Committee, which ensures that the Deputy Minister has independent and objective advice, guidance and assurance as to the adequacy of risk management, control and accountability processes. Currently, the Committee is comprised of the Deputy Minister (Chair) and four members external to the Government, one of them being the vice-chair.

Morris Rosenberg
Deputy Minister
Ottawa, Canada

Date: 2009-07-31

Alfred Tsang
Chief Financial Officer
Ottawa, Canada

Date: 2009-07-31

Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements

Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)

As at March 31 (in thousands of dollars)
2009 2008
Restated - Note 12
Assets Financial assets
Accounts receivable and advances (Note 4) 22,916 33,739
Total financial assets 22,916 33,739
Non-financial assets
Prepaid expenses 11,200 0
Tangible capital assets (Note 5) 139,370 130,390
Total non-financial assets 150,570 130,390
Total Assets 173,486 164,129
Liabilities
and Equity of Canada
Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 495,571 430,715
Vacation pay and compensatory leave 42,364 39,787
Deferred revenue 2,550 3,980
Employee severance benefits (Note 6) 183,662 141,398
Other liabilities (Note 7) 245,603 478,801
Total liabilities 969,750 1,094,681
Equity of Canada (796,264) (930,552)
Total Liabilities and Equity of Canada 173,486 164,129

Contingent Liabilities (Note 8)
Contingent Obligations (Note 9)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements

Statement of Equity (Unaudited)

For the year ended March 31 (in thousands of dollars)
2009 2008
Restated - Note 12
Equity of Canada, beginning of year (930,552) (1,851,222)
Net cost of operations (3,522,810) (3,378,010)
Current year appropriations used (Note 3) 3,668,092 4,286,014
Revenue not available for spending (13,780) (15,844)
Change in net position in the Consolidated Revenue Fund (Note 3) (113,558) (65,999)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (Note 10) 116,344 94,509
Equity of Canada, end of year (796,264) (930,552)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements

Statement of Cash Flow (Unaudited)

For the year ended March 31 (in thousands of dollars)
2009 2008
Restated - Note 12
Operating transactions
Net cost of operations 3,522,810 3,378,010
Non-cash items:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (Note 5) (23,728) (44,074)
Gain (loss) on disposal of capital and non-capital assets (6,468) 9
Services provided without charge by other government departments (Note 10) (116,344) (94,509)
Variations in Statement of Financial Position:
Increase in accounts receivable, advances and prepaids 377 265
Decrease in liabilities 124,931 939,440
Cash used by Operating Activities 3,501,578 4,179,141
Capital investment activities
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets (Note 5) 39,277 25,100
Proceeds on disposal of tangible capital assets (101) (70)
Cash used by Investment Activities 39,176 25,030
Financing Activities
Net cash provided by Government of Canada (3,540,754) (4,204,171)
Cash used by Financing Activities (3,540,754) (4,204,171)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements

Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited)

1. Authority and purpose

The Department of Health was established effective July 12, 1996 under the Department of Health Act to participate in the promotion and preservation of the health of the people of Canada.  It is named in Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act and reports through the Minister of Health.  Priorities and reporting are aligned under the following strategic outcomes and related program activities:

Strategic Outcome 1: Accessible and sustainable health system responsive to the health needs of Canadians

Canadian Health System

This program activity provides strategic policy advice on health care issues such as improved access, quality and integration of health care services to better meet the health needs of Canadians wherever they live or whatever their financial circumstances. The objective is pursued mindful of long-term equity, sustainability and affordability considerations and in close collaboration with provinces and territories, health professionals, administrators, other key stakeholders and citizens.

Improved access, quality and integration of health services administration is achieved through investments in the health system and in health system renewal, for instance by reducing wait times for essential services, by working with provinces and territories to ensure that the principles of the Canada Health Act are respected, by developing health information and health measures for Canadians, by meeting the health and health access needs of specific groups such as women and official language minority communities, and by ensuring the implementation of agreements between federal/provincial/territorial Ministers of Health.

Canadian Assisted Human Reproduction

This program activity implements the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Act, whose objective is to protect and promote human health, safety, dignity and human rights in the use of AHR technologies. It develops policies and regulations in the area of assisted human reproduction. The science of AHR evolves rapidly and, as a result, the program activity engages stakeholders on an ongoing basis to find a balance between the needs of patients who use these technologies to help them build their families, the children born from these technologies and the providers of these services with health and safety as the overriding factors. The goal of the policies and regulations is developing a responsive regulatory regime which is a leader both domestically and in the international AHR community, and reflects the objectives put forward in the AHR Act. The program activity gathers input from stakeholders, including the provinces, to ensure a pan-Canadian approach.

International Health Affairs

Health Canada works internationally through leadership, partnerships and collaboration to fulfill its federal mandate of striving to make Canada's population among the healthiest in the world. International Affairs serves as the department's focal point to initiate, coordinate, and monitor departmental policies, strategies and activities that help promote Canadian priorities and values on the international health agenda. International collaboration on global health issues is important given that the health of Canadians is influenced significantly by public health risks originating from other countries. Global issues such as pandemic influenza preparedness, HIV/AIDS strategies and global health security are critical initiatives that are discussed with key external health partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Countries and international organizations want to connect quickly to information about Canada's health care system and initiatives. The international affairs program activity strives to share Canada's best policies and practices with other countries, and assists in the development of bilateral agreements with numerous countries on important health issues. This program activity delivers strategic policy advice on international health issues to the Minister of Health, senior management and the Health Portfolio, including appropriate representation at international fora concerning the health portfolio. It also manages grants to non-profit organizations for projects in the domain of international health that are aligned with Canada's priorities in global health.

Strategic Outcome 2: Access to Safe and Effective Health Products and Food and Information for Healthy Choices

Health Products

The Health Products program activity is responsible for a broad range of health protection and promotion activities that affect the everyday lives of Canadians. As the federal authority responsible for the regulation of health products, the program activity evaluates and monitors the safety, quality and effectiveness of drugs (human and animal), biologics, medical devices, and natural health products, under the authority of the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, as well as the Department of Health Act. The program activity also provides timely, evidence-based and authoritative information to key stakeholders (including but not limited to: health care professionals such as physicians, pharmacists and practitioners such as herbalists, naturopathic doctors, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners) and members of the public to enable them to make informed decisions and healthy choices.

Food and Nutrition

The Food and Nutrition program activity establishes policies, regulations and standards related to the safety and nutritional quality of food.  Food safety standards-quality are enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The legislative framework for food is found in the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act and the Department of Health Act. The program activity also promotes the nutritional health and well-being of Canadians by collaboratively defining, promoting and implementing evidence-based nutrition policies and standards.  As the focal point and authoritative source for nutrition and healthy eating policy and promotion, the program activity disseminates timely, evidence-based and authoritative information to Canadians and stakeholders to enable them to make informed decisions and healthy choices.

Strategic Outcome 3: Reduced Health and Environmental Risks from Products and Substances, and Healthy, Sustainable Living and Working Environments

Sustainable Environmental Health

The environment continues to be a key determinant of health for all Canadians. This program activity promotes and protects the health of Canadians by identifying, assessing and managing health risks posed by environmental factors in living, working and recreational environments. The scope of activities includes: research on drinking water quality, air quality, contaminated sites, toxicology and climate change; clean air programming and regulatory activities; risk assessment and management of: chemical substances, environmental noise, environmental electromagnetic frequencies, products of biotechnology and products of other new and emerging technologies (including nanotechnology); solar ultraviolet radiation; preparedness for nuclear and environmental disasters as well as working with the passenger conveyance industry to protect the travelling public.

Under the Chemical Management Plan, Health Canada assesses and regulates chemicals used in industrial and consumer products. Other activities include: implementing a national bio-monitoring system; developing risk management performance agreements with industry sectors; and, strengthening the assessment and management of risks to human health posed by pharmaceuticals, personal care and consumer products, cosmetics and food.   Finally, enhanced communications and outreach activities allow Canadians to make better informed decisions about limiting their exposure to potential environmental hazards. Relevant Act includes the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Consumer Products

Health Canada identifies, assesses, manages and communicates to Canadians the health and safety risks associated with consumer products (including domestic, industrial and clinical use products), cosmetics and radiation emitting devices.  This is achieved through research, risk assessments and the development of risk management strategies to minimize the exposure of Canadians to potentially hazardous products.  Also included are regulatory monitoring and compliance activities as well as information, education and guidance aimed at both industry and the public.  Relevant acts include: consumer products (Hazardous Products Act), cosmetics (Food and Drugs Act) and radiation emitting devices (Radiation Emitting Devices Act).

Workplace Health

This program activity provides services to protect the health and safety of the federal public sector, visiting dignitaries, and others. Specific programs include: the provision of occupational health services to federal employees; delivery of the Employee Assistance Program; emergency health services to Internationally Protected Persons; dosimetry services (the measurement of personal, occupational exposure to radiation through the reading of "dosimeters" or plaques enclosed in special holders worn by the user for specified periods); and, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) a national hazard communication standard, including worker education, inspector training, and standards for cautionary labels.

Substance Use and Abuse

Through regulatory, programming and educational activities, Health Canada seeks to improve health outcomes by reducing and preventing tobacco consumption and combating alcohol and drug abuse. Through the Tobacco Act and its regulations, Health Canada regulates aspects of the manufacture and sale of tobacco.  It also leads the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy - the goals of which are to: further reduce the prevalence of smoking; decrease the number of cigarettes sold; increase compliance with sales-to-youth laws; reduce exposure to second hand smoke; and, continue to explore ways to regulate the product.

Health Canada administers the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and its regulations. Through four regional labs, Health Canada provides expert scientific advice and drug analysis services to law enforcement agencies. The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations and related programs control the authorization for use and cultivation of marihuana by those suffering from grave and debilitating illnesses.  Health Canada is a partner in the government's anti-drug strategy which includes: prevention programming aimed at youth; facilitating access to treatment programs; compliance and enforcement activities related to controlled substances and precursor chemicals; and, increased resources to Drug Analysis Services commensurate with the increase in law enforcement resources.

Pesticide Regulation

To help prevent unacceptable risks to people and the environment, and facilitate access to sustainable pest management tools, Health Canada, through the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, regulates the importation, sale and use of pesticides under the federal authority of the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and Regulations.

Strategic Outcome 4: Better Health Outcomes and Reduction of Health Inequalities Between First Nations and Inuit and Other Canadians

First Nations and Inuit Health Programming and Services

The provision of health programs and services by Health Canada to First Nations and Inuit is rooted in the Federal Indian Health Policy. The department provides health programs and services to First Nations and Inuit as a matter of policy, using the Annual Appropriations Act to obtain Parliamentary approval. Together with First Nations and Inuit and other health partners, the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch through it's regional offices, delivers public health and community health programs on-reserve, these include environmental health and communicable and non-communicable disease prevention, and provision of primary health care services through nursing stations and community health centres in remote and/or isolated communities to supplement and support the services that provincial, territorial and regional health authorities provide. Health Canada also supports targeted health promotion programs for Aboriginal people, regardless of residency (e.g. Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative) as well as counselling, addictions and mental wellness services. The Non-Insured Health Benefits coverage of drug, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, short-term crisis intervention mental health services, and medical transportation is available to all registered Indians and recognized Inuit in Canada, regardless of residency.

2. Significant accounting policies

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Treasury Board accounting policies which are consistent with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector.

Significant accounting policies are as follows:

(a) Parliamentary appropriations

The Department of Health is financed by the Government of Canada through Parliamentary appropriations. Appropriations provided to the department do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since appropriations are primarily based on cash flow requirements. Consequently, items recognized in the statement of operations and the statement of financial position are not necessarily the same as those provided through appropriations from Parliament. Note 3 provides a high-level reconciliation between the two bases of reporting.

(b) Net Cash Provided by Government

The department operates within the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF). The CRF is administered by the Receiver General for Canada. All cash received by the department is deposited to the CRF and all cash disbursements made by the department are paid from the CRF. Net cash provided by government is the difference between all cash receipts and all cash disbursements including transactions between departments of the federal government.

(c) Change in net position in the Consolidated Revenue Fund

The change in net position in the Consolidated Revenue Fund is the difference between the net cash provided by government and appropriations used in a year, excluding the amount of non respendable revenue recorded by the department. It results from timing differences between when a transaction affects appropriations and when it is processed through the CRF.

(d) Revenues

Revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event occurred that gave rise to the revenues. Types of revenues collected include medical devices, radiation dosimetry, drug submission evaluation, veterinary drugs, pest management regulation, product safety, hospital revenues resulting from payments for services provided to First Nations and Inuit Health hospitals, which are covered under provincial or territorial plans, and for the sale of drugs and health services for First Nations communities.

(e) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on the accrual basis:

  • Grants are recognized in the year in which the conditions for payment are met. In the case of grants which do not form part of an existing program, the expense is recognized 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 financial statements;
  • Contributions are recognized in the year in which the recipient has met the eligibility criteria or fulfilled the terms of a contractual transfer agreement;
  • Vacation pay and compensatory leave are expensed as the benefits accrue to employees under their respective terms of employment.
  • Services provided without charge by other government departments for accommodation, the employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans, salary and associated expenditures of legal services and the worker's compensation coverage are recorded as operating expenses at their estimated cost.

(f) Accounts receivable

Accounts receivable are stated at amounts expected to be ultimately realized; a provision is made for receivables where recovery is considered uncertain.

(g) Employee future benefits

  1. Pension benefits: Eligible employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, a multi-employer plan administered by the Government of Canada. The department's contributions to the Plan are charged to expenses in the year incurred and represent the total departmental obligation to the Plan. Current legislation does not require the department to make contributions for any actuarial deficiencies of the Plan.
  2. Severance benefits: Employees are entitled to severance benefits under labour contracts or conditions of employment. These benefits are accrued as employees render the services necessary to earn them. 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.

(h) Contingent liabilities

Contingent liabilities are potential liabilities which may become actual liabilities when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. To the extent that the future event is likely to occur or fail to occur and a reasonable estimate of the loss can be made, an estimated liability is accrued and an expense recorded. If the likelihood is not determinable or an amount cannot be reasonably estimated, the contingency is disclosed in the notes to the financial statements.

(i) Environmental liabilities

Environmental liabilities reflect the estimated costs related to the management and remediation of environmentally- contaminated sites. Based on management's best estimates, a liability is accrued and an expense recorded when the contamination occurs or when the department becomes aware of the contamination and is obligated or is likely to be obligated to incur such costs. If the likelihood of the department's obligation to incur these costs is not determinable or if an amount cannot be reasonably estimated, the costs are disclosed as contingent liabilities in the notes to the financial statements.

(j) Tangible Capital Assets

All tangible capital assets and leasehold improvements having an initial cost of $10,000 or more are recorded at their acquisition cost. Health Canada does not capitalize intangibles, works of art and historical treasures that have cultural, aesthetic or historical value, immovable assets located on Indian Reserves and museum collections.

Amortization of capital assets is on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the capital asset as follows:

Asset class Sub-asset class Amortization Period
Buildings Buildings 25 years
Leasehold improvements Leasehold improvements Lease term, max. 40 years
Works and infrastructure Works and infrastructure 25 years
Machinery and equipment Machinery and equipment 8-12 years
Computer equipment 3-5 years
Computer software 3 years
Other equipment 5-12 years
Vehicles Motor Vehicles 4-7 years
Other Vehicles 10 years
Assets under construction Buildings in progress of construction Once in service, in accordance with asset type
Engineering works in progress of construction
Work in progress for software
Other construction or work in progress

(k) Prepaid expenses

Prepaid expenses include prepayments of transfer payments. Prepaid transfer payments consist of contributions advanced to recipients as of March 31 for which it is known that the costs will be incurred by the recipient in the subsequent fiscal year and the amount can be readily determined based on available information.

(l) Measurement uncertainty

The preparation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting policies issued by the Treasury Board of Canada which are consistent with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses reported in the financial statements. At the time of preparation of these statements, management believes the estimates and assumptions to be reasonable. The most significant items where estimates are used are contingent liabilities, environmental liabilities, the liability for employee severance benefits and the useful life of tangible capital assets. Actual results could differ from those estimated. Management's estimates are reviewed periodically and as adjustments become necessary, they are recorded in the financial statements in the year that they become known.

3. Parliamentary appropriations

Health Canada receives most of its funding through annual Parliamentary appropriations. Items recognized in the statement of operations and the statement of financial position in one year may be funded through Parliamentary appropriations in prior, current or future years. Accordingly, the department has different net cost of operations from an appropriations perspective as opposed to an accrual accounting basis. These differences are reconciled in the following tables.

a) Reconciliation of net cost of operations to current year appropriations used: (in thousands of dollars)

2009 2008
Restated - Note 12
Net cost of operations 3,522,810 3,378,010
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting appropriations:
Add (Less):
Services provided without charge by other government departments (116,344) (94,509)
Amortization (23,728) (44,074)
Employee severance benefits (42,264) (7,104)
Refund/adjustment of previous year's expenditures 47,611 34,864
Revenue not available for spending 13,780 15,844
Bad debts (6,152) (7,696)
Vacation pay and compensatory leave (2,577) (731)
Other changes in liabilities 235,684 986,302
  3,628,820 4,260,906
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting appropriations:
Add (Less):
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 39,277 25,100
Net change to be accountable advances (5) 8
Current year appropriations used 3,668,092 4,286,014

b) Appropriations provided and used: (in thousands of dollars)

2009 2008
Operating expenditures - Vote 1 1,894,677 1,880,453
Capital expenditures - Vote 5 48,008 0
Grants and contributions - Vote 10 1,393,801 1,315,305
Statutory amounts 353,479 1,205,147
  3,689,965 4,400,905
Less:
Appropriation available for future years (375) (281)
Lapsed appropriations (21,498) (114,610)
Current year appropriations used 3,668,092 4,286,014

c) Reconciliation of net cash provided by government to current year appropriations used (in thousands of dollars)

2009 2008
Net cash provided by government 3,540,754 4,204,171
Revenue not available for spending 13,780 15,844
  3,554,534 4,220,015
Change in net position in the Consolidated Revenue Fund
Refund/adjustment of previous year's expenditures 47,611 34,864
Variation in accounts receivable and advance 10,823 (267)
Variation in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 64,856 35,338
Other (9,732) (3,936)
  113,558 65,999
Current year appropriations used 3,668,092 4,286,014

4. Accounts receivable and advances

Health Canada records receivables from three main sources. As of March 31, amounts due under each of these categories are as follows: (in thousands of dollars)

2009 2008
Receivables from external parties 31,502 34,432
Receivables from other government departments 5,820 8,021
Employee advances 100 112
Gross receivables 37,422 42,565
Less: Allowances for doubtful accounts on external receivables (14,506) (8,826)
Net accounts receivable and advances 22,916 33,739

5. Tangible capital assets

Capital assets
Capital assets
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance Restated - Note 12 Acquisitions Disposals/write-downs/adjustments Closing Balance
Land 1,181 0 (1) 1,180
Buildings 128,752 3,163 (324) 131,591
Works and infrastructure 0 504 0 504
Leasehold improvements 19,320 274 (11) 19,583
Machinery and equipment 231,860 17,919 (58,541) 191,238
Vehicles 23,993 1,893 (3,767) 22,119
Assets under construction 0 15,524 0 15,524
Total 405,106 39,277 (62,644) 381,739
Accumulated amortization
Accumulated amortization
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance Current year amortization Disposals/write-downs/adjustments Closing Balance
Buildings 86,688 4,708 (209) 91,187
Works and infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Leasehold improvements 18,903 182 0 19,085
Machinery and equipment 154,010 16,625 (52,317) 118,318
Vehicles 15,115 2,213 (3,549) 13,779
Asset under construction 0 0 0 0
Total 274,716 23,728 (56,075) 242,369
Tangible capital assets net book value
Tangible capital assets net book value (in thousands of dollars) Opening Balance Restated - Note 12 Closing Balance
Land 1,181 1,180
Buildings 42,064 40,404
Works and infrastructure 0 504
Leasehold improvements 417 498
Machinery and equipment 77,850 72,920
Vehicles 8,878 8,340
Asset under construction 0 15,524
Total 130,390 139,370

Amortization expense for the year ended March 31, 2009 is $23,728 (2008 - $44,074 restated).

6. Employee benefits

(a) Pension benefits

The department's employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, which is sponsored and administered by the Government of Canada. Pension benefits accrue up to a maximum period of 35 years at a rate of 2 percent per year of pensionable service, times the average of the best five consecutive years of earnings. The benefits are integrated with Canada/Québec Pension Plans benefits and they are indexed to inflation.

Both the employees and the department contribute to the cost of the Plan. The current and previous year expenses, which represent approximately 2 times (2.1 in 2007-08) the contributions by employees, amount to:

(in thousands of dollars) 2009 2008
Expense for the year 86,324 81,684

The department's responsibility with regard to the Plan is limited to its contributions. Actuarial surpluses or deficiencies are recognized in the financial statements of the Government of Canada, as the Plan's sponsor.

(b) Severance benefits

The department provides severance benefits to its employees based on eligibility, years of service and final salary. These severance benefits are not pre-funded. Benefits will be paid from future appropriations. Information about the severance benefits, measured as at March 31, is as follows:

Severance benefits
(in thousands of dollars) 2009 2008
Accrued benefit obligation, beginning of year 141,398 134,294
Expense for the year 49,349 15,016
Benefits paid during the year (7,085) (7,912)
Accrued benefit obligation, end of year 183,662 141,398

7. Other liabilities

Other liabilities include an allowance reflecting the balance of a statutory grant in the amount of $238M as a result of Budget 2007 (Bill C-52 for Canada Health Infoway Inc.).

8. Contingent liabilities

(a) Contaminated sites

Liabilities are accrued to record the estimated costs related to the management and remediation of contaminated sites where the department is obligated or likely to be obligated to incur such costs. Health Canada has identified sites where such action is possible and for which a liability has been recorded.

Contaminated sites
2009 2008
Approximate number of sites for which a liability has been recorded 13 14
Liability recorded for contaminated sites (in thousands of dollars) 1,506 2,304

Health Canada's ongoing efforts to assess contaminated sites may result in additional environmental liabilities related to newly identified sites, or changes in the assessments or intended use of existing sites. These liabilities will be accrued in the year in which they become known.

(b) Claims and litigation

In the normal course of its operations, Health Canada becomes involved in various legal actions. There are a number of claims for which a reasonable estimate of the potential liability cannot presently be determined. Some of these potential liabilities may become actual liabilities when one or more future events occur or fail to occur. To the extent that the future event is likely to occur or fail to occur, and a reasonable estimate of the loss can be made, an estimated liability is accrued and an expense recorded on the department's financial statements.

9. Contractual obligations

The nature of Health Canada's activity results in multi-year contracts and obligations whereby the department will be committed to make some future payments. Significant contractual obligations that can be reasonably estimated are as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) Transfer payments Non-Insured Health Benefits Total
2009-10 311,000 36,000 347,000
2010-11 260,000 21,000 281,000
2011-12 212,000 21,000 233,000
2012-13 53,000 19,000 72,000
2013-14 and thereafter 85,000 22,000 107,000
Total 921,000 119,000 1,040,000

10. Related party transactions

The department is related as a result of common ownership to all Government of Canada departments, agencies, and Crown corporations. The department enters into transactions with these entities in the normal course of business and on normal trade terms. Also, during the year, the department received services which were obtained without charge from other government departments as presented in part (a).

(a) Services provided without charge by other government departments:

During the year the department received without charge from other departments, accommodation, legal fees, worker's compensation and the employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans. These services without charge have been recognized in the department's Statement of Operations as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) 2009 2008
Accommodation 47,734 41,238
Employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans 63,301 46,825
Worker's compensation costs 653 646
Legal services 4,656 5,800
  116,344 94,509

The government has structured some of its administrative activities for efficiency and cost-effectiveness purposes so that one department performs these on behalf of all without charge. The costs of these services, which include payroll and cheque issuance services provided by Public Works and Government Services Canada, are not included as an expense in the department's Statement of Operations.

(b) Payables outstanding at year-end with related parties:

(in thousands of dollars) 2009 2008
Accounts payable to other government departments and agencies 29,632 24,371

11. Comparative information

Comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the current year's presentation.

12. Adjustments to prior year's results

In 2008-2009, Health Canada conducted a review of its tangible capital assets in preparation for the readiness of audited financial statements. As a result of the review, HC identified tangible capital assets that had not been reported as part of the capital asset balance. The original book value of the assets is $41.3M with accumulated amortization of $24M. Consequently, the comparative financial statements presented for the year ended March 31, 2008 have been restated. The effect of this adjustment is presented in the table below.

Opening Balance Adjustment - Restatement of 2007-2008 Financial Statements
2007-08 (in thousands of dollars) Amounts Stated in 2007-08 Effects of Adjustment Revised Amounts
Statement of Financial Position
Tangible capital assets 113,078 17,312 130,390
Equity of Canada (947,864) (17,312) (930,552)
Statement of Operations
Amortization of tangible capital assets 20,077 23,997 44,074
Net cost of operations (3,354,013) (23,997) (3,378,010)
Statement of Equity of Canada
Balance at beginning of year (1,892,531) 41,309 (1,851,222)
Net cost of operations (3,354,013) (23,997) (3,378,010)
Balance at end of year 947,864 17,312 (930,552)
Statement of Cash Flow
Net cost of operations (3,354,013) (23,997) (3,378,010)
Amortization of tangible capital assets 20,077 23,997 44,074
Opening Balance Adjustment - Capital Assets
Capital Assets (in thousands of dollars) Closing Balance
2007-08
Opening Balance Adjustment New Opening Balance for 2008-09
Land 1,181 0 1,181
Buildings 128,696 56 128,752
Leasehold improvements 19,320 0 19,320
Machinery and equipment 191,309 40,551 231,860
Vehicles 23,291 702 23,993
  363,797 41,309 405,106
Opening Balance Adjustment - Accumulated amortization
Accumulated amortization (in thousands of dollars) Closing Balance
2007-08
Opening Balance Adjustment New Opening Balance for 2008-09
Buildings 86,675 16 86,688
Leasehold improvements 18,903 0 18,903
Machinery and equipment 130,630 23,380 154,010
Vehicles 14,514 601 15,115
  250,719 23,997 274,716
Opening Balance Adjustment - Tangible capital assets net book value
Tangible capital assets net book value (in thousands of dollars) Closing Balance
2007-08
Opening Balance Adjustment New Opening Balance Restated
Land 1,181 0 1,181
Buildings 42,024 40 42,064
Leasehold improvements 417 0 417
Machinery and equipment 60,679 17,171 77,850
Vehicles 8,777 101 8,878
  113,078 17,312 130,390
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