Briefing material prepared for DIR of CSIS: Public Safety and National Security (SECU) Committee Appearance (November 25, 2020) - Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates B (2020-2021)
2020-2021 MAIN ESTIMATES Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- As most recently published, CSIS will also receive $598.0M in the 2020-21 Main Estimates and $51.9M for Statutory expenditures related to employee benefits. This year’s Main Estimates represent a 6.5% increase over the previous year. The above includes the measures announced in Budget 2019 for a total of $38.8M.
- This funding will allow CSIS to continue its important work in keeping Canadians safe.
- Like all government agencies, CSIS operates within the budgets it has been allocated by Parliament and adjusts its priorities in accordance with the security environment.
While detailed breakdowns of CSIS expenditures are classified, CSIS does provide general information about its financial resources through documents such as the Interim Estimates, the Main Estimates, the Supplementary Estimates and the CSIS Public Report. CSIS, like other government departments and agencies, is subject to the scrutiny of the Auditor General and other officers of Parliament.
Highlights of Main Estimates Elements
- The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is seeking approval in the amount of $649.9M in 2020-2021.
- Of this amount, $598.0M falls under Vote 1 (Program Expenditures) and requires approval by Parliament.
- Of this amount, $38.8M were measures announced in Budget 2019 and requires approval by Parliament.
- The remaining $51.9M represents statutory forecasts that do not require additional approval.
Summary of Net Annual Change in Main Estimates by Program/Initiative
- $39.6M as a result of Budget 2019 initiatives and other adjustments associated with Canada’s national security and the safety of Canadians.
- This represents an increase of 6.5% over last year.
Summary of Net Annual Change in Main Estimates by Vote
Vote 1 - Program Expenditures: $598.0M
- The program expenditures for the 2020-21 Main Estimates result in a net increase of $38.8M or 6.9% from the 2019-20 Main Estimates.
- $38.8M as a result of Budget 2019 initiatives and other adjustments associated with Canada’s national security and the safety of Canadians.
Statutory Vote - Contribution to Employee Benefit Plan (EBP): $51.9M
- The net increase of $0.9M or 1.7% from the 2019-20 Main Estimates is due to technical adjustment made by TBS, as well as Budget 2019 initiatives, and other adjustments associated with Canada’s national security and the safety of Canadians.
Overall Increase: $39.6M
2020-2021 SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (B) Canadian Security Intelligence Service
- The Supplementary Estimates (B) items represent an increase of $2.1M to CSIS’ spending authorities from $669.6M to $671.7M.
- CSIS has received Treasury Board authority to increase its Voted Appropriations by $2.05M. CSIS has net-transfers of $0.09M from/to other federal government organizations, yielding a Supplementary Estimates (B) net total amount of $2.1M.
- CSIS is recovering costs from certain fees, as well as costs related to security screening of employees at nuclear power plants and provincial government facilities, and transferring money to adjust funding for missions abroad.
The 2020-2021 Supplementary Estimates (B) will result in a net increase of $2.1M or 0.3% to CSIS’ authorities.
Voted Appropriations (New Spending Authorities)
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has received Treasury Board authority to increase its voted appropriations by $2.05M.
- Recovery of proceeds from parking fees collected.
- Authority to recover proceeds deposited in the Consolidated
Revenue Fund (CRF) from parking fees collected from Service
employees and visitors to cover parking related costs.
- Recovery of costs related to security screening of employees at
nuclear power plants and provincial government facilities.
- These entities are invoiced for the number of clearances
processed and the funds received are deposited in the
Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).
Total Voted Appropriations (New Spending Authorities) $2,046,981
Transfers (From/To Other Government Departments)
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service has transferred $0.09M from its appropriations from/to other federal government organizations.
- Transfer to the Communication Security Establishment
- To return funds previously provided for specific media monitoring products.
- Transfer from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
- To adjust funding previously provided for departmental staff located at missions abroad.
Total Transfers $94,155
Total increase to Supplementary Estimates (B) $2,141,136
Investments Since 2015 Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Issue: Public Safety MO has requested a list of Agency Investments since 2015.
- CSIS is a key partner in protecting Canadians from threats to the safety and security of this country.
- While detailed breakdowns of CSIS expenditures are classified, there are a number of published items whereby resources were allocated to enable CSIS to fulfill its mandate.
- For example, published items include resources to support CSIS efforts to protect Canada’s democracy and funds for immigration screening. CSIS also received money to enable key organizational functions, such as operational compliance and core technical investigative capabilities.
- Funding for CSIS core capabilities allows us to maintain and build resilience so we have the technical capabilities we require to investigate threats to the security of Canada. Such resources help CSIS remain a modern intelligence service with the updated tools required to effectively fulfil our mandate in a constantly evolving technological environment.
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