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Quarterly Financial Report: April 1 to June 30, 2014

For the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014

Management Statement for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

Introduction

This quarterly report has been prepared as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in accordance with Treasury Board Accounting Standard 1.3. It should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014–15 as well as Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 (Budget 2012).

The Canada School of Public Service (the School) was created on April 1, 2004, when the legislative provisions of Part IV of the Public Service Modernization Act came into force. The School is a departmental corporation under the Treasury Board Secretariat, and its mission is set out in the Canada School of Public Service Act.

The School is the common learning service provider for the Public Service of Canada. It has a legislative mandate to provide a range of learning activities to build individual and organizational capacity and management excellence within the public service. The School is in a unique position to offer relevant, affordable and quality learning services in both official languages to all public service employees at all levels and across the country, as well as to functional communities and public service organizations.

The School's program priorities are geared to delivering results in accordance with the Treasury Board's Policy on Learning, Training and Development, which came into effect on January 1, 2006. The Policy highlights the value of learning and the importance of creating a learning culture within the public service.

The School has a single strategic outcome: "Public servants have the common knowledge and the leadership and management competencies they require to fulfil their responsibilities in serving Canadians." Four programs support this strategic outcome:

  1. Foundational Learning
  2. Organizational Leadership Development
  3. Public Sector Management Innovation
  4. Internal Services

The School was created to ensure that all employees of the Public Service of Canada have the competencies and common knowledge required to serve Canadians in the most efficient and effective way possible. To achieve this goal, the School continues to offer a strong and consistent curriculum that focuses on the key skills and knowledge required by a dynamic public service that must constantly adapt to the needs of its stakeholders and Canadians.

Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared using expenditure-based accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the School's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department, consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2014–15. This report has also been guided by a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before monies can be spent by the government. Approvals are given through appropriation acts in the form of annually approved limits or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

As part of the departmental performance reporting process, the School prepares its annual financial statements on a full accrual basis in accordance with Treasury Board accounting standards, which are based on generally accepted accounting principles for the Canadian public sector. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

This quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

Highlights of the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014, and Fiscal Year 2014–15 Results to Date


  1. Total Authorities for Fiscal Year 2014–15

    • The School has two sources of funding:
      • appropriated funding as voted by Parliament for those activities to be paid from the Consolidated Revenue Fund; and
      • statutory funding authority for the respending of revenue and contributions to the employee benefit plans.
    • The School's appropriations were reduced to $39.9 million for fiscal year 2014–15 compared to $42.2 million reported at the end of the first quarter for fiscal year 2013–14. This decrease is primarily due to the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 and is reflected in the School's reference levels.
    • The statutory funding authority of $84.3 million for 2014–15 consists of $40 million of forecasted revenue, $38.7 million of respendable revenue brought forward from the previous fiscal year under the provisions of section 18(2) of the Canada School of Public Service Act and $5.6 million for employee benefit plans.
    • The total authorities available in fiscal year 2014–15 amount to $124.2 million. This is $5.6 million lower than the amount available in fiscal year 2013–14 due to the decrease in revenue forecast and appropriations partially offset by an increase in respendable revenue brought forward from the previous fiscal year.

  2. Planned Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2014–15

    • The School has planned expenditures of $124.2 million in 2014–15, consisting of $68.4 million for salaries and benefits and $55.8 million for operating and maintenance.

  3. Expenditures for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

    • Overall expenditures decreased by $1.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014–15 compared to the same quarter last year ($15.4 million versus $16.5 million). This is primarily due to decreases in expenditures in personnel ($2.3 million) and rental ($0.4 million) partially offset by a one-time transition payment of $1.7 million to implement salary payment in arrears by the Government of Canada.

Risks and Uncertainties

Respendable revenue earned from the provision of training services and products to client departments represents more than 50 percent of the School's funding. There is uncertainty concerning the level of expenditures by client departments. The School monitors revenue levels regularly and, if required, implements action plans. In addition, mitigation strategies are developed and documented in the School's Corporate Risk Profile to minimize the impact of emerging risks.

Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There has been a change in senior level personnel: a permanent Chief Financial Officer (CFO) was appointed in June 2014.

Budget 2012 Implementation

This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that are being implemented in order to refocus government and programs, to make it easier for Canadians and businesses to deal with their government and to modernize and reduce the back office.

The School achieved savings of $3.5 million in accordance with the approved targets for the first two years of the implementation of the Budget 2012 measures. Additional savings of $3.1 million are required in 2014–15 to achieve ongoing savings of $6.6 million. These savings are being achieved through efficiency measures and program reductions that align resources with the School's core mandate by scaling back where needs are reduced, transforming how the organization works internally and consolidating and streamlining its operations.

The difference of $2.3 million in appropriations between 2014–15 and 2013–14 therefore reflects the savings measures for 2014–15, which were partially offset by funding received for collective agreements.

No significant financial risks or uncertainties related to the implementation of initiatives and savings measures from Budget 2012 have been identified. As part of integrated risk management, the School monitors its environment to identify emerging risks and, if these risks are deemed significant, implement mitigation actions.

Original approved by:
Linda Lizotte-MacPherson
Deputy Minister/President

Danielle May-Cuconato
Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and
Head of Human Resources
Ottawa, Ontario
August 2014

Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

Statement of authorities for fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 in thousands of dollars. Read down the first column for the authorities and then to the right for the figures for the year ending March 31, 2015, the quarter ended December 31, 2015 for fiscal year 2014-2015, the year-to-date used at quarter-end, for the year ending March 31, 2014, the quarter ended June 30, 2013 for fiscal year 2013-2014, and the year-to-date used at quarter-end. The last row of the table displays the total authorities.
(In thousands of dollars) Fiscal year 2014-2015 Fiscal year 2013-2014
Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2015
Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end 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
Vote 40 – Program expenditures 39,922 10,879 10,879 42,231 12,908 12,908
Budgetary statutory authorities
Contributions to employee benefit plans
5,568 1,392 1,392 6,233 1,559 1,559
Spending of revenues pursuant to subsection 18(2) of the Canada School of Public Service Act
78,740 3,128 3,128 81,391 2,012 2,012
Total authorities 124,230 15,399 15,399 129,855 16,479 16,479

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object for fiscal years 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 in thousands of dollars. Read down the first column for the list of expenditures and then read to the right for the figures for the year ending March 31, 2015, the quarter ended June 30, 2014, the year-to-date used at quarter-end, the year ending March 31, 2014, the quarter ended June 30, 2013, the year-to-date used at quarter-end. The last row of the table displays the total budgetary expenditures.
(In thousands of dollars) Fiscal year 2014-2015 Fiscal year 2013-2014
Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2015Footnotes*
Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end Planned expenditures
for the year ending
March 31, 2014Footnotes*
Expended
during the
quarter ended
June 30, 2013
Year to date used at
quarter-end
Expenditures
Personnel
68,367 12,025 12,025 72,014 14,278 14,278
Transportation and communications
2,372 178 178 5,211 297 297
Information
1,043 112 112 1,434 37 37
Professional and special services
44,980 1,045 1,045 41,771 1,084 1,084
Rentals
2,736 98 98 4,042 544 544
Repair and maintenance
628 18 18 1,529 3 3
Utilities, materials and supplies
1,099 69 69 1,915 68 68
Acquisition of machinery and equipment
1,313 159 159 1,939 165 165
Other subsidies and payments
1,692 1,695 1,695 - 3 3
Total budgetary expenditures 124,230 18,079 55,232 129,855 16,479 16,479

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