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Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31

(in dollars)

Business Development and Innovation $ 98,085,534 $ 91,482,536
Community Economic Growth 27,188,429 32,058,341
Policy, Advocacy and Coordination 9,632,055 11,202,994
Internal Services 15,228,245 14,526,416
Expenses incurred on behalf of Government (1,955,499) (256,956)
Total expenses 148,178,764 149,013,331
Amortization of discount 622,542 182,268
Interest 34,067 34,529
Other 27,964 24,680
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (682,236) (239,606)
Total revenues 2,337 1,871
Net cost of operations $ 148,176,427 $ 149,011,460

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the future-oriented statement of operations.


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Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the estimated results for fiscal year 2014–15 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2014 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2015–16 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The department's activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
  • Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.
  • Allowances for uncollectible accounts are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions are adopted as at November 30, 2014.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2014–15 and for 2015–16, 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, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has made 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 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 the following:

  • The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  • Implementation of new collective agreements.
  • Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan receivables.
  • Interest rates in effect at the time of issue will affect the net present value of non-interest bearing loans.
  • Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, WD will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Performance Report.

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared using Government's accounting policies that came into effect for the 2011–12 fiscal year, which are 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. Expenses

    Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for WD's operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charge for accommodation, employee contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and worker's 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.

    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 that 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 financial statement. 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.

    Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, provision for valuation on loans, investments and advances and inventory obsolescence or liabilities, including contingent liabilities and environmental liabilities to the extent the future event is likely to occur and a reasonable estimate can be made.

    Expenses also include amortization of tangible capital assets which are capitalized at their acquisition cost. Amortization of tangible capital assets is done on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the asset.

  2. Revenues

    Revenues from regulatory fees are recognized in the accounts based on the 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 WD's liabilities. While the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, 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 entity's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary Authorities

WD is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to WD do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are primarily based 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, WD 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:

(in dollars)
Net cost of operations $ 148,176,427 $ 149,011,460
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations
but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (242,601) (228,296)
Gain (loss) on disposal of tangible capital assets (10,788) 1,871
Services provided without charge by other government departments (5,865,340) (5,594,241)
Decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave 122,898 169,151
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits 75,395 (22,762)
Decrease in accrued liabilities not charged to authorities 1,431,508 1,386,030
Refund of prior years' expenditures 4,429,737 2,994,263
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (59,191) (1,293,984)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations
but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets 117,672 1,299,554
Transition payment for salaries in arrears 955,093 0
Unconditionally repayable transfer payments 15,159,956 10,896,884
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 16,232,721 12,196,438
Forecast current year lapse 1,109,478 0
Requested authorities $ 165,459,435 $ 159,913,914

b) Authorities requested

(in dollars)
Authorities requested
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures $ 39,111,416 $ 36,997,191
Vote 5 - Transfer payments 122,232,026 118,733,000
Statutory amounts 4,115,993 4,183,723
Requested authorities $ 165,459,435 $ 159,913,914