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Spending and human resources

Planned spending

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

Departmental Spending Trend Graph

The increase in sunset programs in years 2016–17 and 2017–18 relate to the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The decreases in net spending are related to both transfer payments and operating costs. Voted spending in 2019–20 reflects a cash flow increase as Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will have completed transferring annual funds to the Thirty Meter Telescope, a commitment announced in Budget 2015.


Budgetary planning summary for Programs and Internal Services (dollars)
Programs and Internal Services 2014–15 Expenditures 2015–16
Expenditures
2016–17
Forecast spending
2017–18
Main Estimates
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019–20
Planned spending
Program 1: Business Development and Innovation 107,678,368 97,298,416 99,773,207 98,714,063 98,714,063 89,463,252 95,346,298
Program 2: Community Economic Growth 31,958,193 35,240,300 83,791,508 80,086,272 80,086,272 33,169,912 32,245,443
Program 3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination 8,736,194 8,922,602 7,582,676 8,665,668 8,665,668 8,811,323 8,864,118
Subtotal 148,372,755 141,461,318 191,147,391 187,466,003 187,466,003 131,444,487 136,455,859
Internal Services 13,629,781 14,230,056 12,971,691 12,153,056 12,153,056 11,424,572 11,413,200
Total 162,002,536 155,691,374 204,119,082 199,619,059 199,619,059 142,869,059 147,869,059

WD's planned spending in 2017–18 is $199.6 million compared to the 2016–17 forecast spending of $204.1 million. This represents a net decrease in spending of $4.5 million for 2017–18. This includes a net decrease in contributions and other transfer payments of $2.0 million and a decrease in operating costs of $2.5 million. The decrease in planned spending from 2017–18 to 2018–19 is due to the completion of funding for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, Rick Hansen Foundation and the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association projects.

Factors contributing to the net decrease in spending in 2017–18 include:

  • Net decrease of $2.0 million in contributions and other transfer payments:
    • an increase of $4.5 million for a one-time transfer from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the development of a Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence;
    • a decrease of $4.6 million for one-time funding to establish the Churchill and Region Economic Development Fund;
    • a decrease of $1.2 million in funding due to the timing of the collection of receipts from repayable contributions for the Western Diversification Program; and
    • a net decrease of $0.7 million in year over year funding for the Rick Hansen Foundation, a one-time transfer from the Public Health Agency of Canada for the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise for completion of a clinical trial, and other minor project cash flow adjustments.
  • Net decrease of $2.5 million in operating funding due to timing of receipt of an operating budget carry forward, a decrease due to the sunsetting of the delivery of programs on behalf of Infrastructure Canada, and other minor operating adjustments.

Planned human resources

Human resources planning summary for Programs and Internal Services    (full-time equivalents)
Programs and Internal Services 2014–15
Full-time equivalents
2015–16
Full-time equivalents
2016–17
Forecast full-time equivalents
2017–18
Planned full-time equivalents
2018–19
Planned full-time equivalents
2019–20
Planned full-time equivalents
Program 1: Business Development and Innovation 107 99 96 103 113 116
Program 2: Community Economic Growth 35 38 45 36 25 22
Program 3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination 58 56 58 59 60 60
Subtotal 200 193 199 198 198 198
Internal Services 95 94 96 85 85 85
Total 295 287 295 283 283 283

Human resource levels in WD continue to be stable and the minor fluctuations that occur reflect resource realignments in support of priorities and projects. The Department will continue to achieve its results by allocating its human resources to best support its programs.

Estimates by vote

For information on the WD’s organizational appropriations, consult the 2017–18 Main Estimates.


 

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations

The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of WD’s operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.

As the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.

A more detailed Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, are available on WD’s website.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
for the year ended March 31, 2018 (dollars)
Financial information 2016–17
Forecast results
2017–18
Planned results
Difference
(2017–18 Planned results minus 2016–17 Forecast results)
Total expenses 174,844,471 180,878,749 6,034,278
Total revenues 2,073 2,269 196
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 174,842,398 180,876,480 6,034,082

WD's total expenses are expected to be $180.8 million in 2017–18, compared to $174.8 million in 2016–17. The $6.0 million difference in total expenses is largely due to an increase in funding for not-for-profit non-repayable projects.