Future-oriented Statement of Operations for the Years Ending March 31, 2015 and March 31, 2016

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

  Estimated Results 2014-2015 Planned Results 2015-2016
Expenses
  Economic regulation $ 13,776,126 $ 14,366,209
  Adjudication and alternative dispute resolution 10,516,252 11,992,130
  Internal services 7,988,560 6,936,975
Total expenses 32,280,938 33,295,314
Revenues
  Revenues from fines 175,000 175,000
  Sales of goods and services - -
  Miscellaneous revenues 10,216 400
  Revenues earned on behalf of Government (185,216) (175,400)
Total revenues - -
Net cost of operations $ 32,280,938 $ 33,295,314

Information for the year ending March 31, 2015 includes actual amounts from April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.

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

 

Sam Barone

Interim Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Gatineau, Canada

March 26, 2015

 

Christine Guérette

Chief Financial Officer

Gatineau, Canada

March 26, 2015

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 government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the estimated results for fiscal year 2014-2015 is based on actual results as at October 31, 2014 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  1. The Agency's activities will remain substantially the same as for the previous year;
  2. Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue;
  3. Based on resources provided, the Agency will deliver the expected results specified in the Report on Plans and Priorities; and
  4. Estimated information is based on the parliamentary appropriations granted to the Canadian Transportation Agency through its 2015-2016 Main Estimates.

These assumptions are adopted as at October 31, 2014.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2014-2015 and for 2015-2016, 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, the Canadian Transportation Agency 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 historical 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:

  1. The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  2. Implementation of new collective agreements.
  3. Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan receivables.
  4. Interest rates in effect at the time of issue will affect the net present value of non-interest bearing leans.
  5. 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, the Canadian Transportation Agency 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 2014-2015 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:

a) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for the Agency’s operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered including services provided without charges 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 respective terms of employment.

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.

b) 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 the Agency's liabilities. While the Deputy Head is expected to maintain accounting control, he 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

The Agency is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Agency do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since 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, the Agency 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

  Estimated 2014-2015 Planned 2015-2016
Net cost of operations $ 32,280,938 $ 33,295,314
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations, but not affecting authorities:
  Amortization of tangible capital assets (362,898) (266,000)
  Gain (loss) on disposal of tangible capital assets - (3,333)
  Services provided without charge by other federal government departments and agencies (4,081,615) (4,113,696)
  Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave 1,800 1,800
  Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits 637,430 235,536
  Refunds of prior years' expenditures - -
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (3,805,283) (4,145,693)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
  Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 302,480 269,274
  Decrease in lease obligations for tangible capital assets - -
  Increase (decrease) in inventory (35,000) (25,000)
  Increase (decrease) in prepaid expenses 41,860 22,583
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 309,340 266,857
Forecast current year lapse 1,214,969 -
Requested authorities $ 29,999,964 $ 29,416,478

b) Authorities requested

  Estimated 2014-2015 Planned 2015-2016
Requested authorities $ 29,999,964 $ 29,416,478
Authorities requested:
  Vote 25 - Operating expenditures $ 26,648,712 $ 25,996,440
  Statutory amounts 3,351,252 3,420,038
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