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Public Health Agency of Canada Quarterly Financial Report - For the quarter ended September 30, 2014

  1. Introduction
  2. Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year-to-Date (YTD) Results
  3. Risks and Uncertainties
  4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs
  5. Budget 2012 Implementation
  6. Statement of Authorities (unaudited)
  7. Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board (TB), and should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 (Budget 2012).  This quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

1.1 Public Health Agency of Canada's Program Activities

In September 2004, the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) was created within the federal Health Portfolio to deliver on the Government of Canada's commitment to increase its focus on public health in order to help protect and improve the health and safety of all Canadians and to contribute to strengthening the health care system.

The Agency has the responsibility to: contribute to the prevention of disease and injury, and to the promotion of health; enhance the quality and quantity of surveillance data and expand the knowledge of disease and injury in Canada; provide federal leadership and accountability in managing public health emergencies; serve as a central point for sharing Canada's expertise with the rest of the world and for applying international research and development to Canada's public health programs; and strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health and facilitate national approaches to public health policy and planning.

The Agency aims to achieve a strategic outcome of protecting Canadians and empowering them to improve their health as supported through its program activities of: Public Health Infrastructure, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Health Security, and Internal Services.

Informed by the Government of Canada priorities, the Agency's domestic and global operating environment, human and financial resource capacity, and existing or emerging corporate risks, the Agency established the following priorities for 2014–2015:

  • strengthened public health capacity and science leadership;
  • leadership on health promotion and disease prevention;
  • enhanced public health security; and
  • excellence and innovation in management.

Further details on the Agency's authority, mandate and program activities may be found at the following links: 2014-2015 Report on Plans and Priorities and 2014-2015 Parts I and II - Main EstimatesExternal Link.

1.2 Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting.  The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Agency’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Agency, consistent with the 20142015 Main Estimates.  This quarterly report has been prepared using 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 moneys can be spent by the Government.  Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

Note that the Agency prepares its annual departmental financial statements on a full accrual basis in accordance with the Government's accounting policies, which are based on Canadian public sector accounting standards.  However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament are prepared on an expenditure basis.

2. Highlights of Fiscal Quarter and Fiscal Year-to-Date (YTD) Results

This section highlights the significant items that contributed to the net increase in resources available for the year and actual expenditures for the quarter ended September 30, 2014.

The following graph provides a comparison of budgetary authorities and expenditures as of
September 30, 2013, and September 30, 2014.

Comparison of Budgetary Authorities and Expenditures as of September 30, 2013, and September 30, 2014

Comparison of Budgetary Authorities and Expenditures as of June 30, 2013, and June 30, 2014

The above graph outlines the net budgetary authorities available for use in fiscal years 2013–2014 and 2014‑2015.  As of September 30, 2014, the Agency had a total of $632.2 million in authorities available for spending compared to $582.8 million as of September 30, 2013.  The Agency’s year-to-date expenditures as of September 30, 2014, were $275.4 million compared to $284.2 million as of September 30, 2013.  Both authorities and expenditures will change as the year progresses to reflect additional funding received throughout the year and increased expenditures.

2.1 Significant Changes to Authorities

When compared to the second quarter of the previous fiscal year, the authorities available for spending for the year have increased by $49.4 million, or 8%, from $582.8 million to $632.2 million.  The increase is primarily attributable to increases in authorities relating to the grants and contributions vote and the spending of revenues pursuant to section 4.2 of the Department of Health Act, which is partially offset by a decrease in the operating and capital votes.

Operating Expenditures (authorities)

Operating authorities available for use in fiscal year 2014–2015 have decreased by $3.6 million, or 1% from $332.5 million in fiscal year 2013–2014 to $328.9 million.

The significant changes to funding levels are as follows:

Decreases due to:

  • sunsetting of programs in 2013-14 for funding related to chronic lung and neurological diseases, Genomics Research & Development Initiative (subsequently renewed with funding requested in 2014-15 Supplementary Estimates), and short-term replenishment of the National Antiviral Stockpile;
  • planned funding profile (no change to the total cost) under Canada’s Clean Air Agenda; and
  • Budget 2012 implementation.

Increases due to:

  • funding to continue to enhance the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to food-borne illness outbreaks;
  • reprofile of funding to 2014-2015 to support the installation of an influenza fill line to secure, protect and improve ongoing domestic vaccine capacity in Canada for seasonal and pandemic influenza;
  • collective bargaining agreements; and
  • addition of the Operating Budget Carry Forward for 2014-2015 (was provided in the third quarter of 2013-2014).

The changes above and to the methodology used to calculate Main Estimates account for the majority of the variances in the standard object authorities compared to the previous fiscal year.

Capital Expenditures (authorities)

Capital authorities available for use in fiscal year 2014–2015 and 2013-2014 are identical at $7.2 million.

Grants and Contributions (authorities)

Grants and Contributions authorities available for use in fiscal year 2014–2015 have increased by $42.7 million, or 20%, from $210.3 million in fiscal year 2013–2014 to $253.0 million.  This increase is primarily explained by the final payment for the Hepatitis C Undertaking Initiative.  It is partially offset by decreased funding due to Budget 2012 implementation and transfers to other government departments.

Spending of Revenues pursuant to section 4.2 of the Department of Health Act (authorities)

This statutory authority identifies the $13.7 million in services to be provided by the Agency and charged to Health Canada under the Shared Services Partnership Framework Agreement effective June 2012.  It was approved for use beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012-2013 and was not included in 2013-2014 Main Estimates due to the timing of the approval.

2.2 Significant Changes to Expenditures

When compared to the second quarter of the previous fiscal year, the expenditures decreased by $56.9 million, or 35%, from $164.0 million to $107.1 million.  The decrease is primarily attributable to a reduction in grants and contributions expenditures.

Operating Expenditures

Operating expenditures in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014–2015 were $64.5 million, a decrease of $7.0 million, or 10%, from $71.5 million in the same quarter of the previous year.  This decrease is primarily due to reduced expenditures in personnel related to the Agency’s reduction of expenditures to achieve the savings identified in Budget 2012 and previous year expenditures to support the installation of an influenza fill line to secure, protect and improve ongoing domestic vaccine capacity in Canada for seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014–2015 were $0.7 million, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 45%, from $1.3 million in the same quarter of the previous year.  The reduction in expenditures relates primarily to the completion of construction at the JC Wilt Infectious Diseases Research Centre in 2013.

Grants & Contributions Expenditures

Grants & Contributions expenditures for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014–2015 were $33.0 million, a decrease of $50.2 million, or 60%, from $83.2 million over the same quarter in the previous year.  The difference is primarily due to payments being processed in the third quarter of 2014-2015 vs. the second quarter of 2013-2014.

Spending of Revenues pursuant to section 4.2 of the Department of Health Act (expenditures)

The Agency has charged $1.6 million to Health Canada for services provided to Health Canada under the Shared Services Partnership Framework Agreement for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014–2015.  In the previous year, expenditures were processed beginning in the third quarter.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

The dominant financial risks faced by the Agency relate to the nature of its mandate and the need to respond to unforeseeable events such as an influenza pandemic.  Significant surge capacity would need to be activated in these instances.

To manage this financial risk, the Agency continues to strengthen its preparation and responsiveness to public health emergencies and public health capacity.  Currently, the Agency is closely tracking costs related to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; the response to which has required significant Agency resources. In an emergency situation, the Agency would first consider internal re-allocation of resources in order to address unforeseeable events.  The federal government also has systems and processes in place for departments to access funds, should an emergency arise.

4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

Budget 2014 did not identify any significant changes affecting the Agency.  Please see below for the significant changes resulting from Budget 2012.

5. 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; make it easier for Canadians and business to deal with their government; and, modernize and reduce the back office. 

The Agency will achieve Budget 2012 savings of $68.0 million by fiscal year 2014–2015 through efficiency measures and program reductions that align resources to its core mandate, scaling back where there is a need; transforming how it works internally; and by consolidating and streamlining. 

The Agency has achieved savings of $13.7 million in 2012-2013 and $35.7 million in 2013–2014.  The savings increased to $68.0 million starting in 2014–2015.

There are no new significant financial risks and uncertainties related to the implementation of initiatives and savings measures from Budget 2012 for the current quarter.

More information on these savings measures can be found at the following link:  Supplementary Data on Budget 2012 Implementation.

Approved by:

Krista Outhwaite
Acting Deputy Head
November 17, 2014
Carlo Beaudoin
Chief Financial Officer
Statement of Authorities (unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal year 2014-2015 Fiscal year 2013-2014
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2015 Table 1 - Footnote * Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end Total available for use for the year ended March 31, 2014 Table 1 - Footnote * Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2013 Year to
date used at
quarter-end
Table 1 - Footnote *
Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter end.
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 328,941 64,506 158,748 332,489 71,478 121,286
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 7,154 708 1,093 7,217 1,299 2,348
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 253,015 32,984 99,296 210,343 83,198 144,503
(S) Contributions to employee benefit plans 29,374 7,343 14,687 32,689 8,030 16,060
(S) Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 34 18 28 55 40 42
(S) Spending of Revenues pursuant to section 4.2 of the Department of Health Act 13,680 1,560 1,560 0 0 0
Total authorities 632,198 107,119 275,412 582,793 164,045 284,239

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal year 2014-2015 Fiscal year 2013-2014
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015 Expended during September 30, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end Planned expenditures for the year ended March 31, 2014 Expended during the quarter ended September 30, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel 218,309 56,139 96,590 220,130 59,330 107,072
Transportation and communications 7,434 2,260 3,106 12,755 1,683 3,296
Information 10,983 197 9,659 7,698 691 811
Professional and special services 105,363 8,363 49,499 76,070 12,841 17,903
Rentals 2,435 1,198 2,345 9,934 1,158 1,963
Repair and maintenance 3,244 695 1,509 13,245 552 1,212
Utilities, materials and supplies 19,199 3,004 4,482 19,353 2,691 4,362
Acquisition of lands, buildings and works 574 0 0 0 0 0
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 10,856 1,079 1,725 9,599 902 2,138
Transfer payments 253,015 32,984 99,296 210,343 83,198 144,503
Other subsidies and payments 1,360 1,378 7,543 4,240 1,011 991
Total gross budgetary expenditures 632,772 107,297 275,754 583,367 164,057 284,251
Less Revenues netted against expenditures:
Services Non-Regulatory 574 178 342 574 12 12
Total Revenues netted against expenditures 574 178 342 574 12 12
Total net budgetary expenditures 632,198 107,119 275,412 582,793 164,045 284,239