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.
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:
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 2014–2015 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.
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.
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.
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 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:
Increases due to:
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 authorities available for use in fiscal year 2014–2015 and 2013-2014 are identical at $7.2 million.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Budget 2014 did not identify any significant changes affecting the Agency. Please see below for the significant changes resulting from Budget 2012.
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.
|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
|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|
|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|
|Transportation and communications||7,434||2,260||3,106||12,755||1,683||3,296|
|Professional and special services||105,363||8,363||49,499||76,070||12,841||17,903|
|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|
|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:|
|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|