Parks Canada Financial Statements

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

(in thousands of dollars)
Planned
Results
2017-2018
Forecast
Results
2016-2017
Expenses
Parks Canada Programs
Heritage Places Establishment 7,413 17,101
Heritage Places Conservation 147,582 149,444
Heritage Places Promotion and Public Support 44,553 52,611
Visitor Experience 287,155 282,452
Heritage Canals, Highways and Townsites Management 73,643 67,146
Internal Services 154,949 155,321
Total expenses 715,295 724,075
Revenues
Entrance fees 13,582 61,536
Recreational fees 26,693 25,703
Rentals and concessions 25,326 22,547
Other operating revenues 8,994 7,465
Townsites revenues 3,268 2,952
Staff housing 3,205 2,870
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (68) (73)
Total revenues 81,000 123,000
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 634,295 601,075

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

Notes to Future-Oriented Statements of Operations for the Year Ending March 31, (Unaudited)

1. Methodology and Significant assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and agency's plans as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2016-2017 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2016 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The Agency's core activities will remain substantially the same as for the previous year.
  • Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on past experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.
  • Amortization expenses of tangible capital assets are estimated based on the expected capital asset closing balances.

These assumptions are adopted as at November 30, 2016.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2016-2017 and for 2017-2018, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations, the Agency has made estimates and assumptions about the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are based on past experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, are continually evaluated.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and the historical statement of operations include:

  • The timing and amounts of acquisitions and disposals of tangible capital assets may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  • Implementation of new collective agreements.
  • Economic conditions may affect the amount of revenue earned.
  • Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.
  • Changes within Government of Canada policies and direction or accounting standards.
  • Weather or other natural adversities or disasters.

Once the Departmental Plan is table in Parliament, the 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 Results Report.

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

This Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared using the Government's accounting policies stated below, 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. The future-oriented statement of operations was prepared using the accounting standards in effect at the time of preparation. The estimated results for the current fiscal year and the planned results for the future year may have to be restated when presented as planned information in the historical financial statement for that year.

a) 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 Canadian generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are primarily based on cash flow requirements. Consequently, items recognized in the future-oriented statement of operations are not necessarily the same as those provided through authorities from Parliament. Note 4 provides a reconciliation between the bases of reporting.

b) Expenses:

Expenses are recorded on the accrual basis. Expenses for the Agency's operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charges provided by other government departments which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost.

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.

c) Revenue recognition:

Entrance fees, recreational fees, rentals and concessions, other operating, townsites and staff housing revenues are recognized in the year in which the goods or services are provided by the Agency. Funds received for future services are recorded as deferred revenue.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the Agency's liabilities. While the Agency is expected to maintain accounting control, it 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 Agency's gross revenues.

d) Measurement uncertainty:

The preparation of the future-oriented statement of operations in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the future-oriented statement of operations and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses for the year. The most significant items where estimates are used are estimated useful lives of tangible capital assets and environment-related liabilities. Actual results could differ significantly from those estimated. Management's estimates are reviewed periodically and, as adjustments become necessary, they are recorded in the future-oriented statement of operations in the year they become known.

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 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. The Agency receives most of its funding through annual Parliamentary authorities. 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:
(In thousands of dollars)
Planned
2017-2018
Forecast
2016-2017
Net cost of operations 634,295 601,075
Revenue received pursuant to section 20 of the
Parks Canada Agency Act
81,000 123,000
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (101,762) (94,353)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (45,567) (45,477)
Decrease (increase) in environmental liability 4,896 (5,851)
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (142,433) (145,681)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions and improvements to tangible capital assets 816,041 704,517
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 816,041 704,517
Requested authorities 1,388,903 1,282,911


b) Authorities requested:
(In thousands of dollars)
Planned Results
2017-2018
Forecast Results
2016-2017
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 1,258,090 1,105,766
Vote 5 - New Parks and Historic Sites Account 500 500
Statutory amounts:
Expenditures equivalent to revenue received pursuant to section 20 of the Parks Canada Agency Act 81,000 123,000
Contributions to employee benefits plan 49,313 53,645
Requested authorities 1,388,903 1,282,911