1. Introduction

This quarterly 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. This report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates, the Supplementary Estimates and the previous Quarterly Financial Reports.

A summary description of the Parks Canada Agency’s programs can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates, and a detailed description in Part III – Departmental Plans.

This quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit. However, it has been reviewed by the Agency’s Audit Committee.

1.1 Basis of presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared using an expenditure basis of accounting (modified cash accounting). The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Parks Canada Agency’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Agency consistent with the Main Estimates for the 2020-21 fiscal year. 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.

The Agency uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the department performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

2. Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date results

A chart outlining the total authorities available within the Agency as of June 30 of each year as well as the expenditures of the first quarter. 
The above chart outlines the total authorities available within the Agency as of June 30 of each year as well as the expenditures of the first quarter. Significant changes to authorities and to expenditure patterns are outlined in the following sections.

2.1 Statement of authorities (Table 1)

Authorities available for use

This quarterly report reflects the funding available for use from the 2020-21 Main Estimates and the 2019-20 unused spending authority Footnote 1. The authorities at the same time last year consisted of 2019-20 Main Estimates and the 2018-19 unused spending authority.

As per Table 1 (Statement of Authorities), at June 30, 2020, Parks Canada’s total authorities available for use for the year ending March 31, 2021, are $766.2 million or 36% percent lower when compared to the same quarter of the previous year (from $2,150.8 million to $1,384.6 million). The decrease in authorities is primarily due to the following factors:

  • A decrease of $77.4 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates because of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply. Parks Canada is expected to receive full supply for the 2020-21 Main Estimates in December 2020.
  • A net decrease in spending authorities related to infrastructure investments - $422.5 million;
  • A decrease in unused spending authorities in 2019-2020 as compared to 2018-2019 - $287.1 million;
  • A decrease in spending authorities related to the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) - $7.0 million.

In May 2020, Parks Canada received approval from the Treasury Board Secretariat for funding to partially compensate for revenue losses in the first six months of 2020-21 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes forgone revenues due to a decline in visitation following the temporary suspension of services at Parks Canada sites and remission of 25% of the annual payments on non-residential leases and licences of occupation located in places and lands administered by the Agency.

Authorities used during the quarter

In the first quarter of 2020-21, total net budgetary expenditures were $185.1 million compared to $216.3 million reported for the same period in 2019-20, resulting in a decrease of $31.2 million or 14 percent. The decrease in authorities used during the quarter is primarily related to a decrease in the spending related to the infrastructure investment program and to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Agency’s operations.

2.2 Budgetary expenditures by standard object (Table 2)

Planned by standard object

Total planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2021, are $766.2 million or 36 percent lower compared to the previous year. This variance is primarily due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a decrease in authorities related to the Agency’s infrastructure investment program and a decrease in unused spending authorities from the previous fiscal year.

Expended by standard object

As per Table 2 (Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object), the total expended in the first quarter ending June 30, 2020, is $31.2 million or 14 percent lower compared to the previous year. The overall decrease can be explained by the following:

  • Compared to the same quarter last year, expenditures in Acquisition of land, buildings and works have decreased by $15.7M or 29%. This decrease is primarily due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Agency’s infrastructure investments. With varying levels of provincial/territorial safety practices and restrictions in place, some projects proceeded as planned, while others were postponed or experienced delays due to the shortage of labourers and/or supplies. All construction activities were subject to change due to the evolving situation related to COVID-19.
  • Expenditures in Personnel, Transportation and Telecommunications, and Utilities, materials and supplies have all decreased compared to the same quarter last year. This decrease is primarily due to a general slowdown in operational activities during the temporary suspension of visitor services in all Parks Canada places in face of the pandemic.

3. Risks and uncertainties

The Agency undertakes a corporate risk assessment every year to support programs, priority setting and resource allocation. The risk assessment identifies key corporate risks that have the greatest impact on the Agency's ability to deliver its Core Responsibility and achieve Departmental Results. The Agency has identified the following key corporate risks for 2020-21:

  • Environmental forces adaptation and response:

    Due to the magnitude and rapid pace of environmental changes, including climate change, there is a risk that the integrity of ecosystems, cultural resources and infrastructure cannot be maintained or improved which may lead to Parks Canada being unable to deliver its mandate.

  • Relationships with Indigenous peoples:

    If Parks Canada does not allocate the necessary time, effort and investment to build and maintain relationships with Indigenous peoples, there is a risk that the Agency may not be able to fulfill its obligations and deliver on its programs and services, which may result in damaged reputation, increased litigation and challenges meeting conservation targets.

  • Built asset condition and long-term sustainability:

    Due to aging infrastructure, inadequate level of recapitalization and maintenance, climate change and inflationary impacts, there is a risk that Parks Canada will not be able to maintain a sustainable asset portfolio which may result in compromised public safety, loss of irreplaceable cultural heritage, and damage to the Agency’s reputation.

  • Competitive position:

    If the Agency does not respond to changing socio-economic conditions and other market influences, there is a risk that Parks Canada’s programs and services may not meet the expectations of Canadians which may lead to a decrease in Agency relevance as measured by a decrease in tourism market share and visitation.

  • Business modernization:

    If the Agency does not modernize its corporate and internal services, there is a risk that Parks Canada may not have the capacity, business processes and tools to effectively and efficiently support service delivery and meet government management accountability expectations.

  • COVID-19 pandemic:

    Parks Canada’s priority is the health and safety of its employees, visitors and all Canadians. Parks Canada has and will continue to follow the advice and guidance of public health experts in all decisions; from initial closure of our offices and suspension of visitor access and services and field operations, to the phased resumption of these services and operations. The Agency will continue to work with Indigenous partners, leases and operators, local communities and provincial and territorial governments as it manages through the pandemic.

    It is anticipated that the ongoing pandemic will significantly impact the Agency’s financial situation, particularly its revenues, which are an important source of funding for the Agency. Funding for revenue replacement has already been secured to partially compensate the Agency’s Operations for the period of April 1st to September 30, 2020. The Agency is continuing to monitor the potential risk of residual revenue loss and is working with central agencies on strategies to mitigate this risk.

4. Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs

Following the advice of public health experts and taking steps to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, Parks Canada temporarily suspended all visitor services in all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country effective on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Gradual resumption of some operations at certain national parks, national historic sites, historic waterways, and national marine conservation areas began on June 1, 2020.

5. Approval by senior officials

Approved by:

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Parks Canada
Gatineau, Canada

Catherine Blanchard
Vice-President, Finance,
Parks Canada
Gatineau, Canada


Parks Canada Agency
For the quarter ended June 30, 2020
Statement of authorities - Table 1
(Unaudited)

Fiscal year 2020-21
(in thousands of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2021Footnote * Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2020 Year to date used at quarter end
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 1,153,026 168,226 168,226
Vote 5 - Payments to the New parks and historic sites account 7,494 0 0
Statutory - Contributions to employee benefit plans 54,063 12,222 12,222
Statutory - Expenditures equivalent to revenues resulting from the conduct of operations pursuant to section 20 of the Parks Canada Agency Act 169,993 4,611 4,611
Total budgetary authorities 1,384,576 185,059 185,059
 
Fiscal Year 2019-20
(in thousands of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2020Footnote * Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year to date used at quarter end
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 1,908,971 167,107 167,107
Vote 5 - Payments to the New parks and historic sites account 13,423 0 0
Statutory - Contributions to employee benefit plans 53,221 13,305 13,305
Statutory - Expenditures equivalent to revenues resulting from the conduct of operations pursuant to section 20 of the Parks Canada Agency Act 175,210 35,894 35,894
Total budgetary authorities 2,150,825 216,306 216,306
 

Parks Canada Agency
For the quarter ended June 30, 2020
Budgetary expenditures by standard object - Table 2
(Unaudited)

Fiscal year 2020-21
(in thousands of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2021Footnote * Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2020 Year to date used at quarter end
Expenditures:
Personnel 376,025 107,820 107,820
Transportation and communications 35,315 974 974
Information 19,605 431 431
Professional and special services 248,704 19,571 19,571
Rentals 49,614 2,132 2,132
Repair and maintenance 68,469 3,930 3,930
Utilities, materials and supplies 111,290 5,425 5,425
Acquisition of land, buildings and works 372,163 38,577 38,577
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 46,481 3,397 3,397
Transfer payments 29,198 1,565 1,565
Public debt charges 0 25 25
Other subsidies and payments 27,712 1,212 1,212
Total budgetary expenditures 1,384,576 185,059 185,059
 
Fiscal year 2019-20
(in thousands of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2020Footnote * Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year to date used at quarter end
Expenditures:
Personnel 401,067 113,708 113,708
Transportation and communications 53,990 4,549 4,549
Information 18,937 2,025 2,025
Professional and special services 478,309 18,947 18,947
Rentals 39,267 3,465 3,465
Repair and maintenance 73,913 4,208 4,208
Utilities, materials and supplies 113,102 7,908 7,908
Acquisition of land, buildings and works 852,127 54,279 54,279
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 52,410 3,213 3,213
Transfer payments 34,963 2,472 2,472
Public debt charges 0 21 21
Other subsidies and payments 32,740 1,511 1,511
Total budgetary expenditures 2,150,825 216,306 216,306