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 and Supplementary Estimates A for the 2021-22 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

This section:

  • highlights the financial results for the quarter and fiscal year-to-date ended September 30, 2021
  • provides explanations of significant variances compared with the same period last year
The above chart outlines the total authorities available within the Agency as of September 30 of each year, the expenditures during the same quarter as well as the year to date expenditures. Significant changes to authorities and to expenditure patterns are outlined in the following sections.

2.1 Statement of Authorities

Authorities available for use

This quarterly report reflects the funding available for use from the 2021-22 Main Estimates, the 2021-22 Supplementary Estimates A, and the 2020-21 unused spending authorityFootnote 1. The authorities at the same time last year consisted of 2020-21 Main Estimates, the 2020-21 Supplementary Estimates A, and the 2019-20 unused spending authority.

At September 30, 2021, Parks Canada's total authorities available for use for the year ending March 31, 2022, are $12.0 million or 1% higher when compared to the same quarter of the previous year (from $1,384.6 million to $1,396.5 million). This increase in authorities is primarily due to the following factors:

  • An increase of $44.7 million in spending authorities related to the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS);
  • An increase of $23.0 million due to ratification of collective agreement;
  • An increase of $8.8 million in the carryforward funds from 2020-21 (included in the 2021-22 authorities) as compared to 2019-20;
  • An increase of $77.4 million considering the fact that the authorities available for use in the first quarter of 2020-21 were lower by $77.4 million due to the reduced supply of the 2020-21 Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring of 2020 for Parliament to study supply, the full supply of 2020-21 Main Estimates was not received until December 2020;
  • A net decrease of $142.1 million in spending authorities related to the infrastructure investments program.

Authorities used during the quarter

In the second quarter of 2021-22, total net budgetary expenditures were $290.2 million compared to $374.4 million reported for the same period in 2020-21, resulting in a decrease of $84.2 million or 22 percent. The decrease in authorities used during the quarter is primarily related to infrastructure investments. The decrease is partially offset by an increase in personnel expenditures due to revised salary rates as a result of ratification of the collective agreement.

Table 1 provides information on the authorities available for use and used during this quarter.

2.2 Budgetary expenditures by standard object (Table 2)

Planned by standard object

Total planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2022, are $12.0 million or 1 percent higher compared to the previous year. The increases are mainly observed in Personnel and Transfer payments planned expenditures, largely due to additional funding received for the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) and the ratification of collective agreements as well as the timing of full supply for Main Estimates.

Those increases are partially offset by decreases in Acquisition of land, buildings and works and Professional Services planned expenditures, mainly due to infrastructure investments.

Expended by standard object

As per Table 2 (Budgetary expenditures by standard object), the total expended in the second quarter ending September 30, 2021, is $84.2 million or 22 percent lower compared to the previous year.

The major variances are as follows:

  • a decrease of $96.2 million in Acquisition of land, buildings and works expenditures related to infrastructure investments;
  • a decrease of $11.1 million in Professional and special services expenditures related to infrastructure investments;
  • an increase of $11.7 million in Personnel expenditures due to ratification of collective agreement; and
  • an increase of $6.3 million in Transfer payments expenditures. This comparative increase in quarter two of 2021-22 is primarily because the pandemic caused delays in 2020-21 that prevented transfer payment recipients from implementing and delivering on projects, at the same pace as planned. In addition, a new initiative in this fiscal year for work placements through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy have increased transfer payments in the second quarter of 2021-22.

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 2021-22:

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 Innovation:

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.

Workforce, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion and Diversity, and Well-Being

If the Agency fails to foster an inclusive and barrier-free work environment that reflects Canada's diverse population, there is a risk that it may no longer be an employer of choice and will lack the perspective needed to serve all Canadians, which may result in impacts on programs and services, and damage the Agency's reputation.

COVID-19 pandemic:

Parks Canada’s priority, as it manages through the pandemic, is the health and safety of its employees, visitors and all Canadians. Parks Canada continues to follow public health measures (social distancing, restriction on indoor and group activities, travel restrictions) and to monitor efforts to flatten the curve and progress regarding vaccinations with a view to being ready, as appropriate, to adjust operations.

The pandemic continues to impact the Agency’s financial situation, particularly its ability to generate revenue, which represents 25% of its on-going operational budget. Funding has been approved to partially compensate the Agency for revenue shortfalls it experienced for the period of April 1st to September 30, 2021.

The Agency is committed to continue to work with Indigenous partners, lessees and operators, local communities, other federal departments and provincial and territorial governments as it manages through the pandemic.


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

Richard Barrette was appointed Chief Information Officer effective September 7, 2021.


5. Approval by senior officials

Approved by:

Ron Hallman
President & Chief Executive Officer,
Parks Canada
Gatineau, Canada
November 2021

Catherine Blanchard
Vice-President, Finance,
Parks Canada
Gatineau, Canada
November 2021


Parks Canada Agency
For the quarter ended September 30
Statement of Authorities - Table 1
(Unaudited)

Fiscal year 2021-22
For the quarter ended September 30
Statement of Authorities - Table 1
(Unaudited)
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Fiscal Year 2020-21
(in thousands of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2022 Footnote * Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 Year to date used at quarter-end Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2021 Footnote * Used during the quarter ended September 30, 2020 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 1,181,309 227,190 374,614 1,153,026 324,206 492,432
Vote 5 - Payments to the New Parks and Historic Sites Account 7,371 0 0 7,494 0 0
Statutory - Contributions to employee benefit plans 57,867 13,709 27,418 54,063 12,222 24,444
Statutory - Expenditures equivalent to revenues resulting from the conduct of operations pursuant to section 20 of the Parks Canada Agency Act 150,000 49,340 91,317 169,993 38,029 42,640
Total budgetary authorities 1,396,547 290,239 493,349 1,384,576 374,457 559,516
 

Parks Canada Agency
For the quarter ended September 30
Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object - Table 2
(Unaudited)

Fiscal year 2021-22
For the quarter ended September 30
Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object - Table 2
(Unaudited)
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Fiscal Year 2020-21
(in thousands of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2022 Footnote * Expended during the quarter ended September 30, 2021 Year to date used at quarter-end Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2021 Footnote * Expended during the quarter ended September 30, 2020 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel 447,282 144,721 277,160 376,025 133,040 240,860
Transportation and communications 51,829 3,216 4,498 35,315 1,607 2,581
Information 24,033 1,140 1,956 19,605 975 1,406
Professional and special services 218,290 29,083 44,078 248,704 40,221 59,792
Rentals 53,639 9,317 12,683 49,614 6,263 8,395
Repair and maintenance 62,952 4,000 7,830 68,469 7,091 11,021
Utilities, materials and supplies 97,420 12,865 21,137 111,290 11,148 16,573
Acquisition of land, buildings and works 310,250 60,325 86,067 372,163 156,481 195,058
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 35,465 4,361 9,574 46,481 3,534 6,931
Transfer payments 67,347 9,538 15,661 29,198 3,271 4,836
Public debt charges 0 13 34 0 24 49
Other subsidies and payments 28,040 11,660 12,671 27,712 10,802 12,014
Total budgetary expenditures 1,396,547 290,239 493,349 1,384,576 374,457 559,516