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 Accounting Standard 1.3. This report should be read in conjunction with the 2016-17 Main Estimates (and as applicable – Supplementary Estimates and previous quarterly reports for the current year).
The mandate of the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat (CICS) is to support federal, provincial and territorial governments by providing conference support services for the planning and conduct of senior level intergovernmental conferences held across Canada. The primary objective of CICS is to relieve client departments in virtually every major sector of intergovernmental activity of the numerous technical and administrative tasks associated with multilateral conferences, thereby enabling conference participants to concentrate on the substantive policy issues. CICS provides continuous, effective, impartial administrative services to these meetings.
This quarterly report has not been subject to an external audit or review.
This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the department’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the department consistent with the 2016-17 Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial 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.
As part of the departmental performance reporting process, CICS prepares its annual departmental financial statements on a full accrual basis in accordance with Treasury Board accounting policies, which are based on Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.
CICS’ authorities available for 2016-17 did not significantly vary from 2015-16.
Total budgetary expenditures to December 31, 2016 are some $344 thousand higher to those recorded in the third quarter of 2015-16. This can be explained by the First Ministers meeting held at the beginning of December and by the overall increase of supported conferences. As of December 31, 2016, we provided our services to 119 conferences this fiscal year, compared with 81 for the same period in 2015-2016. This difference represent a 47% increase.
Our program mandate is to provide administrative services for the planning and conduct of First Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers level federal-provincial-territorial and provincial-territorial conferences. There has been an increase in the number of conferences and meetings over the last three fiscal periods. If this trend continues, the Secretariat may have to adjust the level of services it provides to conferences to keep expenditures within the current funding level.
Like many other departments and agencies, CICS is facing a critical demographic issue as we enter a phase where a significant number of our personnel are or will be eligible for retirement. Sustained efforts will be exerted to keep our employees for a reasonable period of time by creating an environment conducive to career development and job satisfaction.
In response to the evolving needs of clients, the Conference Services Division, as in the previous fiscal period, continues to transform its service delivery model to encompass video-conferencing and other new technologies.
Approval by Senior Officials
The paper version was approved and signed by:
Original signed by:
André M. McArdle
Original signed by:
Brian J. Berry, FCPA, FCMA
|February 3, 2017||February 6, 2017|
|(in dollars)||Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2017||Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2016||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Vote 5 – Net Operating expenditures||5,811,616||1,256,341||3,373,279|
|Budgetary Statuory authorities||427,837||106,959||320,878|
|Total Budgetary authorities||6,239,453||1,363,300||3,694,157|
|(in dollars)||Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2016||Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2015||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Vote 5 – Net Operating expenditures||5,808,101||955,566||3,036,644|
|Budgetary Statuory authorities||417,888||104,472||313,416|
|Total Budgetary authorities||6,225,989||1,060,038||3,350,060|
|(in dollars)||Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2017||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2016||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Transportation and communications||920,000||175,052||540,831|
|Professional and special services||1,573,183||381,976||906,386|
|Repair and maintenance||22,500||0||1,533|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||34,800||4,115||20,725|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||130,000||10,334||43,297|
|Other subsidies and payments||206||15,716||65,975|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||6,239,453||1,363,300||3,694,157|
|(in dollars)||Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2016||Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2015||Year to date used at quarter-end|
|Transportation and communications||904,000||141,405||444,230|
|Professional and special services||1,731,948||294,509||675,270|
|Repair and maintenance||12,000||4,256||10,056|
|Utilities, materials and supplies||39,500||3,979||13,066|
|Acquisition of machinery and equipment||80,000||2,886||8,407|
|Other subsidies and payments||226||-54,120||8,650|
|Total net budgetary expenditures||6,225,989||1,060,038||3,350,060|