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Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program

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 Directive on Accounting Standards. This report should be read in conjunction with the 2020-21 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 in the planning and conduct of senior level intergovernmental conferences held across Canada. The primary objective of CICS is to relieve client departments of the numerous technical and administrative tasks associated with the planning and conduct of multilateral conferences, thereby enabling participants to concentrate on substantive intergovernmental 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.

Basis of Presentation

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 2020-21 Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (as applicable). 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.

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.

2.Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date (YTD) results

2.1 Statement of Authorities

CICS’ authorities available for 2020-21 are approximately $168 thousand ($131 thousand voted, $37 thousand statutory) lower than last fiscal year. This decrease in voted funding is mainly due to one-year funding for retroactive collective bargaining obligations received in the 2019-20 Main Estimates, and a reduction in statutory vote for the Employee Benefit Plan of $37 thousand. CICS received full supply for the 2020-21 Main Estimates in December 2020.

2.2Statement of Department Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object

Year to date operating expenses to December 31, 2020 are approximately $1 million lower than for the same period in 2019-20. This decrease is largely attributable to a shift in service delivery of CICS services resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. A complete shift to virtual conferences has caused a decline in transportation expenditures (commonly employee travel) of $545 thousand, professional and special services expenditures of $206 thousand and rental expenditures of $73 thousand. Furthermore, personnel expenses declined by $180 thousand due to lower staffing and a decline in overtime costs. Acquisition of machinery and equipment expenses are lower due to one-time acquisitions in 2019-20. Expenses in the quarter are slightly higher than in the same period of 2019-20, mainly attributable to a timing difference in receiving invoices from other government departments.

3.Risks and Uncertainties

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. The number of conferences and meetings in the third quarter of 2020-21 more than doubled from the same period in 2019-20 (53 versus 22). CICS does not convene intergovernmental meetings. It is called upon to respond to decisions taken by governments to meet on key national or specific issues. Decisions concerning the location of such meetings, their number in a given fiscal year, their timing and duration, are all factors beyond the control of the Secretariat.

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. Plans are in place to ensure as seamless a transition of knowledge as possible. CICS continues to target greater provincial/territorial representation amongst Conference Services staff to maintain a high level of neutrality and welcome diverse perspectives to its service delivery model.

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

In response to the evolving needs of clients, the Conference Services Division, as in the previous fiscal period, continues to identify, pilot and implement innovative solutions. Innovative solutions consist of new technologies and process efficiencies that improve service delivery, resulting in positive client feedback and efficiencies in operations. The key areas of innovative solutions are web-conferencing and teleconferencing with remote simultaneous interpretation, online registration and online document retrieval. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CICS only served conferences by videoconferencing and teleconferencing after mid-March 2020.

Approval by Senior Officials

Original signed by:

Original signed by:

André M. McArdle

Charles Young, CPA, CMA

Secretary

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa, Canada

Date: February 19, 2021

Date: February 19, 2021

      

STATEMENT OF AUTHORITIES (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal year 2020-21

 

Fiscal year 2019-20

(in dollars)

Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2021*

Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2020

Year to date used at quarter-end

 

Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2020*

Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2019

Year to date used at quarter-end

Vote 1 – Net Operating expenditures

5,783,094

1,117,688

2,706,089

 

5,914,090

1,091,472

3,697,420

Budgetary Statutory authorities

424,649

106,162

318,487

 

461,945

115,487

346,459

Total Budgetary authorities

6,207,743

1,223,850

3,024,576

 

6,376,035

1,206,959

4,043,879

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total authorities

6,207,743

1,223,850

3,024,576

 

6,376,035

1,206,959

4,043,879

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter-end.


Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal year 2020-21

 

Fiscal year 2019-20

(in dollars)

Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2021

Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2020

Year to date used at quarter-end

 

Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2020

Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2019

Year to date used at quarter-end

Expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel

3,413,701

757,133

2,048,247

 

3,713,913

728,076

2,227,770

Transportation and communications

785,000

24,427

60,595

 

785,000

110,512

514,158

Information

26,500

19,986

27,709

 

26,500

1,174

5,779

Professional and special services

1,259,620

287,853

515,390

 

1,107,700

137,069

721,854

Rentals

530,000

128,769

342,794

 

550,000

119,261

415,396

Repair and maintenance

12,500

480

 

12,500

1,263

Utilities, materials and supplies

30,000

3,851

4,220

 

30,000

3,956

11,610

Acquisition of machinery and equipment

150,000

2,892

25,083

 

150,000

110,559

150,309

Other subsidies and payments

422

-1,061

58

 

422

-3,648

-4,260

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total net budgetary expenditures

6,207,743

1,223,850

3,024,576

 

6,376,035

1,206,959

4,043,879