PPSC Future-Oriented Financial Statements 2015-2016

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
Net cost of operations 196,135 196,448
Drug, Criminal Code and terrorism prosecution program 140,135 142,474
Regulatory offences and economic crime prosecution program 38,807 39,454
Internal Services 32,339 32,879
Commissioner of Canada Elections - Compliance 2,587 2,630
Commissioner of Canada Elections - Enforcement 1,725 1,754
Total expenses 215,593 219,190
Prosecution Services 19,458 22,742
Fines, forfeitures and court cost 400 450
Rent from residential housing provided to employees 500 500
Other 50 45
Revenues earned on behalf of government (950) (995)
Total revenues 19,458 22,742

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the financial statements.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

1. Methodology and significant assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and the plans of the Office as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the estimated results for fiscal year 2014-15 is based on actual results as at Dec. 31, 2014 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  1. The Office's activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
  2. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.
  3. The requirements of Treasury Board Accounting Policies which are based on Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector were followed.
  4. The resources provided will enable the Office to deliver the expected results specified in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

These assumptions are adopted as at December 31, 2014.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2014-2015 and for 2015-2016, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this future-oriented statement of operations, the Office has made estimates and assumptions concerning the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the future-oriented financial statements and the historical financial statement of operations include:

  1. The timing and amounts of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  2. Implementation of new collective agreements.
  3. Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of loan receivables.
  4. Interest rates in effect at the time of issue will affect the net present value of non-interest bearing loans.
  5. Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, the Office will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Performance Report.

3. Summary of significant accounting policies

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared using the Government's accounting policies that came into effect for the 2014-2015 fiscal year 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.

Significant accounting policies are as follows:

(a) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for the Office operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered including services provided without charges for accommodation, employee contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and worker’s compensation which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost. Vacation pay and compensatory leave as well as severance benefits are accrued and expenses are recorded as the benefits are earned by employees under their respective terms of employment.

Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, provision for valuation on loans, investments and advances and inventory obsolescence or liabilities, including contingent liabilities and environmental liabilities to the extent the future event is likely to occur and a reasonable estimate can be made.

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.

b) Revenues

Revenues from regulatory fees are recognized in the accounts based on the services provided in the year.

Other revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event that gave rise to the revenue takes place.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the Office's liabilities. While the Deputy Head is expected to maintain accounting control, he or she 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 entity's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary Authorities

The Office is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Office do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since 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. Accordingly, the Office 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)
Requested authorities 186,186 179,059
Net cost of operations 196,135 196,448
Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Services provided without charge by other government departments (21,500) (22,000)
Amortization of tangible capital assets (2,200) (2,400)
Decrease in employee future benefits 500 450
Increase in vacation pay and compensatory leave (237) (100)
Refunds of previous year expenditures 50 161
  (23,387) (23,889)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 6,000 6,500
  6,000 6,500
Forecast current year lapse 7,438 -
(b) Authorities requested
(In thousands of dollars)
Requested authorities 186,186 179,059
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 164,323 157,639
Statutory amounts 21,863 21,420
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