2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities

Section III: Supplementary Information

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations

The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the Department of Justice’s operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.

Because the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Report on Plans and Priorities are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts differ.

A more detailed Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, can be found on the Department of Justice’s website.

Future‑Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
For the Year Ended March 31, 2016 (dollars)
Financial Information 2015–16
Forecast Results
2016–17
Planned Results
Difference
(2016–17 Planned Results minus 2015–16 Forecast Results)
Total expenses 1,073,718 1,067,109 (6,609)
Total revenues 291,975 296,200 4,225
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 781,743 770,909 (10,834)

Total expenses will decrease from $1,074 million to $1,067 million (decrease of $6.6 million) primarily due to:

  • the Department of Justice received one-year funding of the Operating Budget Carry Forward in 2015-16 which results in a decrease of $26.4 million;
  • the sunsetting of Authorities to enhance activities, pursuant to the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act, related to the cessation and vacation of refugee status ($3.6 million);
  • the ramp-up of reductions through the Legal Services Review ($3.4 million);
  • the sunsetting of Authorities to Support Comprehensive Claims and Self-Government Negotiations Across Canada ($3.0 million);

These decreases were partially offset by:

  • a revised departmental positive variance of $27.9 million based on spending trends and anticipated operating budget adjustments;
  • a variation of the employee benefit plan rate, resulting in a $1.9 million increase;

The variation in revenues from $292 million to $296 million (increase of $4 million) is attributable to the difference between the latest revenue forecast for 2015-16 and the approved Vote Netted Revenue authority in 2016-17.

Supplementary Information Tables

The supplementary information tables listed in the 2016-17 Report on Plans and Priorities can be found on the Department of Justice’s website:

  • Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy;
  • Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More;
  • Horizontal Initiatives; and
  • Upcoming Internal Audits and Evaluations Over the Next Three Fiscal Years.

Tax Expenditures and Evaluations

The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Tax Expenditures and Evaluations publication. The tax measures presented in that publication are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

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