Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
| ||Estimated Results 2020–21||Planned Results 2021–22|
|Acquiring and preserving documentary heritage||$ 73,701||$ 69,890|
|Providing access to documentary heritage||41,067||30,125|
|Internal support services||38,599||38,882|
|Sales of goods and information products||200||200|
|Net cost of operations ||$ 152,817||$ 138,347|
Table 1 (table summary)
This table indicates Library and Archives Canada’s Future-Oriented Statement of Operations for the years ending March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Displayed are the expenses by program, revenues by type and net cost of operations. Numbers are displayed in thousands of dollars, and totals for 2020–21 and 2021–22 are included.
The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations.
Librarian and Archivist of Canada
January 11, 2021
Acting Assistant Deputy Minister
Corporate Services and
Chief Financial Officer
January 7, 2021
1. Mandate and Objectives
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is a government institution that was established on May 21, 2004, as a result of the amalgamation of the former National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. LAC’s role was confirmed in the 2004 Library and Archives of Canada Act, which assigns discretionary power to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada in attaining LAC’s objectives. Pursuant to the Act, no government or ministerial institution may destroy records under its control prior to receiving consent from the Librarian and Archivist of Canada; records considered to be of historical or archival importance to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada shall be transferred to his or her care and control.
LAC is considered to be a Schedule I.1 organization within the Financial Administration Act and reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage. LAC’s mandate is as follows:
- to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of current and future generations;
- to serve as a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society;
- to facilitate in Canada co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge; and
- to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
2. Core Responsibilities
In 2018–19, LAC transitioned from a reporting framework comprising Strategic Outcomes and a Program Alignment Architecture to a Departmental Results Framework comprising Core Responsibilities and Departmental Results. For more information on LAC’s Core Responsibilities, see the “Planned results” section of the Departmental Plan.
3. Methodology and Significant Assumptions
The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared in accordance with government priorities and the plans of LAC as described in its Departmental Plan.
The information in the estimated results for fiscal year 2020–21 is based on actual results as of October 31, 2020, and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2021–22 fiscal year.
The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:
- The main activities for LAC will remain substantially the same as for the previous year;
- Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.
These assumptions were adopted on November 1, 2020.
4. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information
While every attempt has been made to accurately forecast final results for the remainder of 2020–21 and for 2021–22, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.
In preparing the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations, LAC 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 Statement of Operations and the historical financial statements include:
- The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of tangible capital assets may affect gains/losses and amortization expenses;
- Implementation of new collective agreements;
- Economic conditions may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the recovery of accounts receivable;
- Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.
Once the Departmental Plan is presented, LAC will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Results Report.
5. 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 2020–21 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) Parliamentary authorities
LAC is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to LAC do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are based primarily on cash flow requirements. Consequently, items recognized in the statement of operations are not necessarily the same as those provided through authorities from Parliament. Note 6 provides a reconciliation between the two methods of reporting.
Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Government operating expenses are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charges for accommodation, employer contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and workers’ 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.
Transfer payments are recorded as expenses when the recipient has met the eligibility criteria or fulfilled the terms of a contractual transfer agreement or, in the case of transactions that do not form part of an existing program, when the government announces a decision to make a non-recurring transfer, provided the enabling legislation or authorization for payment receives parliamentary approval prior to the completion of the financial statement. Transfer payments that become repayable as a result of conditions specified in the contribution agreement that have come into being are recorded as a reduction of transfer payment expenses and as a receivable.
Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable and contingent liabilities and environmental liabilities to the extent that 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.
Revenues are recorded on an accrual basis:
- Sales of goods and information products are revenues from regulatory fees and are recognized in the accounts based on the services provided in the year.
- Funds received from external parties for specified purposes are recorded upon receipt asred revenues. These revenues are recognized in the period in which the related expenses are incurred.
- 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 LAC’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 as a reduction of the entity’s gross revenues.
Items purchased for the collections are recorded as an expense in the year of acquisition.
6. Parliamentary Appropriations
LAC is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to LAC do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are based primarily 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, LAC has different net costs of operations for the year depending on whether they are calculated on a government funding basis or on an accrual accounting basis. The differences are reconciled in the following tables:
(a) Reconciliation of net cost of operations to forecast authorities used
(in thousands of dollars)
|Costs||Estimated Results 2020–21||Planned Results 2021–22|
|Net cost of operations||$ 152,817 ||$ 138,347 |
|Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:|
|Services provided without charge by other government departments||(20,771)||(21,314)|
|Amortization of tangible capital assets||(4,624)||(4,203)|
|Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave||(100)||(200)|
|Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits||(300)||(250)|
|Refunds of previous years’ expenditures||(38)||50|
|Revenue not available for spending||95||95|
|Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities||(25,738)||(25,822)|
|Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:|
|Acquisitions of tangible capital assets||11,852||30,837|
|Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities||11,852||30,837|
|Forecast authorities used||$ 138,931 ||$ 143,362 |
Table 2 (table summary)
This table reconciles Library and Archives Canada’s forecasted net cost of operations to current year forecasted appropriations used for the years ending March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Totals for 2020–21 and 2021–22 are included and displayed in thousands of dollars.
(b) Forecast authorities requested and used (in thousands of dollars)
|Authorities||Estimated Results 2020–21||Planned Results 2021–22|
|Vote 1—Operating expenditures ||$ 112,640||$ 100,775|
|Vote 5—Capital expenditures ||14,769||30,837|
|Forecast authorities available ||138,931||143,362|
|Forecast authorities used||$ 138,931||$ 143,362|
Table 3 (table summary)
This table indicates Library and Archives Canada’s details of the current year forecasted authorities used for the years ending March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022. Totals for 2020–21 and 2021–22 are included and displayed in thousands of dollars.