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- Quarterly Financial Report for the Quarter Ended

Canadian Space Agency
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Quarterly Financial Report
For the Quarter Ended

Management Statement
for the Quarter Ended

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial 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. This quarterly financial report should be read in conjunction with the - Main EstimateFootnote 1.

1.2 Mandate and Program Activities

The objectives of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technologies provide social and economic benefits for Canadians.

More information is available on the CSA's mandate and Program Activities in the - Departmental Plan Footnote 1.

1.3 Basis of Presentation

This quarterly financial report (QFR) has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The Statement of Authorities annexed to this report includes the CSA's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the CSA, consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary estimates voted as at September 30 for fiscal years - compared to -. This QFR 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.

The CSA uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual financial statements, which are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis, that is, a partial accrual method of accounting. Expenditure basis accounting thus includes disbursements as well as some accruals for salaries and salary allowances.

This QFR report has not been subject to an external audit. However, it has been reviewed by the members of the CSA Audit Committee, who are satisfied with its presentation and content.

2. Highlights of the Quarterly Financial Results

This section highlights the significant factors that contributed to the changes to the authorities available for the fiscal year, as well as to the quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the quarter ended .

The following graph provides an overview of variations in available authorities and expenditures. Additional details on these variations are provided in sections 2.1 and 2.2 as well as in the appended annexes.

Authorities available for use and expenditures as at September 30 (in millions of dollars)
Authorities Quarterly
Expenditures
Year to Date
Expenditures
Fiscal Year - 400.9 49.9 115.4
Fiscal Year - 450.7 82.8 141.3

Totals may not add up due to rounding.

2.1 Significant Changes in Authorities (Total Vote Available for Use) between fiscal - and -.

The total vote available for use as at is $400.9 million, and represents a decrease of $49.8 million compared to the same period of the previous year.

Authorities (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance %
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 166,269 184,498 (18,229) (10%)
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 164,465 210,422 (45,957) (22%)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 60,966 45,748 15,218 33%
Contributions to employee benefit plans 9,155 10,037 (882) (9%)
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 30 28 2 7%
Total budgetary authorities 400,885 450,733 (49,848) (11%)

The decrease of $18.2 million in Vote 1 - Operating Expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • A decrease of $9.5 million between - and - due to funding received in for the provision of value-added satellite reports/images for humanitarian needs.
  • A decrease of $9 million due to different cash flow requirements from two projects; replacement of cameras for the Mobile Servicing System (MSS RCAM) as well as the Dextre Deployable Vision System (DDVS).
  • A decrease of $3 million due to a budgetary transfer from the Operating credit to the Grants and Contributions credit for the Space technologies development program.
  • A decrease of $1.4 million between the two years due to the reduction announced in the Federal Budget for professional services, travel and advertising.
  • An increase of $5 million compared to the same period last year due to obtaining the additional authority to carry forward Operating expenditures Vote from - to -.

The decrease of $46 million in Vote 5 - Capital Expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • A decrease of $90.7 million related to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).  The variation between the two years is due to different needs for cash flows according to new milestones schedules, without affecting the launch that is still planned for .
  • A decrease of $4.8 million between - and - due to a one-time funding issued in for the Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite (M3MSat) project.
  • An increase of $10.3 million between the two years, due to different cash flow requirements for activities related to the space station.
  • An increase of $7.5 million for items in Budget related to the security enhancement at John H. Chapman Space Centre as well as the purchase and installation of absorber material for the David Florida Laboratory (DFL) Anechoic Chamber.
  • An increase of $23.7 million between - and - because the capital Vote carry forward from - to - was more significant than the carry forward from - to -
  • The residual difference consists of multiple variations inherent to the Canadian Space Program (CSP) Resource Management. They result from the fact that budgetary requirements by vote are not linear from one year to the next, requiring vote transfers or fund carry forwards to another fiscal year.

The increase of $15.2 million in Vote 10 - Grants and Contributions Expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $10 million over the same period last year, due to funding from the Federal Budget for the Contribution Program under the Canada and the European Space Agency Cooperation Agreement for the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program.
  • An increase of $3 million due to a budgetary transfer from the Operating credit to the Grants and Contributions credit for the Space technologies development program
  • An increase of $2.6 million between - and - based on the cash requirements of the Global Grants and Contributions Program to Support research, awareness and learning in Space Science and Technology, for the Canadian CubeSats initiative.

2.2 Significant Changes in Quarterly and Year-to-Date Expenditures (Votes Used) between fiscal - and -

Quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the quarter ended are of $49.9 and $115.4 million and represent a decrease, quarterly and year to date, of $32.9 and $25.9 million compared to the same period of the previous year.

Expenditures by Vote at September 30
Expenditures by Vote
(in thousands of dollars)
- - Variance
Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 35,972 60,749 34,736 57,453 1,236 3,296
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 8,959 39,456 43,578 69,371 (34,619) (29,915)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 2,682 10,595 1,981 9,425 701 1,170
Contributions to employee benefit plans 2,289 4,578 2,509 5,018 (220) (440)
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 9 21 - - 9 21
Total budgetary expenditures by Vote 49,911 115,399 82,804 141,267 (32,893) (25,868)

The increase of $1.2 and $3.3 million in the quarterly and year to date expenditures in Vote 1 – Operating expenditures, is mainly explained by the following:

  • An increase in salary expenses due to the ratifications of multiple collective agreements as well as a variation in the payment schedules of the implementation cycle of Government initiatives on Earth observation.

The decrease of $34.7 and $30 million in the quarterly and year to date expenditures in Vote 5 - Capital expenditures, is mainly explained by the following:

  • The variations in the payment schedules for the RCM project.

The increase of $1.2 million in year to date expenditures in Vote 10 – Grants and contributions, is mainly explained by the following:

  • The variations in the payment schedule to the European Space Agency.
Expenditures by Standard Object at September 30

The total expenditures by Standard object represent a decrease quarterly and year to date of $32.9 and $25.9 million compared to the same period of the previous year.

Expenditures by Standard Object (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance
Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date
Personnel 18,462 36,434 17,033 33,907 1,429 2,527
Transportation and communications 887 1,641 815 1,444 72 197
Information 874 1,389 776 1,231 98 158
Professional and special services 19,019 27,427 18,972 27,288 47 139
Rentals 794 1,163 222 617 572 546
Repair and maintenance 1,615 2,275 748 1,091 867 1,184
Utilities, materials and supplies 469 772 460 824 9 (52)
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - - - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 3,132 31,691 39,793 63,346 (36,661) (31,655)
Transfer payments 2,682 10,595 1,981 9,425 701 1,170
Other subsidies and payments 1,977 2,012 2,004 2,094 (27) (82)
Total budgetary expenditures by Standard Object 49,911 115,399 82,804 141,267 (32,893) (25,868)

The $1.4 and $2.5 million increases in quarterly and year to date expenditures for the Personnel standard object is primarily due to:

  • An increase due to retroactive payments after the ratification of multiple collective agreements.

The $1.2 million increase in year to date expenditures for the Repair and maintenance standard object is primarily due to:

  • A variation in the payment schedules of the implementation phase of the infrastructure project for the David Florida Laboratory Anechoic Chamber.

The $36.7 and $31.7 million decreases in quarterly and year to date expenditures for the Acquisition of machinery and equipment standard object is primarily due to:

  • The variations in the payment schedules for the RCM project.

The $1.2 million increase in year to date expenditures for the Transfer payments standard object is primarily due to:

  • The variations in the payment schedule to the European Space Agency.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

The specific nature of the Canadian Space Program confronts us with issues related to the advanced technologies used in our space missions and issues related to the international aspect of some of our projects. These specific characteristics of the space sector create a risk of delays in the realization of projects and therefore, risk of deferral of the use of funds.

The year-to-date expenditures for the 2nd quarter of - represent 29% of our authorities whereas 50% of our fiscal year has passed. This situation is similar to that of the previous fiscal years (31% for - and 28% for -) and represents no concerns.  The situation concerning the cumulative expenditures will be restored at fiscal year-end when the accruals will be recorded, according to the full accrual method of accounting, combined with the deferral of budgets to the following year.

Government organizations are increasingly using space assets to deliver their mandate.  Where there is a large diversity of missions and partnership opportunities to choose from, there is a risk that gaps may emerge between users' needs and services provided.  In this context, the CSA has implemented an interdepartmental governance model that facilitates the identification and mitigation of potential gaps between supply and demand, while ensuring that adequate financial resources will be allocated to space activities.

Risks also arise from the Canada / European Space Agency (ESA) Cooperation Agreement such as, variations in amounts payable caused by changes in the Gross National Product (GNP) statistics, the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar against the euro (exchange rate), inflation and the enforcement of the ESA's industrial policy.  These risks have an impact on both costs and cash flow profiles.

To mitigate all of these risks, the CSA regularly reviews its project portfolio, activity plans, schedules and financial management strategies to adjust to changes brought on by space programs of its key partners (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ESA and other space agencies). In addition, the CSA continued the implementation of its governance framework and investment monitoring, which effectively improves the management and control process already in place.

4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There were no major changes in operations, personnel and programs, in the second quarter of -.

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by,

The original version was signed by Sylvain Laporte, President, in Longueuil, Quebec, on .

The original version was signed by Marie-Claude Guérard, CPA CGA, Chief Financial Officer, in Longueuil, Quebec, on .

Annex 1

Canadian Space Agency
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended
Statement of Authorities
(unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal Year - Fiscal Year -
Total available for use for the year ending

Table note 2
$
Used during the quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Total available for use for the year ending

Table note 2
$
Used during the quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Vote 1: Operating expenditures 166,269 35,972 60,749 184,498 34,736 57,453
Vote 5: Capital expenditures 164,465 8,959 39,456 210,422 43,578 69,371
Vote 10: Grants and contributions 60,966 2,682 10,595 45,748 1,981 9,425
Contributions to employee benefit plans 9,155 2,289 4,578 10,037 2,509 5,018
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 30 9 21 28 - -
Total budgetary authorities 400,885 49,911 115,399 450,733 82,804 141,267

Annex 2

Canadian Space Agency
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended
Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object
(unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal Year - Fiscal Year -
Planned expenditures for the year ending

$
Used
during the
quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Planned expenditures for the year ending

$
Used
during the
quarter ended
$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Expenditures:
Personnel 67,470 18,462 36,434 68,389 17,033 33,907
Transportation and communications 4,611 887 1,641 4,249 815 1,444
Information 3,044 874 1,389 2,775 776 1,231
Professional and special services 127,864 19,019 27,427 139,078 18,972 27,288
Rentals 3,350 794 1,163 3,361 222 617
Repair and maintenance 7,484 1,615 2,275 7,900 748 1,091
Utilities, materials and supplies 1,851 469 772 1,817 460 824
Acquisition of land, buildings and works 445 - - 595 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 116,882 3,132 31,691 172,419 39,793 63,346
Transfer payments 60,966 2,682 10,595 45,748 1,981 9,425
Other subsidies and payments 6,918 1,977 2,012 4,402 2,004 2,094
Total budgetary expenditures 400,885 49,911 115,399 450,733 82,804 141,267
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