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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 EstimatesFootnote 1.

1.1 Mandate and Program Activities

The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) mandate is 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 on the departmental results framework in the - Departmental PlanFootnote 1.

1.2 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 June 30 for fiscal year 2020-2021 compared to 2019-2020. 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, which is, a partial accrual method of accounting. The partial accrual method of accounting 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 was 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 elements 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 the variations in the available authorities and the 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 June 30 (in millions of dollars)
Authorities Quarterly
Expenditures
Year to Date
Expenditures
Fiscal Year - 247.1 49.0 49.0
Fiscal Year - 329.0 58.4 58.4

Totals may not add up due to rounding.

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

The total votes available for use as at is $247.1 million, which represents a decrease of $81.8 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Authorities (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance %
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 146,884 181,394 (34,510) (19%)
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 38,809 78,547 (39,738) (51%)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 50,974 58,696 (7,722) (13%)
Contributions to employee benefit plans 10,470 10,312 158 2%
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 1 2 (1) (61%)
Total budgetary authorities 247,138 328,951 (81,813) (25%)

The decrease of $34.5 million in Vote 1 - Operating expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $14.3 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • An increase of $6.9 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $2.5 million as a result of funding received from Treasury Board for collective agreements ratification.
  • A decrease of $8.6 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) project related activities.
  • A decrease of $49.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the Fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • 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 decrease of $39.7 million in Vote 5 - Capital expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $12.2 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $1.5 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • A decrease of $13.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the Fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • A decrease of $29.9 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) project related activities.
  • 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 decrease of $7.7 million in Vote 10 - Grants and Contributions expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $6.5 million compared to the same period last year for the contribution program under the Cooperation Agreement between Canada and the European Space Agency, for the Mars program Sample Return (MSR).
  • An increase of $1.5 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • A decrease of $17.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the Fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • 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.

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

The quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the quarter ended are of $49.0 million which represents a quarterly and a year to date decrease of $9.5 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Expenditures by Vote as at June 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 24,958 24,958 26,166 26,166 (1,208) (1,208)
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 3,577 3,577 21,750 21,750 (18,173) (18,173)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 17,811 17,811 7,920 7,920 9,891 9,891
Contributions to employee benefit plans 2,617 2,617 2,578 2,578 39 39
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets - - - - - -
Total budgetary expenditures by Vote 48,963 48,963 58,414 58,414 (9,451) (9,451)

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

  • The variations in the payment schedules related to the Junior Astronauts initiative.

The decrease of $18.2 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 RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).

The increase of $9.9 million in the quarterly and year to date expenditures in Vote 10 – Grants and contributions, is mainly explained by the following:

  • The variations in the payment schedules to the European Space Agency (ESA).
Expenditures by Standard Object as at June 30
Expenditures by Standard Object (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance
Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date
Personnel 19,518 19,518 19,797 19,797 (279) (279)
Transportation and communications 239 239 983 983 (744) (744)
Information 268 268 432 432 (164) (164)
Professional and special services 8,231 8,231 8,382 8,382 (151) (151)
Rentals 251 251 255 255 (4) (4)
Repair and maintenance 234 234 222 222 12 12
Utilities, materials and supplies 492 492 763 763 (271) (271)
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - - - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,919 1,919 19,655 19,655 (17,736) (17,736)
Transfer payments 17,811 17,811 7,920 7,920 9,891 9,891
Other subsidies and payments - - 5 5 (5) (5)
Total budgetary expenditures by Standard Object 48,963 48,963 58,414 58,414 (9,451) (9,451)

The $17.7 million decrease in the quarterly expenditures 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 RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).

The $9.9 million increase in the quarterly and year to date expenditures for the Transfer payments standard object is primarily due to:

  • The variations in the payment schedules to the European Space Agency (ESA).

3. Risks and Uncertainties

The year-to-date expenditures for the 1st quarter of - represent 15% of the planned expenditures for the year ending whereas 25% of the fiscal year has passed. The level of expenditures is similar to the - fiscal year (18%) and to the - fiscal year (12%). The situation presents no concerns since the cumulative expenditures will be restored at year-end when the accruals are recorded, in accordance with the full accrual method of accounting, combined with the deferral of budgets to the following year.

COVID-19, declared a pandemic in , had an impact on our first quarter financial performance. The pandemic has resulted in governments worldwide enacting emergency measures to combat the spread of the virus. The Government of Canada has announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. In this context, the future impact on the Canadian and global economies, including our business, for the rest of and thereafter remains highly uncertain.

The specific nature of the Canadian Space Program confronts the CSA with issues related to the advanced technologies used in space missions as well as the international aspect of some projects. For Canada, activities in space must be carried out in partnership with other spacefaring nations, using innovative and cost-efficient technologies. The international nature and technical challenges associated with developing and implementing disruptive technologies, in collaboration with multiple partners, generate risks in the delivery of projects, and, therefore financial risks associated with the use of funds such as the deferral of funds and costs increases.

Risks also arise from the Canada / European Space Agency (ESA) Cooperation Agreement. They include variations in amounts payable resulting from 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 these risks, the CSA regularly reviews its project portfolio, activity plans, schedules and financial management strategies to adjust to changes brought on by the space programs of its key partners (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ESA and other space agencies). In addition, rigorous project management practices are in place. These initiatives allow the CSA to track and report on the progress of its commitments, to assess the effectiveness of its work, and to align its resources with its priorities.

Furthermore, the CSA manages its financial risks and uncertainties related to Phoenix by adopting risk mitigating strategies. There are a number of actions that the CSA has taken to date to help stabilize the pay system, and to ensure that the employees are being paid accurately and on time. As one of the departments whose accounts have not been migrated to the Pay Centre, the CSA continues to offer on-site compensation services. The compensation team, who's size fluctuates to meet demand, monitors closely for payroll inaccuracies and communicates directly with employees to provide clarifications and to take, when needed, swift actions to rectify issues. The team also participates actively in various working groups and other forums led by Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and/or Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Beyond this, the staff in Finance regularly performs salary reconciliations to monitor and correct expense variances.

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

During the first quarter of -, the majority of CSA employees worked remotely to maintain the department's operations in the context of the pandemic. Presence on site is reserved to personnel identified to support a critical service impossible to perform remotely.

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 Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, B. Ing., Ph.D., 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 146,884 24,958 24,958 181,394 26,166 26,166
Vote 5: Capital expenditures 38,809 3,577 3,577 78,547 21,750 21,750
Vote 10: Grants and contributions 50,974 17,811 17,811 58,696 7,920 7,920
Contributions to employee benefit plans 10,470 2,617 2,617 10,312 2,578 2,578
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 1 - - 2 - -
Total budgetary authorities 247,138 48,963 48,963 328,951 58,414 58,414

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

$
Expended
during the
quarter ended

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

$
Expended
during the
quarter ended
$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Expenditures:
Personnel 81,214 19,518 19,518 77,708 19,797 19,797
Transportation and communications 4,330 239 239 4,281 983 983
Information 1,486 268 268 1,824 432 432
Professional and special services 148,889 8,231 8,231 144,238 8,382 8,382
Rentals 2,972 251 251 2,983 255 255
Repair and maintenance 2,484 234 234 3,379 222 222
Utilities, materials and supplies 3,631 492 492 1,702 763 763
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - 650 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 10,324 1,919 1,919 30,443 19,655 19,655
Transfer payments 67,965 17,811 17,811 58,696 7,920 7,920
Other subsidies and payments 2,732 - - 3,047 5 5
Total budgetary expenditures 326,027 48,963 48,963 328,951 58,414 58,414
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