Future-Oriented Financial Statements for the Years Ending March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015

The Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

For the Year Ended March 31
(in dollars)

Estimated Results
2013-14
Planned
Results
2014-15
Expenses
Court Operations $21,353,248 $21,431,435
Processing of Payments to the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada Pursuant to the Judges Act 6,371,407 6,756,473
Internal Services 14,291,159 14,577,447
Expenses incurred on behalf of Government (155) (104)
Total Expenses 42,015,659 42,765,251
 
Revenues
Sale of information documents and other fees 150,157 149,940
Pension contribution revenues 63,306 64,572
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (209,463) (209,012)
Total Revenues 4,000 5,500
 
Net Cost of Operations $42,011,659 $42,759,751

The accompanying notes form an integral part of these future-oriented financial statements.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and plans of the Office of the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada (Office) as described in its Report on Plans and Priorities.

The information in the estimated results for fiscal year 2013-14 is based on actual results as at December 31, 2013 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The Office's activities will remain substantially the same as for the previous year; and 
  • 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 are adopted as at January 16, 2014.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2013-14 and for 2014-15, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing these future-oriented financial statements, 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 statement of operations and the historical statement of operations include:

  • The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  • Implementation of new collective agreements.
  • Economic conditions which may affect the amount of revenue earned.
  • 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 Government's accounting policies that came into effect for the 2011-12 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:

  1. 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, worker's compensation, security services and interpretation services, which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost. Vacation pay and compensatory leave as well as serverance 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.

    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.

  2. Revenues:
    Sales and 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 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 Office'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 a different net cost of operations for the year based on a government funding basis rather 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 dollars)

Estimated
Results
2013-14
Planned
Results
2014-15
Net cost of operations $42,011,659 $42,759,751
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets

(421,432)

(316,591)
Gain (loss) on disposal of tangible capital assets 4,000 5,500
Services provided without charge by other government departments (10,508,296) (10,601,893)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave 1,370 (8,233)
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits 445,347 (14,328)
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities 31,532,648 31,824,206
 
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 119,525 81,000
Increase (decrease) in prepaid expenses 16,869 (3,363)
Transition to payment in arrears - 636,336
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 136,394 713,973
Requested authorities $31,669,042 $32,538,179

b) Authorities requested
(in dollars)

Estimated
Results
2013-14
Planned
Results
2014-15
Authorities requested:
Vote 50 - Operating expenditures $21,902,736 $22,307,652
Contributions to employee benefits plan 2,382,068 2,325,669
Judges' salaries, allowances and annuities 6,371,407 6,756,473
Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets 4,814 9,500
Additional authorities anticipated 2,375,761 1,921,072
Less:
Authorities available for future years (4,000) (5,500)
Lapsed: Operating (1,363,744) (776,687)
Lapsed: Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets - -
Requested authorities $31,669,042 $32,538,179

Requested authorities presented above reflect current forecasts of statutory items, approved initiatives included and expected to be included in Estimates documents and, when reasonable estimates can be made, estimates of amounts to be allocated from Treasury Board central votes.