Future-oriented statement of operations for 2021-22

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited) for the year ending March 31 (in thousands of dollars)
Forecast Results 2020-21 Planned Results 2021-22
Expenses
Support for Canadian Content Creation 39,990 19,775
Connection to the Communications System 28,446 28,114
Protection Within the Communications System 13,991 14,601
Internal Services 19,394 20,120
Expenses incurred on behalf of Government 139 (24)
Total expenses * 101,960 82,586
Revenues
Rights and privileges 118,810 121,067
Regulatory fees 40,022 76,473
Miscellaneous revenues 652 600
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (124,608) (139,037)
Total revenues ** 34,876 59,103
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 67,084 23,483

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations.

* The decrease in expenses of approximately $19.4 million (19.0%) in 2021-22 versus 2020-21 is primarily attributed to a measure outlined in the Fall Economic Statement 2020. In response to the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 world pandemic, the Government of Canada provided financial relief to eligible local television and radio stations by refunding the Part II broadcasting licence fees in respect to the fiscal year 2020-21.

** The increase in revenues of approximately $24.2 million (69.5%) in 2021-22 versus 2020-21 is also attributable to financial relief provided by Government of Canada in response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure put forward was a remission of the Part I broadcasting licence fees for all broadcasters in respect to the fiscal year 2020-21. For more information on this subject, please refer to Canada Gazette, Part 2, Volume 154, Number 12: Order to Remit Part I License Fees Paid or Payable by all Broadcasting Licensees.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2020-21 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2020 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for fiscal year 2021-22.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  1. The department’s activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
  2. Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on past experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue with the exception of administrative monetary penalties (AMPs). It is not possible to accurately forecast revenues related to AMPs associated with enforcement activities for the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules (UTRs), Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), and the Voter Contact Registry (VCR). Amounts may vary significantly from year to year based on factors including trends in compliance as well as the number and complexity of investigations. For example, enforcement activities for the VCR are expected to increase during the period of federal elections.
  3. Allowances for bad debt expenses are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue, but may vary significantly given higher AMPs possible under CASL.

These assumptions are made as at November 30th, 2020.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2020-21 and for 2021-22, actual results achieved for both years are likely to differ from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this Future-Oriented Statement of Operations, the CRTC has made estimates and assumptions about the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are based on past experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, and are continually evaluated.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and the historical statement of operations include:

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, the CRTC 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.

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared using the Government of Canada’s accounting policies in effect for the fiscal year 2020-21, and is 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) Expenses

The CRTC records expenses on an accrual basis.

Other expenses are generally recorded when goods are received or services are rendered and include expenses related to personnel, professional and special services, repair and maintenance, utilities, materials and supplies, as well as provision for bad debt on accounts receivable and 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 as follows:

Asset Class Amortization period
Informatics equipment 3 years
Informatics software 5 years
Vehicles 5 years
Equipment 5 years
Leasehold improvements 25 years

b) Revenues

Revenues from rights and privileges, regulatory fees and unsolicited telecommunications fees are recognized in the accounts based on the services provided in the fiscal year.

Miscellaneous 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 CRTC's liabilities. Although the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, he or she has no authority over 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 CRTC's gross revenues.

(a) Rights & Privileges

Part II licence fees - These fees recover part of the Government of Canada’s substantial annual investment in the Canadian broadcasting system.

(b) Regulatory Fees

The CRTC collects fees pursuant to regulations made under the authority of the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act.

The CRTC’s annual Part I licence fees and telecommunications fees are based on the broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory costs incurred each year by the Commission and other federal departments or agencies, and are equal to the aggregate of:

Unsolicited Telecommunications Fees - These fees assessed to telemarketers are used to fund the CRTC’s Do Not Call List (DNCL) investigation and enforcement activities.

(c) Miscellaneous Revenues

Miscellaneous revenues are comprised of: (a) AMPs, (b) interest on overdue accounts receivable for CRTC broadcasting licence fees, telecommunications fees and AMPs (c) miscellaneous non tax revenue (e.g. access to information fees), and (d) gain on disposal of non-capital assets to outside parties. All revenue from AMPs is recorded as non-respendable non-tax revenue and is considered revenues earned on behalf of the government.

4. Parliamentary Authorities

Parliamentary authorities and vote-netting

The CRTC is financed in part by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities (e.g. Statutory Vote for Employee Benefits Plans (EBP), Budgetary Vote for the CASL and VCR activities) and the balance by vote-netted fees it collects from the broadcasting, telecommunications and telemarketing industries. Vote-netting is a means of funding selected programs or activities wherein Parliament authorizes a department, pursuant to paragraph 29.1(2)(a) of the Financial Administration Act, to apply revenues collected from fee payers towards costs directly incurred for specific activities. The CRTC has the authority to use a portion of: a) the Part I licence fees collected from broadcasters; b) the annual telecommunications fees collected from telecommunications carriers; and c) the unsolicited telecommunications fees collected from telemarketers to finance the costs it incurs in discharging its statutory responsibilities under the Broadcasting Act and Telecommunications Act (i.e. respendable revenue). A portion of these three fees is classified as non-respendable revenue to recover costs for items funded through budgetary authorities (e.g. EBP) and costs incurred by other government departments on the CRTC’s behalf. Part II broadcasting licence fees are entirely classified as non-respendable revenue.

Financial reporting of authorities provided to the CRTC differs from financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are based mainly 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 CRTC has different net cost of operations for the year on a government funding basis 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 thousands of dollars)
Forecast Results 2020-21 Planned Results 2021-22
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 67,084 23,483
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits (264) (110)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (8,072) (8,038)
Amortization of tangible capital assets (894) (1,102)
Revenues not billed to industries (24,220) 0
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave 434 (113)
Refund of prior years' expenditures and adjustments to payables at year end 141 0
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (32,875) (9,363)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 1,266 958
Increase (decrease) in prepaid expenses (67) 34
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 1,199 992
Requested authorities forecasted to be used 35,408 15,112
b) Authorities provided / requested (in thousands of dollars)
Forecast Results 2020-21 Planned Results 2021-22
Authorities provided / requested
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 85,428 9,478
Statutory amounts 12,873 7,908
Less:
Estimated unused authorities and other adjustments (62,893) (2,274)
Requested authorities forecasted to be used 35,408 15,112

Authorities presented 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.

The increase in the forecasted lapse for 2020-21, when compared to the planned lapse for 2021-22, is attributable to several factors. Firstly, in response to the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 world pandemic, $50.0 million in funding was transferred to the CRTC for reimbursement of the Part II broadcasting licence fees to eligible local television and radio stations in respect to the fiscal year 2020-21 which will exceed our forecasted refunding of $20.4 million. Secondly, a remission of the Part I broadcasting licence fees for all broadcasters in respect to the fiscal year 2020-21 was another measure to provide financial relief provided by the Government of Canada in response to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional $22.2 million in funding transferred to the CRTC to support its operations resulted in an excess of $24.2 million in vote-netted revenues that the CRTC was scheduled to collect from the broadcasting industry. Thirdly, an excess of $4.6 million is forecasted in fiscal year 2020-21 due to an increase in statutory authorities related to employee benefits plans in relation to the additional financing for Part I broadcasting licence fees. As it is unlikely that the remaining forecasted balance of $4.5 million will be allocated by the end of fiscal year 2020-21, consequently it is anticipated that this amount will not be spent.

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