Financial Statements 2014-2015

Canadian Space Agency

Statement of Management Responsibility Including Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Responsibility for the integrity and objectivity of the accompanying financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2015, and all information contained in these statements rests with the management of the Canadian Space Agency. These financial statements have been prepared by management using the Government's accounting standards, which are based on the Government's accounting policies and Canadian accounting standards stated in the Public Sector Accounting Handbook.

Some of the information in the financial statements is based on management's best estimates and judgment, and gives due consideration to materiality. To fulfill its accounting and reporting responsibilities, management maintains a set of accounts that provides a centralized record of the Agency's financial transactions. Financial information submitted in the preparation of the Public Accounts of Canada, and included in the Agency's Departmental Performance Report, is consistent with these financial statements.

Management is also responsible for maintaining an effective system of Internal Control over Financial Reporting (ICFR) designed to provide reasonable assurance that financial information is reliable, that assets are safeguarded and that transactions are properly authorized and recorded in accordance with the Financial Administration Act and other applicable legislation, regulations, authorities and policies.

Management seeks to ensure the objectivity and integrity of data in its financial statements through careful selection, training and development of qualified staff; through organizational arrangements that provide appropriate divisions of responsibility; through communication programs aimed at ensuring that regulations, policies, standards, and managerial authorities are understood throughout the Agency; and, through conducting an annual risk-based assessment of the effectiveness of the system of ICFR .

The system of ICFR is designed to mitigate risks to a reasonable level based on an ongoing process to identify key risks, to assess effectiveness of associated key controls, and to make any necessary adjustments.

A risk-based assessment of the system of ICFR for the year ended March 31, 2015 was completed in accordance with the Treasury Board Policy on Internal Control. The results of this assessment and the action plans are summarized in the annex.

The effectiveness and adequacy of the Agency's system of internal control is reviewed by the work of internal audit staff, who conduct periodic audits of different areas of the Agency's operations, and by the Audit Committee, which oversees management's responsibilities for maintaining adequate control systems and the quality of financial reporting, and which recommends the financial statements to the Deputy Head of the Agency.

The financial statements of the Canadian Space Agency have not been subject to an external audit.

The original version was signed by Sylvain Laporte, President, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 26, 2015.

The original version was signed by Marie-Claude Guérard, CPA, CGA, Chief Financial Officer, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 26, 2015.

Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)

As at March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2015
$
2014
$
Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (note 4) 115,198 94,366
Vacation pay and compensatory leave 3,552 3,993
Deferred revenue (note 5) 92 63
Severance benefits (note 6(b)) 3,773 3,192
Other liabilities (note 7) 1,508 513
Total net liabilities 124,123 102,127
Assets
Financial assets
Due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund 84,396 70,917
Accounts receivable and advances (note 8) 12,026 8,156
Total gross financial assets 96,422 79,073
Financial assets held on behalf of Government
Accounts receivable and advances (note 8) (1,117) (994)
Total financial assets held on behalf of Government (1,117) (994)
Total net financial assets 95,305 78,079
Agency's net debt 28,818 24,048
Non-financial assets
Prepaid expenses (note 9) 209,370 244,188
Tangible capital assets (note 10) 1,190,953 1,099,495
Other receivables (note 11) 7,484 7,142
Total non-financial assets 1,407,807 1,350,825
Agency's net financial position 1,378,989 1,326,777

Contractual obligations (note 12)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

The original version was signed by Sylvain Laporte, President, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 26, 2015.

The original version was signed by Marie-Claude Guérard, CPA, CGA, Chief Financial Officer, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 26, 2015.

Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position (Unaudited)

For the Year Ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2015
$
Planned
2015
$
2014
$
Expenses
Space Exploration 147,149 139,545 140,701
Space Data, Information and Services 82,985 77,746 55,901
Future Canadian Space Capacity 61,504 58,813 56,709
Internal Services 50,215 46,861 47,674
Total Expenses 341,853 322,965 300,985
Revenues
Sale of goods and services 2,600 811 1,940
Sale of rights and privileges - 96 477
Location and use of public property 349 325 410
Other revenues - 1,157 88
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (2,949) (2,260) (2,360)
Total Revenues - 129 555
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 341,853 322,836 300,430
Government funding and transfers
Net cash provided by Government   358,612 424,810
Change in due from Consolidated Revenue Fund   13,479 (12,064)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a))   5,033 5,517
Transfer of the transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears (note 14)   (2,076) -
Total Government funding and transfers   375,048 418,263
Net cost of operations after government funding and transfers   (52,212) (117,833)
Agency's net financial position - Beginning of year   1,326,777 1,208,944
Agency's net financial position - End of year   1,378,989 1,326,777

Other transactions with related parties (note 13(b))

Segmented information (note 15)

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Statement of Change in the Agency's Net Debt (Unaudited)

For the Year Ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2015
$
2014
$
Net cost of operations after government funding and transfers (52,212) (117,833)
Change due to tangible capital assets
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 161,805 206,036
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (70,308) (73,816)
Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets (19) (14)
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (20) (205)
Total change due to tangible capital assets 91,458 132,001
Change due to prepaid expenses (34,818) (21,763)
Change due to other receivables 342 (1,052)
Net increase (decrease) in the Agency's net debt 4,770 (8,647)
Agency's net debt - Beginning of year 24,048 32,695
Agency's net debt - End of year 28,818 24,048

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Statement of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

For the Year Ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2015
$
2014
$
Operating Activities
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 322,836 300,430
Non-cash items:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (70,308) (73,816)
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (20) (205)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a)) (5,033) (5,517)
Transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears (note 14) 2,076 -
Variations in Statement of Financial Position:
Increase in accounts receivable and advances 3,747 5,698
Decrease in prepaid expenses (34,818) (21,763)
Increase (decrease) in other receivables 342 (1,052)
Decrease (increase) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities (20,832) 11,870
Increase in deferred revenue (29) (54)
Decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave 441 1,035
Decrease (increase) in severance benefits (581) 2,173
Increase in other liabilities (995) (11)
Cash used in operating activities 196,826 218,788
Capital Investing Activities
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 161,805 206,036
Proceeds from disposal of capital assets (19) (14)
Cash used in capital investing activities 161,786 206,022
Net cash provided by Government of Canada 358,612 424,810

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements.

Notes to the Financial Statements (Unaudited)

For the Year Ended March 31

1. Authority and Objectives

The Canadian Space Agency "Agency" was decreed a "Department" on March 1st, 1989. The Agency is a division of the public service named in Schedule I.1 of the Financial Administration Act. The Agency is part of the Ministerial Portfolio of Industry Canada, which represents the Agency in Parliament and in Cabinet.

The Canadian Space Agency Act that received Royal Assent in 1990 attributes four main functions to the Agency:

  • Assist the Minister to coordinate the space policies and programs of the Government of Canada;
  • Plan, direct, manage and implement programs and projects relating to scientific or industrial space research and development and the application of space technology;
  • Promote the transfer and diffusion of space technology to and throughout Canadian industry; and
  • Encourage commercial exploitation of space capabilities, technology, facilities and systems

The objects of the Canadian Space Agency 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 technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians".

According to the approved Program Alignment Architecture (PAA), the Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position is detailed by the following Programs (Business Lines):

Space Exploration

This Program provides valuable Canadian science, signature technologies and qualified astronauts to international space exploration endeavours. This Program contributes to the Government of Canada's Science and Technology Strategy. It fosters the generation of knowledge as well as technological spin-offs that contribute to a higher quality of life for Canadians. It generates excitement within the population in general and contributes to nation-building. This Program appeals to the science and technology communities. It is targeted mostly towards Canadian academia and international space exploration partnerships. Canadian industry also benefits from the work generated within this Program. This Program is delivered with the participation of foreign space agencies and Government of Canada (GoC) organizations. This collaborative effort is formalized under international partnership agreements and contracts.

Space Data, Information and Services

This Program includes the provision of space-based solutions (data, information and services) and the progression of their utilization. It also serves to install and run ground infrastructure that processes the data and operates satellites. This Program utilizes space-based solutions to assist Government of Canada (GoC) organizations in delivering growing, diversified or cost-effective programs and services within their mandate, which is related to key national priorities, such as sovereignty, defence, safety and security, resource management, environmental monitoring and the North. It also provides academia with data required to perform its own research. The services delivered through this Program are rendered, and the data and information are generated and processed, with the participation of the Canadian space industry, academia, GoC organizations, national and international organizations, such as: foreign space agencies, not-for-profit organizations, as well as provincial and municipal governments. This collaborative effort is formalized under national and international partnership agreements, contracts. This Program is also funded through the Class Grant and Contribution Program.

Future Canadian Space Capacity

This Program attracts, sustains and enhances the nation's critical mass of Canadian space specialists, fosters Canadian space innovation and know-how, and preserves the nation's space-related facilities capability. In doing so, it encourages private-public collaboration that requires a concerted approach to future space missions. This Program secures the nation's strategic and ongoing presence in space in the future and to preserve Canada's capability to deliver internationally renowned space assets for future generations. It is targeted at Canadian academia, industry and youth, as well as users of Canadian space solutions (Government of Canada (GoC) organizations) and international partners. This Program is conducted with the participation of funding agencies, GoC organizations along with government facilities and infrastructure, foreign space agencies, not-for-profit organizations and provincial governments. This collaborative effort is formalized under contracts or national and international partnership agreements. This Program is funded through the Class Grant and Contribution Program to support research, awareness and learning in Space Science and Technology.

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

These financial statements have been prepared using the Government's accounting policies stated below, 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

The Agency is financed by the Government of Canada through Parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Agency do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are primarily based on cash flow requirements. Consequently, items recognized in the Statement of Financial Position and the Statement of Operations and Agency Net Financial Position are not necessarily the same as those provided through authorities from Parliament. Note 3 provides a reconciliation between the two bases of reporting. The planned results amounts in the "Expenses" and "Revenues" sections of the Statement of Operations and Agency Net Financial Position are the amounts reported in the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations included in the 2014-2015 Report on Plans and Priorities. Planned results are not presented in the "Government funding and transfers" section of the Statement of Operations and Agency Net Financial Position and in the Statement of Change in the Agency's Net Debt because these amounts were not included in the 2014-2015 Report on Plans and Priorities.

(b) Net cash provided by Government

The Agency operates within the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), which is administered by the Receiver General for Canada. All cash received by the Agency is deposited to the CRF and all cash disbursements made by the Agency are paid from the CRF. The net cash provided by Government is the difference between all cash receipts and all cash disbursements, including transactions between departments of the Government.

(c) Due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF)

Amounts due from the CRF are the result of timing differences at year-end between when a transaction affects authorities and when it is processed through the CRF. Amounts due from the CRF represent the net amount of cash that the Agency is entitled to draw from the CRF without further authorities to discharge its liabilities.

(d) Revenues

  • Revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event that gave rise to the revenue takes place.
  • Funds that have been received are recorded as deferred revenue, provided the Agency has an obligation to other parties for the provision of goods, services or the use of assets in the future (note 5).
  • Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the Agency'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 entity's gross revenues.

(e) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on the accrual basis:

  • Transfer payments are recorded as expenses when authorization for the payment exists and the recipient has met the eligibility criteria or entitlements for the transfer payment program.
  • Vacation pay and compensatory leave are recorded as expenses as benefits are earned by employees under their respective terms of employment.
  • Services provided without charge by other government departments for accommodation, employer contributions to the health and dental insurance plans and legal services are recorded as operating expenses at their estimated cost.

(f) Employee future benefits (note 6)

  1. Pension benefits: Eligible employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan, a multiemployer pension plan administered by the Government of Canada. The Agency's contributions to the Plan are recorded to expenses in the year incurred and represent the Agency's total obligation to the Plan. The Agency's responsibility with regard to the Plan is limited to its contributions. Actuarial surpluses or deficits are recongnized in the financial statements of the Government of Canada, as the Plan's sponsor.
  2. Severance benefits: Employees entitled to severance benefits under labour contracts or conditions of employment earn these benefits as services necessary to earn them are rendered. The obligation relating to the benefits earned by employees is calculated using information derived from the results of the actuarially determined liability for employee severance benefits for the Government as a whole.

(g) Accounts receivables and advances

Accounts receivables and advances are stated at the lower of cost and net recoverable value. A provision is recorded for receivables where recovery is considered uncertain.

(h) Foreign currency transactions

Transactions involving foreign currencies are translated into Canadian dollar equivalents using the exchange rates in effect at the time of the transactions. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in a foreign currency are translated into Canadian dollars using the exchange rate in effect at year-end. Gains and losses resulting from foreign currency transactions are included in the item "others" in the Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position.

(i) Tangible capital assets

All tangible capital assets and leasehold improvements having an initial cost of $10,000 or more are recorded at their acquisition cost. The Agency does not capitalize intangibles, works of art and historical treasures that have cultural, aesthetic or historical value, assets located on Indian Reserves and museum collections.

Asset category Amortization period
Buildings, works and infrastructure 15-40 years
Material and equipment 10-20 years
Computer material 5-10 years
Computer software 3 years
Other equipment including furniture 3-30 years
Motor vehicles 5 years
Other vehicles 10 years

Assets under construction are accounted for in the applicable capital asset category in the fiscal year in which they become available for use for the production of goods or the provision of services (commissioning) and are only amortized as of that date.

The space assets are not considered operational until they have attained orbit or their expected trajectory or the landing date on the International Space Station.

(j) Measurement uncertainty

The preparation of the financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses reported in the financial statements. At the time of preparation of the statements, management believes the estimates and assumptions to be reasonable. The most significant items where estimates are used are the liability for employee severance benefits and the useful life of tangible capital assets. Actual results could significantly differ from those estimated. Management's estimates are reviewed periodically and, as adjustments become necessary, they are recorded in the financial statements in the year they become known.

3. Parliamentary Authorities

The Agency receives most of its funding through annual parliamentary authorities. Items recognized in the Statement of Financial Position, and the Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position in one fiscal year may be funded through parliamentary authorities that were authorized in a prior or in the current year or that will be in a future fiscal year. Accordingly, the Agency has different net results 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 and to current year parliamentary authorities used

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 322,836 300,430
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities
Add (Less):
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (70,308) (73,816)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a)) (5,033) (5,517)
Refund of previous years' expenditures 515 881
Decrease (increase) in severance benefits (581) 2,173
Decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave 441 1,035
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (20) (205)
Other (803) (525)
247,047 224,456
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 161,805 206,036
Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets (19) (14)
Decrease in prepaid expenses (34,818) (21,763)
Transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears 2,076 -
129,044 184,259
Current year authorities used 376,091 408,715

(b) Authorities provided and used

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Authorities provided
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 169,442 171,892
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 262,285 294,606
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 41,893 33,630
Statutory amounts 9,121 10,229
482,741 510,357
Less:
Authorities available for use in future years 44 25
Lapsed : Operating 5,279 6,883
Lapsed : Capital 100,248 93,786
Lapsed : Grants and contributions 1,077 948
Lapsed: Proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 2 -
106,650 101,642
Current year authorities used 376,091 408,715

4. Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Accounts payable - External parties 46,083 24,194
Contractor's holdbacks 20,634 19,636
Accounts payable – Other Departments 1,165 1,346
Other accounts payable 18 36
Total accounts payable 67,900 45,212
Accrued liabilities 47,298 49,154
Total accounts payable and accrued liabilities 115,198 94,366

In Canada's 2012 Economic Action Plan, the Government announced savings measures to be implemented by departments over the next three fiscal years starting in 2012‒2013. As a result, the Agency has recorded at March 31, 2015, an obligation for termination benefits for an amount of $10,832 ($219,895 in 2013-2014) as part of accrued liabilities to reflect the estimated workforce adjustment costs.

5. Deferred Revenue

Deferred revenue represents the balance at year-end of unearned revenues stemming from amounts received prior to services being performed as part of the activities of RADARSAT-2 to cover expenses related to the reception, archiving, cataloguing and satellite acquisition services and for the preparation of accommodations of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) employees. Revenues are recognized in the period that the expenditures are incurred or the service is performed. Details of the transactions related to this account are as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Deferred revenue as at April 1st 63 9
Plus: Amounts received 1,660 1,839
Less: Services rendered 1,631 1,785
Deferred revenue as at March 31 92 63

6. Employee Future Benefits

(a) Pension benefits

The Agency's employees participate in the Public Service Pension Plan (the "Plan"), which is sponsored and administered by the Government of Canada. Pension benefits accrue up to a maximum period of 35 years at a rate of 2 percent per year of pensionable service, times the average of the best five consecutive years of earnings. The benefits are integrated with Canada/Québec Pension Plan benefits and they are indexed to inflation.

Both the employees and the Agency contribute to the cost of the Plan. Due to the amendment of the Public Service Superannuation Act following the implementation of provisions related to the Economic Action Plan 2012, employee contributors have been divided in two groups - Group 1 relates to existing plan members as of December 31, 2012 and Group 2 relates to members joining the Plan as of January 1, 2013. Each group has a distinct contribution rate.

The 2014-2015 expense amounts to $6.2 million ($7.2 million in 2013-2014). For Group 1 members, the expense represents approximately 1.41 times (1.6 times in 2013-2014) the employee contributions and, for Group 2 members, approximately 1.39 times (1.5 times in 2013-2014) the employee contributions.

The Agency's responsibility with regard to the Plan is limited to its contributions. Actuarial surpluses or deficits are recognized in the financial statements of the Government of Canada, as the Plan's sponsor.

(b) Severance benefits

The Agency provides severance benefits to its employees based on eligibility, years of service and salary at termination of employment. These severance benefits are not pre-funded. Benefits will be paid from future authorities. Severance benefits, as at March 31, are as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Accrued benefits obligation, beginning of year 3,192 5,365
Plus: Expense for the year 815 1,040
Less: Benefits paid during the year (234) (3,213)
Accrued benefits obligation, end of year 3,773 3,192

As part of collective agreement negociations with certain employee groups, and changes to conditions of employment for executives and certain non-represented employees, the accumulation of severance benefits under the employee severance pay program ceased for employees commencing in 2012. Employees subject to these changes have been given the option to be immediately paid the full or partial value of the benefits earned to date or collect the full or remaining value of the benefits on termination from the public service. These changes have been reflected in the calculation of the oustanding severance benefit obligation.

7. Other Liabilities

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Contractor's holdbacks 1,411 416
Participation of provinces – RADARSAT-1 97 97
1,508 513

Participation of provinces – RADARSAT-1

This account was established to account for moneys received for both cost-sharing and advance payments for RADARSAT scenes. RADARSAT-1 was an Earth Observation satellite to monitor environmental change and planets natural resources. The end of the RADARSAT-1 mission was declared in June 2013, however, the data is always available and it provides information to both commercial and scientific users in the fields of agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, ice studies and coastal monitoring.

8. Accounts Receivable and Advances

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Receivables from other federal departments and organizations 11,771 7,615
Receivables from external entities 257 549
Employee advances 6 8
Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts on receivables from external entities (8) (16)
Gross accounts receivable 12,026 8,156
Accounts receivable held on behalf of Government (1,117) (994)
Net accounts receivable 10,909 7,162

9. Prepaid Expenses

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
RADARSAT-2 prepaid services 208,500 243,681
Other prepaid expenses 870 507
209,370 244,188

RADARSAT-2 prepaid services

Under a private-public partnership agreement, the Agency has invested $445.9 million in the construction and launch of the RADARSAT-2 satellite. In exchange of its participation, the Agency received credits for the supply of data (imagery) to Canadian Government departments and agencies over the life of the mission. Since the satellite is operational, federal departments and organizations received imagery valued at $237.4 million ($202.2 million for 2013-14).

10. Tangible Capital Assets

Cost
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2014
$
Acquisitions
$
Adjustments
Footnote 1
$
Disposals and
Write-Offs
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2015
$
Land 85 - - - 85
Buildings, works and infrastructure 134,327 28 1,563 (34) 135,884
Material and equipment 40,270 1,467 1,258 (392) 42,603
Computer material 17,135 935 - (115) 17,955
Computer software 10,275 - 728 - 11,003
Other equipment 1,362,979 84 9,008 (15,832) 1,356,239
Motor vehicles 53 50 - (29) 74
Other vehicles 432 57 - (34) 455
Assets under construction 662,989 159,184 (12,557) - 809,616
2,228,545 161,805 - (16,436) 2,373,914
Accumulated amortization
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2014
$
Amortization
$
Adjustments
$
Disposals and
Write-Offs
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2015
$
Buildings, works and infrastructure 83,852 4,721 - - 88,573
Material and equipment 30,184 1,803 - (392) 31,595
Computer material 15,796 524 - (113) 16,207
Computer software 8,316 1,093 - - 9,409
Other equipment 990,577 62,132 - (15,831) 1,036,878
Motor vehicles 47 5 - (27) 25
Other vehicles 278 30 - (34) 274
1,129,050 70,308 - (16,397) 1,182,961
Net book value
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2014
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2015
$
Land 85 85
Buildings, works and infrastructure 50,475 47,311
Material and equipment 10,086 11,008
Computer material 1,339 1,748
Computer software 1,959 1,594
Other equipment 372,402 319,361
Motor vehicles 6 49
Other vehicles 154 181
Assets under construction 662,989 809,616
Net Book Value 1,099,495 1,190,953

11. Other Receivables

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Non-monetary exchange CSA/NASA 7,468 7,126
Other non-monetary exchange 16 16
7,484 7,142

Non-monetary exchange CSA/NASA

Under the International Space Station Agreement, which was executed in 1998, and ratified by Canada in year 2000, following the passing of the Civil International Space Station Agreement Implementation Act, in 1999 the Agency signed a barter agreement with NASA in August 2001, which the fair value was estimated at $20.8 million U.S. This agreement provided that the Agency would exchange a part of its utilization rights on the International Space Station and agreed to assume repair costs for its Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. In return, NASA would provide to the Agency, astronaut training, satellite and launch services. The transactions under this barter agreement took place over the lifetime of the International Space Station. During fiscal years 2002 to 2015, the Agency received all of the astronaut training valued at $12.6 million CDN and launch services valued at $5.4 million CDN, and NASA did exercise the option to access its proportion of Canada's utilization rights on the International Space Station valued at $20.8 million CDN. As at March 31, 2015, the Agency recorded a net value of $7.5 million CDN as other receivables which corresponds to the residual receivable in regards to the barter agreement and the effect of the variances in the exchange rates. In regards to this barter agreement or other agreements of the same kind that the Agency may enter into with its International Partners under the Agreement on the International Space Station, the Agency was granted an exemption by Treasury Board under the Policy on Accounting for Non-Monetary Transactions and does not have to charge the transaction(s) to its appropriation.

12. Contractual Obligations

The nature of the Agency's activities can result in some large multi-year contracts and obligations whereby the Agency will be obligated to make future payments in order to carry out its transfer payment programs, for the construction of assets and for the acquisitions of goods and services. Significant contractual obligations that can be reasonably estimated are summarized as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2017
$
2018
$
2019
$
2020 &
thereafter
$
Total
$
Construction of assets 185,645 112,027 58,543 64,695 4,000 424,910
Transfer payments 22,329 17,133 18,237 15,001 17,621 90,321
Acquisitions of goods and services 53,030 - - - - 53,030
Total 261,004 129,160 76,780 79,696 21,621 568,261

Contractual obligations for the construction of assets are mostly related to the construction of RADARSAT Constellation. The acquisition of goods and services is mostly related to the Canadian Space Station Program, while obligations for transfer payments are related to the contributions to the European Space Agency.

13. Related Party Transactions

The Agency is related as a result of common ownership to all government departments, organizations, and Crown Corporations. The Agency enters into transactions with these entities in the normal course of business and on normal trade terms. During the year, the Agency received common services without charge from other government departments as disclosed below.

(a) Common services provided without charge by other government departments

During the year, the Agency received services without charge from certain common services organizations, related to accommodation, legal services and the employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans. These services provided without charge have been recorded in the Agency's Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans 4,821 5,309
Accommodation 207 208
Legal Services 5 -
5,033 5,517

The Government has centralized some of its administrative activities in order to optimise the efficiency and the cost-effectiveness of the program delivery to the public. The Government uses central agencies and common services organizations so that one department performs services for all departments and organizations without charge. The costs of these services, such as payroll and cheque issuance services provided by Public Works and Government Services Canada and audit services provided by the Auditor General, are not included in the Agency's Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position.

(b) Other transactions with related parties

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
$
2014
$
Expenses - other government departments and organizations 24,394 24,383
Revenues - other government departments and organizations 13 -

Expenses and revenues disclosed in section (b) exclude common services provided without charge, which are already disclosed in section (a).

14. Transfer of the transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears

The Government of Canada implemented salary payments in arrears in 2014-15. As a result, a transitional payment was issued to employees and will be recovered from them in the future. The transition to salary payments in arrears forms part of the transformation initiative that replaces the pay system and also streamlines and modernizes the pay processes. This change to the pay system had no impact on the expenses of the Agency. However, it did result in the use of additional spending authorities by the Agency. Prior to year end, the transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears were transferred to a central account administered by Public Works and Government Services Canada, who is responsible for the administration of the Government pay system.

15. Segmented Information

Presentation by segment is based on the Agency's Program Alignment Architecture (PAA). The presentation by segment is based on the same accounting policies as described in the Summary of significant accounting policies in note 2. The following table presents the expenses incurred and revenues generated for main programs, by major object of expense and by revenue type. The results for the period are as follows:

(in thousands of dollars) Space
Exploration
$
Space Data, Information and Services
$
Future Canadian Space Capacity
$
Internal Services
$
2015
$
2014
$
Operating expenses
Professional and special services 53,631 14,975 9,890 7,915 86,411 78,961
Amortization of tangible capital assets 60,653 4,344 1,336 3,975 70,308 73,816
Salaries and employee benefits 20,968 11,093 10,356 24,900 67,317 71,854
Acquisition of machinery and material 632 35,510 475 762 37,379 24,481
Information 5 5,780 1 1,587 7,373 3,740
Travel and communications 2,172 623 519 563 3,877 4,348
Rentals 143 267 839 1,875 3,124 4,809
Utilities, materials and supplies 198 97 314 1,171 1,780 2,099
Purchased repair and maintenance 14 69 147 1,543 1,773 1,082
Loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets - - - 38 38 209
Other 92 129 20 2,532 2,773 2,924
Total operating expenses 138,508 72,887 23,897 46,861 282,153 268,323
Transfer payments
International organizations - - 29,763 - 29,763 24,621
Non-Profit Organizations 1,037 4,279 3,653 - 8,969 7,452
Industry - 580 1 492 - 2,072 589
Individuals - - 8 - 8 -
Total transfer payments 1,037 4,859 34,916 - 40,812 32,662
Total expenses 139,545 77,746 58,813 46,861 322,965 300,985
Revenues
Sale of goods and services - - 811 - 811 1,940
Sale of rights and privileges - 85 9 2 96 477
Lease and use of public property - 32 - 293 325 410
Gain on disposal of tangible assets - - - 18 18 4
Other revenues 1,036 65 1 37 1,139 84
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (951) (177) (819) (313) (2,260) (2,360)
Total Revenues 85 5 2 37 129 555
Net cost of operations 139,460 77,741 58,811 46,824 322,836 300,430

16. Comparative information

Comparative figures have been reclassified in order to comply with the current year's presentation.

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Adjustments include assets under construction of $12,557,112 that were transferred to the other asset categories upon completion of the following assets: buildings, works and infrastructure $1,563,283; material and equipment $1,258,413, computer software $727,907 and other equipment (space asset) $9,007,509.

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