Financial Statements 2015-2016

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, 2016, 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, 2016 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 Luc Brûlé, Acting President, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 18, 2016.

The original version was signed by Marie-Claude Guérard, CPA, CGA, Chief Financial Officer, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 18, 2016.

Statement of Financial Position (Unaudited)

As at March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2016
$
2015
$
Restated
(note 16)
Liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (note 4) 106,198 115,198
Vacation pay and compensatory leave 3,616 3,552
Deferred revenue (note 5) 9 92
Severance benefits (note 6(b)) 3,602 3,773
Other liabilities (note 7) 2,075 1,508
Total net liabilities 115,500 124,123
Assets
Financial assets
Due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund 96,850 104,437
Accounts receivable and advances (note 8) 12,537 12,026
Total gross financial assets 109,387 116,463
Financial assets held on behalf of Government
Accounts receivable and advances (note 8) (1,337) (1,117)
Total financial assets held on behalf of Government (1,337) (1,117)
Total net financial assets 108,050 115,346
Agency's net debt 7,450 8,777
Non-financial assets
Prepaid expenses (note 9) 175,775 209,370
Tangible capital assets (note 10) 1,326,629 1,190,953
Other receivables (note 11) 7,484 7,484
Total non-financial assets 1,509,888 1,407,807
Agency's net financial position 1,502,438 1,399,030

Contractual obligations (note 12)

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

The original version was signed by Luc Brûlé, Acting President, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 18, 2016.

The original version was signed by Marie-Claude Guérard, CPA, CGA, Chief Financial Officer, in Longueuil, Canada, on August 18, 2016.

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

For the Year Ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
2016
$
Planned
2016
$
2015
$
Restated
(note 16)
Expenses
Space Exploration 150,006 120,763 139,545
Space Data, Information and Services 92,328 87,703 77,746
Future Canadian Space Capacity 67,613 62,778 58,813
Internal Services 47,296 46,426 46,861
Total Expenses 357,243 317,670 322,965
Revenues
Sale of goods and services 2,600 398 811
Location and use of public property 355 317 325
Sale of rights and privileges 150 83 96
Other revenues 84 3,048 1,157
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (3,189) (3,824) (2,260)
Total Revenues - 22 129
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 357,243 317,648 322,836
Government funding and transfers
Net cash provided by Government   423,450 358,612
Change in due from Consolidated Revenue Fund   (7,587) 15,291
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a))   5,196 5,033
Transfer of the transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears (note 14)   (3) (2,076)
Total Government funding and transfers   421,056 376,860
Net cost of operations after government funding and transfers   (103,408) (54,024)
Agency's net financial position - Beginning of year   1,399,030 1,345,006
Agency's net financial position - End of year   1,502,438 1,399,030

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)
2016
$
2015
$

Restated
(note 16)
Net cost of operations after government funding and transfers (103,408) (54,024)
Change due to tangible capital assets
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 179,124 161,805
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (43,445) (70,308)
Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets (1) (19)
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (2) (20)
Total change due to tangible capital assets 135,676 91,458
Change due to prepaid expenses (33,595) (34,818)
Change due to other receivables - 342
Net increase (decrease) in the Agency's net debt (1,327) 2,958
Agency's net debt - Beginning of year 8,777 5,819
Agency's net debt - End of year 7,450 8,777

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)
2016
$
2015
$
Operating Activities
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 317,648 322,836
Non-cash items:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (43,445) (70,308)
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (2) (20)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a)) (5,196) (5,033)
Transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears (note 14) 3 2,076
Variations in Statement of Financial Position:
Increase in accounts receivable and advances 291 3,747
Decrease in prepaid expenses (33,595) (34,818)
Increase in other receivables - 342
Decrease (increase) in accounts payable and accrued liabilities 9,000 (20,832)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave (64) 441
Decrease (increase) in deferred revenue 83 (29)
Decrease (increase) in severance benefits 171 (581)
Increase in other liabilities (567) (995)
Cash used in operating activities 244,327 196,826
Capital Investing Activities
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 179,124 161,805
Proceeds from disposal of capital assets (1) (19)
Cash used in capital investing activities 179,123 161,786
Net cash provided by Government of Canada 423,450 358,612

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 Innovation, Science and Economic Development, 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, contracts, grants or contributions.

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, grants, contributions or national and international partnership agreements.

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. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities 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; and Acquisition Services.

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 2015-2016 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 since the related Future-Oriented statements are no longer produced and therefore, are not included in the 2015-2016 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 9-20 years
Computer material 5-10 years
Computer software 3 years
Other equipment 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) 2016
$
2015
$
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 317,648 322,836
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities
Add (Less):
Amortization of tangible capital assets (note 10) (43,445) (70,308)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (note 13(a)) (5,196) (5,033)
Refund of previous years' expenditures 1,123 515
Decrease (increase) in severance benefits 171 (581)
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave (64) 441
Net loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets (2) (20)
Other (2,968) (803)
267,267 247,047
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities
Add (Less):
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (note 10) 179,124 161,805
Proceeds from disposal of tangible capital assets (1) (19)
Decrease in prepaid expenses (33,595) (34,818)
Transition payments for implementing salary payments in arrears (note 14) 3 2,076
145,531 129,044
Current year authorities used 412,798 376,091

(b) Authorities provided and used

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2015
$
Authorities provided
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 191,597 169,442
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 255,909 262,285
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 45,356 41,893
Statutory amounts 8,706 9,121
501,568 482,741
Less:
Authorities available for use in future years 16 44
Lapsed: Operating 11,227 5,279
Lapsed: Capital 76,702 100,248
Lapsed: Grants and contributions 789 1,077
Lapsed: Proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 36 2
88,770 106,650
Current year authorities used 412,798 376,091

4. Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2015
$
Accounts payable - External parties 60,013 46,083
Contractor's holdbacks 6,726 20,634
Accounts payable – Other Departments 685 1,165
Other accounts payable 14 18
Total accounts payable 67,438 67,900
Accrued liabilities 38,760 47,298
Total accounts payable and accrued liabilities 106,198 115,198

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, 2016, an obligation for termination benefits for an amount of $3,983 ($10,832 in 2014-2015) 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) 2016
$
2015
$
Deferred revenue as at April 1st 92 63
Plus: Amounts received 1,664 1,660
Less: Services rendered 1,747 1,631
Deferred revenue as at March 31 9 92

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 2015-2016 expense amounts to $6.0 million ($6.2 million in 2014-2015). For Group 1 members, the expense represents approximately 1.25 times (1.41 times in 2014-2015) the employee contributions and, for Group 2 members, approximately 1.24 times (1.39 times in 2014-2015) 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) 2016
$
2015
$
Accrued benefits obligation, beginning of year 3,773 3,192
Plus: Expense (adjustment) for the year (36) 815
Less: Benefits paid during the year (135) (234)
Accrued benefits obligation, end of year 3,602 3,773

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) 2016
$
2015
$
Contractor's holdbacks 2,075 1,411
Participation of provinces – RADARSAT-1 - 97
2,075 1,508

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 was still available until 2015-2016 at which time, all unspent funds were returned to the Provinces.

8. Accounts Receivable and Advances

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2015
$
Receivables from other federal departments and organizations 12,277 11,771
Receivables from external entities 261 257
Employee advances 7 6
Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts on receivables from external entities (8) (8)
Gross accounts receivable 12,537 12,026
Accounts receivable held on behalf of Government (1,337) (1,117)
Net accounts receivable 11,200 10,909

9. Prepaid Expenses

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2015
$
RADARSAT-2 prepaid services 174,627 208,500
Other prepaid expenses 1,148 870
175,775 209,370

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 $274.3 million ($237.4 million for 2014-15). In addition, in 2015-16, the Agency received additional credits of $3.0 million, resulting from a contractual arrangement with the supplier.

10. Tangible Capital Assets

Cost
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2015
$
Acquisitions
$
Adjustments
Footnote 1
$
Disposals and
Write-Offs
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2016
$
Land 85 - - - 85
Buildings, works and infrastructure 135,884 - 3,071 - 138,955
Material and equipment 42,603 475 - (196) 42,882
Computer material 17,955 223 - (2,863) 15,315
Computer software 11,003 139 - - 11,142
Other equipment 1,356,239 - - (4,096) 1,352,143
Motor vehicles 74 - - - 74
Other vehicles 455 - - - 455
Assets under construction 809,616 178,287 (3,071) - 984,832
2,373,914 179,124 - (7,155) 2,545,883
Accumulated amortization
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2015
$
Amortization
$
Adjustments
$
Disposals and
Write-Offs
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2016
$
Buildings, works and infrastructure 88,573 4,593 - - 93,166
Material and equipment 31,595 1,790 - (196) 33,189
Computer material 16,207 583 - (2,860) 13,931
Computer software 9,409 945 - - 10,354
Other equipmentFootnote 2 1,036,878 35,491 - (4,096) 1,068,272
Motor vehicles 25 10 - - 35
Other vehicles 274 33 - - 307
1,182,961 43,445 - (7,152) 1,219,254
Net book value
(in thousands of dollars)
Opening Balance
as at April 1st, 2015
$
Closing Balance
as at March 31, 2016
$
Land 85 85
Buildings, works and infrastructure 47,311 45,789
Material and equipment 11,008 9,693
Computer material 1,748 1,384
Computer software 1,594 788
Other equipment 319,361 283,871
Motor vehicles 49 39
Other vehicles 181 148
Assets under construction 809,616 984,832
Net Book Value 1,190,953 1,326,629

11. Other Receivables

(in thousands of dollars) 2016
$
2015
$
Non-monetary exchange CSA/NASA 7,468 7,468
Other non-monetary exchange 16 16
7,484 7,484

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 2016, 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, 2016, 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 transactions 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) 2017
$
2018
$
2019
$
2020
$
2021 &
thereafter
$
Total
$
Construction of assets 136,834 57,738 64,600 4,000 - 263,172
Transfer payments 20,891 17,251 14,580 9,700 8,848 71,270
Acquisitions of goods and services 50,333 7,535 1,296 1,079 20 60,263
Total 208,058 82,524 80,476 14,779 8,868 394,705

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) 2016
$
2015
$
Employer's contribution to the health and dental insurance plans 4,977 4,821
Accommodation 207 207
Legal Services 12 5
5,196 5,033

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 Services and Procurement 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) 2016
$
2015
$
Expenses - other government departments and organizations 23,417 24,394
Revenues - other government departments and organizations 13 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 Services and Procurement 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
$
2016
$
2015
$
Operating expenses
Professional and special services 62,318 19,555 11,298 6,987 100,158 86,411
Salaries and employee benefits 20,005 10,455 9,840 25,031 65,331 67,317
Amortization of tangible capital assets 34,289 3,889 1,313 3,954 43,445 70,308
Acquisition of machinery and material 568 37,149 226 968 38,911 37,379
Information 1 10,176 5 1,082 11,264 7,373
Travel and communications 1,654 617 481 554 3,306 3,877
Rentals 312 345 780 2,079 3,516 3,124
Purchased repair and maintenance 17 34 454 2,127 2,632 1,773
Utilities, materials and supplies 198 120 333 1,058 1,709 1,780
Loss on disposal and write-offs of tangible capital assets - - - 3 3 38
Other 81 176 11 2,583 2,851 2,773
Total operating expenses 119,443 82,516 24,741 46,426 273,126 282,153
Transfer payments
International organizations - - 27,803 - 27,803 29,763
Non-Profit Organizations 1,320 4,289 3,021 - 8,630 8,969
Industry - 898 7,213 - 8,111 2,072
Individuals - - - - - 8
Total transfer payments 1,320 5,187 38,037 - 44,544 40,812
Total expenses 120,763 87,703 62,778 46,426 317,670 322,965
Revenues
Sale of goods and services - - 398 - 398 811
Lease and use of public property - 33 - 284 317 325
Sale of rights and privileges - 81 2 - 83 96
Gain on disposal of tangible assets - - - 1 1 18
Other revenues 8 3 001 11 27 3,047 1,139
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (5) (3,115) (409) (295) (3,824) (2,260)
Total Revenues 3 - 2 17 22 129
Net cost of operations 120,760 87,703 62,776 46,409 317,648 322,836

16. Accounting changes

During the year, the Agency revised the amount from the due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund after receiving further guidance from the Treasury Board Secreteriat. The modification represent an increase to the due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. This adjustment has been applied retroactively, and comparative information for 2014-15 has been restated. The effects of the adjustment are presented in the table below.

(in thousands of dollars) 2015
As previously stated
$
Effect of change
$
2015
Restated
$
Statement of Financial Position:
Due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund 84,396 20,041 104,437
Total net financial assets 95,305 20,041 115,346
Agency's net debt 28,818 (20,041) 8,777
Statement of Operations and the Agency's Net Financial Position:
Changes in due from Consolidated Revenue Fund 13,479 1,812 15,291

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Adjustments include assets under construction of $3,070,909 that were transferred to the asset category "Buildings, works and infrastructure" upon completion of the assets.

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Footnote 2

During the year, the Agency extended the useful life of assets located on the International Space Station until 2024. This revision was accounted for prospectively from the current year and had the effect of reducing the amortization expense of $21.8 million. Assets located on the International Space Station are included in the "Other equipment" category.

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