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- Quarterly Financial Report For the Quarter Ended

Canadian Space Agency
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Quarterly Financial Report
For the Quarter Ended

Management Statement
for the Quarter Ended

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board. This quarterly financial report should be read in conjunction with the - Main EstimatesFootnote 1.

1.1 Mandate and Program Activities

The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) mandate is to promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technologies provide social and economic benefits for Canadians.

More information is available on the CSA's mandate and on the departmental results framework in the - Departmental PlanFootnote 1.

1.2 Basis of Presentation

This quarterly financial report (QFR) has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The Statement of Authorities annexed to this report includes the CSA's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the CSA, consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary estimates voted as at for fiscal year - compared to -. This QFR has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities.

The authority of Parliament is required before money can be spent by the Government. Approvals are given in the form of annually approved limits through appropriation acts or through legislation in the form of statutory spending authority for specific purposes.

The CSA uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual financial statements, which are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis, which is, a partial accrual method of accounting. The partial accrual method of accounting includes disbursements as well as some accruals for salaries and salary allowances.

This QFR report has not been subject to an external audit. However, it was reviewed by the members of the CSA Audit Committee, who are satisfied with its presentation and content.

2. Highlights of the Quarterly Financial Results

This section highlights the significant elements that contributed to the changes to the authorities available for the fiscal year, as well as to the quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the quarter ended .

The following graph provides an overview of the variations in the available authorities and the expenditures. Additional details on these variations are provided in sections 2.1 and 2.2 as well as in the appended annexes.

Authorities available for use and expenditures as at September 30 (in millions of dollars)
Authorities Quarterly
Expenditures
Year to Date
Expenditures
Fiscal Year - 292.7 62.1 111.1
Fiscal Year - 370.0 57.6 116.0

Totals may not add up due to rounding.

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

The total votes available for use as at , is $292.7 million, which represents a decrease of $77.3 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Authorities (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance %
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 155,954 187,346 (31,392) (17%)
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 75,303 113,647 (38,344) (34%)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 50,974 58,696 (7,722) (13%)
Contributions to employee benefit plans 10,470 10,312 158 2%
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 2 3 (1) (33%)
Total budgetary authorities 292,703 370,004 (77,301) (21%)

The decrease of $31.4 million in Vote 1 - Operating expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $14.3 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • An increase of $6.9 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $3.2 million related to the amount of the Operating Vote carry forward in - higher than that received in -.
  • An increase of $2.5 million as a result of funding received from Treasury Board for collective agreements ratification.
  • A decrease of $8.6 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) project-related activities.
  • A decrease of $49.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • The residual difference consists of multiple variations inherent to the Canadian Space Program (CSP) Resource Management. They result from the fact that budgetary requirements by vote are not linear from one year to the next, requiring vote transfers or fund carry forwards to another fiscal year.

The decrease of $38.3 million in Vote 5 - Capital expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $12.2 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $1.5 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • An increase of $1.4 million related to the amount of the Capital Vote carry forward in - higher than that received in -.
  • A decrease of $13.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • A decrease of $29.9 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) project-related activities.
  • The residual difference consists of multiple variations inherent to the Canadian Space Program (CSP) Resource Management. They result from the fact that budgetary requirements by vote are not linear from one year to the next, requiring vote transfers or fund carry forwards to another fiscal year.

The decrease of $7.7 million in Vote 10 - Grants and Contributions expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $6.5 million compared to the same period last year for the contribution program under the Cooperation Agreement between Canada and the European Space Agency, for the Mars program Sample Return (MSR).
  • An increase of $1.5 million for Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) related activities.
  • A decrease of $17.0 million in the authorities available for use is due to the reduced supply of the Main Estimates. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the fall. CSA is expected to receive full supply for the - Main Estimates in .
  • The residual difference consists of multiple variations inherent to the Canadian Space Program (CSP) Resource Management. They result from the fact that budgetary requirements by vote are not linear from one year to the next, requiring vote transfers or fund carry forwards to another fiscal year.

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

The quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the quarter ended , are of $62.1 million and $111.1 million which represents a quarterly increase of $4.6 million and a year-to-date decrease of $4.9 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Expenditures by Vote as at September 30
Expenditures by Vote
(in thousands of dollars)
- - Variance
Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 39,335 64,293 38,340 64,506 995 (213)
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 9,373 12,950 8,868 30,618 505 (17,668)
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 10,818 28,629 7,794 15,714 3,024 12,915
Contributions to employee benefit plans 2,618 5,235 2,578 5,156 40 79
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets - - - - - -
Total budgetary expenditures by Vote 62,144 111,107 57,580 115,994 4,564 (4,887)

The decrease of $17.7 million in year-to-date expenditures in Vote 5 - Capital expenditures, is mainly explained by the following:

  • The variations in the payment schedule for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).

The $3.0 and $12.9 million increases in quarterly and year-to-date expenditures in Vote 10 - Grants and contributions, are mainly explained by the following:

  • The variations in the payment schedule to the European Space Agency (ESA).
Expenditures by Standard Object as at
Expenditures by Standard Object (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance
Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date Quarterly Year to date
Personnel 20,302 39,820 19,421 39,218 881 602
Transportation and communications 306 545 1,056 2,039 (750) (1,494)
Information 608 876 175 607 433 269
Professional and special services 22,748 30,979 19,556 27,938 3,192 3,041
Rentals 755 1,006 1,129 1,384 (374) (378)
Repair and maintenance 483 717 656 878 (173) (161)
Utilities, materials and supplies 295 787 612 1 375 (317) (588)
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - - - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 3,978 5,897 5,334 24,989 (1,356) (19,092)
Transfer payments 10,818 28,629 7,794 15,714 3,024 12,915
Other subsidies and payments 1,851 1,851 1,847 1,852 4 (1)
Total budgetary expenditures by Standard Object 62,144 111,107 57,580 115,994 4,564 (4,887)

The $1.5 million decrease in year-to-date expenditures for the Transport and communications standard object is primarily due to:

  • The decrease in travel as a result of restrictions and measures put in place due to the pandemic (COVID-19).

The $3.2 and $3.0 million increases in quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the Professional and special services standard object are primarily due to:

  • The variations in the payment schedule for carrying out contractual activities for the maintenance and operations of the International Space Station (ISS), for the Space Technologies Development Program (STDP) and for the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).

The $1.4 million and $19.1 decreases in quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the Acquisition of machinery and equipment standard object are primarily due to:

  • The variations in the payment schedule for the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM).

The $3.0 million and $12.9 million increases in quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the Transfer payments standard object are primarily due to:

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

3. Risks and Uncertainties

The year-to-date expenditures for the 2e quarter of - represent 30% of the planned expenditures for the year ending , whereas 50% of the fiscal year has passed. The level of expenditures is similar to the - fiscal year (31%) and slightly higher than it was in the - fiscal year (25%). The situation presents no concerns since the cumulative expenditures will be restored at year-end when the accruals are recorded, in accordance with the full accrual method of accounting, combined with the deferral of budgets to the following year.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and limited sessions in the spring for Parliament to study supply, the Standing Orders of the House of Commons were amended to extend the study period into the fall. The full supply for - will be received in . It is important to note that this situation is not limited to the CSA, and that there is no risk for cash flow related to the fact that the supply received to date are 9/12th of the Main Estimates, and this will continue until .

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

Risks also arise from the Canada / European Space Agency (ESA) Cooperation Agreement. They include variations in amounts payable resulting from changes in the Gross National Product (GNP) statistics, the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar against the euro (exchange rate), inflation and the enforcement of the ESA's industrial policy. These risks have an impact on both costs and cash flow profiles.

To mitigate these risks, the CSA regularly reviews its project portfolio, activity plans, schedules and financial management strategies to adjust to changes brought on by the space programs of its key partners (National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ESA and other space agencies). In addition, rigorous project management practices are in place. These initiatives allow the CSA to track and report on the progress of its commitments, to assess the effectiveness of its work, and to align its resources with its priorities.

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

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

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

On , the Government of Canada announced that it has appointed Lisa Campbell as President of the Canadian Space Agency. Ms. Campbell comes to the post from a position as Associate Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada. Ms. Campbell replaces Sylvain Laporte, who has been President of the agency since .

Also, changes to the executive-level structure were implemented to better deliver on Canada's Space Strategy. To this end, the Canadian Space Agency now has two Vice-Presidents (VP): a Vice-President Science and Technology (S&T) and a Vice-President Space Program Policy (SPP).

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by,

The original version was signed by Lisa Campbell, President, in Longueuil, Quebec, on .

The original version was signed by Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, B. Ing., Ph.D., Chief Financial Officer and Director General, Corporate Services in Longueuil, Quebec, on .

Annex 1

Canadian Space Agency
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended
Statement of Authorities
(unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal Year - Fiscal Year -
Total available for use for the year ending

Table note 2
$
Used during the quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Total available for use for the year ending

Table note 2
$
Used during the quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Vote 1: Operating expenditures 155,954 39,335 64,293 187,346 38,340 64,506
Vote 5: Capital expenditures 75,303 9,373 12,950 113,647 8,868 30,618
Vote 10: Grants and contributions 50,974 10,818 28,629 58,696 7,794 15,714
Contributions to employee benefit plans 10,470 2,618 5,235 10,312 2,578 5,156
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 2 - - 3 - -
Total budgetary authorities 292,703 62,144 111,107 370,004 57,580 115,994

Annex 2

Canadian Space Agency
Quarterly Financial Report
For the quarter ended
Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object
(unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
Fiscal Year - Fiscal Year -
Planned expenditures for the year ending

$
Expended
during the
quarter ended

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

$
Expended
during the
quarter ended
$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Expenditures:
Personnel 81,214 20,302 39,820 77,801 19,421 39,218
Transportation and communications 4,330 306 545 4,281 1,056 2,039
Information 1,486 608 876 1,824 175 607
Professional and special services 180,464 22,748 30,979 164,464 19,556 27,938
Rentals 2,972 755 1,006 2,983 1,129 1,384
Repair and maintenance 2 484 483 717 3 379 656 878
Utilities, materials and supplies 3 631 295 787 1 702 612 1,375
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - 650 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 24,313 3,978 5,897 51,177 5,334 24,989
Transfer payments 67,965 10,818 28,629 58,696 7,794 15,714
Other subsidies and payments 2,732 1,851 1,851 3,047 1,847 1,852
Total budgetary expenditures 371,591 62,144 111,107 370,004 57,580 115,994
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