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Canadian Space Agency's Quarterly Financial Report for the Quarter Ended

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  1. Introduction
  2. Highlights of the Quarterly Financial Results
  3. Risks and Uncertainties
  4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs
  5. Approval by Senior Officials
  6. Annexes

Management Statement for the Quarter Ended

1. Introduction

In this section

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

In this section

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 (in millions of dollars)
Authorities Quarterly Expenditures Year to Date Expenditures
Fiscal Year - 403.7 57.1 57.1
Fiscal Year - 247.1 49.0 49.0

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 $403,7 million, which represents an increase of $156,5 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Authorities (in thousands of dollars) - - Variance %
Vote 1 - Operating expenditures 225,490 146,884 78,606 54%
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 72,425 38,809 33,616 87%
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 94,630 50,974 43,656 86%
Contributions to employee benefit plans 11,086 10,470 616 6%
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 52 1 51 5100%
Total budgetary authorities 403,683 247,138 156,545 63%

The increase of $78.6 million in Vote 1 – Operating expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $49 million in available authorities due to the receipt of full - Main Estimates appropriations as of . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited spring sessions for Parliament to consider appropriations, full appropriations for the -21 Main Estimates were not received until .
  • An increase of $21.2 million for Canadarm3 project related activites.
  • An increase of $12.4 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $8.6 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) related activities.
  • A decrease of $6.1 million resulting from a budgetary transfer from the operating vote to the grants and contributions vote.
  • A decrease of $2.5 million for activities related to the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).
  • 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 increase of $33.6 million in Vote 5 – Capital expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $19.9 million for activities related to the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).
  • An increase of $16.5 million for International Space Station (ISS) related activities.
  • An increase of $13 million in available authorities due to the receipt of full - Main Estimates appropriations as of . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited spring sessions for Parliament to consider appropriations, full appropriations for the -21 Main Estimates were not received until .
  • A decrease of $5.9 million for activities related to the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) project.
  • A decrease of $5.1 million for Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM) project-related activities.
  • A decrease of $3.4 million resulting from a budgetary transfer from the Capital Vote to the Grants and Contribution Vote.
  • 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 increase of $43.7 million in Vote 10 – Grants and Contributions expenditures is mainly explained by the following items:

  • An increase of $17 million in available authorities due to the receipt of full Main Estimates appropriations in -, as of . Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited spring 2020 sessions for Parliament to consider appropriations, full appropriations for the 2020-21 Main Estimates were not received until .
  • An increase of $9.5 million resulting from a budgetary transfer from the Operating and Capital Votes to the Grants and Contributions Vote for, among other things, the LEAP project, the Smart Earth Utiliterre program and the Space Technology Development program.
  • An increase of $9 million as a result of additional funding for the extension of Canada's participation in the International Space Station (ISS) mission from to .
  • An increase of $1.4 million for activities related to the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).
  • The remaining variance is composed of multiple variations inherent to the management of the Canadian Space Program (CSP) resources. They result from the fact that budgetary requirements by vote are not linear from one year to the next, resulting from transfers between votes or carry-overs of funds into another fiscal year.

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

The quarterly expenditures for the quarter ended , are of $57.1 million which represents a quarterly increase of $8.1 million compared to the same period in the previous year.

Expenditures by Vote as at June 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 31,241 31,241 24,958 24,958 6,283 6,283
Vote 5 - Capital expenditures 3,717 3,717 3,577 3,577 140 140
Vote 10 - Grants and contributions 19,372 19,372 17,811 17,811 1,561 1,561
Contributions to employee benefit plans 2,771 2,771 2,617 2,617 154 154
Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets - - - - - -
Total budgetary expenditures by Vote 57,101 57,101 48,963 48,963 8,138 8,138

The $6.3 million increase in quarterly in Vote 1 – Operating expenditures, are mainly explained by the following:

  • An increase in salary expenditures resulting from the ratification of collective agreements, an increase in staffing levels, as well as variations in the payment schedule for the Canadarm3 project and the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM).

The increase of $1.6 million in quarterly 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 21,631 21,631 19,518 19,518 2,113 2,113
Transportation and communications 243 243 239 239 4 4
Information 199 199 268 268 (69) (69)
Professional and special services 13,013 13,013 8,231 8,231 4,782 4,782
Rentals 662 662 251 251 411 411
Repair and maintenance 361 361 234 234 127 127
Utilities, materials and supplies 230 230 492 492 (262) (262)
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - - - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,388 1,388 1,919 1,919 (531) (531)
Transfer payments 19,372 19,372 17,811 17,811 1,561 1,561
Other subsidies and payments 2 2 - - 2 2
Total budgetary expenditures by Standard Object 57,101 57,101 48,963 48,963 8,138 8,138

The $2.1 million increases in quarterly expenditures for the Personnel standard object is primarily due to:

  • An increase in salary expenditures due to the ratification of collective agreements and more overtime pay.
  • An increase in the number of employees, including students.

The $4.8 increases in quarterly expenditures for the Professional and special services standard object are primarily due to:

  • Variations in the payment schedule for the Canadarm3 project and the Radarsat Constellation Mission (RCM).

The increase of $1.6 million in quarterly and year-to-date expenditures for the Transfer Payments standard object is 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 1st quarter of - represent 14% of the planned expenditures for the year ending , whereas 25% of the fiscal year has passed. The level of expenditures is lower than it was in the - fiscal year (15%) and in the - fiscal year (18%). 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 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 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 uncertain.

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 first quarter of -, the majority of CSA employees continued to work 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.

5. 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 General Manager, Corporate Services in Longueuil, Quebec, on .

6. Annexes

In this section

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 *
$
Used during
the quarter
ended

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

Table note *
$
Used during the quarter ended

$
Year to date
used at
quarter-end
$
Vote 1: Operating expenditures 225,490 31,241 31,241 146,884 24,958 24,958
Vote 5: Capital expenditures 72,425 3,717 3,717 38,809 3,577 3,577
Vote 10: Grants and contributions 94,630 19,372 19,372 50,974 17,811 17,811
Contributions to employee
benefit plans
11,086 2,771 2,771 10,470 2,617 2,617
Spending of proceeds from the
disposal of surplus Crown assets
52 - - 1 - -
Total budgetary authorities 403,683 57,101 57,101 247,138 48,963 48,963

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 85,990 21,631 21,631 81,214 19,518 19,518
Transportation and communications 10,453 243 243 4,330 239 239
Information 1,781 199 199 1,486 268 268
Professional and special services 192,479 13,013 13,013 148,889 8,231 8,231
Rentals 4,614 662 662 2,972 251 251
Repair and maintenance 5,465 361 361 2,484 234 234
Utilities, materials and supplies 1,410 230 230 3,631 492 492
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - 0 0 - - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 4,212 1,388 1,388 10,324 1,919 1,919
Transfer payments 94,630 19,372 19,372 67,965 17,811 17,811
Other subsidies and payments 2,649 2 2 2,732 0 0
Total budgetary expenditures 403,683 57,101 57,101 326,027 48,963 48,963
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