Description of Departmental spending trend graph
|Fiscal year||Total||Voted||Statutory||Sunset Programs – Anticipated||Cost Recovery (Netted Revenue)|
|(hundred thousand dollars)|
As shown in the graph, voted spending peaked in 2016–17 when the agency conducted the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture, followed by a significant decrease in 2017–18 as these activities begin to wind down. A typical census cycle covers a minimum seven year period with cycles overlapping.
Statistics Canada's statutory spending relates to the Employee Benefit Plan which is a function of planned salary spending and therefore fluctuates along with the voted spending.
Statistics Canada has the authority to generate $120 million annually in respendable revenue from cost recovery activities.
Not as apparent in the graph due to the fluctuations in Census funding, is an increase in 2017–18 and 2018–19 in spending related to an out-of-court settlement for pay equity for Statistical Survey Operations. In addition, voted authorities include funding for the Survey of Financial Security, enhancing Canada's financial and wealth statistics for improved financial system surveillance and economic policy development, for which the funding becomes permanent in 2021–22.
|Programs (or Core Responsibilities) and Internal Services||2014–15 Expenditures||2015–16
|Economic and Environmental Statistics||132,627,053||130,488,036||132,297,756||129,398,587||129,398,587||129,318,027||129,336,901|
|Cost-recovered Statistical Services||76,333,208||96,359,919||104,899,357||124,585,384||124,585,384||124,585,384||124,585,384|
|Total gross expenditures||551,535,669||621,895,100||815,639,236||591,050,210||591,050,210||525,720,437||515,022,558|
|Total net expenditures||467,202,461||517,560,565||702,765,263||471,050,210||471,050,210||405,720,437||395,022,558|
|Note: Totals may differ within and between tables because of rounding.|
Statistics Canada is funded from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost recovery activities. Statistics Canada has the authority to generate $120 million annually in respendable revenue related to two streams: statistical surveys and related services, and custom requests and workshops. A large portion of these respendable revenues comes from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects.
Spending fluctuations between all years presented in the above table results mainly from the Census program, for which activity peaked in 2016–17 when the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture were conducted, and drop sharply in 2017–18 and 2018–19 as these activities begin to wind down. This pattern is typical for the agency due to the cyclical nature of the Census program. Funding for the 2021 Census of Population and the 2021 Census of Agriculture has not yet been approved which amplifies the decrease in the overall Census program funding.
Spending on Internal Services is forecasted to temporarily increase in 2016–17 as the agency makes investments such as modernizing the work environment to offset current government wide space pressures and to facilitate increased mobility for staff.
The Statistical Infrastructure program will receive an injection of funds in 2017–18 to resolve an out-of-court settlement with Statistical Survey Operations regarding pay equity, which will then wind down in 2018–19.
In addition, funding for the Survey of Financial Security and the annual household wealth distribution tables decreases from 2016–17 to 2017–18, remains relatively the same in 2018–19 and then increases to 2016–17 levels in 2019–20. Funding to enhance Canada's financial and wealth statistics for improved financial system surveillance and economic policy development was introduced through the supplementary estimates process in 2016–17 and remains relatively consistent until 2021–22 at which time it becomes on-going funding.
See Statistics Canada's Departmental Performance Reports for additional details on year-over-year variances between 2014–15 and 2015–16 expenditures.
Planned human resources
|Programs (or Core Responsibilities) and Internal Services||2014–15
|Note: Totals may differ within and between tables because of rounding.|
|Economic and Environmental Statistics||1,226||1,384||1,383||1,376||1,373||1,372|
|Cost-recovered Statistical Services||562||1,013||979||1,010||1,010||1,010|
|Total gross expenditures||4,758||6,160||6,498||5,458||5,068||5,003|
|Total net expenditures||4,123||5,086||5,485||4,442||4,001||3,942|
Similar to trends seen in planned spending, FTE changes from year to year are largely explained by the cyclical nature of the Census program. Activity peaked in 2016–17 for the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture and drops sharply in 2017–18 and 2018–19 as these activities begin to wind down.
The majority of the funds received by the agency for the resolution of an out-of-court settlement relate to retroactive payments and therefore have a minimal impact on the total FTEs.
Included in net expenditures FTEs are approximately 210 public servant FTEs based across Canada outside the National Capital Region. Also included are approximately 950 interviewer FTEs (which represents approximately 1,800 interviewers) outside the National Capital Region. These interviewers are part-time workers whose assigned workweeks are determined by the volume of collection work available; they are hired under the Statistics Act, by the authority of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Interviewers are covered by two separate collective agreements, and are employed through Statistical Survey Operations. Many of Statistics Canada's main outputs rely heavily on data collection and on the administration of these activities, which takes place in the regions.
Estimates by vote
For information on Statistics Canada's organizational appropriations, consult the 2017–18 Main Estimates.
Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of Statistics Canada's operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.
Because the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.
A more detailed Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, are available on Statistics Canada's website.
(2017–18 Planned results minus
2016–17 Forecast results)
|Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers||780,381,717||553,198,429||-227,183,288|
The decrease in planned expenses for 2017–18 is mainly explained by a decrease in the funding received for the 2016 Census of Population Program and the Census of Agriculture Program.
The decrease in the planned revenues for 2017–18 is related to a change in presentation method. If the same methodology was to be applied to the fiscal year 2016–17, total revenues would be seen to be stable.
The difference between the Main Estimates amounts and these Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations planned results is mainly caused by the inclusion of accrual entries, such as services provided without charge to Statistics Canada by other organizations, and forecasts related to carry forward, refundable salaries and amortization entries.