Spending and human resources

Planned spending

Departmental spending trend graph
Note: Totals may differ within and between tables because of rounding.
Description of Departmental spending trend graph
Departmental spending trend
Fiscal year Total Voted Statutory Sunset Programs – Anticipated Cost Recovery (Netted Revenue)
(hundred thousand dollars)
2014–15 5,515 4,006 666 0 843
2015–16 6,219 4,467 708 0 1,043
2016–17 8,156 6,233 795 0 1,129
2017–18 5,911 4,056 655 0 1,200
2018–19 5,257 3,449 608 0 1,200
2019–20 5,150 3,349 601 0 1,200

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.

Budgetary planning summary for Programs and Internal Services (dollars)
Programs (or Core Responsibilities) and Internal Services 2014–15 Expenditures 2015–16
Expenditures
2016–17
Forecast spending
2017–18
Main Estimates
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019–20
Planned spending
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
Socio-economic Statistics 100,399,795 101,784,521 102,890,520 99,153,760 99,153,760 98,621,712 101,281,556
Censuses 69,835,205 143,002,356 302,871,917 52,610,877 52,610,877 15,534,420 8,306,574
Statistical Infrastructure 116,399,563 87,473,605 91,329,349 120,393,990 120,393,991 93,066,264 86,758,045
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
Subtotal 495,594,824 559,108,437 734,288,898 526,142,598 526,142,598 461,125,807 450,268,460
Internal Services 55,940,845 62,786,663 81,350,337 64,907,612 64,907,612 64,594,631 64,754,098
Total gross expenditures 551,535,669 621,895,100 815,639,236 591,050,210 591,050,210 525,720,437 515,022,558
Respendable revenue -84,333,208 -104,334,535 -112,873,972 -120,000,000 -120,000,000 -120,000,000 -120,000,000
Total net expenditures 467,202,461 517,560,565 702,765,263 471,050,210 471,050,210 405,720,437 395,022,558

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

Human resources planning summary for Programs and Internal Services (full-time equivalents or FTEs)
Programs (or Core Responsibilities) and Internal Services 2014–15
FTEs
2015–16
FTEs
2016–17
Forecast FTEs
2017–18
Planned FTEs
2018–19
Planned FTEs
2019–20
Planned FTEs
Economic and Environmental Statistics 1,226 1,384 1,383 1,376 1,373 1,372
Socio-economic Statistics 706 1,136 1,111 1,096 1,090 1,112
Censuses 576 1,087 1,525 497 136 55
Statistical Infrastructure 1,117 954 910 888 873 865
Cost-recovered Statistical Services 562 1,013 979 1,010 1,010 1,010
Subtotal 4,188 5,573 5,908 4,867 4,481 4,414
Internal Services 571 586 590 591 587 589
Total gross expenditures 4,758 6,160 6,498 5,458 5,068 5,003
Respendable revenue -635 -1,074 -1,012 -1,016 -1,067 -1,061
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.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31 (dollars)
Financial information 2016–17
Forecast results
2017–18
Planned results
Difference
(2017–18 Planned results minus
2016–17 Forecast results)
Total expenses 893,255,689 655,471,996 -237,783,693
Total revenues 112,873,972 102,273,567 -10,600,405
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.

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