Spending and human resources

Planned spending

Departmental spending trend graph
Description of Departmental spending trend graph
Departmental spending trend
Fiscal year Total Voted Statutory Cost Recovery
(Netted Revenue)
$ thousand
2015–16 621,895 446,733 70,828 104,335
2016–17 791,339 610,824 70,694 109,822
2017–18 664,796 488,733 66,742 109,321
2018–19 556,029 373,200 62,829 120,000
2019–20 538,512 357,263 61,249 120,000
2020–21 537,868 357,611 60,257 120,000
Note: Main Estimates, Planned spending and Full-time equivalents figures do not include Budget 2018 announcements. More information will be provided in the 2018–19 Supplementary Estimates and Departmental Results Report, as applicable. Namely, resources do not reflect anticipated funding for the 2021 Census Program, which is expected to be approved in 2018–19, with the first year of funding being 2018–19.
Budgetary planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (dollars)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services 2015–16 Expenditures 2016–17 Expenditures 2017–18 Forecast spending 2018–19 Main Estimates 2018–19 Planned spending 2019–20 Planned spending 2020–21 Planned spending
Statistical Information 559,108,437 713,862,461 593,333,772 489,924,625 489,924,625 472,146,343 471,994,208
Internal Services 62,786,663 77,476,859 71,462,602 66,104,652 66,104,652 66,366,041 65,874,074
Total Gross Expenditures 621,895,100 791,339,320 664,796,374 556,029,277 556,029,277 538,512,384 537,868,282
Respendable Revenue -104,334,535 -109,822,159 -109,321,265 -120,000,000 -120,000,000 -120,000,000 -120,000,000
Total Net Expenditures 517,560,565 681,517,161 555,475,109 436,029,277 436,029,277 418,512,384 417,868,282
Note:  Main Estimates, Planned spending and Full-time equivalents figures do not include Budget 2018 announcements. More information will be provided in the 2018–19 Supplementary Estimates and Departmental Results Report, as applicable.  Namely, resources do not reflect anticipated funding for the 2021 Census Program, which is expected to be approved in 2018–19, with the first year of funding being 2018–19.

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. In recent years, respendable cost-recovery revenue has contributed $104 million to $109 million annually to the agency's total resources. A large portion of this respendable revenue comes from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects.

The graph and table above show that voted spending peaked in 2016–17 when the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture were conducted. This is followed by a significant decrease in subsequent years as these activities wind down. This pattern is typical for the agency because of the cyclical nature of the Census Program. Funding for the 2021 Census has not yet been approved, and this amplifies the decrease in the overall planned spending. Funding for the 2021 Census of Population and the 2021 Census of Agriculture is expected to be approved in 2018–19, with the first year of funding being 2018–19.

Statistics Canada's statutory spending—as indicated in the graph above—relates to the Employee Benefit Plan, which is a function of planned salary spending. Therefore, it fluctuates along with the voted spending.

Spending on Internal Services temporarily increased in 2016–17 as the agency invested in mobility and modernization initiatives.

The agency also received a one-time funding injection in 2017–18 to resolve an out-of-court settlement with Statistical Survey Operations regarding pay equity. This is planned to wind down in 2018–19.

For additional details on year-over-year variances between 2015–16 and 2016–17 expenditures, see the applicable 2016-17 Departmental Results Report available on our Reports web page.

2018–19 Budgetary planned gross spending summary (dollars)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services 2018–19 Planned gross spending 2018–19 Planned gross spending for specified purpose accounts 2018–19 Planned revenues netted against expenditures 2018–19 Planned net spending
Statistical Information 489,924,625 0 -120,000,000 369,924,625
Internal Services 66,104,652 0 0 66,104,652
Total 556,029,277 0 -120,000,000 436,029,277
Note: Main Estimates, Planned spending and Full-time equivalents figures do not include Budget 2018 announcements. More information will be provided in the 2018–19 Supplementary Estimates and Departmental Results Report, as applicable.

As noted above, Statistics Canada is funded from two sources: direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. The 2018–19 planned gross spending in the table above includes spending related to both direct parliamentary appropriations and cost-recovery activities. Statistics Canada has the authority to generate $120 million annually in respendable revenue, which is reflected in the 2018–19 planned revenues netted against expenditures column. A large portion of this respendable revenue comes from federal departments to fund specific statistical projects.

Planned human resources

Human resources planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (full-time equivalents)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services 2015–16 Actual full-time equivalents 2016–17 Actual full-time equivalents 2017–18 Forecast full-time equivalents 2018–19 Planned full-time equivalents 2019–20 Planned full-time equivalents 2020–21 Planned full-time equivalents
Statistical Information 5,573 5,829 4,882 4,666 4,603 4,531
Internal Services 586 653 568 594 595 590
Total gross full-time equivalents 6,159 6,482 5,450 5,260 5,198 5,121
Respendable Revenue full-time equivalents -1,074 -1,078 -946 -1,001 -989 -940
Total net full-time equivalents 5,086 5,404 4,505 4,259 4,209 4,181
Note: Main Estimates, Planned spending and Full-time equivalents figures do not include Budget 2018 announcements. More information will be provided in the 2018–19 Supplementary Estimates and Departmental Results Report, as applicable. Namely, resources do not reflect anticipated funding for the 2021 Census Program, which is expected to be approved in 2018–19, with the first year of funding being 2018–19.

Similar to trends seen in planned spending, full-time equivalent (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 subsequent years as the census winds down.

Included in net expenditure FTEs are approximately 210 public servant FTEs based across Canada outside the National Capital Region. Also included are approximately 950 interviewer FTEs (representing 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 take place in the regions.

Estimates by vote

For information on Statistics Canada's organizational appropriations, consult the 2018–19 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 the Statistics Canada website.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
for the year ended March 31, 2019 (dollars)
Financial information 2017–18 Forecast results 2018–19 Planned results Difference (2018–19 Planned results minus 2017–18 Forecast results)
Total expenses 709,140,631 652,609,282 -56,531,349
Total revenues 109,321,265 112,513,235 3,191,970
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 599,819,366 540,096,047 -59,723,319
Note: 2018–19 Planned results figures do not include Budget 2018 announcements. More information will be provided in the 2018–19 Departmental Results Report, as applicable.

The decrease in planned expenses for 2018–19 is explained mainly by two factors: first, a decrease in funding received for the 2016 Census Program; and second, one-time retroactive salary payments made in 2017–18 following the signing of the majority of the collective agreements.

The increase in planned revenues for 2018–19 is explained mainly by an increase in the base salary rates resulting from the signing of the majority of the collective agreements.

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