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Quarterly Financial Report for the quarter ended December 31, 2018

Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program

Introduction

This quarterly report was 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. It should be read in conjunction with the OPC Main and Supplementary Estimates (if applicable).

The OPC’s mandate is overseeing compliance with both the Privacy Act (PA), which covers the personal information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s private sector privacy law. 

Detailed information on the OPC’s authority, mandate and programs can be found in our Departmental Plan (DP) and the Main Estimates.

Basis for Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Office’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Office, consistent with the Main Estimates and the Supplementary Estimates (as applicable) for fiscal year 2018-19. This quarterly report has been prepared using a special purpose financial reporting framework designed to meet financial information needs with respect to the use of spending authorities. (More information).

The authority of Parliament is required before moneys 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.

When Parliament is dissolved for the purposes of a general election, section 30 of the Financial Administration Act authorizes the Governor General, under certain conditions, to issue a special warrant authorizing the Government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. A special warrant is deemed to be an appropriation for the fiscal year in which it is issued.

The OPC uses full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

This report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date (YTD) Results

This section highlights the significant variances between actual expenditures and planned expenditures that affected both the quarter and the year-to-date results, compared to the same period the preceding fiscal year.

The OPC spent approximately 62.4%, or $16.4M of its total authorities available for use by the end of the third quarter of 2018-19 compared to 64.8% or $16.9M during the same period last fiscal year.

Significant changes to authorities

The OPC has authorities available for use of $26.3M in 2018-19 compared to $26.1M as of December 31, 2017, for an increase of $0.2M. The variance is mainly explained by the difference in the carry forward funding received for each fiscal year and the additional funding for collective agreements.

Significant changes to expenditures

Gross spending during the third quarter decreased when compared to the same period last fiscal year (from $6.1M in 2017-18 to $5.6M in 2018-19). The decrease in expenditures is attributed primarily to retroactive payments processed in Q3 of 2017-18 resulting from collective agreements.

The OPC provides Internal Support Services to other small government departments related to the provision of information technology services. Pursuant to section 29.2 of the Financial Administration Act, Internal Support Services agreements are recorded as revenues.

Risks and Uncertainties

As mentioned in previous quarterly reports, the OPC’s key corporate risks are identified and assessed through an annual update of the Office’s Corporate Risk Profile. This year, the Office has identified a number of key risks along with mitigating strategies in its Departmental Plan that could have a financial impact should they materialize.

For more information on these risks as well as measures being undertaken by the office to mitigate them, please refer to the section title Operating context and key risks of the OPC’s 2018-19 Departmental Plan.

In addition, the OPC continues to take actions to mitigate the issues arising with the implementation of the Phoenix pay system for its employees and to monitor closely any salary payments adjustments that may be required.

Also, with the mandatory breach reporting coming into effect on November 1st, 2018, the organization has noted a significant increase in the volume of breach reports requiring analysis and monitoring. The OPC continues to oversee its budget and workload pressures closely in order to address this increase as best as possible within its current means.

Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs

During the third quarter of fiscal year 2018-19, the OPC continued to implement its new organizational structure which supports the Privacy Commissioner’s vision to be more proactive and to focus efforts where there can be an impact for the greatest number of Canadians.

More information can be found by consulting the new organizational structure of the OPC.

Approval by Senior Officials:

Approved by

(Original signed by)

Daniel Therrien
Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Gatineau, Canada

(Original signed by)

Daniel Nadeau, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Gatineau, Canada

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Statement of authorities (unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
For the quarter ended December 31, 2018
  Fiscal year 2018-2019 Fiscal year 2017-2018
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2019 Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 Year to date used at quarter end Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2018 Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 Year to date used at quarter end
Program expenditures 24,187 5,050 14,760 24,080 5,641 15,317
Less: Revenues Netted
Against Expenditures
(200) (43) (87) (200) (75) (75)
Budgetary statutory authority -
Employee benefit plan
2,291 572 1,718 2,269 567 1,072
Total budgetary authorities 26,278 5,579 16,391 26,149 6,133 16,944
TOTAL AUTHORITIES 26,278 5,579 16,391 26,149 6,133 16,944

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)
(in thousands of dollars)
For the quarter ended December 31, 2018
  Fiscal year 2018-2019 Fiscal year 2017-2018
Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2019 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 Year to date used at quarter end Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2018 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2017 Year to date used at quarter end
Expenditures
Personnel 17,670 4,387 13,240 17,446 5,239 14,467
Transportation and communications 896 177 432 886 163 409
Information 696 77 261 698 112 302
Professional and special services 4,604 559 1,610 4,738 473 1,052
Rentals 917 85 413 941 33 423
Repair and maintenance 241 20 42 299 8 35
Utilities, materials and supplies 187 22 71 227 6 38
Acquisition of land, buildings and works - - - - 2 2
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 766 182 268 613 15 53
Transfer payments 500 24 24 500 - -
Other subsidies and paymentsFootnote * 1 89 117 1 157 238
Total budgetary expenditures 26,478 5,622 16,478 26,349 6,208 17,019
Less: revenues netted against expenditures
Internal Support Services (200) (43) (87) (200) (75) (75)
TOTAL BUDGETARY EXPENDITURES 26,278 5,579 16,391 26,149 6,133 16,944
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