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Northern Pipeline Agency Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

Northern Pipeline Agency
Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the year ending March 31
(in dollars)
  Forecast Results
Planned Results
Salaries and employee benefits 23,206 219,830
Professional and special services 230,000 248,000
Rentals 10'000 10,000
Transportation and communications 4,000 5,000
Amortization 2,663 2,663
Utilities, materials, and supplies 200 500
Transfer payments - 10,000
Information - 500
Acquisition of machinery and equipment - 500
Repair and maintenance - 500
Total Recoverable Expenses 270,069 497,493
Services provided without charge by other government departments 2,445 2,200
Regulatory Revenue 270,069 497,493
Revenue earned on behalf of government (270,069) (497,493)
Total Net Revenues - -
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 272,514 499,693

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations.

Northern Pipeline Agency Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

1. Methodology and significant assumptions

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared on the basis of government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Northern Pipeline Agency (the Agency) Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2016-17 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2016 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The Agency’s activities will remain substanially the same as in the previous year and are reflected in the 2016-17 authorities and the 2017-18 Main Estimates; and
  • Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on past experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions were adopted as at November 30, 2016.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2016-17 and for 2017-18, actual results achieved for both years are likely to differ from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this Future-Oriented Statement of Operations, the Agency has made estimates and assumptions about the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are based on past experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, and are continually evaluated.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and the historical statement of operations include:

  • The timing and amount of acquisitions and disposals of machinery and equipment may affect gains, losses and amortization expense;
  • The implementation of new collective agreements; and
  • Other changes to the operating budget, such as new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, the Agency will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Results Report.

3. Summary of significant accounting policies

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared using the Government of Canada’s accounting policies in effect for fiscal year 2016-17, and is based on Canadian public sector accounting standards. The presentation and results using the stated accounting policies do not result in any significant differences from Canadian public sector accounting standards.

Significant accounting policies are as follows:

a) Expenses

The Agency records expenses on an accrual basis.

Transfer payments are recorded as an expense in the year the transfer is authorized and all eligibility criteria have been met by the recipient.

Other expenses are generally recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, and include expenses related to personnel, professional and special services, rental, repair and maintenance, utilities, materials and supplies, amortization of tangible capital assets, as well as services provided without charge from other government departments for Management Services provided by Natural Resources Canada.

b) Revenues

Revenues from regulatory fees recovered from Foothills Pipe Lines Ltd. are recognized in the year in which the expenses are incurred.

Funds received from external parties for specified purposes are recorded upon receipt as deferred revenue. These revenues are recognized in the period in which the related expenses are incurred.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the Agency’s liabilities. While the Commissioner is expected to maintain accounting control, she has no authority over the disposition of non-respendable revenues. As a result, non-respendable revenues are considered to be earned on behalf of the Government of Canada and are therefore presented as a reduction of the Agency’s gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary authorities

The Agency is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the Agency differs from financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are mainly based on cash flow requirements. Items recognized in the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations in one year may be funded through parliamentary authorities in prior, current or future years. Accordingly, the Agency has different net cost of operations for the year on a government funding basis than on an accrual accounting basis. The differences are reconciled in the following tables:

(a) Reconciliation of net cost of operations to requested authorities (in dollars)
  Forecast Results
Planned Results

Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operation but not affecting authorities:

272,514 499,693
Services received without charge by other  government departments 2,445 2,200
Amortization of tangible capital assets 2,663 2,663
Requested authorities 267,406 494,830


(b) Authorities requested (in dollars)
  Forecast Results
Planned Results
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 – Program expenditures 701,095 465,000
Statutory amounts 50,740 29,830
Lapsed – Program
437,095 -
Lapsed – StatutoryStatutory 47,334 -
Requested authorities 267,406 494,830
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