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Northern Pipeline Agency Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited) 2023-2024

For the year ending March 31
(in dollars)


Forecast Results
Planned Results




Professional and special services


279, 949

Salaries and employee benefits



Transportation and communications









Utilities, materials, and supplies



Small equipment



Repair and maintenance



Total Recoverable Expenses



Services provided without charge by other
  government departments






Regulatory Revenue



Revenue earned on behalf of government



Total Net Revenues



Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers



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 2022-23 is based on actual results as at November 30, 2022 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The Agency’s activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year and are reflected in the 2022-23 authorities and the 2023-24 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 made as at November 30, 2022.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2022-23 and for 2023-24, 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 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 tangible capital assets 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 2022-23, 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

Expenses are generally recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, and include expenses related to personnel, professional and special services, transportation and communications, rental, repair and maintenance, utilities, materials and supplies, amortization of tangible capital assets, as well as management services provided without charge 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, he has no authority over the disposition of non-respendable revenues. As a result, non-respendable revenues are 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 278,266 574,724
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of
operation but not affecting authorities:
- -
Services received without charge by other government  
(2,095) (2,095)
Requested authorities forecasted to be used 276,171 572,629

 (b) Requested authorities forecasted to be used (in dollars)


Planned Results
Authorities provided/requested - -
  Vote 1 – Program expenditures 540,000 539,949
  Statutory amounts 32,250 32,680
Total authorities provided/requested 572,250 572,629
Lapsed – Program expenditures
270,840 -
       Lapsed – Statutory amounts 25,239 -
Requested authorities forecasted to be used 276,171 572,629
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