Future-Oriented Statement of Operations - Years ending March 31, 2015 and 2016

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Future-oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31 (in thousands of dollars)
Estimated Results
Planned Results
Refugee Protection 66,102 59,734
Immigration Appeal 17,601 18,121
Admissibility Hearings and Detention Reviews 13,973 10,890
Refugee Appeal 13,782 16,202
Internal Services 38,406 34,853
Total expenses 149,864 139,800
Miscellaneous revenues 11 11
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (11) (11)
Total revenues 0 0
Net cost of operations 149,864 139,800

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the future-oriented statement of operations.

Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Notes to Future-oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31

1. Methodology and Significant Assumptions

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared on the basis of the government priorities and the plans of the IRB as described in the Report on Plans and Priorities.

Forecasts have been made for the estimated results for fiscal year 2014–15 and planned results for fiscal year 2015-16.

The main assumptions are as follows:

  1. The IRB’s activities will remain substantially the same as for the previous year;
  2. Expenses, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on historical experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions are adopted as at December 8, 2014.

2. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

While every attempt has been made to forecast final results for 2014-15 and for 2015-16, actual results achieved for both years are likely to vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this future-oriented statement of operations the IRB has made estimates and assumptions concerning the future. These estimates and assumptions may differ from the subsequent actual results. Estimates and assumptions are continually evaluated and are based on historical experience and other factors, including expectations of future events that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances.

Factors that could lead to material differences between the future-oriented statement of operations and the historical statement of operations include:

  1. The timing and amounts of acquisition and disposals of tangible capital assets may affect gains/losses and amortization expense.
  2. Implementation of new collective agreements.
  3. Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Report on Plans and Priorities is presented, the IRB will not be updating the forecasts for any changes in financial resources made in ensuing supplementary estimates. Variances will be explained in the Departmental Performance Report.

3. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The future-oriented statement of operations has been prepared using the Government's accounting policies that came into effect for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which are 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:

  1. Expenses

    Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis.  Expenses for the IRB operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered including services provided without charges for accommodation and employee contributions to health and dental insurance plans which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost.  Vacation pay as well as severance benefits are accrued and expenses are recorded as the benefits are earned by employees under their respective terms of employment.

    Expenses also include amortization of tangible capital assets which are capitalized at their acquisition cost.  Amortization of tangible capital assets is done on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the asset.

  2. Revenues

    Other revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event that gave rise to the revenue takes place. The IRB does not charge for its services and its only revenues stem from gains on the disposal of crown assets, Access to Information and Privacy fees and interest on overdue accounts receivable.

    Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the IRB’s liabilities. While the Deputy Head is expected to maintain accounting control, he has no authority regarding 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 in reduction of the entity's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary Authorities

The IRB is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the IRB do not parallel financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles since authorities are primarily 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 IRB 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 thousands of dollars)
Net cost of operations 149,864 139,800
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Services provided without charge by other government departments (23,893) (23,887)
Amortization of tangible capital assets (4,954) (4,475)
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits (604) 43
Decrease (increase) in vacation pay and compensatory leave (660) 194
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (30,111) (28,125)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 2,972 1,035
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 2,972 1,035
Requested authorities 122,725 112,710
(b) Authorities requested (in thousands of dollars)
Authorities requested: Estimated
Vote 10 - Operating expenditures 109,534 99,543
Statutory amounts 13,191 13,167
Requested authorities 122,725 112,710