Quarterly Financial Report for the quarter ended June 30, 2019

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report has been 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 under the Treasury Board Directive on Accounting Standards: GC 4400 Departmental Quarterly Financial Report. It should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates for the current year.

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

1.1 Canadian Transportation Agency Mandate

The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) is an independent, quasi-judicial tribunal and regulator that has, with respect to all matters necessary for the exercise of its jurisdiction, all the powers of a superior court. The CTA has three mandates:

  • It helps ensure that the national transportation system runs efficiently and smoothly in the interests of all Canadians: those who work and invest in it; the producers, shippers, travelers and businesses who rely on it; and the communities where it operates.
  • It protects the human right of persons with disabilities to an accessible transportation network.
  • It provides consumer protection for air passengers.

To help advance these mandates, the CTA has three tools at its disposal:

  • Rule-making: It develops and enforces ground rules that establish the rights and responsibilities of transportation service providers and users and that level the playing field among competitors. These rules can take the form of binding regulations or less formal guidelines, codes of practice or interpretation notes.
  • Dispute resolution: It resolves disputes that arise between transportation providers on the one hand, and their clients and neighbours on the other, using a range of tools from facilitation and mediation to arbitration and adjudication.
  • Information provision: It provides information on the transportation system, the rights and responsibilities of transportation providers and users, and its legislation and services.

Further information on the CTA’s mandate, roles, responsibilities and programs can be found in Part III of the Estimates – Departmental Plan.

1.2 Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the CTA's spending authorities granted by Parliament, and those used by the CTA consistent with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates (as applicable) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 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.

The authority of Parliament is required before money 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 CTA uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental results reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

2. Highlights of the Fiscal Quarter and the Fiscal Year-to-Date (YTD) Results

Graph 1 – First quarter net budgetary authorities and expenditures per fiscal year
First quarter net budgetary authorities and expenditures per fiscal year
Details: Graph 1

The figure illustrates the Agency's net budgetary authorities and expenditures for the quarter ending June 30, for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 where budgetary authorities and expenditures, in millions of dollars, is shown on the vertical axis and time period, in fiscal years, is shown on the horizontal axis.

Time period: 2018-2019
Net budgetary authorities: 33.80 million dollars
First quarter expenditures: 6.70 million dollars

Time period: 2019-2020
Net budgetary authorities: 35.42 million dollars
First quarter expenditures: 7.63 million dollars

2.1 Statement of Authorities

The CTA’s total authorities available for use in 2019-2020, totalling $35,416,000, have increased by $1,613,703 when compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year as illustrated in the Statement of Authorities and in the Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object below. This increase is primarily attributable to the timing of funds received. In 2018-2019, the CTA received new funding to implement legislative and regulatory changes related to Canada's freight rail system, as announced in the 2017 Fall Economic Statement. This funding was only received in the third quarter of 2018-2019, through Supplementary Estimates A. However, in 2019-2020, this funding was included in the Main Estimates and therefore was received in the first quarter of 2019-2020. This represents an increase of $1,828,417. In addition to this, in the first quarter of 2019-2020, the CTA received new funding totalling $446,385 as part of the Accessible Canada initiative, following the Royal Assent of Bill C-81: An Act to Ensure a Barrier Free Canada on June 21, 2019. These increases are offset by the decrease in funding to support the CTA's modernization ($727,077), as announced in Budget 2018.

2.2 Statement of Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object

Compared to the previous year, total budgetary expenditures recorded in the first quarter have increased by $928,801, from $6,699,653 to $7,628,454, as illustrated in the Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object below. This increase is mainly attributable to an increase in the Personnel and Professional and special services categories and is offset by a reduction in the Acquisition of machinery and equipment as explained below:

  • The expenditures in the Personnel category have increase by $802,562 and is primarily due to the additional resources required to address the influx of air travel complaints as well as the increased rates of pay stemming from the renewal of collective agreements.
  • The expenditures in Professional and special services category have increased by $155,378. This increase is primarily attributable to the period in which the purchases were settled as well as the development of new online products, such as an air passenger protection microsite and online complaint forms.
  • The expenditures in the Acquisition of machinery and equipment have decreased by $52,264 due to acquisition of videoconference equipment in 2018-2019 to facilitate oral hearings.

With respect to all other budgetary expenditures by Standard Object, overall expenditures are similar to those of the previous fiscal year. Any difference is primarily attributable to the period in which the purchases were settled.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

As reported in previous quarters, the CTA continues to face increased demand for services, particularly those related to air travel and accessibility complaints. The recent coming into force of the Air Passenger Protection Regulations and the Accessible Canada Act are expected to result in even further increases in complaints, at least in the short- and medium-term. The CTA will continue to monitor the allocation of resources to address operational pressures and ongoing priorities.

4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There have been no significant changes in the nature of the CTA's operations or programs over the last quarter.

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by:

Original signed by:


Scott Streiner
Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Gatineau, Canada
August 23, 2019

Original signed by:


Manon Fillion CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Gatineau, Canada
August 23, 2019

Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2019-2020
  Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2020Footnote 1 Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 1 – Program expenditures 31,886,261 6,835,082 6,835,082
Budgetary statutory authorities − Employee Benefit Plans 3,529,739 793,372 793,372
Total authorities 35,416,000 7,628,454 7,628,454
Fiscal year 2018-2019
  Total available for use for the year ended March 31, 2019Footnote 1 Used during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 1 – Program expenditures 30,463,026 5,906,281 5,906,281
Budgetary statutory authorities − Employee Benefit Plans 3,339,271 793,372 793,372
Total authorities 33,802,297 6,699,653 6,699,653

Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2019-2020
Expenditures Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2020 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 26,508,685 7,016,692 7,016,692
Transportation and communications 653,046 97,008 97,008
Information 193,843 79,160 79,160
Professional and special services 3,110,533 308,462 308,462
Rentals 902,147 109,618 109,618
Repair and maintenance 141,193 383 383
Utilities, materials and supplies 160,466 15,328 15,328
Acquisition of land, buildings, and works 3,522,137 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 223,950 1,790 1,790
Other subsidies and payments - 13 13
Total net budgetary expenditures 35,416,000 7,628,454 7,628,454
Fiscal year 2018-2019
Expenditures Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2019 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 24,836,591 6,214,130 6,214,130
Transportation and communications 489,689 86,533 86,533
Information 278,653 45,838 45,838
Professional and special services 3,721,357 153,084 153,084
Rentals 565,035 89,408 89,408
Repair and maintenance 57,170 16,527 16,527
Utilities, materials and supplies 106,857 38,900 38,900
Acquisition of land, building, and works 3,522,137 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 224,808 54,054 54,054
Other subsidies and payments - 1,179 1,179
Total net budgetary expenditures 33,802,297 6,699,653 6,699,653
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