PPSC Future-Oriented Financial Statements 2023-2024

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

ISSN 2561-7028

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)
For the Year Ending March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
Prosecution services 212,802 226,242
Internal services 45,277 30,286
Total expenses 258,079 256,528
Prosecution services 17,647 22,742
Fines, forfeitures and court cost 56,299 56,614
Rent from residential housing provided to employees 768 804
Other 45 46
Revenues earned on behalf of government (57,112) (57,464)
Total revenues 17,647 22,742
Net cost of operations 240,432 233,786

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

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 the government priorities and the plans of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the estimated 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:

a) The ODPP's activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
b) The general historical pattern is expected to continue.
c) The requirements of Treasury Board Accounting Policies, which are based on Canadian public sector accounting standards sector, were followed.
d) The resources provided will enable the ODPP to deliver the expected results specified in the Departmental Plan.

These assumptions are adopted as at November 30, 2022.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

While 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 vary from the forecast information presented, and this variation could be material.

In preparing this future-oriented statement of operations, the ODPP 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 financial statement and the historical financial statement of operations include:
a) The timing and amounts of acquisitions and disposals of equipment may affect gains/losses and amortization expenses. 
b) Implementation of new collective agreements.
c) Further changes to the operating budget through additional new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the year.

Once the Departmental Plan is presented, the ODPP 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's accounting policies in effect for fiscal year 2022-23 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:

(a) Expenses

Expenses are recorded on an accrual basis. Expenses for the ODPP operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered including services provided without charges for accommodation, employee contributions to health and dental insurance plans, legal services and workers' compensation which are recorded as expenses at their estimated cost.  Vacation pay and compensatory leave, 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 provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable, advances and liabilities, including contingent liabilities to the extent the future event is likely to occur and a reasonable estimate can be made.

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. 

b) Revenues

Revenues from regulatory fees are recognized in the accounts based on the services provided in the year.

Other revenues are accounted for in the period in which the underlying transaction or event that gave rise to the revenue takes place.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the ODPP's liabilities. While the Deputy Head is expected to maintain accounting control, she 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 ODPP is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the ODPP differs from 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 ODPP 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 240,432 233,786
Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Services provided without charge by other government departments (25,737) (25,347)
Amortization of tangible capital assets (1,933) (2,027)
Decrease in employee future benefits 923 1,407
Increase in vacation pay and compensatory leave (721) (417)
Employee benefits recovered 2,578 3,160
Refunds of previous year expenditures (301) (592)
Increase in accrued liabilities not charged to authorities (3,187) -
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (28,380) (23,817)
Adjustment for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting appropriations:
Acquisitions of tangible capital assets 3,297 4,716
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 3,297 4,716
Requested authorities 215,349 214,685
(b) Authorities requested
(in thousands of dollars)
Authorities requested:
Vote 1 - Program expenditures 194,469 192,632
Statutory amounts 20,880 22,053
Requested authorities 215,349 214,685
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