2018-19 Departmental Plan

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (Unaudited)

For the Year Ending March 31
(in dollars)
blank Forecast
Regulate Patented Medicine Prices $ 8,409,087 $ 12,111,355
Internal Services 3,066,629 3,995,773
Total expenses 11,475,716 16,107,128
Voluntary compliance undertakings 32,241,343 -
Other 461 -
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (32,241,348) -
Total revenues 456 -
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers $ 11,475,260 $ 16,107,128

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 government priorities and Patented Medicine Prices Review Board’s (PMPRB) plans as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2017-18 is based on actual results as at December 31, 2017 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for fiscal year 2018-19.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The PMPRB’s activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year.
  • 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 are made as at December 31, 2017.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2017-18 and for 2018-19, 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 PMPRB 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 the amount of acquisitions and disposals of capital assets which may affect gains/losses and amortization expense;
  • the implementation of new collective agreements;
  • economic conditions which may affect the amount of revenue earned;
  • other changes to the operating budget, such as new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year; and
  • the frequency of hearings and variance in related costs.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, the PMPRB 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 2017-18, 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 PMPRB records expenses on an accrual basis.

Expenses for the PMPRB’s operations are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, including services provided without charge for accommodation, employer contributions to health and dental insurance plans and legal services, 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 terms of employment.

Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable and provision for valuation on advances, or 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 fiscal 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 PMPRB’s liabilities. Although 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 as a reduction of the entity's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary authorities

The PMPRB is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the PMPRB differs from financial reporting according to generally accepted accounting principles because authorities are based mainly 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 PMPRB 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)
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Planned results
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers $ 11,475,260 $ 16,107,128
Adjustment for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (54,530) (29,154)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (1,279,348) (1,283,402)
(Increase) decrease in vacation pay and compensatory leave (32,471) 7,867
Decrease in employee future benefits 104,326 44,710
Refund/adjustment of prior years’ expenditures 36,011 24,723
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (1,226,012) (1,235,256)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets 13,928 -
Proceeds from disposal of Crown assets 456 -
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 14,384 -
Requested authorities $ 10,263,632 $ 14,871,872
(b) Authorities requested
(in dollars)
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Authorities requested
Vote 1: program expenditures $ 10,202,458 $ 13,689,952
Statutory amounts 1,037,982 1,181,920
Less: lapsed authorities (976,808)



Total authorities requested $ 10,263,632 $ 14,871,872
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