Copyright Board Canada
Canada

Copyright Board of Canada
Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program
For the Quarter Ended December 31, 2014

Introduction:

This quarterly report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act (FAA) and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board (TB). This quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates.

The Copyright Board of Canada (the "Board") is an independent administrative agency that has been conferred department status for purposes of the FAA. Its mandate is set out in the Copyright Act. The Board is empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works when the administration of such works is entrusted to a collective administrative society.

The Board’s program objective is to set royalties which are fair and equitable to both copyright owners and users of copyright-protected works. This includes setting fair and equitable terms and conditions so as to permit the use of works when the owner of the copyright cannot be located.

Basis of Presentation:

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Copyright Board of Canada’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the Board, consistent with the Main Estimates for the 2014-15 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 moneys 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.

As part of the departmental performance reporting process, the Board prepares its annual departmental financial statements on a full accrual basis in accordance with TB accounting policies, which are based on Canadian generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

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

Highlights of Fiscal Quarter Results:

Total authorities used during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 decreased by $50,000 compared to the same quarter of last year. This is a reflection of a corresponding decrease in net operating expenditures. Year-to-date authorities used however increased by $14,000 compared to last year.

The decrease in net operating expenditures for the quarter ended on December 31, 2014 is essentially the result of lower transportation and communications expenses, because of changing operational needs. Information expenses also decreased, by $22,000, since the Board’s tariffs are now being published only electronically. The arrival of new staff led to an increase of $41,000 in personnel expenditures and a decrease of $38,000 in professional services expenditures.

On a year-to-date basis, operating expenditures increased by $14,000. Personnel expenditures increased while transportation and communications, information and professional services expenditures decreased. Other subsidies and payments expenditures however increased by $52,000, reflecting the implementation of payment in arrears, as reported in the first quarterly report.

Risks and Uncertainties:

The Board is funded through annual appropriations. As a result, its operations are impacted by any changes in funding approved through Parliament.

With respect to Budget 2012 implementation, there are no new or renewed initiatives and savings measures announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 that will have a significant influence on the Copyright Board’s authorities and expenditures.

The Board’s most significant expenditure is personnel which represents 62% of its planned expenditures. The median tenure of the Board’s staff is about three years. This implies that whenever an employee departs due to retirement or resignation or a new employee is hired to replace the departing one, there is a risk of substantial variation in quarterly expenditures.

In addition, the Board’s expenditures are influenced by the number and complexity of tariffs that it has to establish. A significant increase in the number of hearings can result in resource pressures.

Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs:

There have been no significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs this fiscal year.

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by,

Claude Majeau Deputy Head
Gilles McDougall Chief Financial Officer

Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

Fiscal Year 2014-2015
(in thousand of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2015* Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 45 - Net Operating expenditures 2,971 620 1,907
Budgetary statutory authorities
Employee benefit plans 286 72 215
Total authorities 3,257 692 2,121
* Includes approved estimates documents as at quarter end.
   
Fiscal Year 2013-2014
(in thousand of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2014* Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 45 - Net Operating expenditures 2,825 667 1,881
Budgetary statutory authorities
Employee benefit plans 303 75 226
Total authorities 3,128 742 2,107
* Includes approved estimates documents as at quarter end.
 

Table 1: Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

Fiscal Year 2014-2015
(in thousand of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2015* Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2014 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures
Personnel 2,022 454 1,450
Transportation and communications 225 16 62
Information 157 18 113
Professional and special services 584 177 330
Rentals 117 14 60
Repair and maintenance 10 1 7
Utilities, materials and supplies 65 10 24
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 77 2 25
Other subsidies and payments 0 52
Total net budgetary expenditures 3,257 692 2,121
* Includes approved estimates documents as at quarter end.
   
Fiscal Year 2013-2014
(in thousand of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014* Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
Expenditures
Personnel 2,033 413 1,411
Transportation and communications 225 58 99
Information 115 40 182
Professional and special services 570 215 335
Rentals 75 11 57
Repair and maintenance 10 - -
Utilities, materials and supplies 65 2 13
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 35 3 10
Other subsidies and payments - -
Total net budgetary expenditures 3,128 742 2,107
* Includes approved estimates documents as at quarter end.