2016–17 – Report on Plans and Priorities
Section III: Supplementary Information
Future-Oriented Statement of Operations
The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of Elections Canada's operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.
Because the future-oriented statement of operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of this report are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts will differ.
A more detailed future-oriented statement of operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net costs of operations to the requested authorities, can be found on Elections Canada's website.Footnote 7
|Net cost of operations||473,532,068||112,905,656||360,626,412|
Elections Canada estimates $112.9 million in expenses for 2016–17. This represents a decrease of $360.6 million from the 2015–16 forecast results, which is mainly the result of conducting the 2015 general election. In the years following an election, expenses drop sharply, returning gradually to their usual level as election activities wind down. The 2015–16 forecast expenses include payments to electoral workers and suppliers of goods and services in the 338 electoral district offices and 73,000 polling stations; the placement of election advertising across the country; the delivery of election materials and supplies to local offices; the temporary staff for the support networks and the public; the technical help to support the information technology infrastructure; and the partial reimbursement of election expenses to eligible political entities.
Supplementary Information Tables
The supplementary information tables listed in the 2016–17 Report on Plans and Priorities are available on Elections Canada's website:
- Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or MoreFootnote 8
- Upcoming Internal AuditsFootnote 9
- Green Procurement PolicyFootnote 10
Tax Expenditures and Evaluations
The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures annually in the Tax Expenditures and EvaluationsFootnote 11 publication. The tax measures presented in the Tax Expenditures and Evaluations publication are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.