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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

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
For the Year Ended March 31, 2016
Financial Information 2015–16
Estimated Results
Planned Results
Total expenses 473,532,068 112,905,656 360,626,412
Total revenues
Net cost of operations 473,532,068 112,905,656 360,626,412

Elections Canada estimates $112.9 million in expenses for 201617. This represents a decrease of $360.6 million from the 201516 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 201516 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 201617 Report on Plans and Priorities are available on Elections Canada's website:

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.