Quarterly Financial Report for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2013

Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and program

Introduction

This quarterly financial report has been prepared by management as required by section 65.1 of the Financial Administration Act and in the form and manner prescribed by the Treasury Board. The report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and Supplementary Estimates A as well as Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 (Budget 2012). The report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) is an independent administrative tribunal that was created on January 1, 1989, by an amendment to the Immigration Act. In 2002, the Immigration Act was replaced by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), which was amended by the Balanced Refugee Reform Act (BRRA) in 2010 and by the Protecting Canada’s Immigration System Act (PCISA) in 2012.

The IRB has a single strategic outcome which is to resolve immigration and refugee cases before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law.

The IRB has five programs: Refugee Protection, Refugee Appeals, Immigration ppeals, Admissibility Hearings and Detention Reviews, Refugee Appeals and Internal Services. The Internal Services program supports the four other program activities.

A summary description of the IRB's program can be found in 2013-2014 Report on Plans and Priorities.

Basis of Presentation

This quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the IRB's spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by the IRB in a manner consistent with the Main Estimates for the 2013-14 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 monies 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 Parliamentary business of supply, the Main Estimates must be tabled in Parliament on or before March 1 preceding the new fiscal year. Budget 2012 was tabled in Parliament on March 29, after the tabling of the Main Estimates on February 28, 2012. As a result, the measures announced in Budget 2012 could not be reflected in the 2012-2013 Main Estimates.

In fiscal year 2012-2013, frozen allotments were established by Treasury Board authority in departmental votes to prohibit the spending of funds already identified as savings measures in Budget 2012. In 2013-2014, the changes to departmental authorities were reflected in the 2013-2014 Main Estimates tabled in Parliament.

The IRB uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental performance reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date (YTD) results

IRB's 2012-2013 authorities represent the total Main Estimates and the Supplementary Estimates (A), whereas 2013-2014 includes the amounts in the Main Estimates. IRB did not request authorities through Supplementary Estimates (A) in 2013-2014

Significant Changes to Authorities

As at December 31, 2013, the total authorities available for use were $129.4 million compared to $461.2 million for the same quarter of the prior year, representing a decrease of $16.8 million or 11.5% as reflected in the Statement of Authorities and as shown in the graph below.

The net decrease of $16.8 million is due to the following:

  • A decrease of $18.4M in temporary funding to support the reform of Canada's refugee system;
  • A decrease of $6.3M related to savings identified as part of Budget 2012 measures;
  • A decrease of $0.3M for the permanent transfer to Public Works and Government Services Canada as part of the Consolidation of Pay Services Project;
  • A decrease of $0.1M for the permanent transfer to the Public Service Commission for the Public Service Resourcing System;
  • A decrease of $5.8M due to later approval of the carry-forward funding;
  • An increase of $1.7M in temporary funding to address challenges in the management of security inadmissibility cases, protect classified information in immigration proceedings, and obtain assurances against torture in exceptional removal cases;
  • An increase of $0.8M in temporary funding to support sharing of immigrant information with the United States; and
  • An increase of $0.2M due to adjustments to the Employee Benefit Program rates.
  • An increase of $0.5M due to the compensation for collective agreements;
  • A net increase of $0.3M of operating budget carry-forward compared to the amount carried-forward in the previous year;
  • A net decrease of $1.2M as recovery for the reimbursement of paylist expenditures occurred after the quarter ended;
  • No funds were reprofiled to future years in 2013-2014 whereas $6.0M in were reprofiled in 2012-2013.

Significant Changes to Expenditures

The IRB spent 22.5% of its authorities in the third quarter of 2013-2014. Compared to the previous year quarter, total expenditures have decreased by $4.1M from $33.2 million to $29.1 million. This represents a decrease of 12.3%.

Graph: Third Quarter Expenditures Compared to Annual Authorities 

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The image illustrates a graph.

  • The Y axis (vertical) represents amounts in million of dollars in increments of 20 ranging from 0 to 160.
  • The X axis (horizontal) represents two fiscal years:
    • 2013-2014
    • 2012-2013

Each fiscal year consist of two columns:

  • the first column indicates the total authorities
  • the second column represents the expenditures

For fiscal year 2013-2014, the total authorities are 129.4 millions and expenditures are 29.1 millions.

For fiscal year 2012-2013, the the total authorities are 146.2 millions and the expenditures are 33.2 millions.

Risks and Uncertainties

The IRB is funded through annual appropriations. As a result, its operations are affected by any changes in funding approved by Parliament. In addition, the IRB's operations are affected by changes to legislation, the pace of Governor in Council appointments and reappointments of IRB members and the intake of new immigration and refugee cases.

Budget 2010 announced that the operating budgets of departments and agencies would be frozen at their 2010-2011 levels for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. Consequently, increases in expenditures related to personnel costs and other operating expenditures have to be managed within the allocated budget. In addition, a Strategic Review was conducted resulting in a net budget reduction of $5.7 million over fiscal years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 to the Refugee Protection, Admissibility Hearings and Detention Reviews and Internal Services programs. The impact on organizational activities has been managed through the following actions and mitigation strategies:

  • Increases in personnel costs due to collective agreements have been absorbed through attrition due to retirements and departures for other reasons; and
  • Increases in other operating costs have been managed through the reallocation of budgets from lower to higher priorities.

Significant changes related to operations, personnel and program

In November 2013, the Executive Director of the Board retired. In January 2014 Mr. Benjamin Dolin assumed the functions of acting Deputy Chairperson of the Immigration Appeal Division.

In July 2013, Douglas Michael Lloyd was named Chief Financial Officer of the Board.

Budget 2012 Implementation

This section provides an overview of the savings measures announced in Budget 2012 that will be implemented in order to refocus government and programs; make it easier for Canadians and business to deal with their government; and, modernize and reduce the back office.

Under Budget 2012, the IRB will achieve savings of $13.1 million by fiscal year 2014-2015 through efficiency measures and program reductions that align resources to the IRB's core mandate, scaling back activities where the need is reduced; transforming internal operations; and by consolidating and streamlining its activities. With these changes the IRB will support management excellence and accountability in government.

In the first year of implementation, the IRB achieved savings of approximately $3.3 million. Savings increased to $6.3 million in 2013-2014 and will result in ongoing savings of $13.1 million by 2014-2015.

For information on IRB’s savings included in Budget 2012 by Program Alignment Architecture, please consult the Supplementary Data on Budget 2012 Implementation.

The savings are derived from the closure of the Ottawa registry office; the elimination of a planned measure to provide transcripts of proceedings of the new Refugee Protection Division (RPD) where the decision is appealed to the Refugee Appeal Division (RAD); the elimination of the information-gathering interview at the new RPD; and the expected reduction in the volume of appeals to the RAD resulting from legislation adopted by Parliament.

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by:

Ken Sandhu,
Interim Chairperson
Douglas Michael Lloyd,
Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, Canada
February 21, 2014


Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2013-2014 (in thousands of dollars)
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2014Note 1 Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 10 – Net Operating expenditures 114,954 25,450 77,654
Statutory authority – Contributions to employee benefit plans 14,493 3,623 9,661
Statutory authority – Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 1 - 1
Total authorities 129,448 29,073 87,316

Fiscal year 2012-2013 (in thousands of dollars)
Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2013Note 1 Note 2 Used during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 10 – Net Operating expenditures 129,685 29,044 79,839
Statutory authority – Contributions to employee benefit plans 16,467 4,117 12,350
Statutory authority – Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 2 1 2
Total authorities 146,154 33,162 92,191

Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

Fiscal year 2013-2014 (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2014 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2013 Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 98,296 23,957 73,275
Transportation and communications 2,915 398 1,322
Information 275 21 101
Professional and special services 23,238 4,283 11,346
Rentals 670 151 496
Repair and maintenance 1,995 70 118
Utilities, materials and supplies 535 155 322
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,421 26 306
Other subsidies and payments 103 12 30
Total net budgetary expenditures 129,448 29,073 87,316

Fiscal year 2012-2013 (in thousands of dollars)
Expenditures Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2013Note 1 Note 2 Expended during the quarter ended December 31, 2012 Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 112,532 25,025 73,998
Transportation and communications 3,730 830 1,867
Information 75 242 375
Professional and special services 20,515 5,057 12,627
Rentals 1,354 125 915
Repair and maintenance 4,890 903 1,012
Utilities, materials and supplies 925 163 348
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,877 797 1,003
Other subsidies and payments 256 20 46
Total net budgetary expenditures 146,154 33,162 92,191

Notes

Note 1

Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter end.

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Note 2

Total available for use does not reflect measures announced in Budget 2012.

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