Future-Oriented Statement of Operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

For the year ending March 31, 2021

(in thousands of dollars)
Contract and Indigenous Policing $3,729,489 $3,437,373
Federal Policing 1,086,488 968,060
National Policing Services 600,591 567,765
Internal Services 758,512 587,390
Expenses incurred on behalf of Government 624 1,216
Total expenses 6,175,704 5,561,804
Policing services 2,352,350 2,547,878
Firearms licence fees 32,486 33,776
Other revenues 18,981
Revenues earned on behalf of Government (750,845) (822,755)
Total revenues 1,652,972 1,777,943
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers $4,522,732 $3,783,861

The accompanying notes form an integral part of the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations.

Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)
For the year ending March 31, 2021

1. Methodology and significant assumptions

The Future-Oriented Statement of Operations has been prepared on the basis of government priorities and departmental plans as described in the Departmental Plan.

The information in the forecast results for fiscal year 2019-2020 is based on actual results as at October 31, 2019 and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for fiscal year 2020-2021.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • The activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 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 and known changes to future conditions.

These assumptions are made as at December 31, 2019.

2. Variations and changes to the forecast financial information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of 2019-2020 and for 2020-2021, 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 RCMP 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 amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment, which may affect gains, losses and amortization expense;
  • the implementation of new collective agreements;
  • economic conditions, which may affect the amount of revenue earned; and
  • other changes to the operating budget, such as new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, the RCMP 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 2019-2020, 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

Transfer payments are recorded as an expense in the year the transfer is authorized and all eligibility criteria have been met by the recipient.

Other expenses are generally recorded when goods are received or services are rendered and include expenses related to personnel, professional and special services, repair and maintenance, utilities, materials and supplies, as well as amortization of tangible capital assets. Provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets or liabilities, such as provisions for bad debts and inventory obsolescence, as well as utilization of inventories are also included in other expenses.

b) Revenues

Revenues from regulatory fees are recognized based on the services provided in the fiscal year.

Funds received from external parties for specified purposes are recorded upon receipt as deferred revenue. These revenues are recognized in the period in which the related expenses are incurred.

Deferred revenue consists of amounts received in advance of the delivery of goods and rendering of services that will be recognized as revenue in a subsequent fiscal year as it is earned.

Other revenues are recognized in the period the event giving rise to the revenues occurred.

Revenues that are non-respendable are not available to discharge the RCMP's liabilities. Although the Commissioner is expected to maintain accounting control, she has no authority over 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 RCMP's gross revenues.

4. Parliamentary authorities

The RCMP is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to the RCMP 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 RCMP has a 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 thousands of dollars)
Forecast Results
Planned Results
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers $4,522,732 $3,783,861
Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
Amortization of tangible capital assets (165,031) (168,250)
Loss on disposal and write-off of tangible capital assets (8,527) (8,527)
Services provided without charge by other government departments (390,791) (371,633)
Increase in vacation pay and compensatory leave (2,412) (5,993)
Decrease (increase) in employee future benefits (10,944) 12,829
Decrease (increase) in accrued liabilities not charged to authorities (14,060) 24,002
Bad debt expense 61 118
Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities (591,704) (517,454)
Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
Acquisition of tangible capital assets (excluding assets under capital leases) 325,625 249,276
Lease payments for tangible capital assets 1,075 839
Increase in inventory 837 1,665
Decrease in respendable accounts receivable (138,911) (1,756)
Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities 188,626 250,024
Requested authorities $4,119,654 $3,516,431

b) Authorities requested

(in thousands of dollars)
Forecast results
Planned results
Authorities requested
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures $2,914,198 $2,610,781
Vote 5 – Capital expenditures 325,625 249,276
Vote 10 – Grants and Contributions 413,966 202,089
Statutory amounts 465,865 454,285
Total authorities requested $4,119,654 $3,516,431
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