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Unaudited Future-Oriented Statement of Operations
For the year ending March 31, 2024

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)
For the year ending March 31
(in thousands of dollars)
  Forecast results 2022-23 Planned results 2023-24
Expenses
Funding Social Sciences and Humanities Research and Training
597,236 686,598
Institutional support for the indirect costs of research
451,738 452,590
Internal Services
20,585 21,539
Total Expenses 1,069,559 1,160,727
Revenues
Miscellaneous revenues
108 108
Total Revenues 108 108
Net cost of operations 1,069,451 1,160,619

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


Notes to the Future-Oriented Statement of Operations (unaudited)

1. Authority and Objectives

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) was established in 1977 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Act, and is a departmental corporation named in Schedule II to the Financial Administration Act. SSHRC’s purpose is to promote and assist research and scholarship in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC delivers its objectives under three Core Responsibilities, which are described in the Departmental Plan.

SSHRC’s grants, scholarships and operating expenditures are funded by annual, voted budgetary authorities. Employee benefits are funded by statutory authorities.

2. 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 2022–23 is based on actual results as at December 31, 2022, and on forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Forecasts have been made for the planned results for fiscal year 2023–24.

The main assumptions underlying the forecasts are as follows:

  • SSHRC’s activities will remain substantially the same as in the previous year, with the exception of an increase from Budget 2022 in support of Research Security, and lower planned spending over the next 3 years due to the redistribution of the Canada Graduate Scholarships from the SSHRC to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
  • Expenses and revenues, including the determination of amounts internal and external to the government, are based on past experience. The general historical pattern is expected to continue.

These assumptions are made as at December 31, 2022.

3. Variations and Changes to the Forecast Financial Information

Although every attempt has been made to forecast final results for the remainder of fiscal year 2022–23 and for fiscal year 2023–24, 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, SSHRC 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 the amount of acquisitions and disposals of property, plant and equipment, hich may affect gains, losses and amortization expense;
  • the implementation of new collective agreements;
  • economic conditions, which may affect both the amount of revenue earned and the collectability of accounts receivable;
  • other changes to the operating budget, such as new initiatives or technical adjustments later in the fiscal year; and
  • the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on SSHRC’s financial results in future periods.

After the Departmental Plan is tabled in Parliament, SSHRC 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.

4. 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 2022–23 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:

  1. a) Expenses

    Grants and scholarships (transfer payments) are recognized as an expense in the year in which the entitlement of the recipient has been established, the transfer is authorized, and all eligibility criteria have been met.

    Operating expenses are recorded when goods are received or services are rendered, on an accrual basis. Vacation pay and compensatory leave are accrued as the benefits are earned under the respective collective agreement. Services provided without charge by other government departments and agencies for accommodation and the employer’s contribution to the health and dental insurance plans are recorded as operating expenses at their estimated cost.

    Expenses also include provisions to reflect changes in the value of assets, including provisions for bad debt on accounts receivable and amortization of tangible capital assets, which is done on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful life of the asset as follows:

    Asset Class Amortization Period
    Computer hardware 3 years
    Computer purchased and developed software 5 years
    Machinery and equipment 5 years
    Other equipment (including furniture) 7 years
    Motor vehicles 7 years
    Leasehold improvements Lesser of the remaining term of lease or useful life of the improvement
  2. b) Revenues

    Revenues are recognized in the period in which the related transactions or the event that gives rise to the revenues occurred. Respendable revenues are revenues provided under a revolving fund or a net-voting authority and are netted against the costs of operations.

    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 department’s liabilities. Although the deputy head is expected to maintain accounting control, he or 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 the department’s gross revenues.

5. Parliamentary Authorities

SSHRC is financed by the Government of Canada through parliamentary authorities. Financial reporting of authorities provided to SSHRC 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, SSHRC has 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 2022-23 Planned results 2023-24
    Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 1,069,451 1,160,619
    Adjustments for items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities:
    Revenues
    108 108
    Amortization of tangible capital assets
    (269) (220)
    Services provided without charge by other government departments
    (5,805) (7,004)
    Increase in vacation pay and compensatory leave
    (209) (262)
    Decrease in employee future benefits
    27 26
    Refund of previous years’ expenditures
    1,803 1,803
    Total items affecting net cost of operations but not affecting authorities
    (4,345) (5,549)
    Adjustments for items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities:
    Acquisitions of tangible capital assets
    360 260
    Decrease in prepaid expenses
    (165) -
    Total items not affecting net cost of operations but affecting authorities
    195 260
    Requested authorities 1,065,301 1,155,330

  • b) Authorities Requested
    (in thousands of dollars)
      Forecast results 2022-23 Planned results 2023-24
    Authorities requested:
    Vote 5—Grants and scholarships
    1,019,113 1,107,096
    Vote 1—Operating expenditures
    43,748 43,157
    Statutory amounts:
    Contributions to the employee benefit plan
    4,322 4,969
    Spending of revenues pursuant to subsection 4(2) of the SSHRC Act
    108 108
      1,067,291 1,155,330
    Less:
    Lapsed: Operating
    (1,990) -
    Total authorities requested 1,065,301 1,155,330


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