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Section 3: Supplementary Information


Departmental Link to Government of Canada Outcome Areas

The TSB has one strategic outcome: to advance transportation safety, thereby reducing risks to people, property and the environment. This strategic outcome contributes to reach the broader Government of Canada outcome of "safe and secure communities."

3.2 Financial Information

These tables provide a summary of the financial resources allocated to the TSB as well as details on the actual resources utilized for the delivery of the mandate and for the achievement of the above-noted objectives.

The following table explains the way Parliament voted resources to the TSB and in essence replicates the summary table listed in the Main Estimates.

Financial Table 1:  Voted and Statutory Items

(in thousands of dollars) 2007-2008

Vote Wording Main Estimates Planned Spending Authorities Actual Spending
  Canadian Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board  
10 Program expenditures 25,415 25,793 28,210 27,104
(S) Contributions to employee benefit plans 3,557 3,557 3,287 3,287
(S) Spending of proceeds from the disposal of surplus Crown assets 0 0 39 39
(S) Re-spendable revenues 0 0 10 10
  Total Department 28,972 29,350 31,546 30,440
Total authorities are Main Estimates plus Treasury Board transfers.

The following table provides a detailed breakdown of the changes to the total authorities during the course of the year.

Authorities Amount
(in thousands of dollars)
Main Estimates 28,972
- Treasury Board Transfer - Vote 151 954
- Treasury Board Transfer - Vote 222 1,274
- Treasury Board Transfer - Vote 233 567
(S) Year-end adjustment to employee benefits plan (270)
(S) Spending of proceeds from the disposal surplus Crown assets 39
(S) Respendable revenues 10
Total Authorities 31,546
(1) This adjustment reflects the amounts received to offset the salary increases provided under new collective agreements.
(2) This adjustment represents the 2006-2007 operating budget carry forward.
(3) This adjustment reflects the amounts received to offset the paylist shortfalls resulting of the payment of severance pay, vacation credits upon termination of employment and some parental benefits.

The following table provides a comparison of the Main Estimates, planned spending, total authorities, and actual spending for the most recently completed fiscal year, as well as historical figures for actual spending by the TSB. In 2007-2008, the TSB used $30,440,000 of the permitted authorities. TSB's audited financial statements are provided in Appendix C.

Financial Table 2: Comparison of Planned to Actual Spending
(Full-Time Equivalents Included)

Program Activities (in thousands of dollars) 2005-2006 Actual 2006-2007 Actual 2007-2008
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual
Safety Investigations 24,865 24,484 23,958 24,271 25,488 24,594
Corporate Services 6,434 6,400 5,014 5,079 6,058 5,846
Total 31,299 30,884 28,972 29,350 31,546 30,440
Plus: Cost of services received without charge 3,303 3,518 3,108 3,108 3,399 3,399
Total departmental spending 34,602 34,402 32,080 32,458 34,945 33,839
Full-time equivalents 234 226 235 235 N/A 216
Total authorities are Main Estimates plus Treasury Board transfers.

Overall, actual expenditures for 2007-2008 were lower than the expenditures in 2006-2007 and 2005-2006. This decrease is attributed to the fact that, over the last two years, the organization was granted additional spending authorities to cover the costs associated with major safety investigations. In addition, this year, a high number of positions were vacant, and for various reasons, the funds allocated to the priority projects have not all been spent. Disregarding this information, the TSB actual spending has not increased in the last four years except to offset the employee salary increases set out in the new collective agreements.

3.3 Other Information

You will find information on the following subjects on the TSB website (

3.4 TSB Information and Contacts

You will find on this site the investigation reports that we have published, periodic statistical reports for each of the four transportation sectors and all of the TSB most recent reports to Parliament.

For further information, contact:

Communications Division
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Place du Centre
200 Promenade du Portage
4th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1K8

Telephone: 819-994-3741
Fax: 819-997-2239