Statutory Forecasts – Budgetary Expenditures
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This table provides the reader with a preview of the Appropriation Bill. As noted previously, Supplementary Estimates directly supports the Bill. This table provides a list of Vote numbers, Vote wording and the requested funds that will be proposed to Parliament for approval. There are two schedules to the Appropriation Bill in Supplementary Estimates: Schedule 1 identifies those items for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013 whereas Schedule 2 identifies those items for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
Only positive adjustments to appropriations are included in a Proposed Schedule to the Appropriation Bill. Where funding for a Vote has netted to zero or has a negative amount displayed in these Supplementary Estimates, no change is required to existing spending authority and is not requested of Parliament. Therefore, they are not included in these schedules.
Once the Appropriation Bill is approved, the Vote wording becomes the governing conditions under which expenditures may be made. The following kinds of Votes can appear in Supplementary Estimates:
- Program expenditures Votes – This type of Vote is used when there is no requirement for either a separate “Capital expenditures” Vote or “Grants and contributions” Vote because neither equals or exceeds $5 million. In this case, all expenditures are charged to the one Vote.
- Operating expenditures Votes – This type of Vote is used when there is a requirement for either a “Capital expenditures” Vote or a “Grants and contributions” Vote or both; that is, when expenditures of either type equals or exceeds $5 million.
- Capital expenditures Votes – This type of Vote is used when capital expenditures equal or exceed $5 million. Expenditure items in a “Capital expenditures” Vote could include individual items expected to exceed $10,000 for the acquisition of land, buildings and works (Standard Object 8), as well as the acquisition of machinery and equipment (Standard Object 9), or for purposes of constructing or creating assets where an organization expects to draw upon its own labour and materials or employs consultants or other services or goods (Standard objects 1 to 9). Different threshold limits may be applied for different capital expenditure classes.
- Grants and contributions Votes – This type of Vote is used when the total of grants and contributions expenditures equals or exceeds $5 million. It should be noted that the inclusion of a grant, contribution or other transfer payment item in Supplementary Estimates imposes no requirement to make a payment, nor does it give a prospective recipient any right to the funds. It should also be noted that in the Vote wording, the meaning of the word “contributions” is considered to include “other transfer payments” because of the similar characteristics of each.
- Non-budgetary Votes – This type of Vote is identified by the letter “L”, and provides authority for spending in the form of loans or advances to, and investments in, Crown corporations and loans or advances for specific purposes to other governments, international organizations or persons or corporations in the private sector.
- Special Votes: Crown Corporation Deficits and Separate Legal Entities – Where it is necessary to appropriate funds for a payment to a Crown corporation or for the expenditures of a legal entity, a separate Vote is established. A legal entity for these purposes is defined as a unit of government operating under an Act of Parliament and is responsible directly to a Minister.
- Treasury Board centrally-managed Votes – To support the Treasury Board in performing its statutory responsibilities for managing the government’s financial, human and materiel resources, a number of special authorities are required as outlined below.
- Government Contingencies Vote – This Vote serves to supplement other appropriations and to provide for miscellaneous, urgent or unforeseen expenditures not otherwise provided for, including grants and contributions not listed in the Estimates and the increase of the amount of grants listed in these Supplementary Estimates. This authority to supplement other appropriations is provided until parliamentary approval can be obtained and as long as the expenditures are within the legal mandate of the organization.
- Government-Wide Initiatives Vote – This Vote supplements other appropriations in support of the implementation of strategic management initiatives in the Public Service of Canada.
- Compensation Adjustments Vote – This Vote supplements other appropriations to provide funding for the increased personnel costs of collective agreements between the Treasury Board and collective bargaining units representing public servants, as well as collective agreements signed by separate employers, including members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Forces, Governor in Council appointees and Crown corporations as defined in section 83 of the Financial Administration Act.
- Public Service Insurance Vote – This Vote provides for the payment, in respect of insurance, pension or benefit programs or other arrangements, or in respect of the administration of such programs, or arrangements, including premiums, contributions, benefits, fees and other expenditures, made in respect of the public service or any part thereof and for such other persons, as Treasury Board determines, and authority to expend any revenues or other amounts received in respect of such programs or arrangements to offset any such expenditures in respect of such programs or arrangements and to provide for the return to certain employees of their share of the premium reduction under subsection 96(3) of the Employment Insurance Act .
- Operating Budget Carry Forward Vote – This Vote supplements other appropriations for the operating budget carry forward from the previous fiscal year.
- Paylist Requirements Vote – This Vote supplements other appropriations for requirements related to parental and maternity allowances, entitlements on cessation of service or employment and adjustments made to terms and conditions of service or employment of the federal public administration including members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Forces, where these have not been provided from the Compensation Adjustments Vote.
- Capital Budget Carry Forward Vote – This Vote supplements other appropriations for the capital budget carry forward from the previous year.
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