Quarterly Financial Report for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2016

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Highlights of fiscal quarter and fiscal year to date (YTD) results
  3. Risks and uncertainties
  4. Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs
  5. Statement of Authorities (unaudited)
  6. Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report should be read in conjunction with the 2016‑17 Main Estimates [ PDF (1.21 MB) - external link ], Supplementary Estimates A [ PDF (612 KB) - external link ], and Supplementary Estimates B [ PDF (725 KB) - external link ]. It 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. It has not been subject to an external audit or review nor has it been subject to the approval of the Audit Committee.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research funding agency. Its mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

CIHR invests in high quality health research and health research personnel to help create and apply new knowledge that can improve health outcomes for Canadians, lead to innovative products and services that improve Canada's health care system, and create high quality employment and commercial opportunities. CIHR's Health Research Roadmap II: Capturing Innovation to Produce Better Health and Health Care for Canadians presents CIHR’s vision to capture excellence and accelerate health innovation via three strategic directions, including:

  1. Promoting excellence, creativity and breadth in health research and knowledge translation;
  2. Mobilizing health research for transformation and impact; and
  3. Enhancing and optimizing CIHR’s activities and resources to align the organization with emerging and future needs.

Further details on CIHR’s authority, mandate and programs can be found in Part II of the Main Estimates [ PDF (1.21 MB) - external link ] and the Report on Plans and Priorities.

Basis of Presentation

The quarterly report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes CIHR’s spending authorities granted by Parliament and those used by CIHR, consistent with the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates A and Supplementary Estimates B for the 2016‑17 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.

When Parliament is dissolved for the purposes of a general election, section 30 of the Financial Administration Act authorizes the Governor General, under certain conditions, to issue a special warrant authorizing the Government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund. A special warrant is deemed to be an appropriation for the fiscal year in which it is issued.

CIHR 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.

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

This quarterly financial report reflects the results of the current fiscal period in comparison to the authorities provided in the combination of the Main Estimates, Supplementary Estimates A and Supplementary Estimates B for fiscal year 2016‑17, as well as budget adjustments approved by Treasury Board up to December 31, 2016.

2.1 Financial Highlights – Statement of Authorities (Refer to Section 5)

As of December 31, 2016, total authorities available for use for CIHR have increased by $71.2 million (7.0%) compared to 2015‑16 as shown in the tables below. The increase to CIHR’s total authorities available is mainly due to:


Total authorities used as at December 31, 2016 have increased slightly by $10.4 million (1.5%) as compared to the prior fiscal year. CIHR has used 64.3% (67.8% in 2015‑16) of its available authorities through the third quarter, which is consistent with its annual spending pattern.

Table 2.1.1 – Changes to annual authorities available and cumulative authorities used by vote
($ thousands)

2016‑17 2015‑16 Variance
Annual Authorities available Cumulative Authorities used % used Annual Authorities available Cumulative Authorities used % used (1) vs (3) (2) vs (4)
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Vote 1 - Operating Expenditures 52,731 34,414 65.3% 49,166 34,166 69.5% 7.3% 0.7%
Vote 5 - Grants 1,023,934 657,539 64.2% 956,772 647,534 67.7% 7.0% 1.5%
Statutory Authorities 6,325 4,479 70.8% 5,833 4,375 75.0% 8.4% 2.4%
Total 1,082,990 696,432 64.3% 1,011,771 686,075 67.8% 7.0% 1.5%

Table 2.1.2 – Changes to annual authorities available and authorities used during the third quarter by vote
($ thousands)

2016‑17 2015‑16 Variance
Annual Authorities available Q3 Authorities used % used Annual Authorities available Q3 Authorities used % used (1) vs (3) (2) vs (4)
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Vote 1 - Operating Expenditures 52,731 11,843 22.5% 49,166 10,606 21.6% 7.3% 11.7%
Vote 5 - Grants 1,023,934 185,276 18.1% 956,772 178,112 18.6% 7.0% 4.0%
Statutory Authorities 6,325 1,493 23.6% 5,833 1,458 25.0% 8.4% 2.4%
Total 1,082,990 198,612 18.3% 1,011,771 190,176 18.8% 7.0% 4.4%

Vote 1 – Operating Expenditures

Total authorities available for use for Vote 1 - Operating expenditures have increased by $3.6 million (7.3%) as at December 31, 2016 as compared to the prior fiscal year as a result of:

Operating expenditures authorities used year-to-date have increased minimally by $0.2 million (0.7%) as compared to the prior fiscal year. Authorities used during the third quarter for Vote 1 – Operating Expenditures have increased by $1.2 million (11.7%) as compared to the prior fiscal quarter due to planned activities now coming to fruition, which were initially reprioritized into the third and fourth quarter as a result of recommendations from the July Working Meeting with the health research community.

Vote 5 – Grants

Authorities available for use for Vote 5 - Grants have increased by approximately $67.2 million (7.0%) through the third quarter as compared to the prior fiscal year, primarily as a result of new grant funding announced in Budget 2014 of $16.4 million for the CFREF Program, new funding announced in Budget 2015 of $13.5 million for the SPOR ICT and AMR initiatives, new funding of $28.2 million announced in Budget 2016 for early career investigators, and $8.8 million received to fund the second round of the CFREF.

Year-to-date grant expenditures have increased by 1.5% as compared to the prior year. The percentage of grant authorities used through the third quarter of 2016‑17 (64.2%) is consistent with authorities used at the third quarter of the prior fiscal year (67.7%).

Grant authorities used during the third quarter of 2016‑17 have increased by $7.2 million (4.0%) as compared to the prior fiscal year quarter due to increased authorities available for use as well as timing differences with respect to the disbursement of funds to health researchers.

Overall spending as at December 31, 2016 is consistent with management expectations.

Statutory Authorities

Budgetary statutory authorities (representing CIHR’s contribution to employee benefit plans) available for use increased year over year by $0.5 million (8.4%).  The increase is mainly the result of an additional $0.2 million received as part of Budget 2015 for the SPOR ICT and AMR initiatives (8 full-time equivalent positions) and the additional $0.2 million received as part of Budget 2016 for early career investigators (12 full-time equivalent positions). Actual spending for statutory authorities through the third quarter of 2016‑17 is 70.8% of the total available authorities for use for the year as expected given this expenditure is distributed equally throughout the fiscal year. 

2.2 Financial Highlights – Statement of Departmental Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object (Refer to Section 6)

As of December 31, 2016, total authorities available for use by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research have increased by $71.2 million (7.0%) as compared to the prior fiscal year due to increased funding received.  Total authorities used as at December 31, 2016 have increased by $10.4 million (1.5%) as compared to the prior fiscal year. These increases are reflected in Tables 2.2.1 and 2.2.2 (where expenditure types are re-grouped into three categories: Personnel, Other Operating Expenditures and Grants) for further analysis:

Table 2.2.1 – Changes to annual authorities available and cumulative authorities used by expenditure type
($ thousands)

2016‑17 2015‑16 Variance
Annual Authorities available Cumulative Authorities used % used Annual Authorities available Cumulative Authorities used % used (1) vs (3) (2) vs (4)
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Personnel 42,814 33,448 78.1% 41,098 32,188 78.3% 4.2% 3.9%
Other operating expenditures 16,242 5,445 33.5% 13,901 6,353 45.7% 16.8% -14.3%
Grants 1,023,934 657,539 64.2% 956,772 647,534 67.7% 7.0% 1.5%
Total 1,082,990 696,432 64.3% 1,011,771 686,075 67.8% 7.0% 1.5%

Table 2.2.2 – Changes to annual authorities available and authorities used during the third quarter by expenditure type
($ thousands)

2016‑17 2015‑16 Variance
Annual Authorities available Q3 Authorities used % used Annual Authorities available Q3 Authorities used % used (1) vs (3) (2) vs (4)
(1) (2) (3) (4)
Personnel 42,814 10,856 25.4% 41,098 10,489 25.5% 4.2% 3.5%
Other Operating Expenditures 16,242 2,480 15.3% 13,901 1,575 11.3% 16.8 % 57.5%
Grants 1,023,934 185,276 18.1% 956,772 178,112 18.6% 7.0% 4.0%
Total 1,082,990 198,612 18.3% 1,011,771 190,176 18.8% 7.0% 4.4%

Personnel and Other Operating Expenditures

Authorities available for Personnel Expenditures for the period ended December 31, 2016 have increased by $1.7 million (4.2%) as compared to the prior year. In addition, authorities available for other operating expenditures have also increased by $2.3 million (16.8%). These increases are mainly due to:

Personnel authorities used year to date increased by $1.3 million (3.9%) as compared to the prior fiscal year and Personnel authorities used during the third quarter increased by $0.4 million (3.5%). These increases are in line with expectations given CIHR received additional funding. The percentage of authorities used for Personnel Expenditures through the third quarter (78.1%) is reasonable for this type of expenditure and is comparable to the prior fiscal year (78.3%).

Other Operating Expenditures used year to date decreased by $0.9 million (14.3%) as compared to the prior fiscal year and Other Operating Expenditures used during the third quarter increased by $0.9 million (57.5%) as compared to the prior fiscal year quarter. The year to date decrease is the result of lower travel and hospitality costs stemming from transformational activities occurring as a result of reforms. CIHR also considered the operational impact of reprioritizing its planned activities to ensure timely implementation of recommendations stemming from the July Working Meeting with the health research community. As a result, planned activities have been delayed into the third and fourth quarter. The increase in Other Operating Expenditures in Q3 2016‑17 compared to Q3 2015‑16 is the result of those planned activities now coming to fruition.

Grants

Authorities available for the period ended December 31, 2016 have increased by $67.2 million (7.0%) over the prior year due primarily to additional strategic health research priority funding announced in Budget 2014, 2015, and 2016. The increases in Authorities used to date ($10.0 million or 1.5%) and used in the third quarter ($7.2 million or 4%) are consistent with the increased amount of Authorities available for use. The percentage of grant authorities used through the third quarter of 2016‑17 (64.2%) is consistent with authorities used as at December 31st of the prior fiscal year (67.7%).

2.3 Other Non-Financial Highlights

Other non-financial highlights for the third quarter of 2016‑17 include:

3. Risks and uncertainties

CIHR is funded through voted parliamentary spending authorities and statutory authorities for operating expenditures and transfer payments. As a result, its operations are impacted by any changes to funding approved through Parliament. Funding changes may pertain to evolving priorities and initiatives that government puts in place to respond to such factors as economic fluctuations, global or national health emergencies, and technological or scientific advances.

The risks detailed below could impact CIHR’s ability to achieve its intended outcomes and result in a loss of credibility for CIHR from both key external and internal stakeholders and the public at large, leading to possible damage to CIHR’s reputation.

Canada’s new government has mandated the Ministers of Health and Science to strengthen Canada’s support for fundamental, discovery-based research, foster innovations in health and health care, and increase our support for research to improve health and health system outcomes. As the Canadian federal agency responsible for funding the research and knowledge translation CIHR must recognize and take advantage of emerging trends in health and health systems research to address complex health challenges and accelerate innovation in Canada and abroad.

Exploiting the opportunities provided by scientific discovery and innovation can only be achieved by creating a balance between the multiple, and sometimes competing interests and motivations of researchers, research participants, research sponsors, academic institutions, health system leaders and individuals. A structured, analytical and deliberate approach to responsible decision making is needed to ensure these multiple interests are considered in the context of the needs of all Canadians.

In its strategic plan the Health Research Roadmap II: Capturing Innovation to Produce Better Health and Health Care for Canadians CIHR has laid out its vision the to capture excellence and accelerate health innovation, to amplify the impact of CIHR's investments by expanding partnerships to accelerate the development of innovative thinking and increase the research funding envelope to maximize the impacts of health research in Canada. Additionally, over the last several years, CIHR has been working to modernize its programs, policies and systems to better capitalize on Canada’s health research strengths and adapt to the evolution within the health research landscape. A bold approach was taken to design a high-quality, flexible and sustainable system that is capable of identifying and supporting excellence in all areas of health research.

CIHR is committed to a disciplined, integrated risk management process in its daily operations. A Corporate Risk Profile (CRP) is updated twice annually and provides a proactive response to manage and monitor risks to ensure CIHR’s ability to operationalize processes, achieve outcomes and deliver on its mandate. CIHR is managing several risks that have been identified in its CRP, including:

CIHR Management has implemented several mitigations to address and monitor the associated risks, including:

CIHR will continue to monitor the aforementioned risk and work to ensure mitigations strategies are implemented.

4. Significant changes in relation to operations, personnel and programs

On December 20, 2016, Dr. Alain Beaudet announced that he will be retiring as President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, effective March 31, 2017.

Approval by Senior Officials

Approved by:

Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD
President

Thérèse Roy, CPA, CA (Québec)
Chief Financial Officer

Ottawa, Canada
February 28, 2017

5. Statement of Authorities (unaudited)

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016

Fiscal year 2016-2017 Fiscal year 2015-2016
(in thousands of dollars) Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2017Footnote 1
Used during the quarter ended
December 31, 2016
Year to date used at quarter-end Total available for use for the year ended
March 31, 2016Footnote 1
Used during the quarter ended
December 31, 2015
Year to date used at quarter-end
Vote 1 – Operating expenditures 52,731 11,843 34,414 49,166 10,606 34,166
Vote 5 - Grants 1,023,934 185,276 657,539 956,772 178,112 647,534
Budgetary statutory authorities 6,325 1,493 4,479 5,833 1,458 4,375
Total authorities 1,082,990 198,612 696,432 1,011,771 190,176 686,075

6. Departmental budgetary expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited)

For the quarter ended December 31, 2016

Fiscal year 2016-2017 Fiscal year 2015-2016
(in thousands of dollars) Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 20171
Expended during the
quarter ended December 31, 2016
Year to date used at quarter-end Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 20161
Expended during the
quarter ended December 31, 2015
Year to date used at quarter-end
Personnel 42,814 10,856 33,448 41,098 10,489 32,188
Transportation and communications 5,146 700 1,665 6,127 397 1,979
Information 894 89 335 1,141 108 372
Professional and special services 7,615 1,087 2,189 2,182 870 2,720
Rentals 1,795 176 431 2,844 82 849
Repair and maintenance 58 10 16 133 8 18
Utilities, materials and supplies 180 34 63 491 14 34
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 554 308 631 983 30 282
Transfer payments 1,023,934 185,276 657,539 956,772 178,112 647,534
Other subsidies and payments - 76 115 - 66 99
Total budgetary expenditures 1,082,990 198,612 696,432 1,011,771 190,176 686,075
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