Northern Pipeline Agency Quarterly Financial Report (unaudited) For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2019

Statement outlining results, risks and significant changes in operations, personnel and programs

1. Introduction

This quarterly financial report should be read in conjunction with the Main Estimates and any Supplementary Estimates approved in a given year by the date of this report, as well as Canada’s Budget 2019. 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 Treasury Board. This quarterly financial report has not been subject to an external audit or review.

1.1 Authority, Mandate and Programs

The Northern Pipeline Agency (Agency) was established by the Northern Pipeline Act in 1978 and, in the context of the 1977 Agreement between Canada and the United States of America on Principles Applicable to a Northern Natural Gas Pipeline. The Agency has a mandate to carry out federal responsibilities in respect of the planning and construction of the Canadian portion of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline (AHGP). The Agency plays a key role in supporting efficient and expeditious regulatory approval while ensuring environmental protection and social and economic benefits for Canada.

Further details on the Agency’s authority, mandate and programs are available in Part II of the 2019-2020 Main Estimates.

1.2 Basis of Presentation

This quarterly financial report has been prepared by management using an expenditure basis of accounting. The accompanying Statement of Authorities includes the Agency’s spending authorities granted by Parliament, and those used by the Agency are consistent with the Main Estimates for the 2019-2020 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 money 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.

The Agency uses the full accrual method of accounting to prepare and present its annual unaudited departmental financial statements that are part of the departmental results reporting process. However, the spending authorities voted by Parliament remain on an expenditure basis.

2. Highlights of the First Fiscal Quarter and Comparative Results

This Quarterly Financial Report reflects the results as at June 30, 2019, including Main Estimates, and the details presented in this report focus on and compare the first quarter results of 2019-2020 with those of 2018-2019.

2.1 Authorities Available for Use and Planned Spending for the Year

As at June 30, 2019, the Agency has $1,084,070 in authorities available for use in 2019-2020 compared to $493,880 in 2018-2019, representing an increase of $590,190 due mainly to an increase in the funding available for transfer payments should it be needed.

2.2 Authorities Used and Amounts Expended during the First Quarter

During the first quarter of 2019-2020, the Agency spent $15,700 or 1% of the total funding available, compared to $15,519 or 3% of the total funding available the same period in 2018-2019, for a net increase of $181.

  • Personnel expenditures had a minor increase of $48 between the first quarter of 2019-2020 and first quarter of 2018-2019.
  • Professional and special services expenditures decreased by $1,446 between the first quarter of 2019-2020 and the first quarter of 2018-2019, due to a decrease of Agency activity.
  • Rental expenditures increased by $1,579 between the first quarter of 2019-2020 and the first quarter of 2018-2019, due to the timing of invoicing for certain ongoing rental services incurred compared to the first quarter last year.
  • No transfer payments were issued in the first quarter of 2019-2020, nor were there funds issued in the first quarter of 2018-2019.

3. Risks and Uncertainties

In planning for an efficient and effective review and regulation of the project, the Agency must adapt to project developments by the proponent, i.e., to carry out its responsibilities and to make the necessary preparations in concert with the pace of the project’s development.

3.1 Risk Mitigation Framework

The Agency identifies and responds to the pace of the project’s development by continual corporate-level forecasting, tracking and management of issues that could affect or require a response from the Agency. For example, on March 30, 2012, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, BP and TransCanada PipeLines Limited (now TC Energy) announced a work plan to assess liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from south-central Alaska as an alternative to a natural gas pipeline through Canada. In February 2013, TC Energy notified the Agency that no further work is planned on the AHGP for now, and of their intentions to maintain the AHGP assets in Canada. To align with the reduction in the AHGP project activities for the foreseeable future, the Agency has scaled down its operations, while continuing to fulfill Canada’s obligations as set out in the Act.

4. Significant Changes in Relation to Operations, Personnel and Programs

There were no significant changes to operations, personnel and programs during the first quarter of 2019-2020.
Original signed by:

Christyne Tremblay
Commissioner
Wayne Marshall
Director of Operations
August 16, 2019
Ottawa, Canada
August 1, 2019
Calgary, Canada
Table 1: Statement of Authorities (unaudited) (in dollars)
Autorisations budgétaires Exercice 2019-2020 Exercice 2018-2019
*Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2020 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year-to-date used at quarter-end *Total available for use for the year ending March 31, 2019 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 Year-to-date used at quarter-end
Net Operating expenditures - Vote 1 1,055,000 8,432 8,432 465,000 8,299 8,299
Statutory Authority - Employee Benefit Plans 29,070 7,268 7,268 28,880 7,220 7,220
Total Budgetary Authorities 1,084,070 15,700 15,700 493,880 15,519 15,519

* Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter-end: Main Estimates.

Table 2: Budgetary Expenditures by Standard Object (unaudited) (in dollars)
Expenditures: Exercice 2019-2020 Exercice 2018-2019
*Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2020 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Year-to-date used at quarter-end *Planned expenditures for the year ending March 31, 2019 Expended during the quarter ended June 30, 2018 Year-to-date used at quarter-end
Personnel 219,070 13,900 13,900 218,880 13,852 13,852
Transportation and communication 25,000 - - 5,000 - -
Information 1,000 - - 500 - -
Professional and special services 285,000 221 221 247,000 1,667 1,667
Rentals 11,000 1,579 1,579 11,000 - -
Repair and maintenance 1,000 - - 500 - -
Utilities, materials and supplies 1,000 - - 500 - -
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,000 - - 500 - -
Transfer Payments 540,000 - - 10,000 - -
Other subsidies and payments - - - - - -
Total net budgetary expenditures 1,084,070 15,700 15,700 493,880 15,519 15,519

* Includes only Authorities available for use and granted by Parliament at quarter-end: Main Estimates.