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Northern Pipeline Agency Quarterly Financial Report (unaudited) For the Quarter Ended December 31, 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 Third Fiscal Quarter and Comparative Results

This Quarterly Financial Report reflects the results as at December 31, 2019, including Main Estimates, and the details presented in this report focus on and compare the third quarter results of 2019-2020 with those of 2018-2019.

2.1 Authorities Available for Use and Planned Spending for the Year

As at December 31, 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 Third Quarter

During the third quarter of 2019-2020, the Agency spent $25,739 or 2.4% of the total funding available, compared to $42,673 or 8.6% of the total funding available the same period in 2018-2019, for a net decrease of $16,934. The key differences are as follows:

  • Professional and special services expenditures decreased by $11,843 between the third quarter of 2019-2020 and the third quarter of 2018-2019 due to the timing of certain invoices.
  • Rental expenditures decreased by $4,734 between the third quarter of 2019-2020 and the third quarter of 2018-2019 due to the timing of invoicing for certain ongoing rental services incurred compared to the third quarter last year.
  • Utilities, materials and supplies had a minor decrease of $360 in the third quarter of 2019-2020.
  • No transfer payments were issued in the third quarter of 2019-2020, nor were there funds issued in the third 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

The appointment of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan as Minister of Natural Resources and responsible for the management and direction of the Agency occurred in the third quarter of 2019-2020.

Approved by:

Original signed by:

Christyne Tremblay
Commissioner

February 24, 2020
Ottawa, Canada
Wayne Marshall
Director of Operations

February 13, 2020
Calgary, Canada

Table 1: Statement of Authorities (unaudited) (in dollars)

  Fiscal year 2019-2020 Fiscal year 2018-2019
*Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2020
Used during the quarter ended
December 31, 2019
Year-to-date used at
quarter-end
*Total available for use for the year ending
March 31, 2019
Used during the quarter ended
December 31, 2018
Year-to-date used at
quarter-end
Budgetary Authorities
Net Operating expenditures - Vote 1 1,055,000 18,471 43,853 465,000 35,453 47,374
Statutory Authority - Employee Benefit Plans 29,070 7,268 21,803 28,880 7,220 21,660
Total Budgetary Authorities 1,084,070 25,739 65,656 493,880 42,673 69,034

* 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)

  Fiscal year 2019-2020 Fiscal year 2018-2019
*Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2020
Expended during the quarter ended
December 31, 2019
Year-to-date used at
quarter-end
*Planned expenditures for the year ending
March 31, 2019
Expended during the quarter ended
December 31, 2018
Year-to-date used at
quarter-end
Expenditures:
Personnel 219,070 14,213 38,697 218,880 14,210 40,571
Transportation and communication 25,000 - - 5,000 - -
Information 1,000 - - 500 - -
Professional and special services 285,000 9,157 19,855 247,000 21,000 21,000
Rentals 11,000 2,369 7,104 11,000 7,103 7,103
Repair and maintenance 1,000 - - 500 - -
Utilities, materials and supplies 1,000 - - 500 360 360
Acquisition of machinery and equipment 1,000 - - 500 - -
Transfer Payments 540,000 - - 10,000 - -
Total net budgetary expenditures 1,084,070 25,739 65,656 493,880 42,673 69,034

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

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