National Energy Board – 2017–18 Departmental Plan

Spending and human resources

Planned spending

Departmental spending trend graph

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Departmental spending trend graph

This bar chart shows the National Energy Board’s six-year spending trend. It includes actual spending for the fiscal years 2014–15 and 2015–16, forecast spending for the year 2016–17 and planned spending for the years 2017–18 to 2019–20.

Actual Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2014–15: $87,321
  • 2015–16: $82,397

Forecast Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2016–17: $82,382

Planned Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2017–18: $79,840
  • 2018–19: $70,191
  • 2019–20: $70,191

Budgetary planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (dollars)

Budgetary planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (dollars)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services 2014–15 Expenditures 2015–16 Expenditures 2016–17 Forecast spending 2017–18 Main Estimates 2017–18 Planned spending 2018–19 Planned spending 2019–20 Planned spending
Energy Adjudication 30,209,718 26,172,193 25,235,723 28,333,982 28,333,982 20,495,319 20,495,319
Safety and Environment Oversight 15,100,775 17,012,899 20,617,163 22,807,608 22,807,608 21,503,435 21,503,435
Energy Information 6,567,390 9,018,344 5,973,956 7,289,921 7,289,921 5,755,352 5,755,352
EngagementNote a n/a n/a 2,534,233 2,528,944 2,528,944 3,645,316 3,645,316
Subtotal 51,877,883 52,203,436 54,361,076 60,960,455 60,960,455 51,399,422 51,399,422
Internal Services 35,443,200 30,193,132 28,021,243 18,879,531 18,879,531 18,791,809 18,791,809
Total 87,321,083 82,396,568 82,382,319 79,839,986 79,839,986 70,191,231 70,191,231

The decrease of approximately $2.5 million in planned spending in fiscal year 2017–18 compared to forecast spending in fiscal year 2016–17 is mainly attributed to the decrease in funding related to Budget 2012 Pipeline Safety Program ($5.1 million) and Budget 2014 Regulatory Review of Mega Projects ($2.1  million), partially offset by an increase in funding related to Budget 2016 Interim Strategy on Pipelines Program ($4.7 million).

The decrease of approximately $9.6 million in planned spending in fiscal year 2018–19 compared to planned spending in fiscal year 2017–18 is mainly attributed to a decrease in funding related to Budget 2016 Interim Strategy on Pipelines Program ending at the end of fiscal year 2017–18 ($4.7 million), a decrease in the re-profiled funding primarily for Budget 2014 Mega Hearings ending at the end of fiscal year 2017–18 ($4.2 million), a decrease in funding related to Budget 2015 Energy Transportation Infrastructure ($4.0 million), as well as a decrease in funding related to Budget 2012 Pipeline Safety ($1.0  million).

The NEB is funded through Parliamentary appropriations. The Government of Canada currently recovers approximately 97 per cent of the appropriation from the industry the Board regulates. All collections from cost recovery invoices are deposited to the account the Receiver General for Canada and credited to the Consolidate Revenue Fund.

Pipeline and power line companies regulated by the NEB (authorized under the NEB Act) are subject to cost recovery. Applications before the Board for new facilities are not subject to cost recovery until the facility is placed into service, unless the company does not have any prior facilities regulated by the Board in which case a one-time levy is assessed following the authorization of construction. 

Cost recovery is carried out on a calendar year basis.

Planned human resources

Human resources planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services
(full-time equivalents)

Human resources planning summary for Core Responsibilities and Internal Services (full-time equivalents)
Core Responsibilities and Internal Services 2014–15
Full-time equivalents
2015–16
Full-time equivalents
2016–17
Forecast
full-time equivalents
2017–18
Planned
full-time equivalents
2018–19
Planned
full-time equivalents
2019–20
Planned
full-time equivalents
Energy Adjudication 201.08 150.36 143.95 121.20 120.39 120.39
Safety and Environment Oversight 91.22 101.16 113.09 141.20 141.66 141.66
Energy Information 46.20 48.08 38.69 41.42 40.56 40.56
EngagementNote a n/a n/a 10.00 15.45 13.63 13.63
Subtotal 338.5 299.6 305.73 319.27 316.23 316.23
Internal Services 102.1 157.9 163.80 133.58 128.37 128.37
Total 440.6 457.5 469.53 452.85 444.60 444.60

The decrease of approximately 17 full-time planned human resources in fiscal year 2017–18 compared to forecast human resources in fiscal year 2016–17 is mainly attributed to the decrease in funding related to Budget 2012 Safety Program and Budget 2014 Regulatory Review of Mega Projects. The decrease of approximately 8 full-time equivalents in planned human resources in fiscal year 2018–19 compared to planned human resources in fiscal year 2017–18 is mainly attributed to the Budget 2016 Interim Strategy on Pipelines and Budget 2014 Mega Hearings ending at the end of fiscal year 2017–18.

Estimates by vote

For information on the NEB’s organizational appropriations, consult the 2017–18 Main Estimates.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations

The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the NEB’s operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.

Because the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.

A more detailed Future-Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, are available on the NEB’s website.

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31, 2018 (dollars)

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
for the year ended March 31, 2018 (dollars)

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31, 2018 (dollars)

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31, 2018 (dollars)
Financial information 2016–17
Forecast results
2017–18
Planned results
Difference
(2017–18 Planned results
minus
2016–17 Forecast results)
Total expenses 99,234,413 96,328,839 (2,905,574)
Total revenues
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 99,234,413 96,328,839 (2,905,574)

2017–18 planned expenses are $96.3 million, a decrease of $2.9 million over the 2016–17 forecasted expenses of $99.2 million. This is primarily due to the following:

  • a decrease of $2.5 million between 2016–17 forecasted expenditures and 2017–18 planned expenditures is mainly attributed to the decrease in funding related to Budget 2012 Safety Program and Budget 2014 Regulatory Review of Mega Projects, partially offset by an increase in funding related to Budget 2016 Interim Strategy on Pipelines Program;
  • a decrease of services provided without charge of $0.7 million which relates to a decreased employee benefit plan rate, which is provided by Treasury Board; and
  • an increase of amortization of $0.3 million relates to increased planned capital acquisition.
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