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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

has the honour to present its

EIGHTEENTH REPORT


Your Committee has approved the Senate Main Estimates for the fiscal year 2013-2014 and recommends their adoption. (Annex A)

Your Committee notes that the proposed total budget is $92,517,029. 

Respectfully submitted,

 

DAVID TKACHUK

Chair


ANNEX A

2013-2014 MAIN ESTIMATES

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 MAIN ESTIMATES

The 2013-2014 Expenditure Plan totaling $92,517,029 is presented for consideration by the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

Table 1.1: Senate budget for 2013-2014

Vote (thousands of dollars)

 

 

2011-2012
Actual expenditures

2012-2013
Main Estimates

2012-2013 Estimates to date (Main and Supplementary Estimates)

2013-2014
Main Estimates

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Program expenditure s

56,793,395

57,933,343

57,933,343

58,169,816

(S)

Officers and Members of the Senate - Salaries, allowances and other payments to the Speaker of the Senate, Members and other officers of the Senate under the Parliament of Canada Act; contributions to the Members of Parliament Retiring Allowances Account, and Members of Parliament Retirement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Compensation Arrangements Account.

26,544,931

26,690,200

26,690,200

26,690,200

  (S)

Contributions to employee benefit plan

  6,641,354

  7,592,303

7,592,303

  7,657,013

 

 

Total

 

89,979,680

 

92,215,846

 

92,215,846

 

92,517,029

 

PRESENTATION BY PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

The following table displays the financial information for the Senate by Program Activities. This format is used to present to Parliament and the Canadian public the government’s estimates and Public accounts information.

 

Activities

 

2013-2014 Main Estimates
 

$

2012-2013 Main Estimates

$

 Increase (Decrease)
 

$

Increase (Decrease) of total budget

%

Senators and their Offices

43,589,940

42,876,840

713,100

0.77%

Chamber, Committees and Associations

17,040,786

17,855,148

(814,362)

(0.88%)

Administrative Support

31,886,303

31,483,858

402,445

0.44%

Total 92,517,029 92,215,846 301,183 0.33%

 

A. BUDGETARY SPENDING AUTHORITIES

The Senate’s Main Estimates include two separate budgetary programs: the Statutory budget and the Non-Statutory (voted) budget. Included in the Statutory budget are amounts which are authorized by the Parliament of Canada Act (sections 55(1), 60 to 62, 63(1)) such as Senators’ indemnities, allowances, and certain other expenses. These expenditures have been given continuing authority by Parliament in previous years and no further approval is required.

Also included in the Statutory budget is the Employee Benefit Plan. This component of the budget represents the costs for the employer’s matching contributions to the Public Service Superannuation Plan, Canada or Quebec Pension Plan, Supplementary Death Benefits, and the Employment Insurance Account.

The Program Expenditures budget represents the amounts that are voted on an annual basis by Parliament. Included are all salary, operating, and capital requirements for committees, Senators’ office expenses and Senate Administration .

In the context of cost containment measures announced in the Federal Budget 2010 and 2011, a freeze on funding for salary increments was imposed from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013. Starting in 2013-2014, organizations and departments are no longer required to absorb the economic increases. For departments, sums required will be provided through a central vote (pay list expenditures shortfall) automatically. Parliamentary institutions do not have access to this central vote as TBS is not the employer; consequently the required funding must be included in their respective main estimates presentation. Even though this represents an increase, it does not have an impact on the Senate’s reduction plan approved by the Committee last year. As all other organizations, including the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament, it is considered as a separate item and funds approved for 2013-2014 economic increases are not counted against their proposed reduction plan. The Senate is confident it will meet the 5% reduction by 2014-2015.

B. BUDGETARY ASSUMPTIONS

The following internal assumptions were used in preparing the budget for 2013-2014:

C. SUMMARY OF CHANGES FOR 2013-2014

 


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