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National Energy Board – 2019–20 Departmental Plan

Spending and human resources

Planned spending

Departmental spending trend graph:

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 2016–17 and 2017–18, forecast spending for the year 2018–19 and planned spending for the years 2019–20 to 2021–22.

Actual Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2016–17: $84,617
  • 2017–18: $93,833

Forecast Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2018–19: $101,674

Planned Spending by period is as follows:

  • 2019–20: $91,684
  • 2020–21: $72,285
  • 2021–22: $72,046

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 2016–17
ExpendituresTable Note a
2017–18
Expenditures
2018–19
Forecast spending
2019–20
Main Estimates
2019–20
Planned spending
2020–21
Planned spending
2021–22
Planned spending
Energy RegulationTable Note b 40,961,325 0 0 0 0 0 0
Energy Adjudication 0 24,293,849 19,995,029 22,763,624 21,168,557 18,105,562 18,105,577
Safety and Environment Oversight 0 23,004,346 21,688,106 22,231,657 29,865,211 20,822,924 20,822,938
Energy Information 6,125,216 10,444,458 8,476,994 9,388,697 6,031,164 5,157,645 5,157,660
Engagement 0 4,898,235 6,036,951 5,088,269 9,549,898 6,743,745 6,504,240
Subtotal 47,086,541 62,640,888 56,197,080 59,472,247 66,614,830 50,829,876 50,590,415
Internal Services 37,530,277 31,192,102 30,766,850 32,212,504 25,069,921 21,455,137 21,455,198
Internal Services – GIC Remission Levy 0 0 14,710,000Table Note b 0 0 0 0
Total 84,616,817 93,832,990 101,673,930 91,684,751 91,684,751 72,285,013 72,045,613

An increase of $7.84 million from 2017–18 expenditures to 2018–19 Forecasting spending is primarily due to the following:

  • An increase of $14.71 million related to Governor in Council’s remission of levy to the Northern Gateway Pipeline projectFootnote 1
  • An increase of $8.0 million related to Budget 2018 Modernization Funding to transition to new impact assessment and regulatory processes
  • A decrease of $4.67 million related to Budget 2016 Funding related to Interim Strategy on Pipelines Program
  • A decrease of $3.98 million related to Budget 2014 Energy East
  • A decrease of $5.1 million related to the retro payment as a result of collective agreement renewal
  • A decrease of $1.0 million in Budget 2015 Energy Transportation Infrastructure.

The 2019–20 planned spending is $10.0 million lower than the 2018–19 forecast spending primarily due to the remission of levy to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project and an increase in Budget 2018 Funding to transition to new impact assessment and regulatory processes.

The NEB planned spending for 2020–21 of $72.3M is a decrease of $19.4M from the 2019–20 NEB planned spending of $91.7M. This is primarily due to the expiration of temporary (sunset) funding. The source of this temporary funding includes a:

  • A decrease of $13.3M in funding related to Budget 2015 Energy Transportation Infrastructure
  • A decrease of $5.3M in funding related to Budget 2017 Pipeline Safety Lifecycle Oversight
  • A decrease of $0.6M in funding related to Budget 2017 Communication and Access to Information Capacity

The NEB will be seeking renewal of this temporary funding in future budgets. If the funding is not renewed, the organization would need to make adjustments to its programs and expected results.

The NEB is funded through parliamentary appropriations. The Government of Canada recovers approximately 98 per cent of the appropriation from the industry the NEB regulates. All collections from cost recovery invoices are deposited to the account of the Receiver General for Canada and credited to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Pipeline and power line companies regulated by the NEB (authorized under the NEB Act) are subject to cost recovery. Applications before the NEB 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 NEB 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 2016–17
Actual full-time equivalentsTable Note a
2017–18
Actual full-time equivalents
2018–19
Forecast full-time equivalents
2019–20
Planned full-time equivalents
2020–21
Planned full-time equivalents
2021–22
Planned full-time equivalents
Energy RegulationTable Note a 276.7 0 0 0 0 0
Energy Adjudication 0 125.8 103.0 119.8 115.8 115.8
Safety and Environment Oversight 0 124.5 124.6 159.2 116.2 116.2
Energy Information 37.3 55.5 48.4 34.2 28.9 28.9
Engagement 0 24.0 38.5 44.0 26.0 26.0
Subtotal 314.0 329.7 314.4 357.2 286.9 286.9
Internal Services 165.5 151.6 171.7 161.3 144.6 144.6
Total 474.5 481.3 486.2 518.5 431.5 431.5

The increase in planned full-time equivalents from 2018–19 to 2019–20 is due to Budget 2018 Modernization funding in hiring technical specialists to assist the organization to implement the proposed Canadian Energy Regulatory Act.

The decrease of 87 full-time equivalents from 2020–21 planned full-time equivalents in comparison to the 2019–20 planned full-time equivalents is mainly attributed to the:

  • A decrease of 51 full-time equivalents related to Budget 2015 Energy Transportation Infrastructure
  • A decrease of 30 full-time equivalents related to Budget 2017 Pipeline Safety Lifecycle Oversight
  • A decrease of 4 full-time equivalents related to Budget 2017 Communication and Access to Information Capacity
  • A decrease of 2 full-time equivalents related to Budget 2018 Modernization

Estimates by vote

Information on the National Energy Board’s organizational appropriations is available in the 2019–20 Main Estimates.

Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations

The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the National Energy Board’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. The forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Departmental Plan are prepared on an expenditure basis; as a result, 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 National Energy Board’s websiteFootnote 2.

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ended March 31, 2020 (dollars)

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ending March 31, 2020 (dollars)

Future Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations for the year ending March 31, 2020 (dollars)
Financial information 2018–19
Forecast results
2019–20
Planned results
Difference
(2019–20 Planned results
minus
2018–19 Forecast results)
Total expenses 102,956,690.44 108,008,880.08 5,052,189.63
Total revenues      
Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers 102,956,690.44 108,008,880.08 5,052,189.63

The NEB’s forecast results for 2018–19 is $5.05 million less than the 2019–20 planned results. This is primarily due to Budget 2018’s operating expenditures to prepare the organization for changes related to the proposed Canadian Energy Regulatory Act, and to support the participation of Indigenous Peoples and the public in the impact assessment process.

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