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Departmental Performance Report (DPR) and Financial Highlights

Library and Archives Canada: Financial Performance Summary for 2009-2010

Summary of Performance


2009—2010 Financial Resources ($ thousands)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending
$121,338.9 $140,078.8 $124,467.5

2009—2010 Human Resources (FTEs)
Planned Actual Difference
1,132 1,140 8

Strategic Outcome: Current and future generations of Canadians have access to their documentary heritage
Performance Indicators Targets 2009—2010 Performance
Extent to which the LAC collection is accessible to Canadians (refers to going digital) 2009-2010 determine baseline A conservative estimate of approximately 15 million images (0.3% of the collection content) is available online1.

Among other measures of access are the following:
  • more than 80% of published material and 15% of archival material (via microfilm) are accessible to Canadians through an interlibrary loan;
  • 10% of LAC archival material is located and accessible in the regions;
  • 70% of the remaining archival material and 10% of remaining published material is accessible only on site.

The performance indicator and target above is from the Performance Measurement Framework that LAC revised after the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) was completed. They were used throughout 2009-2010 and provide a more meaningful and measurable basis to define LAC's goals and results achieved than those set out in the RPP.


1 This result is comparable to other national institutions, such as the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), which has a similar mandate to LAC. For more information on this topic, consult pages 38 to 45 of the NARA Fiscal Year 2010-2011, Annual Performance Plan at: [www.archives.gov/about/plans-reports/performance-plan/2011/2011-performance-plan.pdf]

($ thousands)
Program Activity 2008—2009 Actual Spending 2009—2010 Alignment to Government of Canada Outcome
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending
Program Activity 1.1 — Managing the disposition of the Government of Canada records of continuing value $13,938.8 $9,863.6 $9,860.7 $11,192.9 $11,248.2 Social Affairs
Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage (See Note 1)
Program Activity 1.2 — Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada $68,776.8 $57,301.0 $57,287.8 $70,401.6 $54,509.8 Social Affairs
Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage
Program Activity 1.3 — Making the documentary heritage known and accessible for use $43,876.9 $24,611.8 $24,612.0 $26,107.1 $24,305.9 Social Affairs
Vibrant Canadian Culture and Heritage
Program Activity 1.4 — Internal services Note 2 $29,606.2 $29,578.4 $32,377.2 $34,403.6  
Total $126,592.5 $121,382.6 $121,338.9 $140,078.8 $124,467.5  

Note 1: While the Program Activity Architecture currently allocates all LAC program activities to the Social Affairs outcome, effective recordkeeping establishes an essential administrative and business foundation within government for services to Canadians. It is an essential element in supporting ministerial and managerial accountability within Canada's democratic process. Therefore, LAC notes that Program Activity 1.1 aligns better to the Government Affairs outcome.
Note 2: Commencing in the 2009-2010 Estimates cycle, the resources for Program Activity 1.4: Internal services is displayed separately from other program activities; they are no longer distributed among the remaining program activities, as was the case in previous Main Estimates. This has affected the comparison of spending and FTE information by Program Activity between fiscal years.


Explanation of Variance
Total Authorities versus Total Spending
Program Activity Amount
($ thousands)
Item Comments
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 4,900.0 Nitrate Preservation Facility Due to project delays funds in the amount of $4.9M were reprofiled to 2010-11 to meet the cash flow requirements of the project.
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 4,842.7 Collection Storage Facility Due to project delays funds an amount of $4.3M in capital and $514K in operating were reprofiled to 2010-11 to meet the cash flow requirements of the project.
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 2,400.0 AMICAN Project for the replacement of obsolete systems Spending related to the acquisition and integration of one of the system's components has been postponed to 2010-11.
1.3 Making the documentary heritage known and accessible for use 1,600.0
1.4 Internal Services 800.0 Strategic Review (2007) This amount was frozen by Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat for reallocation to higher priorities of the Government of Canada…
  14,542.7 Total*

* This number does not correspond to overall variance since only major items are included in this table.


Explanation of Variance
Planned Spending verses Total Authorities
Program Activity Amount
($ thousands)
Item Comments
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 6,125.7 Collection Storage Facility $5.3M transfer from Public Works and Government Services through Supplementary Estimates B for the conversion of an asset in Gatineau, Quebec as a Collection Storage Facility with high density shelving system. Also accessed $800K from the Fiscal Framework through Supplementary Estimates A.
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 1,400.0 Canada's Economic Action Plan Funding received to support the modernization of federal laboratories (horizontal item ) (Budget 2009)
1.2 Managing the documentary heritage of interest to Canada 482.0 Canadian Feature Film Policy Transfer from Canadian Heritage received through Supplementary Estimates B to fund film acquisition and preservation activities under the Preservation and Access Component of the Canadian Feature Film Policy.
1.3 Making the documentary heritage known and accessible for use 850.0 Archival Community Digitization Program Transfer from Canadian Heritage received through Supplementary Estimates A in support of activities to advance the creation of cultural content on-line and other digitization projects (horizontal item )
All Program Activities 4,048.6 Vote 15 transfer - Collective Bargaining This amount increased Library and Archives Canada's overall spending authorities and was not forecasted as planned spending.
All Program Activities 3,019.1 Vote 30 transfer - Paylist Requirements This amount increased Library and Archives Canada's overall spending authorities and was not forecasted as planned spending.
All Program Activities 2,715.0 Vote 25 transfer - Carry Forward This amount increased Library and Archives Canada's overall spending authorities and was not forecasted as planned spending.
  18,640.4 Total*

* This number does not correspond to overall variance since only major items are included in this table.