The image represents a timeline arrow pointing from left to right, for the years 2010 to 2014. The timeline is split between the period covering the existence of the “Advisory Panel on the Funding and Oversight of Officers of Parliament” and the post-Panel period (the Panel ended in June 2011). Boxes both above and below the timeline at specific dates outline the funding issues of the Office of the Information Commissioner for the period specified.
The events are as follows:
Federal Budget 2010: Operating Cost Freeze.
Nov. 2010 – Parliamentary Advisory Panel on the Funding and Oversight of Officers of Parliament recommends emergency funding for litigation and complex cases in the amount of $400,000 to Treasury Board.
June 9, 2011 – RPP 2011-12: The OIC’s limited budgetary flexibility will be further compounded by government-wide cost containment measures over the next three years. The situation renders the Office very vulnerable to new pressures.
Nov. 17, 2011 – DPR 2010-11: OIC identifies risk related to ongoing fiscal restraint. Year-end lapse of funds was only 1.2% of authorities in 2010-11. A special purpose allotment of $400,000 is secured.
Dec. 22, 2011 – Letter to Honourable Rob Nicholson in response to Strategic Operating Review (SOR) and Deficit-Reduction Action Plan (DRAP): “The overall conclusions of the review indicate that any reductions to my Office’s existing funding envelope will potentially have significant adverse impacts on program results” and “any reductions to our current funding envelope could not be absorbed without jeopardizing the quality and level of service offered to Canadians and Parliamentarians.”
Mar. 29, 2012 – Budget 2012: 6% cut to OIC’s budget.
Nov. 8, 2012 – DPR 2011-12: As a result of cost containment measures and funding reductions, the OIC’s “overall staff complement will have to be reduced by 11% by the end of 2013.”
Mar. 28, 2013 – RPP 2013-14: OIC is in the process of absorbing successive and significant budget cuts—in our case, equalling roughly 8% of our budget since 2010-11. This puts us at the limit of our financial and organizational flexibility.
Oct. 11, 2013 – 2014 Budget Ask for the OIC sent by the Minister of Justice to the Minister of Finance.
Nov. 5, 2013 – DPR 2012-13: OIC is being adversely affected by cuts, amounting to nearly 11% of our budget by 2014-15. This puts the integrity of the federal access to information system and our program at serious risk.
Jan. 2014 – Forced relocation financed via TBS loan, repayable over a 15 year period. The first scheduled payment in 2014-2015 is for 200,000.
Mar. 6, 2014 – RPP 2014-15: Ongoing fiscal restraint measures have placed the OIC at the limit of our financial and organizational flexibility, such that our ability to deliver our program will be jeopardized. Over the past four fiscal years, our year-end lapse of funds has been 3%, on average.
Nov. 7, 2014 – DPR 2013-14: The time of having financial flexibility has come to an end; OIC lapsed just $37,000 (or 0.2%) of its overall budget. Without additional funding, the Commissioner will no longer be able to carry out her mandate responsibly and ensure full respect of Canadians’ right of access to information.
Nov. 10, 2014 – 2015 Budget Ask for the OIC sent to the Minister of Finance.
If 2015 Budget Ask approved, TB submission will be prepared.