Alert: Financial Instruments Project Phase II - Federal Government Narrow Scope Amendments

Alert: Financial Instruments Project Phase II - Federal Government Narrow Scope Amendments

In July 2020 the Public Sector Accounting Board (“PSAB”) approved narrow-scope amendments to the CPA Canada Public Sector Accounting (“PSA”) Handbook providing a scope exclusion of certain activities by the Federal government. 

The Amendments relate to Phase II of the PSAB’s Financial Instruments Narrow-Scope Amendments project intended to develop a series of amendments to address specific stakeholder concerns raised related to:

  • the presentation of the fair value of derivatives;
  • the presentation of certain foreign exchange gains/losses and changes in the fair value of associated derivatives; and
  • the accounting for rate-setting transactions.

The Amendments permit the federal government to present exchange gains and losses resulting from transactions intended to sustain foreign exchange reserves and orderly conditions in the foreign exchange market for the Canadian dollar or to aid foreign countries, directly in the statement of operations. 

The Amendments, were reflected in the PSA Handbook on October 1, 2020, in the following Sections:

  • PS 1201, Financial Statement Presentation;
  • PS 2601, Foreign Currency Translation; and
  • PS 3450, Financial Instruments.

The Amendments apply to fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2022 except for those government organizations that applied the CPA Canada Handbook – Accounting prior to adopting the PSA Handbook. Earlier adoption is permitted.

Information on this and other PSAB projects, including related supporting materials, can be accessed here.


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