Alert: Government Not-for-Profit Consultation Paper

Alert: Government Not-for-Profit Consultation Paper

In May 2019 the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) issued a Consultation Paper (CP) to gather feedback for the development of a Government Not-for-Profit (GNFP) strategy that will meet the public interest.


As part of its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, PSAB highlighted its intention to assess the specific needs of GNFP stakeholders and determine if some public sector accounting standards should apply differently to this group. Accordingly, PSAB and its staff consulted with more than 100 GNFP stakeholders in 2017 to better understand their financial reporting needs and concerns and the current Canadian GNFP landscape. The following needs and concerns were identified:

  • Diversity in the financial reporting practices of Government Not-for-Profit Organizations (GNFPOs) in Canada;
  • Relevance of the net debt indicator;
  • The need for fund accounting;
  • The need for specific guidance relating to endowments; and,
  • The effect of Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS) on the balanced-budget mandate.


The purpose of the current CP is to:

  • Inform GNFP stakeholders of the Canadian and international not-for-profit financial reporting landscape;
  • Communicate the results of the 2017-2018 GNFP consultations; and,
  • Request stakeholder input on key issues that will guide PSAB in determining its next steps for the GNFP strategy.

Feedback Requested

As part of this CP, PSAB has requested feedback on the following areas:

  • Future trends specific to the GNFP sector and their impact on financial reporting;
  • Other significant financial reporting concerns not captured as part of the 2017-2018 GNFP consultations;
  • Whether governments and GNFPOs should account for transactions similarly and present information similarly in the financial statements;
  • Whether financial statement users would benefit from all GNFPOs using the same set of financial reporting standards;
  • Whether financial statement users would benefit from comparable financial information within each subsector (e.g. universities, colleges, museums, social housing, etc.); and,
  • The key areas where financial information comparability within each subsector would be beneficial or not for financial statement users.

Comments for this CP were due by September 30, 2019. PSAB will determine the next steps relating to its GNFP strategy once the responses are assessed.

Full details on the project can be found here.

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