E-12.0001 - Act to provide for balanced budgets in the public health and social services network

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chapter E-12.0001
Act to provide for balanced budgets in the public health and social services network
BALANCED BUDGETS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES NETWORKJune 16 2000June 16 2000
2000, c. 17.
1. This Act enacts measures to require public institutions of the health and social services network to maintain a balanced budget.
2000, c. 17, s. 1.
2. The provisions of this Act apply from the fiscal year 2000-2001.
2000, c. 17, s. 2.
3. Every public institution must, during a fiscal year, maintain a balance between its expenditures and its revenues.
2000, c. 17, s. 3.
4. No public institution may have a deficit at the end of a fiscal year.
2000, c. 17, s. 4.
5. At the beginning of a fiscal year, the Minister shall inform each agency of the resource envelope allotted to it pursuant to the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S‐4.2) for the purpose of financing the expenditures relating to the services to be provided by public institutions.
The Minister shall, at the same time, inform the agency of the ministerial policies and priorities to be complied with both as regards the allocation of resources and the maintenance of a balanced budget, and as regards the organization and accessibility of services.
In addition, the Minister may indicate to an agency conditions for the allocation of resources applicable to one or more institutions in its region. The agency must comply therewith or obtain the approval of the Minister for any adjustments it proposes.
2000, c. 17, s. 5; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
6. Within three weeks after receiving the information provided for in section 5, the agency shall inform the boards of directors of the institutions in its region of the amounts allocated to the operating budgets of the institutions. The total of the amounts allocated shall not exceed the resource envelope attributed to the agency for that purpose.
The agency shall, at the same time, inform the boards of directors of the regional policies and priorities that will be applicable to the budgets and services of the institutions, as determined by the agency in accordance with the ministerial policies and priorities.
2000, c. 17, s. 6; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
7. Within three weeks after the date on which the particulars specified in section 6 are transmitted to the boards of directors of public institutions by the agency, the boards of directors shall adopt the operating budgets of the institutions, which must show a balance between revenues and expenditures, and shall inform the agency and the Minister.
2000, c. 17, s. 7; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
8. The expenditures and commitments authorized by an agency, except commitments made before 1 April 1999, to finance the operations of the health and social services system in its region during a fiscal year shall not exceed the resource envelope allocated to the agency for that year.
2000, c. 17, s. 8; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
9. The executive director of a public institution shall prepare and submit to the Minister, at the Minister’s request and at the intervals and on the dates determined by the Minister, a statement showing the financial position of the institution.
The executive director shall also ensure that the information is transmitted to each member of the board of directors of the institution before the next board meeting.
2000, c. 17, s. 9.
10. The executive director of a public institution shall, if the executive director is of the opinion that budgetary balance is at risk during a fiscal year, inform the board of directors of the institution of that fact without delay.
As soon as the board of directors ascertains that it will not be possible to maintain budgetary balance, the board shall amend the institution’s operating budget to post any anticipated deficit as an expenditure and shall inform the agency and the Minister. A recovery plan must also be prepared and submitted for approval to the Minister who may approve it with or without amendment.
2000, c. 17, s. 10; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
11. Where warranted by the financial position of a public institution, in particular where the budgetary balance is at risk, the Minister may establish control mechanisms to ensure that the objective of this Act is attained. The Minister may, in particular, require that the institution implement an assessment program or an internal audit program.
The Minister may also, in the same circumstances, issue, in respect of a public institution, a directive concerning the management of its human, budgetary, physical or informational resources. The directive is binding on the institution from the date fixed therein.
2000, c. 17, s. 11.
12. The Minister may subject the approval and carrying out of any of a public institution’s projects involving a capital expenditure or the purchase of equipment to compliance with the requirement to maintain a balance between revenues and expenditures.
2000, c. 17, s. 12.
13. No public institution may borrow to meet operating expenditures unless expressly authorized by the Minister.
2000, c. 17, s. 13.
14. Where at any time during a fiscal year the Minister finds that a public institution is not complying with the requirements of section 7, that the expenditures of a public institution exceed its revenues or that an agency is not complying with the prescriptions of section 8, the Minister may, for that sole reason, assume the provisional administration of the institution or the agency pursuant to the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S‐4.2) or exercise, on the Minister’s own initiative, the powers provided for in sections 499 to 501 of that Act.
2000, c. 17, s. 14; 2005, c. 32, s. 308.
15. If, despite the measures taken to comply with section 4, a public institution anticipates a deficit on 31 March in a fiscal year, the deficit must be posted as an expenditure in the institution’s budget for the next fiscal year.
2000, c. 17, s. 15.
16. The Minister of Health and Social Services is responsible for the administration of this Act.
2000, c. 17, s. 16.
17. (Omitted).
2000, c. 17, s. 17.
REPEAL SCHEDULE
In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R‐3), chapter 17 of the statutes of 2000, in force on 1 April 2001, is repealed, except section 17, effective from the coming into force of chapter E-12.0001 of the Revised Statutes.