Notes to Financial Statements

(In thousands of dollars)
Year ended December 31, 2018

The Ontario College of Teachers (the "College") was established by an Act of the Ontario Legislature proclaimed on July 5, 1996.

The College is an independent, self-regulating professional body with authority to license and regulate the practice of teaching in Ontario.

The affairs of the College are administered by a Council comprised of 37 members of whom 23 are elected by the membership and 14 are appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council.

As a not-for-profit professional membership organization, the College is exempt from income taxes.

1. Significant accounting policies:

The financial statements of the College have been prepared by management in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations. The significant accounting policies followed by the College are outlined below:

(a) Revenue recognition:

The College follows the deferral method of accounting for revenue.

Membership fees received are deferred and recognized as revenue in the year to which the fee relates.

All other unrestricted revenue is recognized as revenue when received or receivable, if the amounts to be received can be reasonably estimated and collection is reasonably assured.

Interest revenue is recorded as earned.

(b) Capital assets:

Capital assets are recorded at cost and are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives, as follows:

Building 30 years
Building improvements 15 years
Furniture 10 years
Equipment 3 to 10 years
Computer Equipment 4 years
Software 3 years

(c) Financial instruments:

Financial liabilities are initially recognized at fair value less any financing fees or transaction costs. The financial liabilities are subsequently measured at amortized cost.

Financial assets are initially recognized at fair value plus any financing fees or transaction costs. Investments are recorded at amortized cost and include accrued interest.

Financial assets are assessed for impairment on an annual basis at the end of the fiscal year if there are indicators of impairment. If there is an indicator of impairment, the College determines if there is a significant adverse change in the expected amount or timing of future cash flows from the financial asset. If there is a significant adverse change in the expected cash flows, the carrying value of the financial asset is reduced to the highest of the present value of the expected cash flows, the amount that could be realized from selling the financial asset or the amount the College expects to realize by exercising its right to any collateral. If events and circumstances reverse in a future period, an impairment loss will be reversed to the extent of the improvement, not exceeding the initial carrying value. Impairments are recognized through the use of an allowance account, with a corresponding charge in the statement of operations and changes in members' equity.

(d) Use of estimates:

The preparation of the financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenditures during the year. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

2. Investments:

  2018 2017
Bank of Montreal 2.1% GIC, matures February 14, 2019 8,148 $ -
Bank of Montreal 1.48% GIC, matured February 22, 2018  - 5,138
Bank of Montreal 1.75% GIC, matured November 20, 2018 -  1,503
  8,148 6,641

Included in the investment balance is $148 (2017 - $67) of accrued interest.

3. Capital Assets:

      2018 2017
  Cost Accumulated
Net book
Net book
Land 7,660 $ - 7,660 7,660
Building  12,834  3,636  9,198  9,626
Building improvements 15,462
 7,775  7,687  8,190
Furniture  6,027  5,006  1,021  1,109
Equipment  4,769  4,309  460  666
Computer equipment  2,057  1,751  306  323
Software  2,517  250  2,267  1,451
  51,326 22,727 28,599 29,025

Included in software are $2,221 (2017 - $1,357) related to the work in progress development of a new CRM Membership Management system. This portion will not be amortized until the project is complete.

4. Accounts payable and accrued liabilities:

Included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities at December 31, 2018 are government remittances owing of $274 (2017 - $239).

5. Mortgage payable:

On June 23, 2010, the College purchased eight floors of a 15-floor commercial condominium building at 101 Bloor Street West. The vendor retained the bottom six floors, including the ground floor retail space. Total cost of the property purchased was $20.5 million, which was recorded in capital assets.

The College received a $14.12 million mortgage from its bank to finance the purchase. The mortgage is amortized over 30 years and is secured by the property. Held as collateral for the mortgage are the property, a chattel mortgage and a general assignment of rents and leases.

The College also received a $6.14 million construction mortgage from its bank to finance the building improvements. This mortgage bears the same terms as those of the building acquisition mortgage.

As at December 31, the balances outstanding are as follows:

  2018 2017
Bank of Montreal, 5.77% payable in monthly instalments of principal and interest of $93, maturing June 30, 2020 10,288 10,789
Bank of Montreal, 5.77% payable in monthly instalments of principal and interest of $40, maturing June 30, 2020  4,473  4,691

 14,761  15,480
Less current portion  762  719
  13,999 14,761

Principal payments are due as follows:

2019 762
2020 13,999


6. Credit facility:

The College has an unsecured operating line of credit of $5,000, which bears interest at the bank prime rate plus 0.5%. As at December 31, 2018, no amounts (2017 - nil) had been drawn against this facility.

7. Commitments:

The College has entered into various operating lease commitments for office equipment. The estimated annual payments for these operating lease commitments are as follows:

2019 $ 29
2020 26
2021 26
2022 24
  $ 105

8. Contingencies:

The College is involved in claims that arise from time to time in the normal course of operations. Management is unaware of any matters that will have a material adverse effect on the financial position of the College or its results of operations.

9. Members' Equity:

The College's Council has designated certain amounts of previously unrestricted members' equity to be internally restricted. The internally restricted funds are available only with the approval of the Council. The purpose of the internally restricted operating reserve is to maintain two months of cash flows for ongoing operations and programs, and to fund unplanned opportunities and liabilities.

During the year, the Council approved an interfund transfer from unrestricted to internally restricted of $8,372 (2017 - nil) and a draw of $629 (2017 - nil) for operating needs.

10. Pension plans:

Employees who are certified teachers are required to participate in the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan ("OTPP"), a defined benefit pension plan. All but four non-teacher employees are members of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System ("OMERS"), a defined benefit pension plan with similar characteristics to the OTPP. Both OTPP and OMERS are multi-employer pension plans. The College matches the contributions made by the employees. Contributions are based on a statement from the respective plan for each fiscal year.

The College's total annual pension expense for the two plans was $1,721 (2017 - $1,656), which is included in the employee benefits expense in the statement of operations and changes in members' equity.

11. Financial risks:

The College believes that it is not exposed to significant interest-rate, market, credit or cash flow risk arising from its financial instruments. Additionally, the College believes it is not exposed to significant liquidity risk as all investments are held in instruments that are highly liquid and can be disposed of to settle commitments.