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Public Sector Accounting Standards

PSAB’s new Conceptual Framework Issued

December 1, 2022 News

Conceptual Framework and Basis for Conclusions Released

The new Conceptual Framework was issued in the CPA Canada Public Sector Accounting Handbook (PSA Handbook) on December 1, 2022.

Also available is the accompanying Basis for Conclusions to explain the rationale for PSAB’s decisions while developing each chapter of the Framework. It provides clarity on how the Conceptual Framework affects PSAB’s International Strategy and impacts future standard setting.

A Significant Milestone for Financial Reporting in the Canadian Public Sector

The approval and issuance of the Conceptual Framework is a significant milestone for PSAB and financial reporting in the Canadian public sector. The new Conceptual Framework is the foundation for public sector financial reporting standard setting.

This caps an extensive multi-year review and stakeholder consultation process after PSAB approved this high priority project to amend, if necessary:

  • the conceptual framework found in Section PS 1000, Financial Statement Concepts, and Section PS 1100, Financial Statement Objectives, with a focus on measuring the financial performance of public sector entities.
  • the reporting model in Section PS 1201, Financial Statement Presentation.

To ensure that the new Conceptual Framework was specific to the Canadian public sector and would stand the test of time, PSAB consulted with Canadian stakeholders extensively – releasing a series of documents for public input.

In June 2022, PSAB approved the new Conceptual Framework. The reporting model standard is expected to be approved and issued in 2023.

The New Conceptual Framework – What’s different?

The new Conceptual Framework:

  • provides additional guidance and clarity.
  • builds on the previous conceptual framework by retaining and explaining some of concepts, like recognition and measurement, and including new concepts, such as derecognition and service capacity.
  • does not include recognition exclusions related to (1) developed and non-purchased intangibles, (2) Crown lands and natural resources that have not been purchased and (3) art and historical treasures, as these were pragmatic exclusions that are not conceptually based. These were relocated to the reporting model standard (Section PS 1201) for consideration in PSAB’s future technical agenda and will be retained in the new reporting model standard.

PSAB is already using this new Conceptual Framework in developing standards.

Start Preparing Now

The Conceptual Framework will be effective for fiscal years beginning on or after April 1, 2026. Earlier adoption is encouraged. To ensure you are ready, stakeholders can:

Staff Contact(s)

Antonella Risi, CPA, CA Associate Director, Public Sector Accounting Board

Martha Jones Denning, CPA, CA Associate Director, Public Sector Accounting Board