The Budget Office is part of the Finance Department at UNBC. The staff members in the office are responsible for budget administration for the University, which involves forecasting, developing and managing the University’s operating budget. The Office is also responsible for providing information and advice to Deans, Directors and the various departments regarding their funds to facilitate informed decision making. Decision making support and information to senior management and the Board of Governors are also key services of this area.
To streamline communications and improve service in budget related matters, a “designated contact person” has been assigned for each area of General Operations, NMP and Ancillary units. If you need assistance with any budget related matters in these areas, please contact Sean Kinsley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tracey McIntyre at email@example.com, as per the designated contact list in the link below:
Please note that while this list indicates the primary contact for each area, in the event of vacation or other extended leaves, either Sean or Tracey may respond to budget related matters.
University Budget Overview
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Board of Governors has approved a combined general operating and ancillary services balanced budget of $93.3 million for 2018/19.
This budget was developed under the guiding principles of minimizing impact on current employees and strategic priorities, reducing dependency on one-time adjustments to balance the budget and continuing investment in strategic areas using available one-time funding.
UNBC continues to face financial pressures. For example, enrolment has not yet increased to targeted levels and increased compensation costs are only partially offset by provincial operating grant increases. To address these pressures and ensure a balanced operating plan for 2018/19, the Board of Governors approved a number of actions totalling $4 million.
- A temporary adjustment of allocations to reserves that have sufficient balances to maintain activities at the same level as previous years.
- Decreases to departmental and central managed operating expense budgets of approximately $1.9 million.
- A tuition fee increase of 2%.
- Net increase to tuition fee budget of $1.1 million, including anticipated growth in enrolment and the approved fee increase
While the budget incorporates reductions in some areas it also provides for some investment in key areas such as the University’s Indigenization strategy and graduate program support.
The investments in the budget align with the strategic priorities approved by UNBC’s Board of Governors, which span four key areas:
- Attracting, retaining and developing outstanding students, faculty and staff.
- Enhancing the quality and impact of UNBC’s academic programming and delivery.
- Enhancing the research culture at UNBC.
- Ensuring financial accountability, sustainability and operational effectiveness.
The University has a very strong balance sheet with endowments of more than $50 million (which fund items such as student awards and faculty research chairs) and cash and operating investments of almost $50 million, which support the ongoing infrastructure repair and replacement. Endowment funds cannot be invested in the University’s day-to-day operations.
About 64% of the operating budget revenue for the University is provided by the Government of B.C., while approximately 24% comes from tuition and fees. Wages and benefits account for about 71% of the University’s total operating expenditures.
The tuition fee for an average full-time undergraduate student is now $5,318 per year, an increase of $105 (2%) from last year.