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 email@example.com or Tracey McIntyre at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 - 2021/22
The University of Northern British Columbia’s Board of Governors has approved a combined general operating and ancillary services balanced budget of $103.6 million for 2021/22.
Addressing fiscal challenges ongoing effectiveness, efficiencies and excellence is critical for UNBC’s success. UNBC has adopted a strategy-driven approach to budgeting, built through the lens of a long-term perspective, with sustained focus and alignment on the University’s strategic priorities.
The budget aligns with those priorities, 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.
UNBC continues to face budgetary challenges. Modest to flat enrolment figures, inflationary pressures, reduced revenues, and increased employee compensation costs all contribute to UNBC’s budget challenges. In addition, 2020 and the global pandemic added significant pressures to UNBC’s budget.
As a result, the budget projects a consolidated deficit of $2.2 million, which is in line with the pandemic-related special deficit approval received from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. The deficit will be funded through university reserves. Despite these challenges, UNBC continues to diligently progress its financial sustainability framework that commenced in the fiscal year 2020/21 to achieve short- and long-term financial sustainability.
To finalize the budget for 2021/22, the Board approved several actions including the following:
- Operating expense decreases of approximately $2.6 million.
- Temporary adjustments including allocations to reserves that have sufficient balances to maintain activities at the same level as previous years. The budget impact of these reductions is approximately $1.1 million.
- A tuition fee increase of 2% for all students (average ~$12 per month for domestic undergraduate students).
- This year the tuition increase will fund additional student bursaries and financial aid to minimize the financial hardship faced by UNBC students due to the pandemic.
About 61% of the University’s General Operating Fund revenue is provided by the Government of B.C., while approximately 22% comes from tuition and fees. Wages and benefits account for about 75% of the University’s total operating expenditures.