Budget Office

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 sean.kinsley@unbc.ca or Tracey McIntyre at tracey.mcintyre@unbc.ca, as per the designated contact list in the link below:

Budget Office Responsibilities

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 - 2022/23

The University of Northern British Columbia’s Board of Governors has approved a combined general operating and ancillary services budget of $111.5 million with a consolidated deficit of $1.14 million for 2022-23 that will be financed by general reserves and is subject to final approval by the Province. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly lower enrolment, continues to exacerbate the financial challenges. Hence, the consolidated deficit is primarily due to lower budgeted undergraduate tuition revenue ($1.16M) for 2022-23 as compared to the 2022-23 plan submitted earlier. Budgeted employee costs represent 75% of total operating expenditures. About 60% of the University’s General Operating Fund revenue is provided by the Government of B.C., while approximately 24% comes from tuition and fees.

Budget 2022-23 also includes a tuition fee increase of 2% for all domestic students and international students who began their studies at UNBC prior to September 1, 2021, and 4% for international undergraduate students commencing studies after August 2021 (average $14 per month for domestic undergraduate students based on full-time course load of 30 credits per year).

UNBC continues to show its resilience and make steady progress, primarily driven by the UNBC community’s unwavering commitment, dedication, and a collective team effort. UNBC strives to ensure its community has an environment that is flexible, supportive, has a collective team-based approach, and that provides growth opportunities. UNBC continues to make diligent progress on its financial sustainability framework, commenced in the fiscal year 2020-21, to achieve short- and long-term financial sustainability, which includes rationalization of priorities, expenditure reduction and deferral. However, the key principles for UNBC planning and budgeting remain the same, and include the following:

  1. Invest in the core mission aligned with strategic priorities.
  2. A strategy-driven, data-informed, risk-based approach.
  3. Mutually respectful relationships and employee success.
  4. Effectiveness, efficiencies, and collective excellence.
  5. Transparency, accountability, and fiscal stability.
  6. Social responsibility and relevance.

Focussed efforts in a transformative student experience, addressing fiscal challenges, and ongoing effectiveness, efficiencies and excellence are 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 proposed budget aspires to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Progressively enhanced student experience and success.
  2. Systematically improved multi-year integrated planning that supports strategic growth and stability.
  3. Enhanced UNBC brand, transparency, and accountability.
  4. Increasingly inclusive people development and employee success.
  5. Progressively improved optimization and digital transformation.
  6. Increased financial stability.

University Budget Documentation

Integrated University Plan

Budget 2022/23 and Plan 2023-27

Budget 2021/22 and Plan 2022-26

2020-2021 Budget Framework

2019-2020 Budget Framework

2018-2019 Integrated University Plan

Financial Planning Overview

Financial Planning Overview 2017/18

Financial Planning Overview 2016/17

Financial Planning Overview 2015/16

General Operating Budget Summary

General Operating Budget Summary 2014/15

General Operating Budget Summary 2013/14

General Operating Budget Summary 2012/13 

General Operating Budget Summary 2011/12

General Operating Budget Summary 2010/11

General Operating Budget Summary 2009/10

Budget Planning Framework

Budget Planning Framework 2014/15

Budget Planning Framework 2013/14

Budget Planning Framework 2012/13

Budget Planning Framework 2011/12

Budget Planning Framework 2010/11

Budget Planning Framework 2009/10

Other Budget Related Documents

2014 Report of the Senate Committee on the University Budget

2013 Report of the Senate Committee on the University Budget

2014/15 Ancillary Budget Information

2013/14 Ancillary Budget Information

2014/15 NMP Budget Information

2013/14 NMP Budget Information

2012 Report of the Senate Committee on the University Budget

2011 Report of the Senate Committee on the University Budget

FAST Portal Training Guide

FAST Training Presentation