Summary

The Ministry oversees the management and conservation of Ontario’s natural resources, including forests, fisheries, wildlife, Ontario’s provincial parks and protected areas, mineral aggregates, petroleum resources and Crown lands.

The Ministry envisions a healthy and naturally diverse environment that enables and contributes to sustainable development in Ontario.

The Ministry’s mission is to manage our natural resources in an ecologically sustainable way to ensure that they are available for the enjoyment and use of future generations.

The Ministry strives to achieve its vision and mission through promoting knowledge of Ontario’s natural resources, their management and opportunities for enjoyment; strengthening management of natural resources to ensure ecological integrity and resilience; and increasing natural resource - related economic benefits through innovation and sustainable resource management.

Ministry program summary

Operating expense

VoteProgramEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
2101Ministry Administration Program$40,126,300$39,675,500$450,800$40,065,946
2103Natural Resource Management Program$326,845,200$327,559,400($714,200)$322,369,509
2104Public protection$100,408,500$100,160,200$248,300$109,578,342
2105Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster Program$30,502,700$32,041,900($1,539,200)$31,846,429
 Total operating expense to be voted$497,882,700$499,437,000($1,554,300)$503,860,226
 Statutory appropriations$5,167,014$5,167,014-$4,061,195
 Ministry total operating expense$503,049,714$504,604,014($1,554,300)$507,921,421
 Operating expense adjustment - special purpose accounts for fish and wildlife$71,260,000$71,260,000-$69,780,984
 Operating expense adjustment - Special purpose accounts for Ontario parks$75,863,000$75,063,000$800,000$72,645,945
 Consolidation adjustment - Algonquin Forest Authority$21,045,000$23,456,500($2,411,500)$18,144,624
 Consolidation adjustment - Forest Renewal Trust$63,211,300$60,351,500$2,859,800$49,891,562
 Operating expense adjustment - section 15 recoveries---$14,695,031
 Operating expense adjustment - other---($12,591,030)
 Total including consolidation and other adjustments$734,429,014$734,735,014($306,000)$720,488,537

Operating assets

VoteProgramEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
2103Natural Resource Management Program$1,000$202,300($201,300)$193,200
2104Public protection$1,444,600$53,600$1,391,000$40,497
2105Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster Program$100,000$100,000--
 Total operating assets to be voted$1,545,600$355,900$1,189,700$233,697
 Ministry total operating assets$1,545,600$355,900$1,189,700$233,697

Capital expense

VoteProgramEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
2103Natural Resource Management Program$62,650,000$37,123,700$25,526,300$55,699,120
2104Public protection$5,187,500$5,145,500$42,000$6,435,808
 Total capital expense to be voted$67,837,500$42,269,200$25,568,300$62,134,928
 Statutory appropriations$18,015,000$12,852,000$5,163,000$9,639,027
 Ministry total capital expense$85,852,500$55,121,200$30,731,300$71,773,955
 Consolidation adjustment - Algonquin Forest Authority$160,000$158,100$1,900$159,067
 Total including consolidation and other adjustments$86,012,500$55,279,300$30,733,200$71,933,022

Capital assets

VoteProgramEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
2103Natural Resource Management Program$29,221,000$30,632,900($1,411,900)$22,356,846
2104Public protection$33,384,100$31,626,500$1,757,600$29,210,282
 Total capital assets to be voted$62,605,100$62,259,400$345,700$51,567,128
 Ministry total capital assets$62,605,100$62,259,400$345,700$51,567,128
 Ministry total operating and capital including consolidation and other adjustments (not including assets)$820,441,514$790,014,314$30,427,200$792,421,559

Ministry Administration Program - vote 2101

The Administration Program provides strategic management leadership and advice, legal counsel, communications and administrative services in support of business areas.

The program also provides leadership and advice in business planning, financial management, controllership and human resource management.

Vote summary

Operating expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
1Ministry administration$40,126,300$39,675,500$450,800$40,065,946
 Total operating expense to be voted$40,126,300$39,675,500$450,800$40,065,946
SMinister’s salary, the Executive Council Act$47,841$47,841-$49,301
SParliamentary Assistant’s salary, the Executive Council Act$16,173$16,173-$16,667
SBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act$1,000$1,000--
 Total statutory appropriations$65,014$65,014-$65,968
 Total operating expense$40,191,314$39,740,514$450,800$40,131,914

Standard account by item and sub-items

Operating expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmountAmount
2101-1Ministry administration  
 Salaries and wages $19,343,400
 Employee benefits $6,149,300
 Transportation and communication $1,000,000
 Services $13,270,900
 Supplies and equipment $749,400
 Transfer payments  
 Youth employment programs $670,600
 Subtotal $41,183,600
 Less: recoveries $1,057,300
 Total operating expense to be voted $40,126,300
 Sub-items:  
 Main office  
 Salaries and wages$3,074,700 
 Employee benefits$339,100 
 Transportation and communication$252,500 
 Services$793,400 
 Supplies and equipment$134,300$4,594,000
 Finance and administration  
 Salaries and wages$6,259,200 
 Employee benefits$554,100 
 Transportation and communication$225,800 
 Services$6,803,400 
 Supplies and equipment$98,600$13,941,100
 Human resources  
 Salaries and wages$4,857,600 
 Employee benefits$4,503,700 
 Transportation and communication$186,700 
 Services$416,800 
 Supplies and equipment$291,500 
 Transfer payments  
 Youth employment programs$670,600 
 Subtotal$10,926,900 
 Less: recoveries$1,057,300$9,869,600
 Communications services  
 Salaries and wages$3,271,900 
 Employee benefits$510,100 
 Transportation and communication$100,000 
 Services$574,100 
 Supplies and equipment$100,000$4,556,100
 Legal services  
 Salaries and wages$150,000 
 Transportation and communication$135,000 
 Services$3,962,200 
 Supplies and equipment$65,000$4,312,200
 Audit services  
 Services$443,200$443,200
 Niagara Escarpment Commission  
 Salaries and wages$1,730,000 
 Employee benefits$242,300 
 Transportation and communication$100,000 
 Services$277,800 
 Supplies and equipment$60,000$2,410,100
 Total operating expense to be voted $40,126,300
 Statutory appropriations  
StatutoryMinister’s salary, the Executive Council Act $47,841
StatutoryParliamentary Assistant’s salary, the Executive Council Act $16,173
 Statutory appropriations  
 Other transactions  
StatutoryBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act $1,000
 Total operating expense for Ministry Administration Program $40,191,314

Natural Resource Management Program - vote 2103

The Natural Resources Management Program provides leadership and oversight in the management of Ontario’s forests, Crown land, water, renewable energy, aggregate and petroleum resources through the development, implementation and improvement of legislation, policies, programs, information systems and standards.

The Program endeavours to ensure a healthy, viable forest industry in Ontario, and foster a competitive business environment by promoting jobs and investment in the forestry sector.

The Natural Resources Management Program also provides leadership and oversight in the management of Ontario’s fish and wildlife resources, parks and protected areas, including the protection and management of provincially significant natural, cultural and recreational environment in order to promote healthy and sustainable ecosystems, conserve biodiversity, and enhance opportunities for outdoor recreation.

In addition, the Program provides leadership and oversight in the management of capital infrastructure assets such as fish culture facilities, Parks, Crown land, water, and other infrastructure investments including the development and application of geographic and land information and infrastructure to share such information to deliver ministry programs.

Vote summary

Operating expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
1Sustainable resource management$316,304,800$317,909,100($1,604,300)$312,628,334
2Ontario Parks$10,540,400$9,650,300$890,100$9,741,175
 Total operating expense to be voted$326,845,200$327,559,400($714,200)$322,369,509
SBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act$5,091,000$5,091,000-$3,995,227
SBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act$1,000$1,000--
 Total statutory appropriations$5,092,000$5,092,000-$3,995,227
 Total operating expense$331,937,200$332,651,400($714,200)$326,364,736

Operating assets

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
5Natural resource management – operating assets$1,000$202,300($201,300)$193,200
 Total operating assets to be voted$1,000$202,300($201,300)$193,200
 Total operating assets$1,000$202,300($201,300)$193,200

Capital expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
3Infrastructure for Natural resource management$62,649,000$37,122,700$25,526,300$55,699,120
6Environmental remediation$1,000$1,000--
 Total capital expense to be voted$62,650,000$37,123,700$25,526,300$55,699,120
SAmortization expense, the Financial Administration Act$12,725,000$8,691,000$4,034,000$7,128,961
 Total statutory appropriations$12,725,000$8,691,000$4,034,000$7,128,961
 Total capital expense$75,375,000$45,814,700$29,560,300$62,828,081

Capital assets

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
4Infrastructure for Natural resource management – capital assets$29,221,000$30,632,900($1,411,900)$22,356,846
 Total capital assets to be voted$29,221,000$30,632,900($1,411,900)$22,356,846
 Total capital assets$29,221,000$30,632,900($1,411,900)$22,356,846

Standard account by item and sub-items

Operating expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmountAmountAmount
2103-1Sustainable resource management   
 Salaries and wages  $181,993,600
 Employee benefits  $27,080,200
 Transportation and communication  $12,544,200
 Services  $141,582,700
 Supplies and equipment  $10,853,800
 Transfer payments   
 Species at Risk in Ontario Stewardship $5,000,000 
 Invasive Species Management Centre $1,000,000 
 Fur Institute $40,000 
 Annuities and Bonuses to Indians under Treaty No.9 $100,000 
 Policy Resource Stewardship $2,160,000 
 Ontario Wood Promotion Program $972,000 
 Aboriginal economic development $525,000 
 Bio-economy investment attraction $4,000,000 
 Support to the operation of the experimental lakes area $2,000,000 
 Provincial Services resource stewardship $280,000 
 Southern Ontario private land afforestation and urban tree planting delivery partners $4,745,000 
 Payments in lieu of municipal taxation $6,951,000 
 Taxes on tenanted provincial properties $2,513,000 
 Grants to conservation authorities - program operations $7,448,000 
 Far North Program $4,000,000 
 First Nation resource development $935,000 
 Private Gas Well Incentive Program $100,000 
 Regional Operations Resource Stewardship $2,473,000 
 Fish and Wildlife Resource Stewardship $280,000$45,522,000
 Subtotal  $419,576,500
 Less: recoveries  $103,271,700
 Total operating expense to be voted  $316,304,800
 Sub-items:   
 Mapping and geographic information   
 Salaries and wages $8,552,200 
 Employee benefits $1,265,500 
 Transportation and communication $190,200 
 Services $3,819,700 
 Supplies and equipment $177,000 
 Subtotal $14,004,600 
 Less: recoveries $5,750,900$8,253,700
 Policy and planning   
 Salaries and wages $21,573,200 
 Employee benefits $3,753,200 
 Transportation and communication $1,291,200 
 Services $4,655,300 
 Supplies and equipment $936,100 
 Transfer payments   
 Species at Risk in Ontario Stewardship$5,000,000  
 Invasive Species Management Centre$1,000,000  
 Fur Institute$40,000  
 Annuities and Bonuses to Indians under Treaty No.9$100,000  
 Policy Resource Stewardship$2,160,000$8,300,000 
 Subtotal $40,509,000 
 Less: recoveries $32,100$40,476,900
 Forest industry   
 Salaries and wages $8,887,900 
 Employee benefits $1,240,600 
 Transportation and communication $1,607,000 
 Services $56,022,000 
 Supplies and equipment $287,800 
 Transfer payments   
 Ontario Wood Promotion Program$972,000  
 Aboriginal economic development$525,000  
 Bio-economy investment attraction$4,000,000$5,497,000 
 Subtotal $73,542,300 
 Less: recoveries $5,400$73,536,900
 Provincial services, science and research   
 Salaries and wages $30,653,800 
 Employee benefits $4,594,300 
 Transportation and communication $1,915,200 
 Services $23,826,200 
 Supplies and equipment $2,313,500 
 Transfer payments   
 Support to the operation of the experimental lakes area$2,000,000  
 Provincial Services Resource Stewardship$280,000$2,280,000 
 Subtotal $65,583,000 
 Less: recoveries $21,532,300$44,050,700
 Regional operations   
 Salaries and wages $69,199,700 
 Employee benefits $10,379,800 
 Transportation and communication $4,167,600 
 Services $19,853,500 
 Supplies and equipment $2,984,200 
 Transfer payments   
 Southern Ontario private land afforestation and urban tree planting delivery partners$4,745,000  
 Payments in lieu of municipal taxation$6,951,000  
 Taxes on tenanted Provincial properties$2,513,000  
 Grants to conservation authorities - program operations$7,448,000  
 Far North Program$4,000,000  
 First Nation resource development$935,000  
 Private Gas Well Incentive Program$100,000  
 Regional Operations Resource Stewardship$2,473,000$29,165,000 
 Subtotal $135,749,800 
 Less: recoveries $4,691,000$131,058,800
 Fish and wildlife special purpose funds   
 Salaries and wages $39,676,800 
 Employee benefits $5,846,800 
 Transportation and communication $3,373,000 
 Services $17,929,200 
 Supplies and equipment $4,155,200 
 Transfer payments   
 Fish and Wildlife Resource Stewardship $280,000 
 Subtotal $71,261,000 
 Less: recoveries $71,260,000$1,000
 Program administration   
 Salaries and wages $3,450,000 
 Services $15,476,800$18,926,800
 Total operating expense to be voted  $316,304,800
 Statutory appropriations   
 Other transactions   
StatutoryBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act  $5,091,000
2103-2Ontario Parks   
 Salaries and wages  $43,771,500
 Employee benefits  $6,417,800
 Transportation and communication  $1,424,800
 Services  $24,263,200
 Supplies and equipment  $13,054,100
 Transfer payments   
 Ontario Parks Partners' Bursary Program $30,000 
 Ontario Parks Resource Stewardship $55,000$85,000
 Subtotal  $89,016,400
 Less: recoveries  $78,476,000
 Total operating expense to be voted  $10,540,400
 Statutory appropriations   
 Other transactions   
StatutoryBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act  $1,000
 Total operating expense for Natural Resource Management Program  $331,937,200

Operating assets

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2103-5Natural resource management – operating assets 
 Inventory held for resale$2,000
 Less: recoveries$1,000
 Total operating assets to be voted$1,000
 Total operating assets for Natural Resource Management Program$1,000

Capital expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmountAmount
2103-3Infrastructure for natural resource management  
 Transportation and communication $5,534,000
 Services $50,501,500
 Supplies and equipment $4,215,500
 Transfer payments  
 Conservation authorities infrastructure$5,000,000 
 Transfer of Real Property at Less Than Market Value$1,000 
 Investment in shared infrastructure$1,000$5,002,000
 Subtotal $65,253,000
 Less: recoveries $2,604,000
 Total capital expense to be voted $62,649,000
 Sub-items:  
 Provincial services, science and research  
 Transportation and communication$103,700 
 Services$1,354,900 
 Supplies and equipment$3,465,900$4,924,500
 Regional operations  
 Transportation and communication$4,633,700 
 Services$25,277,200 
 Supplies and equipment$120,300 
 Transfer payments  
 Conservation Authorities Infrastructure$5,000,000 
 Subtotal$35,031,200 
 Less: recoveries$2,604,000$32,427,200
 Forest industry  
 Services$156,000$156,000
 Ministry dupport infrastructure  
 Transportation and communication$744,200 
 Services$6,248,900 
 Transfer payments  
 Transfer of real property at less than market value$1,000$6,994,100
 Ontario parks infrastructure  
 Transportation and communication$52,400 
 Services$17,464,500 
 Supplies and equipment$629,300 
 Transfer payments  
 Investment in shared infrastructure$1,000$18,147,200
 Total capital expense to be voted $62,649,000
2103-6Environmental remediation  
 Services $1,000
 Total capital expense to be voted $1,000
 Statutory appropriations  
 Other transactions  
StatutoryAmortization expense, the Financial Administration Act $12,725,000
 Total capital expense for Natural Resource Management Program $75,375,000

Capital assets

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmountAmount
2103-4Infrastructure for natural resource management – capital assets  
 Land $1,000
 Buildings - salaries and wages $308,000
 Buildings - employee benefits $42,900
 Buildings - asset costs $6,445,500
 Transportation infrastructure - asset costs $6,900,000
 Leasehold improvements $2,600,000
 Dams and engineering structures - salaries and wages $246,000
 Dams and engineering structures - employee benefits $34,000
 Dams and engineering structures - asset costs $9,348,600
 Machinery and equipment - asset costs $1,433,000
 Land and marine fleet - asset costs $1,862,000
 Total capital assets to be voted $29,221,000
 Sub-items:  
 Provincial services, science and research  
 Buildings - asset costs$275,000 
 Land and marine fleet - asset costs$1,861,000$2,136,000
 Ontario parks  
 Land$1,000 
 Buildings - salaries and wages$308,000 
 Buildings - employee benefits$42,900 
 Buildings - asset costs$5,337,000 
 Transportation infrastructure - asset costs$900,000 
 Dams and engineering structures - salaries and wages$246,000 
 Dams and engineering structures - employee benefits$34,000 
 Dams and engineering structures - asset costs$3,836,600 
 Machinery and equipment - asset costs$1,000 
 Land and marine fleet - asset costs$1,000$10,707,500
 Regional Operations  
 Dams and engineering structures - asset costs$5,512,000 
 Machinery and equipment - asset costs$1,038,000$6,550,000
 Forest Industry  
 Transportation infrastructure - asset costs$6,000,000 
 Machinery and equipment - asset costs$194,000$6,194,000
 Ministry support infrastructure  
 Buildings - asset costs$833,500 
 Leasehold improvements$2,600,000 
 Machinery and equipment - asset costs$200,000$3,633,500
 Total capital assets to be voted $29,221,000
 Total capital assets for Natural Resource Management Program $29,221,000

Public protection - vote 2104

The Public Protection Program provides leadership for the delivery of the Ministry’s emergency management program for the protection of people and property affected by forest fires, flood, drought, erosion, soil/bedrock instability, and crude and natural gas exploration including natural gas and hydrocarbon underground storage, salt solution mining emergencies and other provincially significant emergencies where assistance is requested.

The program also has responsibility for the planning and provision, directly or indirectly, of non-scheduled air transportation for the Government of Ontario.

Vote summary

Operating expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
1Public protection$100,408,500$100,160,200$248,300$109,578,342
 Total operating expense to be voted$100,408,500$100,160,200$248,300$109,578,342
SBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act$10,000$10,000--
 Total statutory appropriations$10,000$10,000--
 Total operating expense$100,418,500$100,170,200$248,300$109,578,342

Operating assets

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
3Public safety and emergency response – Operating assets$1,444,600$53,600$1,391,000$40,497
 Total operating assets to be voted$1,444,600$53,600$1,391,000$40,497
 Total operating assets$1,444,600$53,600$1,391,000$40,497

Capital expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
5Infrastructure for Public safety and emergency response$5,187,500$5,145,500$42,000$6,435,808
 Total capital expense to be voted$5,187,500$5,145,500$42,000$6,435,808
SAmortization expense, the Financial Administration Act$5,290,000$4,161,000$1,129,000$2,510,066
 Total statutory appropriations$5,290,000$4,161,000$1,129,000$2,510,066
 Total capital expense$10,477,500$9,306,500$1,171,000$8,945,874

Capital assets

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
4Public safety and emergency response – capital assets$33,384,100$31,626,500$1,757,600$29,210,282
 Total capital assets to be voted$33,384,100$31,626,500$1,757,600$29,210,282
 Total capital assets$33,384,100$31,626,500$1,757,600$29,210,282

Standard account by item and sub-items

Operating expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmountAmount
2104-1Public protection  
 Salaries and wages $60,801,300
 Employee benefits $9,175,300
 Transportation and communication $5,525,800
 Services $57,428,400
 Supplies and equipment $8,579,100
 Transfer payments  
 Ontario FireSmart Communities Initiative $60,000
 Subtotal $141,569,900
 Less: recoveries $41,161,400
 Total operating expense to be voted $100,408,500
 Sub-items:  
 Public safety and emergency response  
 Salaries and wages$29,092,300 
 Employee benefits$4,624,000 
 Transportation and communication$2,126,900 
 Services$19,712,700 
 Supplies and equipment$5,146,600 
 Transfer payments  
 Ontario FireSmart Communities Initiative$60,000 
 Subtotal$60,762,500 
 Less: recoveries$30,160,400$30,602,100
 Emergency Fire Fighting  
 Salaries and wages$31,709,000 
 Employee benefits$4,551,300 
 Transportation and communication$3,398,900 
 Services$37,715,700 
 Supplies and equipment$3,432,500 
 Subtotal$80,807,400 
 Less: recoveries$11,001,000$69,806,400
 Total operating expense to be voted $100,408,500
 Statutory appropriations  
 Other transactions  
StatutoryBad debt expense, the Financial Administration Act $10,000
 Total operating expense for public protection $100,418,500

Operating assets

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2104-3Public safety and emergency response – Operating assets 
 Deposits and prepaid expenses$1,444,600
 Total operating assets to be voted$1,444,600
 Total operating assets for public protection$1,444,600

Capital expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2104-5Infrastructure for Public safety and emergency response 
 Transportation and communication$1,233,400
 Services$11,300
 Supplies and equipment$3,941,800
 Other transactions$1,000
 Total capital expense to be voted$5,187,500
 Statutory appropriations 
 Other transactions 
StatutoryAmortization expense, the Financial Administration Act$5,290,000
 Total capital expense for public protection$10,477,500

Capital assets

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2104-4Public safety and emergency response – capital assets 
 Buildings - salaries and wages$261,400
 Buildings - employee benefits$34,500
 Buildings - asset costs$27,433,300
 Land and marine fleet - asset costs$3,024,900
 Aircraft - asset costs$2,630,000
 Total capital assets to be voted$33,384,100
 Total capital assets for public protection$33,384,100

Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster Program - vote 2105

The Land and Resources Cluster program provides leadership and program delivery in the development and application of information management and information technology for client ministries, specifically, Natural Resources and Forestry, Aboriginal Affairs, Environment, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Northern Development and Mines. It is responsible for ensuring the delivery of an integrated Information Technology infrastructure to facilitate and streamline government operations through electronic service delivery and enhance government service through e-business and e-government.

Vote summary

Operating expense

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
1Land and Resources Information Technology Cluster$30,502,700$32,041,900($1,539,200)$31,846,429
 Total operating expense to be voted$30,502,700$32,041,900($1,539,200)$31,846,429
 Total operating expense$30,502,700$32,041,900($1,539,200)$31,846,429

Operating assets

Item numberItemEstimates 2016‑17Estimates 2015‑16Difference between 2016‑17 and 2015‑16Actual 2014‑15
2Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster$100,000$100,000--
 Total operating assets to be voted$100,000$100,000--
 Total operating assets$100,000$100,000--

Standard account by item and sub-items

Operating expense

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2105-1Land and Resources Information Technology Cluster 
 Salaries and wages$20,680,800
 Employee benefits$3,102,100
 Transportation and communication$1,209,500
 Services$57,781,700
 Supplies and equipment$604,800
 Subtotal$83,378,900
 Less: recoveries$52,876,200
 Total operating expense to be voted$30,502,700
 Total operating expense for Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster Program$30,502,700

Operating assets

Vote-item numberStandard account by item and sub-itemsAmount
2105-2Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster 
 Deposits and prepaid expenses$100,000
 Total operating assets to be voted$100,000
 Total operating assets for Land and Resources Information and Information Technology Cluster Program$100,000