Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements
recoveries and the amount of losses incurred, adjusted for management’s judgment as to the impact of current and future economic and credit conditions. The carrying amount of trade and other receivables is reduced through the use of an allowance account. Once reasonable collection efforts have been exhausted, and a trade and other receivable balance is considered uncollectible, it is written off against the allowance account. Subsequent recoveries of amounts previously written off are credited against the allowance account. Changes in the carrying amount of the allowance account are recognized immediately as an impairment loss on trade and other receivables in the consolidated statement of comprehensive income. ii. Non-financial assets At each reporting date, the Corporation reviews the carrying amount of its non-financial assets to determine whether there is any indication of impairment. If any such indication exists, the recoverable amount of the asset is estimated. The recoverable amount of an asset is the higher of fair value less costs of disposal and value in use. If the recoverable amount of an asset is estimated to be less than its carrying amount, the carrying amount is reduced to its recoverable amount, and an impairment loss is recognized immediately in other losses. Assets that cannot be tested individually, including corporate assets, are grouped together into cash-generating units (CGUs), the smallest group of assets that generates cash inflow from continuing use. Impairment losses recognized in prior periods are assessed at each reporting date for any indications that the loss has decreased or no longer exists. An impairment loss is reversed only to the extent that the carrying amount of the asset (or CGU) does not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined, net of amortization or depreciation, if no impairment loss had been recognized. l. Employee benefits i. Short-term employee benefits Short-term employee benefits obligations are measured on an undiscounted basis and are expensed as the related service is provided. When the service of employees is used directly in the construction of an asset, the associated short-term employee benefits cost is recognized within the cost of the property, plant and equipment or intangible assets. ii. Pension plans The Corporation provides pension plans for all eligible employees through its participation in both a defined contribution plan and a defined benefit plan. Under the defined contribution plan, which is administered by the Public Employees Benefit Agency, regular payments are made to a separate entity for current service with no obligation to pay further amounts. Contributions are recognized within employee benefits expense during the period in which services are rendered by employees. During the period, the Corporation contributed $7 million (2019 - $6 million) to pension plans on behalf of employees for current service. The defined benefit plan is administered by Saskatchewan Power Corporation (SaskPower), a Crown corporation under the common control of CIC. Employees that transferred employment from SaskPower upon establishment of SaskEnergy were eligible to remain members of the plan for the maximum contribution period of 35 years. A contractual agreement is in place stating that the Corporation’s future contributions to the plan will not be affected by any plan surplus or deficiency. As a result, obligations related to the defined benefit plan are limited to making regular payments to the plan for current service, similar to a defined contribution plan. As all eligible employees reached the maximum contribution period of 35 years, the Corporation is no longer required to make contributions to the plan. iii. Retiring allowance plan Certain employees of the Corporation are members of a retiring allowance plan. The Corporation’s obligation is the amount of future benefit that employees have earned in return for their service in the current and prior periods. The future benefit is actuarially determined using the projected unit credit method. Any actuarial gains or losses are recognized in other comprehensive income while all current service costs and interest expense are recognized in net income. Actuarial gains and losses are transferred from other equity to retained earnings in the year it is recognized in other comprehensive income.
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