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Government Publications - British Columbia

Subject Guide

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Susan Paterson
Humanities and Social Sciences Division- Koerner Library

Background Information

Key Resources

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Government Finance


  • produced by the Ministry of Finance
  • outlines the Province's 3 year fiscal plan, including the economic outlook, revenues, spending, tax measures, and forecasting risks and assumptions.
  • Budget 2022 has the most recent budget information.   
  • 1995- present can be found on the Legislative Library's page
  • Print holdings (1894-1976,1981-1983,1987-1995) - HJ14.B7 B9
  • Budget Speech  (online)  1908-19751995 - present or  (print)  HJ14.B7 B9 (1894 -present)

Expenditure estimates

  • Provide a detailed breakdown of proposed spending by ministry and government agency that must be debated and approved by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 
  • Online: 
  • Print: 
    • 1982-present 
    • 1977/78-1981/82 (note: there is a separate Bibliographic records as the authoring body changed from Dept. of Finance to Ministry of Finance)
    • 1892/93-1976/77The previous title was Estimates of revenue and expenditure (Dept. of Finance) 

Public Accounts

  • important  accountability documents prepared by the provincial government.
  • provide audited financial statements and other information in a consistent, timely and understandable format.
  • illustrate how the government performed relative to its fiscal plan
  • provide a picture of the current financial state of the government in terms of assts, liabilities and net debt. 
  • They compare the actual financial results at the end of the fiscal year to the budget plan set out at the beginning of the fiscal year.

The Main focus of the Public Accounts is the Summary Financial Statements representing the consolidated financial results and financial position of the province.

The Summary Financial Statements include:

  • the financial statements and the supporting notes and schedules.
  • The Province's Summary Financial Statements are reviewed by the Auditor General.
  • The Statements provide a whole government view of how the province and its various organizations performed against the fiscal plan.
  • Online:  2000/01- present ; 1874-1919 (former titles Statement of Expenditure, 1874-1879 ; Appropriation and Expenditure 1880-81)
  • The Internet Archive has also digitized several years of the BC Public Accounts 
  • Print holdings

Annual Reports

Each BC  government Ministry publishes an annual report. They typically describe the Ministry’s core businesses, goals, and strategies for the coming year; they also establish performance measures and include financial statements for each Ministry; over the years the content of the annual reports has lessened. If you go to a particular ministry or public private corporation (i.e. BC Ferries) you will find the recent reports on their websites. Older annual reports can be found by searching the Library catalogue.