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Queen's University

2015-16  Budget Planning

At Queen’s, the budget process is designed to support the university’s vision as the research-intensive university with a transformative student learning experience, while also ensuring financial sustainability.

The activity-based budget model now in place provides a transparent budget process that closely aligns the allocation of resources with the university’s strategic priorities. It also gives units incentives to grow revenues and reduce costs, so the university is more resilient in difficult economic times.

The 2015-16 budget planning process is now underway. The shared service units will prepare their budget submissions over the summer, followed by the faculties and schools in the fall. The submissions will be reviewed by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Budget before final budget allocations are determined.

This year the university must plan for additional payments to the pension plan, beginning in 2015. As it stands, the university will be required to begin paying down the pension plan’s $292 million solvency deficit over a period of 10 years, as well as making increased payments to fund the plan’s going concern deficit. Current estimates pin the additional pension expense to the university at $22 million annually. All units will have to plan for the impact of this expense as part of the 2015-16 budget process.

Read more about the 2014-15 budget process in the provost’s report to the community.

Have questions or comments on the budget process? Don’t hesitate to email


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