Cash Management And Investments
The District recognizes its responsibility to fund operations by effectively managing cash flow, maximizing investments and maximizing rate of return.
Liquidity is the ability of an asset to be converted to cash.
Overdraft Lending Facility is an agreement with a banking institution allowing use of overdraft funds for a specified fee.
- Cash Management
- Cash flow forecasts shall be prepared at the commencement of each school year and may be revised as economic conditions fluctuate.
- Reconciling shall be completed on a regular basis, in order to ensure that minimum bank charges are incurred and to minimize use of any overdraft lending facility in place.
- The Associate Superintendent, Business and Finance shall ensure that cash balances do not fall below levels of any externally restricted funds, as these funds shall not be accessed for operational purposes.
- Cash flow forecasts and aged accounts payable listings shall be monitored to assist with planning investments in conjunction with purchases of significant amounts.
- Investments shall be made taking into consideration cash flow forecasts, payment schedules, current interest rates and predicted interest rate trends, with the goals of preserving capital, maintaining liquidity and maximizing the rate of return and interest income.
- Funds shall be invested in a manner and time to ensure maintenance of positive cash flow to prevent use of higher cost operating loans or overdraft lending facilities.
- Funds available for investment for periods less than thirty (30) days shall be invested only if the potential securities’ interest rates are greater than the interest rate earned on the current account with the banking institution.
- Funds shall be invested according to the following guidelines:
- Investments shall provide a reasonable rate of return;
- Investments shall be chosen from eligible securities with minimal risk to principle or interest as the District is classified as a conservative investor;
- For time horizons less than one (1) year, eligible securities shall include those with rate of return corresponding to a one-year Government of Canada Treasury Bill;
- For time horizons exceeding one (1) year, eligible securities shall include those with rate of return corresponding to a Government of Canada Bond;
- Credit rating on eligible securities shall be no less than BBB or R-1 high.
- For the purposes of investing corporately held funds, the Associate Superintendent, Business and Finance shall maintain a contractual agreement with a qualified investment firm, which shall assist the District with selecting and maintaining suitable investments. Terms of investment practises shall be determined annually in the form of an Investment Policy Statement.
- The Associate Superintendent, Business and Finance shall report the status of corporately held investments and related income quarterly to the Board.
September 21, 2016
Section 60, 61, 113, 116 School Act
Investment Policy Statement (BMO Nesbitt Burns)