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Details of Transfer Payment Programs



Name of Transfer Payment Program: Western Diversification Program

Start Date: 1987-1988

End Date: On-going

Description: This program was designed to promote economic development and diversification in Western Canada and advance the interests of Western Canada in national policy, program and project development and implementation.

Strategic Outcome: The western Canadian economy is developed and diversified.

Results Achieved:

  • A strengthened western innovation system.
  • An expanded business sector in Western Canada.
  • Increased investment in strategic federal/regional economic development priorities that improves the viability, prosperity and quality of life in communities across Western Canada.
  • A better understanding of Western Canada's needs, opportunities and aspirations inside and outside of the region leading to improved programs and services for western Canadians.
Program Activity: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination
($thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Contributions $369 $317 $1,322 $1,322 $35 $1,287
Total Policy, Advocacy and Coordination $369 $317 $1,322 $1,322 $35 $1,287


Program Activity: Community Economic Development
($ thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Grants $0 $1000 $1,475 $500 $500 $975
Total Contributions $173,717 $185,742 $19,148 $18,673 $6,042 $13,106
Total Community Economic Development $173,717 $186,742 $20,623 $19,173 $6,542 $14,081


Program Activity: Business Development
($ thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Grants $0 $0 $1,654 $0 $0 $1,654
Total Contributions $21,459 $23,372 $22,345 $24,545 $25,445 $(3,100)
Total Business Development $21,459 $23,372 $23,990 $24,545 $25,445 $(1,455)


Program Activity: Innovation
($ thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Grants $0 $0 $1,880 $0 $0 $1,880
Total Contributions $82,687 $73,270 $62,299 $65,074 $62,092 $207
Total Innovation $82,687 $73,270 $64,179 $65,074 $62,092 $2,087


Program Activity:
($ millions)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Western Diversification Program Grants & Contributions $278,232 $283,701 $110,114 $110,114 $94,114 $16,000

Comment(s) on Variance(s): The variance in Community Economic Development and overall WDP is primarily due to transfer of a $16.0M commitment for Alberta/Saskatchewan Centenaries to future years.

Audit Completed or Planned: No audit is planned at this time.
Previous WDP audit was completed September 2009.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: The program authority will be evaluated in four separate evaluations, all of which will be completed by 2014-15.

Previous evaluation completed October 2008.

Engagement of applicants and recipients:



Name of Transfer Payment Program: Community Futures Program

Start Date: May 18, 1995

End Date: On-going

Description: This program was designed to provide funding for a network of Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) across Canada with WD as the delivery department for the west. CFDCs are volunteer-led, non-profit organizations that lead strategic economic planning, and provide advice and commercial loans to local entrepreneurs, which foster economic development.

Strategic Outcome: The western Canadian economy is developed and diversified.

Results Achieved:

  • Strategic community planning: Working with communities to assess local problems, establish objectives, plan and implement strategies to develop human, institutional and physical infrastructures, entrepreneurship, employment, and the economy.
  • Business Services: Delivering a range of business, counseling and information services to small and medium sized enterprises.
  • Access to capital: Provide capital to assist businesses or to help entrepreneurs to create new businesses.
Program Activity: Community Economic Development
($thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Contributions $14,154 $14,594 $14,227 $14,227 $13,779 $448
Total Program Activity $14,154 $14,594 $14,227 $14,227 $13,779 $448


Program Activity: Business Development
($thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Contributions $17,800 $14,651 $14,227 $14,227 $13,779 $428
Total Program Activity $17,800 $14,651 $14,227 $14,227 $13,779 $428


Program Activity
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Community Futures Program - Contributions $31,954 $29,245 $28,454 $28,454 $27,578 $876


Comment(s) on Variance(s): n/a

Audit completed or planned:  No audit is planned at this time.

Evaluation completed or planned: Next evaluation will be conducted in 2013-14.

Last evaluation completed in 2008.

Engagement of applicants and recipients:



Name of Transfer Payment Program: Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program (RInC)

Start Date: May 11, 2009

End Date: October 31, 2011

Description: RInC is a contribution program aimed at addressing the short-term impacts of the global economic downturn felt in communities across Western Canada. RInC will normally focus on the rehabilitation or repair of existing recreational infrastructure facilities.

Strategic Outcome: Communities in Western Canada are economically viable

Results Achieved: The focus of RInC is to provide timely, targeted and temporary economic stimulus for local communities and help mitigate the impacts of the global recession by increasing the total amount of construction activity related to recreational infrastructure.

Program Activity: Community Economic Development
($thousands)
  2009-10
Actual
Spending
2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Planned
Spending
2011-12
Total
Authorities
2011-12
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Contributions $43,228 $91,086 $0 $14,492 $12,438 $(12,438)
Total Program Activity $43,228 $91,086 $0 $14,492 $12,438 $(12,438)


Comment(s) on Variance(s): This program was announced in Budget 2009 as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. In December 2010, the Government of Canada announced that this program would be extended to October 31, 2011 (previous program end date was March 31, 2011). WD requested the authority to transfer $14.5 M of unspent funds from 2010-11 funding through the 2011-12 Supplementary Estimates to meet contractual obligations. Upon final accounting from all recipients, $2.1M was identified as surplus funding.

Audit Completed or Planned: No audit is planned at this time.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: No evaluation is planned at this time.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: