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Supplementary Table 1: Details on Transfer Payment Programs

Transfer Payment Programs Exceeding $5 Million


 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Western Diversification Program (WDP) (Voted)

Start date: December 3, 1987

End date: Ongoing

Fiscal Year for Ts & Cs1: 2010–11

Strategic Outcome: A growing and diversified western Canadian economy.

Programs:

  • Business Development and Innovation;
  • Community Economic Growth; and
  • Policy, Advocacy and Coordination.

Description: The WDP will contribute to the achievement of the department’s mandate to promote economic development and diversification in western Canada and advance the West’s interests in national policy, program and project development and implementation. Contributions may be repayable, conditionally repayable or non-repayable depending on the nature of the project and the recipient.

Expected results: Funding under this Program is anticipated to contribute to a Western economy that is developed and diversified. This result will be achieved through business development, innovation, community economic development and research. Measurable results are demonstrated under each activity through indicators detailed in WDP’s Performance Measurement Strategy (PMS). A complete and current list of indicators is maintained in the PMS; however, examples of indicators for performance measurement under each activity include:

  • Business Development and Innovation: Jobs created or maintained, businesses created or maintained, the value of trade financing, partnerships and strategic alliances, patents filed or issued, prototypes developed, technologies adopted or brought to market, as well as spin off companies;
     
  • Community Economic Growth: Community involvement, community stability, people trained, public-private partnerships as well as businesses, created, maintained or expanded; and
     
  • Policy, Advocacy and Co-ordination: Program or policy decisions influenced by research.
  ($ thousands)
Forecast Spending
2012–13
Planned Spending
2013–14
Planned Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Total grants 5,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Total contributions 78,874 74,457 71,819 71,819
Total Transfer payments 83,874 79,457 76,819 76,819

Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation: 2008–09

Decision following the Results of Last Evaluation: Continuation

Fiscal Year of Planned Completion of Next Evaluation: WD’s current five-year Evaluation Plan includes WDP projects as part of evaluations of the Programs within WD’s Program Alignment Architecture. The evaluation for Innovation began in 2011–12 and the evaluation for Business Development will start in 2012–13.

General Targeted Recipient Group2: Contributions and grants may be made to:

  • Non-profit organizations;
  • Post-secondary institutions;
  • Small and medium sized commercial, legally incorporated, for-profit enterprises;
  • Hospitals and regional healthcare centers;
  • Individuals;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Indian Bands, as representedby their Chief and Council;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations);
  • Provincial Government departments, agencies and Crown Corporations; and
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them.

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients: A communication strategy has been developed to build awareness of WD’s programs among prospective proponents through a focus on key sectors, media strategies and a stronger departmental storyline. When appropriate, a formal request for proposals process may be publicized for specific priorities.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Community Futures (CF) Program (Voted)

Start date: May 18, 1995 (The Program started in 1986 and was previously delivered by Human Resources Development Canada).

End date: Ongoing

Fiscal Year for Ts & Cs3: 2010–11

Strategic Outcome: A growing and diversified western Canadian economy.

Program Activities:

  • Business Development and Innovation; and
  • Community Economic Growth.

Description: The CF Program was designed to help communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems. The program provides financial support to CF organizations (CFs), which are incorporated, non-profit organizations that, in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders, develop strategies to provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to undertake appropriate community economic development initiatives.

Expected results:

  • Improved business practices and increased entrepreneurship;
  • Strengthened and expanded businesses; and
  • Strengthened community capacity for socio-economic development.
  ($ thousands)
Forecast Spending
2012–13
Planned Spending
2013–14
Planned Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Total grants - - - -
Total contributions 28,454 28,454 28,454 28,454
Total Transfer payments 28,454 28,454 28,454 28,454

Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation: 2008–09

Decision following the Results of Last Evaluation: Continuation

Fiscal Year of Planned Completion of Next Evaluation: 2013–14

General Targeted Recipient Group4: Non-metropolitan communities, SMEs and social enterprises

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients: A communication strategy has been developed to build awareness of WD’s programs among prospective proponents through a focus on key sectors, media strategies and a stronger departmental storyline. When appropriate, a formal request for proposals process may be publicized for specific priorities.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) (Voted)

Start date: April 1, 2012

End date: March 31, 2014

Fiscal Year for Ts & Cs: 2012–13

Strategic Outcome: A growing and diversified western Canadian economy.

Programs:

  • Community Economic Growth

Description: CIIF is meant to support the rehabilitation and improvement, including expansion, of existing community infrastructure facilities such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, cultural facilities and other community facilities. The CIIF will improve the quality of community facilities and provide economic benefits, including support for job creation, in communities across Canada.

Expected results: The expected results from CIIF are regional community-based partnerships and the modernization of existing community infrastructure facilities. Performance indicators are as follows:

  • Dollars leveraged on federal investments;
  • Number of projects completed;
  • Number of funding agreements signed;
  • Federal dollars committed through the CIIF;
  • # new and improved local infrastructure elements; and
  • Total infrastructure funding expended (federal, provincial, municipal, and private – as a proxy for local economic stimulus).
  ($ thousands)
Forecast Spending
2012–13
Planned Spending
2013–14
Planned Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 23,100 23,100 0 0
Total Transfer payments 23,100 23,100 0 0

Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation: Not applicable

Decision following the Results of Last Evaluation: Not applicable

Fiscal Year of Planned Completion of Next Evaluation: Given the nature of the initiative and the fact that it is a one-time initiative within Budget 2012, an evaluation is not a requirement as per the Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation and will not be conducted.

General Targeted Recipient Group5: Eligible recipients for funding under the CIIF will include:

  • A local or regional government established under provincial or territorial statue;
  • A public sector body that is wholly owned by an eligible recipient listed above;
  • A not-for-profit entity;
  • A provincial or territorial entity that provides municipal-type services to communities, as defined by provincial or territorial statute (including school boards);
  • A First Nation government, including a Band or Tribal Council or its agent (including wholly-owned corporation) on the condition that the First Nation has indicated support for the project and for the legally-designated representative to seek funding through a formal Band or Tribal Council resolution, or other documentation from Self-governing First Nations; and
  • A provincial or territorial government department, agency or Crown corporation.

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients: A communication strategy was developed to build awareness of the CIIF within western Canada and amongst prospective eligibile recipients through a focus on information presentations and a media strategy that include a social media campaign. Two formal requests for proposals were conducted as follows:

  • The first in-take closed on August 2, 2012.
  • The second in-take closed on November 19, 2012.

 

Transfer Payment Programs Under $5 Million

Name of Transfer Payment Program Main Objectives End Date Type of Transfer Payment Planned Spending for 2013–14
($ thousands)
Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation General Targeted Recipient Group
Women’s Enterprise Initiative Introduce and promote the concept of entrepreneurship to women;

Increase the availability of capital to women-owned enterprises; and

Provide services to help women develop the experience, expertise, assets and credit track records enabling them to increase both the number and strength of women-owned businesses in Western Canada.
March 31, 2013 Contribution $3,900 2003–04 Women-owned and controlled businesses

 


[1] Fiscal year in which the Ts & Cs were last approved, continued or amended by Treasury Board or the Minister, as applicable.

[2] Eligible recipients as established under the approved Ts & Cs.

[3] Fiscal year in which the Ts & Cs were last approved/continued/amended by Treasury Board or the Minister, as applicable.

[4] Eligible recipients as established under the approved Ts & Cs.

[5] Eligible recipients as established under the approved Ts & Cs.