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Supplementary Table 1

Details on Transfer Payment Programs


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:

  1. Program: Business Development and Innovation
    1. Sub-Program: Trade, Investment and Market Access
    2. Sub-Program: Business Productivity and Growth
    3. Sub-Program: Innovation Capacity Building
    4. Sub-Program: Technology Commercialization
       
  2. Program: Community Economic Growth
    1. Sub-Program: Community Development
    2. Sub-Program: Targeted Economic Initiatives
       
  3. Program: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination
    1. Sub-Program: Advocacy and Coordination
    2. Sub-Program: Economic Analysis

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: WD has developed a Performance Measurement Strategy that includes performance indicators, expected results, methods for reporting on performance, evaluation criteria and evaluation plans to be used for determining the effectiveness of program activities. The following lists the expected results for the the WDP as captured under the department's Program Alignment Architecture as well as illustrative examples of performance indicators. The complete and most recent set of performance indicators are found in WDP's Performance Measurement Strategy.

  1. Program: Business Development and Innovation:
    • Western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are engaged in international business, competitive and innovative.
      • Number of highly qualified personnel trained
      • Number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business development or capital services
      • Dollar value of international business leads generated
      • Dollar value of sales tied to product, process, service or technology supported through WD funding
         
  2. Program: Community Economic Growth:
    • Western Canadian communities have strong businesses and the capacity for socio-economic development.
      • Dollar value of community-based projects
      • Number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through targeted economic initiatives
         
  3. Program: Policy, Advocacy and Co-ordination:
    • Policies and programs that strengthen the western Canadian economy.
      • Number of evidence-based economic analyses conducted or funded by WD
  Forecast Spending
2013–14
Planned Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Total grants 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Total contributions 82,380,226 80,509,009 80,379,009 79,179,009
Total Transfer payments 87,380,226 85,509,009 85,379,009 84,179,009

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 5-year Evaluation Plan includes WDP projects as part of evaluations of the Programs within WD's Program Alignment Architecture. Under the Business Development and Innovation Program, evaluations of Business Productivity and Growth and Innovation Capacity Building are planned for 2014–15 and 2016–17, respectively.

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

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

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients: The department engages with Canadians as new programming elements are developed and launched through media strategies and active outreach. In October 2013, WD launched the new Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative and supports WINN through extensive outreach to key stakeholders and potential clients.

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

Programs and Sub-Programs:

  • Program: Community Economic Growth
    • Sub-Program: Community Futures

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, which are incorporated, non-profit organizations that, in collaboration with other partners and stakeholders, develop strategies to provide support to SMEs and to undertake appropriate community economic development initiatives.

Expected results: WD has developed a Performance Measurement Strategy that includes performance indicators, expected results, methods for reporting on performance, evaluation criteria and evaluation plans to be used for determining the effectiveness of program activities. The following lists the expected results for the CF Program as well as illustrative examples of performance indicators. The complete and most recent set of performance indicators are found in the CF Program's Performance Measurement Strategy.

  1. CF Program
    • Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation
      • $ value and type of community-based projects
    • Rural access to business development services
      • # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business development services
    • Rural access to capital and leveraged capital
      • $ value and type of loan
Details of Transfer Payment Programs (dollars)
  Forecast Spending
2012–13
Planned Spending
2013–14
Planned Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Total grants - - - -
Total contributions 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991
Total Transfer payments 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991 28,453,991

Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation: 2008–09

Decision following the Results of Last Evaluation: Continuation

Fiscal Year of Planned Completion of Next Evaluation: 2014–15

General Targeted Recipient Group4: CF Organizations

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients: Eligible applicants for the CF Program are the CF Organizations. WD has a long standing strategy of engaging with these organizations to build awareness of WD's programs among prospective proponents.


[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.