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Sub-program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming

Sub-program Description

Infrastructure Programming provides community funding to build and renew infrastructure in rural and urban municipalities across Canada, allowing them to compete in the regional, national and global economy. In Western Canada, WD delivers infrastructure programming directly or in partnership with other federal departments and the four western provincial governments. Transfer payments in support of direct delivery of this sub-program are made through designated program authorities, excluding the Western Diversification Program. Transfer payments in support of the delivery of this sub-program are made through Other Government Department Suspense accounts when WD delivers programs on behalf of other federal departments.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2013-14
Planned Spending
2013-14
Actual Spending
2013-14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
24,533,954 27,791,655 3,257,701

Note: Actual spending is higher than planned spending amounts due to increased spending under CIIF.

Human Resources (FTEs)
2013–14
Planned
2013–14
Actual
2013–14
Difference
(actual minus planned)
4 21 17

Note: Planned FTE amounts in the 2013–14 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) were reflective of requirements to support delivery of infrastructure programming. Actual FTE utilization is at variance with planned numbers as a result of a realignment of FTEs to support the delivery and completion of the CIIF program in 2013–14.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
New or improved environmental infrastructure Number of new or improved environmental systems 0* 0
New or improved transportation or telecommunications infrastructure Number of new or improved transportation or telecommunications networks 0* 0
New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related infrastructure Number of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related facilities 600* 475

* New performance indicators were introduced by WD for the first time in 2013–14 and the targets for the first two performance indicators were set at zero because no results were anticipated for 2013-14.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

In 2013-14, WD introduced new performance indicators for the Infrastructure Programming sub-program designed to better capture results of the infrastructure programming. The targets for the first two performance indicators were set at zero because no results were anticipated for 2013-14 (see Performance Results table above). However, these new indicators are part of WD's PMF because on occasion WD may invest in projects with expected results associated with these indicators.

The variance for the number of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism or other related facilities indicator is largely due to the fact that WD's projects tend to be multi-year in nature and results are sometimes reported earlier or later than expected (see Performance Results table above).

WD delivered four national infrastructure programs in the West on behalf of Infrastructure Canada (INFC): the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF), the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund (CSIF), the Building Canada Fund-Communities Component (BCF-CC) and the Building Canada Fund-Major Infrastructure Component (MIC).

In 2013-14, WD initiated steps to close out MRIF. This program will be fully closed out in 2014-15. Under MRIF, 566 projects were supported across Western Canada with a federal investment of $266.7 million.

For BCF-CC, 309 projects have been approved to date across the West with a federal investment of $354.3 million.

As funding for these programs is provided through INFC appropriation, further details on the results may be found in INFC's Departmental Performance Report.

Announced in Budget 2012, the CIIF was a two-year national program that would invest $150 million to rehabilitate and improve existing community infrastructure across Canada. WD was allocated $46.2 million over two fiscal years (2012-13 and 2013-14) to deliver the CIIF in Western Canada.