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Report on Plans and Priorities 2016-17

Supplementary Information Tables

Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More

General Information
Name of transfer payment program Western Economic Diversification Program (WDP) (Voted)
Start date December 3, 1987
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation
Sub-Program 1.1.1: Trade, Investment and Market Access
Sub-Program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth
Sub-Program 1.1.3: Innovation Capacity Building
Sub-Program 1.1.4: Technology Commercialization

Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program 1.2.2: Community Development
Sub-Program 1.2.4: Targeted Economic Initiatives

Program 1.3: Policy, Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.1: Advocacy and Coordination
Sub-Program 1.3.2: 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 to not-for-profit organizations are non-repayable and contributions to western Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) under the Western Innovation Initiative are repayable.
Expected results

Western Economic Diversification Canada (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 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 SMEs are engaged in international business, competitive and innovative.
      • # of highly qualified personnel trained
      • # of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business or capital services
      • Value of new international business leads generated through missions or events
      • Value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service or technology commercialized
         
  2. Program: Community Economic Growth:
    • Western Canadian communities have strong businesses and the capacity for socio-economic development.
      • # of communities benefitting from Community Economic growth projects
      • SME sales growth
         
  3. Program: Policy, Advocacy and Co-ordination:
    • Policies and programs that strengthen the western Canadian economy.
      • # of evidence-based economic analyses conducted or funded by WD
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. The evaluation of the Policy, Advocacy and Coordination Program is planned for 2015–16. Under the Business Productivity and Innovation Program, the evaluation of Innovation Capacity Building and Technology Commercialization is planned for 2016–17.
General targeted recipient groups 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 represented by 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 The WDP and Western Innovation Initiative stream are both delivered through a call for proposals process. Potential applicants and stakeholders are engaged through active outreach, media strategies and information provided on WD's public website.

Planning Information (dollars)
2015–16
Forecast
Spending
2016–17
Planned
Spending
2017–18
Planned
Spending
2018–19
Planned
Spending
Total grants 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000  5,000,000
Total contributions 79,332,893 74,246,592 73,766,678 67,686,678
Total other types
of transfer payments
0 0 0 0
Total payments 84,332,893 79,246,592 78,766,678 72,686,678

General Information

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
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-program 1.2.3: Community Futures Program
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.
  • 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 services
    • Rural access to capital and leveraged capital
      • Value of loans
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014–15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2018–19
General targeted recipient groups CF Organizations and CF Associations
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.

Planning Information (dollars)
2015–16
Forecast
Spending
2016–17
Planned
Spending
2017–18
Planned
Spending
2018–19
Planned
Spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 28,186,322 28,186,322  28,186,322 28,186,322
Total other types
of transfer payments
0 0 0 0
Total payments 28,186,322 28,186,322 28,186,322 28,186,322

General Information
Name of transfer payment program Canada 150 Infrastructure Program (Voted)
Start date April 1, 2016
End date March 31, 2018
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2015-16
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 2.0: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program 2.1.3: Infrastructure Programming
Description

The Canada 150 Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada's celebration of our country's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada will invest in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Under the theme Giving back to Canada: shaping the future, leaving a lasting legacy and giving a gift to Canada, the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program will invest $150 million over two years to support projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada. These projects will ensure a lasting legacy as a result of Canada 150 and strengthen communities from coast to coast to coast.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), on behalf of the Government of Canada, will deliver the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program in Western Canada. WD will invest in projects that rehabilitate or improve cultural and community infrastructure, which will help communities realize long-term growth and vibrancy in the years to come.

Expected results Program 2.0: Community Economic Growth
  • Expected Result: Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth
    • # of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments

Sub-Program 2.1.3: Infrastructure Programming

  • Expected Result: New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities
    • # and type of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities
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 Not applicable
General targeted recipient groups Contributions may be made to:
  • Municipal or regional governments established or under provincial or territorial statute;
  • A provincial or territorial entity (e.g., a department, crown corporation or agency) that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined in provincial or territorial statute;
  • A band council within the meaning of section 2 of the Indian Act; or a government authority established pursuant to a Self-Government Agreement or a Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and an Aboriginal people of Canada, that has been approved, given effect and declared valid by federal legislation;
  • A public sector body that is established by or under provincial or territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, territory, municipal or regional government which provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities;
  • A not-for-profit organization
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Recipients will be engaged through ongoing project monitoring and claims payments.

Planning Information (dollars)
2015–16
Forecast
Spending
2016–17
Planned
Spending
2017–18
Planned
Spending
2018–19
Planned
Spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 0 23,100,000 23,100,000 0
Total other types
of transfer payments
0 0 0 0
Total payments 0 23,100,000 23,100,000 0