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Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More

General Information (WDP)
Name of transfer payment program Western 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 contributes 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 that are 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 is in WDP's Performance Measurement Strategy.
  • Program: Business Development and Innovation:
    • Western Canadian SMEs are engaged in international business, competitive and innovative.
      • number of highly qualified personnel trained
      • number 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
         
  • Program: Community Economic Growth:
    • Western Canadian communities have strong businesses and the capacity for socio-economic development.
      • number of communities benefitting from Community Economic growth projects
      • SME sales growth
  • 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
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 five year evaluation coverage includes evaluations of Programs within WD's Program Alignment Architecture and of programming priorities. For 2017–18, WD plans to undertake an evaluation of defence procurement.
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 Funding requests for the WDP and Western Innovation Initiative stream are 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) (WDP)
Type of transfer payment 2016–17
Forecast
spending
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019–20
Planned
spending
Total grants 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000 5,000,000
Total contributions 80,303,602 78,266,678 67,716,678 72,716,678
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 85,303,602 83,266,678 72,716,678 77,716,678

 

General Information (CF)
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. CFs provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises and undertake 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 that are 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 is 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
      • number 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) (CF)
Type of transfer payment 2016–17
Forecast spending
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019–20
Planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions  28,156,322  28,156,322  28,156,322  28,156,322
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program  28,156,322  28,156,322  28,156,322  28,156,322

 

General Information (C150)
Name of transfer payment program Canada 150 Community 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 2016-17
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-Program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming
Description The Canada 150 Infrastructure Program is part of the Canada 150 Initiative, the Government of Canada's celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary. Through investments in community infrastructure, the Government of Canada is investing $300 million over two years in projects that celebrate our shared heritage, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), on behalf of the Government of Canada, is delivering the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Western Canada. The investments support projects that renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure, with a focus on recreational facilities, projects that advance a clean growth economy, and projects with a positive impact on Indigenous communities.

Expected results Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
  • Expected Result: Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth
    • number of communities benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments

Sub-Program 1.2.1: Infrastructure Programming
  • Expected Result: New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities
    • number and type of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation N/A
Decision following the results of last evaluation N/A
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation N/A
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; and
  • 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) (C150)
Type of transfer payment 2016–17
Forecast spending
2017–18
Planned spending
2018–19
Planned spending
2019–20
Planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions  46,200,000  46,200,000 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program  46,200,000  46,200,000 0 0

 

Disclosure of Transfer Payment Programs under $5 million

Name of transfer payment program Women's Enterprise Initiative (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.1: Business Development and Innovation
Sub-Program 1.1.2: Business Productivity and Growth
Main objective Increase the availability of capital to women-owned enterprises; and

Provide services to help women entrepreneurs develop the experience, expertise, assets and credit track records that would enable them to increase both the number and strength of women-owned businesses in Western Canada.
Planned spending for 2017–18 $3,900,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2013–14
General targeted recipient groups Women owned and controlled businesses

 

Upcoming evaluations over the next five years

Programs planned to be evaluated in the next five years
Fiscal year
(of the planned date for deputy head approval of the evaluation report)
Title of the evaluation Completion of last evaluation Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Planned spending associated with the program(s) evaluated
(dollars)*
2017–18 Defence Procurement** 2009 (Included in Evaluation of Policy, Advocacy and Coordination) Advocacy and Coordination $5,391,007
2017–18 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Community Futures Program 2016 Community Futures Program $30,071,725
2018–19 Community Futures Program (Part of national evaluation) 2014 Community Futures Program $30,086,376
2018–19 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Community Futures Program 2016 Community Futures Program $30,086,376
2018–19 Final Review of Rick Hansen Initiative (Led by Rick Hansen Foundation)** 2014 Innovation Capacity Building $3,602,946
2018–19 Evaluation of the Canada Business Network (Led by ISED)** 2014 Business Productivity and Growth $19,406,766
2019–20 Trade and Investment 2013
  • Trade, Investment and Market Access
     
  • Advocacy and Coordination
$13,753,030


$5,391,007
2019–20 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Community Futures Program 2018 Community Futures Program $30,085,984
2019–20 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Women's Enterprise Initiative 2016 Business Productivity and Growth $20,502,044
2020–21 Indigenous Economic Growth** 2015 Business Productivity and Growth To be determined
2020–21 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Community Futures Program 2019 Community Futures Program To be determined
2021–22 Innovation 2017
  •  Technology Commercialization
     
  •  Innovation Capacity Building
To be determined
2021–22 International Policy Program** 2017 Advocacy and Coordination To be determined
2021–22 Analysis of Statistics Canada Data –Community Futures Program 2020 Community Futures Program To be determined
Total organizational spending*** N/A N/A N/A To be determined

* Planned spending is the value as provided in the 2017–18 Main Estimates for the PAA Sub-program(s) named in the previous column. Some evaluations cover only a sub-set of the PAA sub-program and the associated planned spending.
** These evaluations cover sub-sets of the corresponding PAA sub-program.
*** Total spending is "not applicable" given that some evaluations and analysis cover the same PAA sub-program.

 

Upcoming internal audits over the next coming years

A Service Level Agreement has been established between the Internal Audit Sector of the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada (OCG) and the federal regional development agencies (RDA), including WD. This agreement became effective April 1, 2012 and details the provision of internal audit services by the OCG to the RDAs.

As a result of this agreement, an RDA Risk-Based Audit Plan (RBAP) was developed in 2013 for audits to be conducted in future fiscal years.

Internal Audits
Title of internal audit Internal audit subject Status Expected completion date
Horizontal Audit of Business Continuity Planning in Large and Small Departments Internal Services In progress June 2018
RDA Audit of Values and Ethics Internal Services In progress June 2018
RDA Audit of Travel Internal Services Planned September 2018
RDA Audit of Internal Control Monitoring Internal Services
Community and Enterprise Development Programs
Planned June 2019
RDA Audit of Short-Term Grants & Contributions Programs Grants and contributions audit Planned March 2020

Note: This list of audits was obtained from the Comptroller General of Canada and includes only audits that Western Economic Diversification will be involved in as per Treasury Board Secretariat's direction.

 

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding

Name of recipient Primrose Lake Economic Development Corporation (PLEDCo)
Start date March 30, 2007
End date Not applicable
Strategic Outcome A growing and diversified western Canadian economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Program 1.2: Community Economic Growth
Sub-program 1.2.2: Community Development
Description To assist and promote economic development in the communities within the Primrose Lake Area and to enhance the long-term economic viability and sustainability of those communities.
Total funding approved $15,000,000
Total funding received $15,000,000
Planned funding in 2016–17 N/A
Planned funding in 2017–18 N/A
Planned funding in 2018–19 N/A
Summary of annual plans of recipient PLEDCo will use the interest earned from the trust fund to support economic development initiatives, infrastructure projects, scholarships and operating costs. 

In 2017–18, PLEDCo will work towards its objective of strengthening the local economy, including:
  • Continuing to support economic development initiatives in affected communities;
  • Focusing on large projects leading to long term economic prosperity for the region;
  • Identifying additional regional partners to help improve local economies in communities; and
  • Monitoring of the Primary Producers Program administered by Beaver River Community Futures.