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Details on Transfer Payment Programs

Name of transfer payment program: Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP)

Start date: October 2, 2009

End date: March 31, 2014

Description: The SODP was established on October 2, 2009, as a core program of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). It builds upon the assets and strengths of communities to create an environment where businesses can thrive and maximize southern Ontario's potential to succeed in an innovation-focused economy. This program has evolved to include the seven Southern Ontario Advantage Initiatives (SOAIs), which have targeted the objectives of accelerating innovation and improving productivity and competitiveness of local businesses and communities. In 2011–12 the following SOAIs contributed to the Business and Innovation Development program activity: Investing in Business Innovation, Scientists and Engineers in Business, Applied Research and Commercialization, Technology Development Program, and the Prosperity Initiative (Productivity Enhancements and Building a Competitive Advantage). The SOAIs that contributed to the Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure program activity are as follows: Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), Graduate Enterprise Internship, and the Prosperity Initiative (Regional Diversification).

Strategic outcome: The economy of southern Ontario is competitive and diversified.

Results achieved: The SODP contributed to FedDev Ontario's strategic outcome and helped achieve its target of 2% GDP annual growth rate in Ontario in 2011–12. An assessment of 24 directly funded for-profit businesses under SODP found that 83% of the businesses reported an increase in domestic sales and 63% of the businesses reported an increase in export sales as a result of the SODP funding. Most of the businesses (83%) reported creating full-time equivalent positions as a result of the SODP-supported project, which contributed to a 0.5% reduction in the unemployment rate from March 31, 2011.

The Agency also implemented the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment and Innovation (SOFII) funds, which target high-growth, innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises. Implementation of the SOFII funds will increase the economic diversification and competitiveness of southern Ontario communities.

The SODP also supported the Eastern Ontario Development Program with a $2.4 million allocation from its total authorities.

Program Activity: Business and Innovation Development
($ millions)
  2009–10 Actual spending 2010–11 Actual spending 2011–12 Planned spending 2011–12 Total authorities 2011–12 Actual spending Variance
Total contributions N/A N/A 127.2 174.1 149.0 (21.8)
Total program activity N/A N/A 127.2 174.1 149.0 (21.8)
Program Activity: Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure
($ millions)
  2009–10 Actual spending 2010–11 Actual spending 2011–12 Planned spending 2011–12 Total authorities 2011–12 Actual spending Variance
Total contributions N/A N/A 48.9 9.5 7.7 41.2
Total program activity N/A N/A 48.9 9.5 7.7 41.2
Total program activities 43.5 72.2 176.1 183.6 156.7 19.4

Comments on variances: The variance between actual spending and total authorities is mainly due to project delays and reduced final costs on closed projects.

Audits completed or planned: Contribution agreement compliance reviews were undertaken on a sample of 10 SODP General Intake and Food and Beverage Processing Intake files. No significant observations were made. Projects supported through the SOAIs did not receive audits during the review period, as they were in early stages of implementation.

Evaluations completed or planned: An evaluation will be conducted in 2013.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: During 2011–12, FedDev Ontario engaged applicants through the SOAIs to obtain a detailed understanding of the proposed projects and to provide feedback to further strengthen their submissions. As a result of these consultations, applicants were able to submit stronger applications that will result in greater potential for wide-ranging economic impact in southern Ontario.

FedDev Ontario conducted site visits with approved recipients to review their performance and to solicit feedback regarding their experience to date with initiatives. These communications resulted in recommendations such as the extension of the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative in 2012–13 and modifications to the initiative that will increase its effectiveness and efficiency.

The Agency also had discussions with potential multi-partner applicants on how to respond to macroeconomic issues in southern Ontario through current Agency initiatives. These consultations resulted in support for new endeavours that assist southern Ontario businesses, such as the SOFII.


Name of transfer payment program: Brantford Greenwich-Mohawk Remediation Project

Start date: October 12, 2007

End date: To be confirmed pending completion of the project plan review.

Description: The project provides a total federal grant of $12 million for the remediation of 50 acres of land spread over three sites in Brantford, Ontario. Once remediated, the land will be redeveloped according to a community design plan that has been developed in consultation with the residents of Brantford. The plan includes residential development and some light commercial development with a heritage/cultural component. Funding payments are aligned with the achievement of project milestones.

Strategic outcome: The economy of southern Ontario is competitive and diversified.

Results achieved: The project will result in 50 acres of remediated land in Brantford. Funding payments are aligned with the achievement of project milestones over the life of the project. A payment of $404,488 was made to the City in 2008–09.

Program Activity: Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure
($ millions)
  2009–10 Actual spending 2010–11 Actual spending 2011–12 Planned spending 2011–12 Total authorities 2011–12 Actual spending Variance
Total grants 0 0 1.2 11.6 0 1.2
Total program activity 0 0 1.2 11.6 0 1.2

Comments on variances: As the project plan underwent review in 2011–12, there were no expenditures during this reporting period.

Audits completed or planned: No audits relative to this funding have been conducted to date.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluations relative to this funding have been conducted to date, nor are any planned.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: N/A.


Name of transfer payment program: Community Futures Program

Start date: 1986

End date: N/A (ongoing program).

Description: The Community Futures Program supports 37 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in southern Ontario to help rural communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems, with a focus on community economic development and small business growth.

Strategic outcome: The economy of southern Ontario is competitive and diversified.

Results achieved: Through the Community Futures Program, 2,021 businesses were created, expanded, maintained or strengthened in rural southern Ontario as a result of business loans and in-depth counselling services provided by CFDCs.

Program Activity: Economic Regional Development and InfrastructureFootnote 1
($ millions)
  2009–10 Actual spending 2010–11 Actual spending 2011–12 Planned spending 2011–12 Total authorities 2011–12 Actual spending Variance

Footnotes

Footnote 1 The 2011–12 total authorities and actual spending for this program are captured under the Business and Innovation Development program activity in Section II of this report due to an expenditure tracking issue. (Return to footnote 1 referrer)

Total contributions N/A 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.2 0.3
Total program activity N/A 12.5 12.5 12.5 12.2 0.3

Comments on variances: The variance between the planned and actual spending was the result of discussions with CFDCs concerning FedDev Ontario's plan to move to a performance-based funding model for 2012–13, which reduced their capacity to utilize all available Agency funding in 2011–12.

Audits completed or planned: No program audit is planned.

Evaluations completed or planned: An evaluation will be conducted in 2014.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: During 2011–12, FedDev Ontario engaged program recipients—the CFDCs—in the development and implementation of a performance-based funding model, along with other key enhancements to the program. The new funding model is effective April 1, 2012.


Name of transfer payment program: Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Program

Start date: May 2009

End date: October 31, 2011

Description: RInC, launched in May 2009, is a two-year economic stimulus program that was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP). RInC was designed to create jobs and spur construction activity related to recreational infrastructure. In 2010–11, FedDev Ontario continued to work with the Ontario government to administer and deliver the Ontario portion of RInC. This program supports the renewal and rehabilitation of recreational infrastructure projects in the following categories of investment: arenas, gymnasia, swimming pools, sports fields and courts, parks, fitness trails, bike paths, and other multipurpose recreational facilities.

Strategic outcome: The economy of southern Ontario is competitive and diversified.

Results achieved: Under the RInC program, FedDev Ontario is administering the delivery of 757 projects that have been allocated up to $183 million in investments across multiple years in key community recreational assets and facilities. This federal investment, matched by the Province of Ontario, with the balance funded by recipients, leveraged over $652 million in total projects costs. To date, 755 projects have been completed, of which more than 260 were completed in 2011–12. The remaining two recipients are committed to completing and funding the outstanding work in calendar year 2012.

Program Activity: Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure
($ millions)
  2009–10 Actual spending 2010–11 Actual spending 2011–12 Planned spending 2011–12 Total authorities 2011–12 Actual spending Variance
Total contributions 30.0 121.6 0 35.0 29.8 (29.8)
Total program activity 30.0 121.6 0 35.0 29.8 (29.8)

Comments on variances: While $35 million was made available in 2011–12 as part of the EAP extension, some projects were completed under budget; thus, actual spending for 2011–12 was reduced.

Audits completed or planned: The EAP audit completed in May 2010 included RInC.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation is required. A summary report is required by September 2012.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Under RInC, 1,544 proponents applied to the program with project costs totalling $1.5 billion.

Greening Government Operations

Departments and agencies bound by the Policy on Green Procurement but not the Federal Sustainable Development Act must complete mandatory reporting, in compliance with Section 7 of the Policy on Green Procurement.

Strategies and/or Comments

  1. The Agency responded to the internal audit of procurement and contracting activities with a Management Action Plan that outlines key activities and target completion dates. This will allow for improvements to internal service processes and procedures, including training on green procurement, which will be delivered in fiscal year 2012–13.
  2. FedDev Ontario has taken several steps as one of the pilot organizations for the Government of Canada's digital office. Included in this is the replacement of briefing binders for executives with tablet computers, reduction in printers across all locations, and ongoing implementation of the Government of Canada's electronic document records management system (GCDOCS).
  3. FedDev Ontario has initiated and continues to develop its records management program to facilitate future transformation toward electronic records, further reducing reliance on paper.

Internal Audits and Evaluations

Internal Audits (current reporting period)Footnote *

Internal Audits (current reporting period)
Name of internal audit Internal audit type Status Completion date

Footnotes

Footnote * Please note that FedDev Ontario no longer has an audit function and all audits will be taken over by the Office of the Comptroller General. (Return to footnote * referrer)

Audit Report—Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative Intake Award Transfer payment Completed November 2011
The Audit of Procurement and Contracting Activities Financial management controls Completed January 2012
Audit Report—Travel and Hospitality Financial management controls Completed March 2012

Evaluations (current reporting period)

Evaluations (current reporting period)
Name of Evaluation Program Activity Status Completion Date
Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) South—Final Evaluation Business and Innovation Development In progress October 2012
Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP)—Implementation Review Business and Innovation Development Complete June 26, 2012
Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC)—Implementation Review Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure Complete June 26, 2012
Economic Development Initiative (EDI)—Results Report Business and Innovation Development In progress July 20, 2012
Brantford Greenwich-Mohawk Remediation Project—Final Evaluation Business and Innovation Development Removed from Evaluation Plan n/a
Community Futures Program—Implementation Review Business and Innovation Development Complete June 26, 2012
Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP)—Final Evaluation Business and Innovation Development Not started September 30, 2013
Community Futures Program—Final Evaluation Business and Innovation Development Not started March 31, 2013
Infrastructure Canada Program—Final Evaluation Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure Removed from Evaluation Plan n/a
Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP)—Final Evaluation Community and Business Development Not started September 30, 2013

Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue

Non-Respendable Revenue

Non-Respendable Revenue ($ millions)
Program Activity 2009–10 Actual ($ millions) 2010–11 Actual ($ millions) 2011–12 ($ millions)
Planned Revenue Actual
Business and Innovation Development
Repayment of Contributions 0 0 2.1 1.7
Economic Regional Development and Infrastructure
Repayment of Contributions 0 0 1.3 1.4
Total Non-Respendable Revenue 0 0 3.4 3.1
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