Archived — Departmental Performance Report 2012–13

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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: SODP was established on October 2, 2009, as the 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 funds the seven Southern Ontario Advantage (SOA) initiatives, whose objectives include: accelerating innovation; and improving the productivity and competitiveness of southern Ontario businesses and communities. In 2012–13, the following SOA initiatives contributed to the Technological Innovation program activity: Youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Graduate Enterprise Internship, Scientists and Engineers in Business, the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative and the Technology Development Program. The following SOA initiatives contributed to the Business Development program activity: Investing in Business Innovation and the Prosperity Initiative.

Strategic outcome: A competitive southern Ontario economy

Results achieved: The following results were achieved in 2012–13. With respect to the Technological Innovation program activity, 950,637 students were enrolled in Agency-supported STEM awareness programs, 714 university and college graduates and graduate students participated in internships or commercialization fellowships, 513 graduates who participated in Agency-supported business skills training programs were subsequently employed or self-employed in STEM-related fields, and 297 businesses were able to advance their innovations closer to market. With respect to the Business Development program activity, 46 businesses received funding to commercialize new innovations, 504 businesses received support to undertake productivity enhancements; 43 businesses created new or expanded existing products, processes, technologies, or services; and 13 business clusters were created, maintained, or expanded as a result of Agency support.

Program: Technological Innovation
($ millions)
  2010–11
Actual
spending
2011–12
Actual
spending
2012–13
Planned
spending
2012–13
Total
authorities
2012–13
Actual
spending
Variance
Total contributions 1.0 25.5 48.7 52.5 52.5 (3.8)
Total program 1.0 25.5 48.7 52.5 52.5 (3.8)
Program: Business Development
($ millions)
  2010–11
Actual
spending
2011–12
Actual
spending
2012–13
Planned
spending
2012–13
Total
authorities
2012–13
Actual
spending
Variance
Total contributions 71.4 128.8 114.3 128.8 128.8 (14.5)
Total program 71.4 128.8 114.3 128.8 128.8 (14.5)

Comments on variances: N/A

Audits completed or planned: An audit of the SOA initiatives' internal operations was conducted in January 2013 as part of Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's audit of small departments and agencies. Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2012–13 and are planned for future years as required by the program's Risk-Based Audit Framework.

Evaluations completed or planned: An internal interim evaluation of FedDev Ontario programs was completed in August 2012 to support Agency renewal activities. Recommendations in the report were focused on planning for future evaluations and both the report and the management response will be posted to FedDev Ontario's website in October 2013. A final evaluation of SODP will be conducted in 2014–15 to review program performance after the first five years of program delivery.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Consultations with key stakeholders were conducted in preparation for renewal of the program.

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Community Futures Program

Start date: 1986

End date: N/A (ongoing program)

Description: The Community Futures Program (CFP) 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: A competitive southern Ontario economy

Results achieved: In 2012–13, the CFDCs disbursed 706 new loans to small- and medium-sized enterprises and CFP supported 3,625 businesses and organizations in rural southern Ontario.

Program: Community Economic Development
($ millions)
  2010–11
Actual
spending
2011–12
Actual
spending
2012–13
Planned
spending
2012–13
Total
authorities
2012–13
Actual
spending
Variance
Total contributions 12.5 12.2 12.5 11.3 11.2 1.3
Total program 12.5 12.2 12.5 11.3 11.2 1.3

Comments on variances: Funding was substantially spent, but a small number of projects were unable to fully utilize Agency funding.

Audits completed or planned: Ongoing recipient audits will be conducted as required by the program's Risk-Based Audit Framework.

Evaluations completed or planned: An evaluation will be conducted in 2013–14.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: During 2012–13, FedDev Ontario engaged program recipients (CFDCs) in the transformation of the delivery of the program and implementation of additional enhancements to its performance-based funding model, along with other key enhancements to the program.

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Eastern Ontario Development Program

Start date: October 12, 2004

End date: March 31, 2014

Description: The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) is an economic development initiative aimed at addressing economic challenges in eastern Ontario and taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region. The program is delivered through eastern Ontario's 15 CFDCs. Applications are solicited and assessed by each CFDC based on their potential to stimulate local economic development and create jobs. CFDCs consider project proposals in the following two areas: business development—which supports projects that will lead to the growth of new and existing businesses within rural eastern Ontario communities—and community innovation—which enables community-led economic development activities that enhance and diversify local economies.

Strategic outcome: A competitive southern Ontario economy

Results achieved: In 2012–13, 9,382 jobs were created or maintained as a result of SODP funding.

Program: Community Economic Development
($ millions)
  2010–11
Actual
spending
2011–12
Actual
spending
2012–13
Planned
spending
2012–13
Total
authorities
2012–13
Actual
spending
Variance
Total contributions 9.6 2.4 12.9 13.2 13.2 (0.3)
Total program 9.6 2.4 12.9 13.2 13.2 (0.3)

Comments on variances: N/A

Audits completed or planned: Ongoing recipient audits will be conducted as required by the program's Risk Management Framework.

Evaluations completed or planned: No program evaluation is planned. The most recent evaluation was conducted in 2010–11.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The Agency conducted regular consultations with CFDCs, as well as the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network, which represents the 15 CFDCs in eastern Ontario.

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund

Start date: July 5, 2012

End date: March 31, 2014

Description: Announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) supports the repair and rehabilitation of community facilities, such as community centres, recreational buildings, local arenas, and cultural facilities. FedDev Ontario administers the program across Ontario.

Strategic outcome: A competitive southern Ontario economy

Results achieved: The program is intended to be a temporary, short-term economic stimulus measure. In Ontario, a total of 430 projects were approved for funding under CIIF. FedDev Ontario is supporting 328 projects in southern Ontario and 102 projects in northern Ontario, with up to $1 million in federal funding provided per project. By March 31, 2013, nearly all recipients had contribution agreements in place and had started construction of their projects. CIIF will ensure that our community infrastructure facilities are maintained and available to citizens now and in the future, while stimulating local economic activity.

Program: Community Economic Development
($ millions)
  2010–11
Actual
spending
2011–12
Actual
spending
2012–13
Planned
spending
2012–13
Total
authorities
2012–13
Actual
spending
Variance
Total contributions n/a n/a 0 24.8 5.0 (5.0)
Total program n/a n/a 0 24.8 5.0 (5.0)

Comments on variances: Given the mid-year launch of CIIF, program funds were committed in 2012–13 and $5 million in actual spending was incurred. Projects are continuing into 2013–14.

Audits completed or planned: There were no audits conducted in the 2012–13 fiscal year. However, the Agency began preparations to conduct recipient audits for CIIF projects, which will take place in the 2013–14 fiscal year.

Evaluations completed or planned: Given the nature of the initiative and the fact that it is a one-time initiative within Budget 2012, an evaluation is not required. The performance measurement strategy developed for this initiative will provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the program.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: CIIF was available to all municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations with responsibilities for community infrastructure. Significant interest was generated over the program intake period with more than 1,800 applications submitted by eligible organizations in Ontario. Applicants were required to submit their applications by the August 24, 2012 deadline to be considered for funding under the program.

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Greening Government Operations

Strategies and/or Comments

  1. FedDev Ontario developed an action plan in response to an audit of its procurement function and improved its procurement planning in 2012–13 through:
    1. Completing the development of its procurement policy suite;
    2. Documenting and testing its internal controls; and
    3. Delivering training to key stakeholders with respect to the procurement policies and processes including roles and responsibilities and green procurement.
  2. FedDev Ontario demonstrated its commitment to green workplace behaviour. FedDev Ontario continues to switch from desktop computers to laptops in an effort to reduce the total number of computing devices within the Agency, support green meetings and reduce power consumption.
  3. FedDev Ontario has taken several steps as one of the pilot organizations for the Government of Canada's digital office. Highlights from 2012–13 for this initiative include:
    1. Significant internal support for Shared Services Canada's Cost Effective Telecommunications Initiative;
    2. Increased employee awareness and usage of low-cost web conferencing technology (WebEx) as a replacement or alternative to travel and/or videoconferencing;
    3. 35 percent of employees were successfully migrated to the Government of Canada's new electronic document records management system (GCDOCS);
    4. Back office functions have also improved as the Agency has adopted electronic-based solutions that improve its travel claim process and support stronger financial planning while also reducing paper consumption; and
    5. Pilot initiatives have been undertaken utilizing tablet computers to replace paper for financial reference binders and claims assessment. Further options for paperless document management will be considered and reviewed in the coming years.
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Internal Audits and Evaluations

Effective April 1, 2012, FedDev Ontario, along with other regional development agencies, consolidated its Audit function. A service-level agreement was developed with the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) to provide internal audit services based on a 3-year audit plan.

FedDev Ontario is responsible for performing additional audits/reviews as required to address risks not covered by the audits conducted by the OCG. The following audits will be conducted to meet these requirements:

Internal Audits (2012–13)
Name of Internal Audit Internal Audit Type Status Completion Date
Delegation of Authority (Follow-up) Governance and Accountability Planned 2013–14
Procurement (Follow-up) Internal Services Planned 2013–14
Travel and Hospitality (Follow-up) Internal Services Planned 2013–14
Evaluations (2012–13)
Name of Evaluation Program Status Completion Date
Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) South — Final Evaluation Business and Innovation Development Complete 2011–12
Economic Development Initiative (EDI) — Results Report Community Economic Development Complete 2011–12
Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) — Status Update Report Community Economic Development Planned 2013–14
Community Futures Program — Final Evaluation Community Economic Development Planned 2013–14
Official Languages External Review Community Economic Development Planned 2013–14
Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP) — Final Evaluation Technological Innovation; Business Development Planned 2014–15
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Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue

Non-Respendable Revenue
Program 2010–11 Actual
($ millions)
2011–12 Actual
($ millions)
2012–13 ($ millions)
Planned Revenue Actual
Business Development
Business Investment
Repayment of Contributions 0 0 0 0.5
Business Productivity and Innovation
Repayment of Contributions 0 1.7 5.5 5.5
Community Economic Development
Infrastructure Delivery
Repayment of Contributions 0 1.4 5.2 6.1
Total Non-Respendable Revenue 0 3.1 10.7 12.1
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