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Section I: Organizational Expenditure Overview
Minister of Industry: The Honourable James Moore
Minister of State: The Honourable Gary Goodyear
President: Karen Ellis
Ministerial Portfolio: Industry
Order in Council P.C. 2009–1410 dated August 13, 2009, amending Schedule I.1 of the Financial Administration ActEndnote i to include the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario as a department.
Order in Council P.C. 2009–1411 dated August 13, 2009, whereby the department of Industry transferred to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario the control and supervision of the portion of the federal administration in the department of Industry known as the Southern Ontario Regional Economic Branch.
Year of Incorporation / Commencement: 2009
As Canada's most populous region—home to more than 12.7 million residents living in 288 communities—southern Ontario is a key contributor to the Canadian economy. The Government of Canada created the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) in 2009 as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. FedDev Ontario works with communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations in southern Ontario to actively promote the region and build a strong foundation of investment and partnerships to help secure Canada's long-term prosperity.
FedDev Ontario is fulfilling its mandate by working with partners and stakeholders across southern Ontario. Through the support of businesses and organizations, FedDev Ontario is able to advance innovative technologies and leverage community capacity to develop regionally-based economic solutions. FedDev Ontario works as a co-investor, convenor, champion and delivery agent and intentionally directs its resources to activities with the greatest regional impacts. By responding to emerging economic challenges and opportunities, FedDev Ontario is supporting the overall competitiveness and future prosperity of southern Ontario.
The Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is responsible for this organization.
FedDev Ontario promotes the development of a strong, competitive and diversified southern Ontario economy. As one of 12 federal departments and agencies that make up the Industry Canada portfolio, FedDev Ontario will leverage resources and optimize synergies to further a number of the Government of Canada's commitments, including building a knowledge-based economy in all regions of Canada; advancing an agenda of jobs, growth and prosperity; and complementing other key priorities (e.g., Digital Canada 150 and Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation 2014).
Scope of Operations
FedDev Ontario is headquartered in Kitchener–Waterloo and has offices throughout southern Ontario to support program delivery. Its mandate covers the region as defined by the following 37 Statistics Canada census divisions:
- Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
- Kawartha Lakes
- Prescott and Russell
- Leeds and Grenville
- Lennox and Addington
- Prince Edward
According to Statistics Canada's annual population estimates for 2013, southern Ontario has a population of over 12.7 million, representing 93.6 percent of Ontario's total population and 36 percent of the total population of Canada.
Strategic Outcome and Program Alignment Architecture
The 2015–16 Program Alignment Architecture (PAA) was updated to reflect the evolution of FedDev Ontario's programs and activities as well as its various roles. This includes advocating on behalf of southern Ontario businesses and economic opportunities and convening strategic partnerships. With the renewal of funding and launch of new programming in 2014–15, FedDev Ontario's PAA conveys an innovative agenda to promote jobs, growth and prosperity across the region.
- 1. Strategic Outcome: A competitive southern Ontario economy
- 1.1 Program: Technological Innovation
- 1.1.1 Sub-Program: Advanced Manufacturing
- 1.1.2 Sub-Program: Commercialization Partnerships
- 1.2 Program: Business Development
- 1.2.1 Sub-Program: Business Investment
- 1.2.2 Sub-Program: Business Growth and Productivity
- 1.2.3 Sub-Program: Business Services
- 1.3 Program: Community Economic Development
- 1.3.1 Sub-Program: Community Futures Program
- 1.3.2 Sub-Program: Eastern Ontario Development Program
- 1.3.3 Sub-Program: Official Language Minority Communities
- 1.3.4 Sub-Program: Regional Diversification
- 1.3.5 Sub-Program: Infrastructure Delivery
- 1.1 Program: Technological Innovation
- Internal Services
|Priority||TypeFootnote 1||Strategic Outcome and Programs|
|Support business excellence and external service delivery||New||
Why is this a priority?
What are the plans for meeting this priority?
|Priority||Type||Strategic Outcome and Program|
|Strengthen internal operations and corporate services||New||
Why is this a priority?
What are the plans for meeting this priority?
|Risk||Risk Response Strategy||Link to Program Alignment Architecture|
|Human Resources Management: The five-year limited mandate and regional location of its headquarters are unique challenges to FedDev Ontario and present a risk that operational effectiveness will be impacted by challenges in recruiting and retaining staff.||
|Information for Decision-making: There is a risk that current information technology (IT) infrastructure and systems will not adequately support the needs of FedDev Ontario management.||
|Increasing External Awareness: There is a risk that FedDev Ontario will have difficulty demonstrating its achievements and distinguishing itself amidst the many provincial and federal players providing funding for economic development.||
Planned SpendingFootnote 2
|Strategic Outcome, Programs and Internal Services|| 2012–13
|Strategic Outcome: A competitive southern Ontario economy|
|1.1 Technological Innovation||56,576,259||56,430,801||42,287,606||91,786,705||91,786,705||91,554,741||91,263,562|
|1.2 Business Development||131,523,159||87,659,299||61,623,868||66,123,559||66,123,559||68,971,973||68,541,276|
|1.3 Community Economic Development||34,609,151||71,120,480||46,110,273||41,264,851||41,264,851||44,238,076||33,039,212|
|Internal Services Subtotal||19,012,398||19,069,825||17,659,300||16,076,604||16,076,604||16,010,353||15,263,655|
For 2015–16, FedDev Ontario's financial resources continue to be primarily directed towards investing in projects that foster high-quality jobs, growth and prosperity with businesses, entrepreneurs, communities and not-for-profit organizations in southern Ontario. Of the $215.2 million allotted through the 2015–16 Main Estimates, $186.2 million in transfer payment funding has been allocated for FedDev Ontario's programming suite. This includes $112.3 million for the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives— FedDev Ontario's primary funding vehicle—as well as the Advanced Manufacturing Fund ($52.0 million), Community Futures Program ($11.3 million), Eastern Ontario Development Program ($9.6 million) and Economic Development Initiative ($1.0 million) in 2015–16. To support program delivery, FedDev Ontario will utilize $29.0 million for its internal operations.
As it enters the second year of its five-year mandate, FedDev Ontario's objective will be to fully expend its transfer payment budget, which received an additional $16.6 million in funding for 2015–16 out of its previous year authorities. Specifically, the Advanced Manufacturing Fund received an additional $12 million in authorities and the remaining $4.6 million was reallocated to the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives to support continued delivery of the Massey Hall Revitalization project.
This increase in 2015–16, as well as increases of $12.6 million and $11 million in 2016–17 and 2017–18, respectively, helps explain the forecasted decrease in 2014–15 spending as a total of $40.2 million in available authorities that was reallocated to reflect spending pressures in future years and to facilitate investment in strategic projects.
To support its activities over the next three years, FedDev Ontario will require 229 employees (full-time equivalents) across its external program branches and internal service areas. The efficient and effective deployment of its human resources will play an important role in FedDev Ontario's ability to maximize its impact on southern Ontario through program delivery and in its capacity as a convenor and champion for the region.
Alignment of Spending With the Whole-of-Government Framework
|Strategic Outcome||Program||Spending Area||Government of Canada Outcome||
|A competitive southern Ontario economy||1.1 Technological Innovation||Economic Affairs||An innovative and knowledge-based economy||91,786,705|
|1.2 Business Development||Economic Affairs||Strong economic growth||66,123,559|
|1.3 Community Economic Development||Economic Affairs||Strong economic growth||41,264,851|
|Spending Area||Total Planned Spending|
Departmental Spending Trend
As FedDev Ontario enters the second year of its current five-year mandate, the spending trend graph above presents actual spending for 2012–13 and 2013–14 and forecasted spending for 2014–15, as well as planned spending for 2015–16 and beyond. Of note in this graph is the decrease in forecasted 2014–15 spending compared to the surrounding years, which is largely a factor of the redesign and launch of FedDev Ontario's programming that constituted much of the renewal of its mandate.
Specifically, high demand and significant ramp-up periods for programs and initiatives had, as anticipated, an impact on spending in 2014–15. Once applicants submitted applications, FedDev Ontario had to process and negotiate contribution agreements with approved recipients. Eligible activities also had to be completed and claims had to be submitted in advance of any funding being disbursed. In addition, the multi-year nature of its programming and initiatives and complexity of projects compounded the impacts on forecasted spending in 2014–15. To account for these factors, a total of $40.2 million in transfer payment program funding was reallocated over the next three years from 2014–15 authorities, which will enable more strategic and timely investment as projects begin to demonstrate results.
With approximately 88 percent of its authorities allocated to program spending in 2015–16, FedDev Ontario will deliver the majority of this funding through the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives, which include:
- Investing in Business Innovation;
- Investing in Business Growth and Productivity;
- Investing in Commercialization Partnerships; and
- Investing in Regional Diversification.
In addition, FedDev Ontario will continue to deliver the Advanced Manufacturing Fund, serving all of Ontario, as well as its other mainstay programs to support southern Ontario: the Eastern Ontario Development Program; Economic Development Initiative; and Community Futures Program.
Estimates by Vote
For information on FedDev Ontario's organizational appropriations, consult the 2015–16 Main Estimates on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website.Endnote iii
- Footnote 1
Type is defined as follows: previously committed to—committed to in the first or second fiscal year prior to the subject year of the report; ongoing—committed to at least three fiscal years prior to the subject year of the report; and new—newly committed to in the reporting year of the Report on Plans and Priorities or Departmental Performance Report.
- Footnote 2
The reduction in planned spending is primarily due to a total of $11.2 million allocated for the Brantford Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Remediation project and Massey Hall Revitalization project in 2016–17 that does not continue in 2017–18.
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