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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014–15 reporting cycle, FedDev Ontario considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As FedDev Ontario did not develop any initiatives that required a strategic environmental assessment, no related public statements were produced.

Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More

General Information Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives

Name of transfer payment program Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives
Start date November 28, 2013
End date March 31, 2019
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014–15
Strategic Outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture
  • 1.1 Program: Technological Innovation
    • 1.1.3 Sub-Program: Technology Development and Commercialization
  • 1.2 Program: Business Development
    • 1.2.1 Sub-Program: Business Investment
    • 1.2.2 Sub-Program: Business Productivity and Innovation
  • 1.3 Program: Community Economic Development
    • 1.3.4 Sub-Program: Infrastructure Delivery
Description The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives (SOPIs) support economic development, economic diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in southern Ontario. The program consists of four initiatives: Investing in Business Innovation (IBI), Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP), Investing in Commercialization Partnerships (ICP), and Investing in Regional Diversification (IRD).
Results achieved

Through the Technological Innovation program activity, two post-secondary institutions and one research institution received funding through ICP. These investments supported existing and emerging innovation ecosystems within southern Ontario and promoted collaboration with the private sector to create and commercialize innovative products, technologies, and services.

With respect to the Business Development program activity, 34 businesses received funding through IBI to support business expansion and the commercialization of new innovations. This initiative also supported a total of 15 southern Ontario angel associations and networks to attract new investors, as well as three not-for-profit organizations to support new entrepreneurs as they launched businesses. An additional 26 businesses and organizations received support through IBGP and IRD, supporting improved productivity of businesses and industry sectors and the competitiveness of sub-regional economies and economic clusters.

Through the Community Economic Development program activity, FedDev Ontario made an investment of $1.8 million in 2014–15 towards total support of $8 million for the revitalization of Massey Hall and monitored the progress of this project.

Comments on variances

The launch of FedDev Ontario's new suite of programming for the 2014–15 fiscal year required a significant amount of work at the outset to engage potential clients, assess project proposals and negotiate and finalize contribution agreements. While this due diligence period is essential to ensure that public funds are managed judiciously and disbursed in an impartial and sound fashion, it consumed a large amount of time over the first half of 2014–15. Given that funding was committed in the form of contributions, recipients needed to incur and submit eligible costs in order to be validated and reimbursed by FedDev Ontario.

Under the SOPIs, FedDev Ontario explored projects with the potential to be more impactful and transformative to the southern Ontario economy over the long-term, further increasing the lead time required before projects could begin.

FedDev Ontario was able to successfully reallocate a portion of its unspent funding to future years to support the completion of the Massey Hall Revitalization project.

Audits completed or planned Recipient audits of a sample of projects are planned for future years as projects near their end dates.
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of the SOPIs entitled "Implementation Review" is expected to be performed in 2015–16. An interim evaluation of the program is planned for 2017–18.
Engagement of applicants and recipients In 2014–15, the Agency engaged with applicants as a result of direct inquiries and through third parties such as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Recipients through the SOPIs are engaged through active project monitoring by program officers.
Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities available for use 2014–15 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2014–15 actual minus 2014–15 planned)
Total contributions
(1.1 Program: Technological Innovation)
52,478,440 52,377,585 36,870,018 36,870,018 4,314,956 (32,555,062)
Total contributions
(1.2 Program: Business Development)
128,821,559 84,919,110 70,903,880 70,903,880 43,588,202 (27,315,678)
Total contributions
(1.3 Program: Community Economic Development)Footnote 1
0 0 8,000,000 8,000,000 1,810,859 (6,189,141)
Total programFootnote 2 181,299,999 137,296,695 115,773,898 115,773,898 49,714,017 (66,059,881)

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General Information Advanced Manufacturing Fund

Name of transfer payment program Advanced Manufacturing Fund
Start date December 9, 2013
End date March 31, 2019
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014–15
Strategic Outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture
  • 1.1 Program: Technological Innovation
    • 1.1.3 Sub-Program: Technology Development and Commercialization
Description The Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF) is aimed at promoting the long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector by supporting large-scale and transformative advanced manufacturing activities; advancing the development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies; encouraging projects that have spillover benefits for manufacturing clusters and/or global supply chains; and fostering collaborations between the private sector, research institutes, and post-secondary institutions.
Results achieved A primary focus of AMF in 2014–15 was assessing applications and negotiating contribution agreements with recipients. Approved projects support the development of first-in-Canada technologies and have spillover benefits for global supply chains. Two projects were approved with contribution agreements executed in 2014–15, representing $3 million in spending.
Comments on variances

Through AMF, FedDev Ontario prioritized projects that had the potential to be more impactful and transformative for the southern Ontario economy. These projects largely involved multiple partners and were more complex in nature. As a result, greater lead time was required before projects were approved and agreements finalized. This front-end work consumed a significant amount of time for recipients and the Agency in 2014–15 and impacted recipients' ability to incur costs and submit claims to the Agency, which resulted in a large variance between planned and actual spending.

To address these challenges, FedDev Ontario successfully reallocated $34 million of this variance to future years to better allow the Agency to maximize the impact of AMF on southern Ontario.

Audits completed or planned Recipient audits are planned for future years as projects near their end dates.
Evaluations completed or planned An implementation review of the program is planned for 2015–16. An interim evaluation is planned for 2017–18.
Engagement of applicants and recipients

FedDev Ontario is collaborating with Industry Canada and other federal, provincial, not-for-profit and private sector partners to maximize the program's reach and effectiveness.

FedDev Ontario representatives regularly communicate with funding recipients over the lifecycle of projects, undertaking project monitoring, reporting and processing of claims.

Advanced Manufacturing Fund
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities available for use 2014–15 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2014–15 actual minus 2014–15 planned)
Total contributions N/A N/A 40,000,000 40,000,000 2,972,454 (37,027,546)
Total program N/A N/A 40,000,000 40,000,000 2,972,454 (37,027,546)

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General Information Community Futures Program

Name of transfer payment program Community Futures Program
Start date 1986
End date Ongoing
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Strategic Outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture
  • 1.3 Program: Community Economic Development
    • 1.3.1 Sub-Program: Community Futures Program
Description The Community Futures Program (CFP) supports the 37 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in southern Ontario. CFDCs assist rural communities to develop and implement local solutions to support community economic development and the growth of small businesses.
Results achieved In 2014–15, funding from CFP assisted 5,629 businesses and helped create 4,912 jobs, while maintaining a further 10,509 jobs in rural southern Ontario communities.
Comments on variances 2014–15 actual spending was consistent with previous year spending and resulted in a minimal variance compared to the 2014–15 planned spending figure.
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2014–15 and FedDev Ontario has a five-year plan in place for additional audits in future years.
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of CFP was last completed in 2013–14; the next planned evaluation is 2018–19.
Engagement of applicants and recipients FedDev Ontario engages with CFDCs through active project monitoring by program officers and regular meetings with individual CFDCs, the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC) and two regional CFDC networks.
Community Futures Program
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities available for use 2014–15 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2014–15 actual minus 2014–15 planned)
Total contributions 11,207,788 11,267,696 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,265,751 (20,241)
Total program 11,207,788 11,267,696 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,265,751 (20,241)

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General Information Eastern Ontario Development Program

Name of transfer payment program Eastern Ontario Development Program
Start date October 12, 2004
End date March 31, 2019
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2013–14
Strategic Outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture
  • 1.3 Program: Community Economic Development
    • 1.3.2 Sub-Program: Eastern Ontario Development Program
Description The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, FedDev Ontario is collaborating with CFDCs in eastern Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. (EOCFDC Network) to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities. Through the EOCFDC Network and the 15 individual CFDCs located in eastern Ontario, EODP funding supports recipients whose projects focus on business growth, community innovation and/or collaborative economic development.
Results achieved In 2014–15, EODP supported 690 businesses and organizations in eastern Ontario, progressing toward its target of more than 6,000 businesses supported by March 2019. This support helped to create or maintain more than 3,914 jobs in the region and also resulted in an additional investment of $4.03 for every dollar invested by FedDev Ontario in 2014–15, also exceeding the 1:1 target for the year.
Comments on variances FedDev Ontario fully expended its funding through EODP in 2014–15.
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2014–15 and are planned for future years as required by FedDev Ontario's Risk-Based Audit Framework.
Evaluations completed or planned The next EODP evaluation is planned for 2018–19.
Engagement of applicants and recipients FedDev Ontario regularly engages with the 15 CFDCs delivering EODP and with the EOCFDC Network. Program officers actively monitor projects delivered by the CFDCs.
Eastern Ontario Development Program
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–13 Actual spending 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Planned spending 2014–15 Total authorities available for use 2014–15 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2014–15 actual minus 2014–15 planned)
Total contributions 13,195,957 13,200,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0
Total program 13,195,957 13,200,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0

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Internal Audits and Evaluations

Internal Audits

Note: Effective , 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) for audit services.

Evaluations in Progress or Completed in 2014–15
Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture Title of the Evaluation Status Deputy Head Approval Date
Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP) –
  • 1.1.2 Sub-Program: Commercialization Partnerships;
  • 1.2.1 Sub-Program: Business Investment;
  • 1.2.2 Sub-Program: Business Growth and Productivity
Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP) – Final Evaluation In progress October 2015
Official Languages –
  • 1.3.3 Sub-Program: Official Language Minority Communities
Internal Review: Evaluation of OL Implementation CancelledFootnote 3 N/A

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Reporting on the User Fees Act

General and Financial Information by Fee

General Information
Fee name Fees charged for the processing of access requests filed under the Access to Information Act (ATIA)
Fee type Other Products and Services
Fee-setting authority Access to Information Act
Year introduced 1983
Year last amended 1992
Performance standard

On-time compliance or meeting of statutory deadlines is defined by responses provided within 30 days following receipt of requests and/or within statutory deadlines. Response time may be legally extended pursuant to section 9 of the ATIA. Notice of extension is sent within 30 days after receipt of request.

For additional details, please consult the ATIA.

Performance results Statutory deadlines were met 100 percent of the time in 2014–15.
Other information

The ATIA states that all formal requests submitted must be accompanied by a $5.00 application fee and be made payable to the Receiver General of Canada.

The ATIA permits the waiving of fees when deemed to be in the public interest and if under $25. Fees waived during 2014–15 totalled $25.

Financial Information, 2014–15 (dollars)
Forecast revenueFootnote 4 Actual revenue Full cost
N/A 95 188,923
Financial Information, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2015–16 100 190,000
2016–17 100 185,000
2017–18 100 180,000
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