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Section II: Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Strategic Outcome: A Competitive Southern Ontario Economy

Fiscal year 2016–17 represents the mid-point in FedDev Ontario's second five-year mandate. The Agency will continue building upon successes to date to support southern Ontario's businesses and communities in growing, innovating and exporting so that they can create good-quality jobs and wealth in the region.

The focus this year will be on advancing the economy by working closely with businesses and sectors to support their efforts to increase productivity and innovation. To do so, the Agency will continue to use its suite of programming to support innovation in Canada by better positioning southern Ontario businesses to respond to a shifting economic environment that increasingly requires firms to adapt to disruptive technologies and further expand into exports markets.

FedDev Ontario will continue to leverage the considerable capacity and assets within southern Ontario to make strategic investments that build on southern Ontario's regional competitive advantages. Southern Ontario is home to key sectors, technology clusters, and high-growth and high-potential firms and is a vital part of Canada's innovation ecosystem. By mobilizing programming to support areas of regional competitive advantage, the Agency will seek to further advance the region's economic interests while leveraging and strengthening its innovation ecosystem. The Agency will also continue to support community economic development, making investments that support greater diversification of local economies, as appropriate.

Since its inception in 2009, the Agency has worked to become a centre of excellence for research, analysis and policy development for southern Ontario. FedDev Ontario will apply its expertise in its roles as champion and convenor with partners and stakeholders, including the Province of Ontario. FedDev Ontario will also continue to act as a bridge to Ottawa to influence the broader Government of Canada policy direction through its knowledge of the region. The Agency will further strengthen its own internal operations by proactively implementing the guiding principles of Blueprint 2020 enterprise-wide systems and by supporting the career development of its employees to ensure the Agency is positioned to provide advice to the Minister, as well as providing cogent and strategic, efficient and high-quality services to stakeholders.

Moving forward, the region's economic success will benefit from its ability to innovate, embrace the latest technologies, and access fast-growing markets and value chains to increase its global market shares. Key to this will be collaboration between all relevant federal organizations, other levels of government and key stakeholders (public and private) to leverage the competitive advantages and key assets of the region and maximize its economic potential.

To support a competitive southern Ontario economy, FedDev Ontario will direct its efforts through four key program areas in 2016–17: Technological Innovation, Business Development, Community Economic Development and Internal Services. These programs reflect FedDev Ontario's programming suite, which not only targets community and business development but also demonstrates a strong focus on multi-partner, transformative projects that aim to place southern Ontario at the forefront of new technologies and innovations.

Program 1.1: Technological Innovation

Description

The Technological Innovation program will support the southern Ontario economy by encouraging the creation of innovative products, services, processes and markets so as to contribute to the region's competitiveness. This will be achieved by focusing on key sectors and clusters and by strengthening linkages between the region's businesses, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations to leverage key regional assets and spur the advancement of transformative technologies and innovation. By facilitating these strategic partnerships, FedDev Ontario aims to improve the region's productivity, competitiveness and attractiveness as a location of choice for investment.

Investments through this program will support large-scale, incremental and transformative activities that increase productivity and market diversification. While available to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, project funding will be business-facing, meaning that activities will be linked to the needs of businesses.

Transfer payments in support of this program will be delivered through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
92,081,080 92,081,080 91,951,369 81,088,722
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
19 19 19
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Strengthened innovation, partnerships and commercialization in southern Ontario Share of Ontario's employment in Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS)Footnote 2 2016 target will be estimated using the 2015 Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours data release on February 25, 2016 March 31, 2017
Business enterprise expenditure on research and development Strengthen private sector investment in research and development March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Growing Canada's innovation potential to allow Ontario businesses to compete in the increasingly competitive global economy is a key focus for FedDev Ontario in 2016–17. The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export. FedDev Ontario contributes to a business environment that supports innovation through two sub-programs: Advanced Manufacturing and Commercialization Partnerships.

A primary objective of these sub-programs during the 2016–17 fiscal year will be to provide Ontario businesses with opportunities and resources needed to strengthen partnerships with government, post-secondary institutions, centres of excellence and research institutions, leading to more commercialized research. FedDev Ontario will also focus on supporting large-scale collaborative projects that strengthen Ontario's innovation capacity and create the jobs of tomorrow, allowing Canada to better compete globally by leveraging its regional strengths.

Sub-Program 1.1.1: Advanced Manufacturing

Description

The Advanced Manufacturing sub-program promotes the long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector, which is undergoing significant change. These objectives are achieved through repayable contributions to eligible Ontario manufacturing firms and non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations, including research institutions, centres of excellence and post-secondary institutions located in Ontario that are collaborating with an anchor firm to benefit the manufacturing sector.

Manufacturing is critical to Canada's prosperity; it provides high-quality, well-paying jobs and is an important contributor to strong economic growth in Ontario. This sub-program supports large-scale, incremental and transformative advanced manufacturing activities intended to increase productivity; advance the development and/or adoption of cutting-edge technologies leading to product, process and technological innovations; encourage projects that will create spillover benefits for manufacturing clusters and/or global supply chains; and foster collaboration between the private sector, research institutions and post-secondary institutions.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
52,101,537 52,037,149 41,105,290
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 2017–18 2018–19
9 9 9
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Ontario manufacturers are more productive and competitive Total value of investments leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions $1 leveraged for every $1 invested by FedDev Ontario March 31, 2017
Average number of value chain members deriving economic benefit from projects 2 March 31, 2019
Planning Highlights

The increasingly competitive global economy creates challenges as well as opportunities for Ontario's manufacturing sector. The sector is transitioning towards a more knowledge-based economy, which provides opportunities for businesses to leverage the knowledge and skills of Canadians, seize new opportunities to create highly skilled jobs, and develop new processes, technologies and services that help Canadian businesses better compete in the international marketplace.

In 2016–17 FedDev Ontario's Advanced Manufacturing Fund will focus on leveraging this innovation capacity by continuing to support large-scale transformative advanced manufacturing projects that have the potential to be disruptive and drive Ontario to be a leader in global markets.

As part of this initiative, FedDev Ontario will work collaboratively with applicants and key stakeholders (e.g., governments, multinationals, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions) to support key sectors and clusters.

Sub-Program 1.1.2: Commercialization Partnerships

Description

The Commercialization Partnerships sub-program supports business-led partnerships with a focus on developing globally competitive products and services. Increased collaboration among businesses, post-secondary institutions and research organizations narrows the gap between innovation and commercialization. This sub-program helps to increase the capacity of existing and emerging innovation ecosystems and the development of competitive economic clusters in southern Ontario.

This sub-program provides non-repayable contributions to post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations to encourage technology transfer between research and business to help bring new ideas to market.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
39,979,543 39,914,220 39,983,432
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
10 10 10
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario businesses are able to bring innovative products, technologies and services to market Total value of investments in communities, businesses and organizations leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions $1 leveraged for every $1 invested by FedDev Ontario March 31, 2019
Number of for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations benefitting from FedDev Ontario support Average of 15 businesses and 4 organizations per project March 31, 2019
Planning Highlights

Ontario has many successful and innovative businesses, and FedDev Ontario will continue to seize opportunities in 2016–17 to help them grow, better compete in the international markets, and leverage new export opportunities. Several innovation hubs exist in Canada across a variety of sectors that allow like-minded entrepreneurs and businesses to come together to learn from each other and grow. Support through FedDev programs can help build an environment where businesses have the knowledge, skills, capital and networks needed to grow, thus harnessing Ontario's potential to become a world leader in innovation.

FedDev Ontario's Investing in Commercialization Partnerships initiative supports the Government of Canada's commitment to increase innovation by helping strengthen the networks between businesses, governments, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations; by helping southern Ontario businesses bring new technologies to market more quickly and increase their competitiveness in global markets; and by helping these businesses integrate into global value chains.

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to work with post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations across southern Ontario to strengthen regional networks in key strategic sectors, such as information and communication technology, health and life sciences, and digital media. It will also continue to build upon established partnerships and leverage current investments in the regional economy.

Program 1.2: Business Development

Description

The Business Development program supports southern Ontario businesses (especially small and medium-sized enterprises) in their efforts to drive competitiveness. The program provides support to encourage the growth of early-stage companies through business services and counselling; accesses capital; helps existing businesses expand domestically and globally; helps companies and sectors improve productivity; facilitates linkages and collaborations between businesses; and helps southern Ontario aerospace and defence-related firms respond to economic opportunities from Canada's defence procurements.

Canada Business Ontario, included as part of this program, provides targeted efforts to businesses across Ontario along a life-cycle continuum: from entrepreneurship to expansion.

Transfer payments in support of this program will be delivered through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
58,571,582 58,571,582 56,898,029 55,188,671
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
51 51 53
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Improved business growth, productivity and global competitiveness in southern Ontario Private sector investment in machinery and equipment in Ontario To support businesses in meeting or exceeding their 2016 investment intentionsFootnote 3 March 31, 2017
Ontario's labour productivity $46.44 March 31, 2017
Venture capital investment in Ontario Increased venture capital investment in Ontario March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

Southern Ontario businesses are critical to the region's economy. They create jobs; attract highly qualified employees to the region; bring innovative products to market; support the diversification of local economies; and encourage the modernization of infrastructure, programs and services in southern Ontario communities.

Through the Business Development program, FedDev Ontario works with southern Ontario's business community to help it better compete in the marketplace by addressing challenges such as access to capital, training for new entrepreneurs and businesses, and productivity improvements; and by leveraging existing entrepreneurial and industry support networks across the region. Furthermore, this program is focused on the promotion of export-oriented businesses across southern Ontario, which supports the Government of Canada's commitment to creating jobs and a strong economy.

In addition to its direct investments to businesses, FedDev Ontario will also continue to promote strategic partnerships, provide timely advice through Canada Business Ontario, and leverage the federal policy on Industrial and Technological Benefits.

By focusing on providing key project investments to strategic business partners in southern Ontario, while also building on its convening and championing roles through its outreach and stakeholder engagement activities, FedDev Ontario will continue to support new and growing southern Ontario businesses and create the conditions for economic prosperity.

The following three sub-programs have each been designed to provide support at specific points in the business development cycle and to allow FedDev Ontario to maximize its impact on private sector entities throughout the region in 2016–17. By encouraging entrepreneurship, access to capital (including venture funding and angel investments), the adoption of new technologies, and strategies for improving productivity and expanding businesses into global markets, FedDev Ontario will contribute to the competitiveness and long-term sustainability of the southern Ontario economy.

Sub-Program 1.2.1: Business Investment

Description

The Business Investment sub-program provides non-repayable contributions to not-for-profit organizations offering mentorship, entrepreneurial support and seed financing to help new businesses grow and succeed. Not-for-profit recipients under this sub-program can include incubators and accelerators, as well as angel investor networks that encourage increased investment in new businesses. Repayable contributions are also provided to start-up businesses to accelerate the commercialization of new products, processes and practices by leveraging private sector investment.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
17,234,055 16,459,808 15,538,351
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
13 13 14
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario entrepreneurs have access to capital to help commercialize new products, processes or systems Number of new (i.e., start-up) businesses accessing capital 500 March 31, 2019
Total value of new investments attracted to angel networks $5,000,000 per angel network project March 31, 2019
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2:1 ratio for direct recipients; 0.75:1 third-party recipients March 31, 2019
Planning Highlights

High-growth businesses and new entrepreneurs are critical to southern Ontario's economic growth, job creation and long-term sustainability. Increased access to advice, private sector investment and strengthened angel investment networks will help businesses and entrepreneurs improve products and services, commercialize ideas and create new industries and sectors. This, in turn, will help foster more innovative, competitive and successful businesses.

The Business Investment sub-program helps to facilitate these key components of business success by providing mentorship, entrepreneurial support and financing to help new businesses grow and transform their ideas into globally competitive products and services and increase their access to private sector investment and advice.

Strengthening established investment networks is another focus of this sub-program. These networks are better able to support early-stage companies by ensuring that the tools and requisite capital are available to entrepreneurs to advance their ideas and expand their position as world-leading innovators.

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to support the Government of Canada's commitment to spurring innovation through the allocation of funding for projects under the Investing in Business Innovation initiative. Recipients include not-for-profit organizations such as regional innovation centres, incubators, accelerators and angel networks that demonstrate the capacity to build and expand southern Ontario businesses; and start-up businesses with third-party investors that require additional capital investment to help drive their late-stage products or services in development to commercialization and getting them to market.

Sub-Program 1.2.2: Business Growth and Productivity

Description

Southern Ontario companies need to increase productivity to remain competitive in the global economy. The Business Growth and Productivity sub-program provides repayable and non-repayable contributions to for-profit and not-for-profit corporations to help improve productivity of individual businesses and industry sectors so that southern Ontario can be more competitive.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
38,761,891 37,978,946 37,073,861
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
17 17 18
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario businesses have enhanced capacity to support innovation, leading to improved productivity Number of projects receiving FedDev Ontario support 45 March 31, 2019
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 3.2:1 March 31, 2019
Planning Highlights

Under the Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative, FedDev Ontario will continue to support projects that focus on improving productivity to position southern Ontario businesses favourably for growth in domestic and international markets. Funding recipients will include southern Ontario businesses, as well as not-for-profit organizations that will provide benefits to businesses with the ultimate goal being to help scale up operations, adopt new technologies and processes, and diversify into more global markets and value chains. A critical component in achieving these goals will be investments in new machinery and equipment, including information and communications technologies, to improve the productivity and efficiency needed to drive business growth and enhance competitiveness.

By continuing to invest in these areas, this sub-program will support southern Ontario businesses in capitalizing on opportunities to expand and achieve success on a larger scale. By extension, the growth of southern Ontario businesses can lead to greater job creation and a larger market share within key sectors.

Sub-Program 1.2.3: Business Services

Description

Through the Business Services sub-program area, FedDev Ontario is helping companies of varying stages and sizes pursue business opportunities that impact the local, regional and national economies. Ensuring access to the right information and services, including reducing barriers for those looking to start, manage or grow their business, is essential to the long-term prosperity of Ontario. Through client-focused service that aims to reduce the complexity of dealing with multiple levels of government and provide strategic guidance, Ontario businesses can make well-informed decisions that will contribute to their success through sound planning, market research and the use of strategic business information.

Through Canada Business Ontario, FedDev Ontario provides Ontario businesses with the information they need to start or grow their business. As a member of the Canada Business Network, Canada Business Ontario provides information on federal and provincial programs, services and regulations free of charge for businesses located across Ontario.

Additionally, FedDev Ontario helps southern Ontario firms respond to business opportunities in aerospace and defence, including by leveraging the policy on Industrial and Technological Benefits that is applied on large military procurements and by facilitating collaborations between these businesses and defence prime contractors. FedDev Ontario also promotes the industrial and technological capabilities of southern Ontario and its firms to defence prime contractors.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
2,575,636 2,459,275 2,576,459
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
21 21 21
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Economic opportunities for southern Ontario are leveraged from Canada's defence procurements Number of activities engaged in by FedDev Ontario in support of generating economic opportunities for southern Ontario from Canada's defence procurements 350 March 31, 2017
Small and medium-sized businesses, including potential entrepreneurs, have access to government information on business-related programs, tools and services Number of assisted client interactions through Canada Business Ontario 31,620 assisted interactions through the Canada Business Ontario contact centre and outreach activities March 31, 2017
Number of unassisted client interactions through Canada Business Ontario 1,260,000 web visits to Canada Business Ontario content March 31, 2017
Planning Highlights

In addition to its role as co-investor in the southern Ontario economy, FedDev Ontario plays an important role and helps strengthen the economy as a convenor of key stakeholders and champion for the region at the national level.

Through the Business Services sub-program, FedDev Ontario provides a variety of services to businesses, ranging from facilitating connections with other companies and with government, to providing guidance on Canada's Industrial and Technological Benefits policy.

FedDev Ontario will continue to engage businesses so as to leverage economic benefits from current and upcoming land, air, marine and other related defence procurements in Canada. This will include identifying investment opportunities for defence prime contractors and promoting the capabilities of southern Ontario firms by organizing business-to-business meetings, industry days and supplier tours. This work helps defence prime contractors develop the Value Proposition portion of their procurement bids and, more broadly, supports a competitive southern Ontario economy.

To support entrepreneurs and small businesses, Canada Business Ontario continues to act as a primary point of contact for entrepreneurs and businesses across Ontario seeking information on starting or growing their business, as well as information about services and programming available from multiple levels of government. With high client interaction volumes anticipated in 2016–17, client service excellence through online content, contact centre services and the outreach channel continues to be a key priority.

Program 1.3: Community Economic Development

Description

The Community Economic Development program supports the 288 communities (small and large, rural and urban, Francophone and First Nations) in southern Ontario that are home to 12.8 million residents. These communities are key to enhancing the economic growth and sustainability of the region. Southern Ontario depends on communities that can attract the best talent and compete for investment as dynamic centres of commerce and learning.

Strong, safe and modern communities that are economically diverse are essential building blocks for the region's competitiveness and long-term prosperity. FedDev Ontario will continue to make strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages. These investments will help address the unique challenges facing eastern Ontario communities; maintain the economic vitality of official language minority communities; and advance regional diversification efforts to promote economic development. FedDev Ontario will also continue to work with others, including Infrastructure Canada, the Province of Ontario, and municipalities, to support infrastructure needs within southern Ontario.

Through programming aimed at addressing the distinct needs and circumstances across southern Ontario communities, FedDev Ontario will work to identify local solutions to local challenges and opportunities.

FedDev Ontario will support this program through the administration of contribution agreements with businesses, not-for-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions and municipalities.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
66,896,145 66,896,145 55,389,017 31,802,326
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
50 50 36
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario communities are able to sustain long-term economic development and growth Percentage of southern Ontario census subdivisions with a decrease in employment insurance beneficiaries (year-over-year) 50% or more of southern Ontario census subdivisions have a decrease in employment insurance beneficiaries (year-over-year) March 31, 2017
Recent Economic Well-Being Indicator (REWBI) (composite indicator of socioeconomic performance) The average REWBI for the bottom quartile of communities improves in 2016 compared to the average REWBI for the bottom quartile in 2015 March 31, 2017

Planning Highlights

The Community Economic Development program aims to create new businesses and jobs and encourage the economic diversification and growth of communities that have traditionally relied heavily on one sector—particularly rural communities, eastern Ontario communities, Indigenous communities and official language minority communities that face challenges. These communities play a vital role in the long-term competitiveness and prosperity of southern Ontario, and it is essential that they remain vibrant, modern and economically viable for the sustainability of the region.

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will work with partners (e.g., businesses, not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations and Community Futures Development Corporations) through the five sub-programs below to leverage existing regional advantages, create opportunities for economic transition and diversification, support high-quality employment, and address critical infrastructure requirements to support the needs of communities.

Sub-Program 1.3.1: Community Futures Program

Description

Rural southern Ontario continues to face persistent challenges: limited sources of capital for small and medium-sized enterprises; consistently lower economic performance than in more urban areas; a declining number of available jobs; an aging workforce; and youth out-migration.

The Community Futures Program is a national program that provides funding to Community Futures Development Corporations so that they can help rural communities develop their local economies and long-term sustainability. Community Futures Development Corporations generally focus on the following four business lines: business loans, business counselling, strategic community planning and priorities, and community economic development projects.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Community Futures Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
12,030,332 11,987,139 12,032,794
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
14 14 15
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Rural communities in southern Ontario have strong economies to help respond to future economic challenges Number of businesses in rural southern Ontario that have been created, maintained or expanded as a result of Community Futures Program funding 5,000 March 31, 2017
Number of jobs created or maintained in rural southern Ontario communities as a result of Community Futures Program funding 10,500 March 31, 2017
Ratio of funds raised from other sources to Community Futures Program investments 3:8:1 March 31, 2017
Planning Highlights

Through this sub-program FedDev Ontario supports Community Futures Development Corporations in their delivery of a variety of programs and services to advance economic development and small business growth in rural southern Ontario. In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to work with other public sector organizations, such as the Business Development Bank of Canada, to facilitate strategic partnerships with Community Futures Development Corporations to better serve the business development and innovation needs of rural entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Through collaborations and the delivery of the Community Futures Program in southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario's investments will support the access to capital and business advisory needs of rural entrepreneurs, with the objective of increasing the economic sustainability and resilience of rural communities.

Sub-Program 1.3.2: Eastern Ontario Development Program

Description

The economic challenges facing eastern Ontario have been exacerbated in recent years by the global recession and the ongoing restructuring in the manufacturing sector. Eastern Ontario's relatively large rural working-age population is characterized by a high share of older workers, and the region's youth are leaving the area for other opportunities. Furthermore, the economic hardship felt by workers, families and communities in this region is reflected in its relatively lower wages and household incomes, lower labour force participation, and higher proportion of people receiving employment insurance benefits compared to Ontario overall.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program advances economic development in eastern Ontario, particularly rural communities. Through this sub-program, FedDev Ontario is collaborating with the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations in eastern Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network Inc. to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities. Funding is directed to recipients whose projects focus on business growth, community innovation, and/or collaborative economic development.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Eastern Ontario Development Program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
10,344,340 10,301,147 10,346,802
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
7 7 8
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Eastern Ontario businesses are more competitive, and communities are able to improve their economic status Number of businesses and organizations supported 500 March 31, 2017
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2.5:1 March 31, 2017
Number of full-time equivalents created and maintained in eastern Ontario communities participating in the Eastern Ontario Development Program 3,000 March 31, 2017
Planning Highlights

The Eastern Ontario Development Program will continue to serve as a catalyst in eastern Ontario communities by providing support for projects under its three eligible streams:

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to work with eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations to provide support for projects that promote business development and growth, including projects that assist small and medium-sized businesses. FedDev Ontario will work with eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network Inc. towards collaborative investments with the potential to create jobs, increase productivity, attract investment and grow the regional economy.

Sub-Program 1.3.3: Official Language Minority Communities

Description

The Official Language Minority Communities sub-program is necessary to help ensure the long-term economic growth and sustainability of official language minority communities in southern Ontario. It is also part of the Government of Canada's Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013–2018.

This sub-program includes a national program—the Economic Development Initiative—which provides funding to Francophone and bilingual organizations to help create jobs and promote economic development and sustainable growth in Francophone communities. Through this funding, official language minority communities are better able to strengthen innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships within their regions and work to sustain their economic activities.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
1,723,951 1,680,759 1,546,802
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
6 6 6
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Official Language Minority communities have access to economic opportunities to help build strong communities Number of businesses and organizations supported as a result of Economic Development Initiative funding 700 March 31, 2017
Number of partnerships established as a result of Economic Development Initiative funding 45 March 31, 2017
Funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions $2,000,000 March 31, 2017
Planning Highlights

As home to the largest Francophone population outside Quebec, southern Ontario and its official language minority communities contribute to the diversity of the region's economy. However, these communities continue to experience persistent challenges, such as youth out-migration and barriers to accessing training and business information in French. In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to consult official language minority communities on how to collaboratively tackle these challenges and identify new and emerging issues affecting the economic vitality of Francophone communities throughout the region.

FedDev Ontario's main vehicle for supporting official language minority communities will continue to be the Economic Development Initiative. Through existing regional projects with various stakeholders, the Agency will aim to ensure entrepreneurs have access to the required training and mentoring in French and the necessary access to capital to assist in the launch of their ventures and will provide youth with opportunities to develop practical experience through internships in Francophone organizations and businesses.

Sub-Program 1.3.4: Regional Diversification

Description

By bringing not-for-profit organizations and private sector and community partners together to build on economic advantages, the Regional Diversification sub-program aims to respond to regional challenges and opportunities and to develop mechanisms for creating competitive and resilient communities.

This sub-program supports the long-term development of stronger, more diverse economies in southern Ontario communities through the leveraging of unique regional assets and local expertise to attract new investment and opportunities for regional economic growth and development.

Funding will support projects that enhance business attraction, investment and employment opportunities in southern Ontario regions and communities; strengthen regional businesses and clusters with the goal of economic diversification and sustainability; develop and expand collaborative efforts to strengthen regional assets and competitiveness; and improve the economic circumstances of communities facing distress.

This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
7,873,465 7,830,273 7,875,928
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
7 7 7
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario economies are stronger and more diverse Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 1:1 March 31, 2019
Number of full-time equivalents created and maintained in projects participating in the Investing in Regional Diversification initiative 1,750 March 31, 2019
Total number of organizations supported 350 March 31, 2019
Planning Highlights

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario, through its Investing in Regional Diversification initiative, will continue to work to leverage the economic strengths and assets of local communities so they can take advantage of emerging opportunities and work to build on competitive regional advantages. Efforts will focus on working with not-for-profit organizations to support projects that enhance business attraction, investment and employment opportunities in southern Ontario regions and communities; strengthen regional businesses and clusters; drive economic transition and diversification; further develop and expand collaborative efforts to augment regional assets and competitiveness; and improve the economic circumstances of communities facing distress.

In addition, the focus for 2016–17 will be to support projects in key sectors that encourage technology adoption, leverage strategic community assets, facilitate collaboration with other levels of government, and promote innovation to create jobs and pursue export markets.

Moreover, through the Investing in Regional Diversification initiative, FedDev Ontario will work to support the Government of Canada's commitment to innovation by working with not-for-profit and for-profit organizations to support the existing system of incubators and accelerators in the region.

Sub-Program 1.3.5: Infrastructure Delivery

Description

The Infrastructure Delivery sub-program includes the delivery of funding on behalf of other government departments and in partnerships with other orders of government to provide assistance to not-for-profit, private and public sector entities for a range of infrastructure priority areas. This sub-program includes infrastructure investments that help support a prosperous economy for Ontario and Canada by maintaining and continuing to attract highly skilled workers, businesses and investors. It also supports innovation in various industries, particularly the construction sector, by promoting modernization, the implementation of new technologies, and the acceleration of product development to market, thereby positioning the province and the country to better compete in the global knowledge-based economy.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
34,924,057 23,589,699 0
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
16 16 0
Performance Measurement
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Date to be Achieved
Southern Ontario infrastructure is able to support future economic development and growth Total number of infrastructure projects completed and fully administered 219 March 31, 2017
Total number of infrastructure projects that are ongoing and continue to be administered 233 March 31, 2017
Ratio of funding leveraged from other sources 1.7:1 March 31, 2017
Planning Highlights

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will continue to work with stakeholders, including other federal departments and agencies, the provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, to support investments in public infrastructure across Ontario.

A primary focus for the Agency in 2016–17 will be the delivery of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. This program will support the rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing community infrastructure through an investment of $44.4 million in more than 380 projects throughout southern Ontario over two years ($22.2 million in 2016–17). FedDev Ontario will also continue to deliver the Massey Hall revitalization project with an investment of $1.6 million in 2016–17, supporting the modernization of a cultural and historic landmark.

In addition, FedDev Ontario will invest $9.6 million towards the Brantford Greenwich–Mohawk Brownfield Remediation project in 2016–17, which will result in the remediation of over 20 hectares (50 acres) of land spread across three former industrial sites.

FedDev Ontario will also continue to monitor and report on projects that received repayable contributions under the Community Adjustment Fund and funding under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund in previous years. Similarly, FedDev Ontario will also undertake administrative close-out activities in 2016–17 related to the Building Canada Fund – Communities Component Regular Intake, which is being delivered in partnership with Infrastructure Canada and the Government of Ontario. These activities will include processing payments to funding recipients and ensuring that ongoing monitoring and reporting of project and program results are performed.

Internal Services

Description

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2016–17
Main Estimates
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Planned Spending
2018–19
Planned Spending
16,899,045 16,899,045 16,137,492 16,904,004
Human Resources (FTEs)
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
112 112 112

Planning Highlights

FedDev Ontario's internal service functions will continue to deliver high-quality and timely advice and service across the organization in 2016–17 to support program delivery activities and meet administrative and corporate requirements.

As a portfolio partner under the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, FedDev Ontario will work closely with the Minister's office to support the achievement of the ministerial priorities and mandate. In addition, the Agency will work with all other regional development agencies (RDAs) to coordinate processes and share best practices, such as integrated policy and research activities where possible.

Building on its policy and research capacity, FedDev Ontario will continue to provide strategic, evidence-based advice and analysis to both internal direction-setting and program design, as well as to the government-wide policy development discussion in 2016–17. In addition to its work with its ISED counterparts across the RDA community, FedDev Ontario will take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with the Government of Ontario on policy and research activities in areas such as the region's innovation strengths and emerging economic clusters.

In the coming year, the Agency will work to advance external awareness and engagement with respect to FedDev Ontario programming and to champion the economic potential of southern Ontario. The Agency will continue to consult sector and industry stakeholders to ensure that FedDev Ontario is making strategic investments that build on competitive regional advantages, including investments supporting transition and diversification where appropriate.

FedDev Ontario also continues to evolve and adapt to emerging issues and trends to ensure it serves the southern Ontario region effectively. Strengthening performance measurement efforts and demonstrating the results of its activities will be ongoing objectives within the internal service area in 2016–17 as FedDev Ontario continues to establish itself as a key performer in the economic prosperity of southern Ontario and Canada as a whole. Key to this will be the effective evaluation of Agency programming to ensure that policy objectives are being met and that they are relevant, efficient and effective.

In 2016–17, FedDev Ontario will be committed to achieving the Open Government objectives of transparency, accountability and citizen engagement and to meeting the Government of Canada's goal to maximize the release of information and data of business value, provide Canadians with more opportunities to learn about and participate in government, and drive innovation and economic opportunities for all Canadians. FedDev Ontario is also committed to optimizing the protection of its data and information through increased awareness of ownership, privacy, confidentiality and security considerations.

FedDev Ontario will also continue its commitment in 2016–17 to effective organizational oversight and resource management. As part of this effort, the Agency will review and implement recommendations stemming from an audit of its internal control framework as it strives to balance efficiency and timeliness with adequate oversight. An essential element to striking this balance will be ensuring that the Agency's resources are aligned with priorities. This requires a concerted effort to develop and retain internal talent and provide them with the opportunities to grow and excel and contribute to the success of the organization as a whole. In 2016–17, emphasis will continue to be on recruitment, skills development and succession planning to ensure that employees have the tools and knowledge to provide sound advice, make informed decisions on a timely basis, and provide excellent service to clients both now and in the future.

Footnotes

Footnote 2

The KIBS subsector includes establishments whose primary activities depend on human capital, knowledge and skills. The KIBS final product is a consulting service and knowledge transfer. Other than being intensive, these services are intermediary (i.e., services included for business).

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Footnote 3

Figures for 2016 investment intentions are anticipated to be released in February 2016.

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