Departmental Performance Report 2015–16

Supporting Information on Lower-Level Programs

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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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
53,201,255 33,663,418 (19,537,837)
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
9 9 0
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results Date to Be Achieved
Ontario manufacturers are more productive and competitive Total value of investments leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 1:1 1.58:1 March 31, 2016
Average number of value chain members deriving economic benefit from projects 2 1:8 March 31, 2019

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
38,585,450 21,887,503 (16,697,947)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
12 12 0
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results 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 1:1 3.76:1 March 31, 2016
Number of for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations benefitting from FedDev Ontario support Average of 7 businesses and 4 organizations per project Average of 418 businesses and 1 organization per project March 31, 2019

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
20,070,349 24,335,368 4,265,019
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
11 18 7
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results Date to Be Achieved
Southern Ontario entrepreneurs have access to capital to help commercialize new products, processes, or systems Number of new (start-up) businesses accessing capital 250 188 March 31, 2019
Total value of new investments attracted to angel networks $5 million per angel network project $14.5 million per angel network project March 31, 2019
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2:1 for direct recipients; 0.75:1 for third-party recipients

4.99:1 for direct recipientsFootnote *

3.32:1 for third-party recipients

March 31, 2019

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
42,694,434 42,444,610 (249,825)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
18 23 5
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results Date to Be Achieved
Southern Ontario businesses have enhanced capacity to support innovation, leading to improved productivity Number of projects receiving FedDev Ontario support 40 34 March 31, 2019
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2.5:1 4:1 March 31, 2019

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,358,776 2,948,084 (410,691)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
23 15 (8)
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results Date to Be Achieved
Economic opportunities for southern Ontario are leveraged from Canada's defence procurements Number of activities FedDev Ontario engages in to help generate economic opportunities for southern Ontario from Canada's defence procurements 350 448 March 31, 2016
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 27,000 quality interactions through the Canada Business Ontario contact centre and outreach activities 29,708 March 31, 2016
Number of unassisted client interactions on Canada Business Ontario content delivered online 650,000 web visits to Canada Business Ontario content 1,582,048 March 31, 2016

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
12,349,107 12,376,326 27,219
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
9 12 3
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results 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 5,062 March 31, 2016
Number of jobs created or maintained in rural southern Ontario communities as a result of Community Futures Program funding 10,000 11,989 March 31, 2016
Ratio of funds raised from other sources for Community Futures Program investments 3.6:1 4.4:1 March 31, 2016

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 Community Futures Ontario East (formerly the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network) 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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
10,008,280 9,951,766 (56,514)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
8 3 (5)
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results 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 600 782Footnote * March 31, 2016
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 1:1 2.04:1 March 31, 2016
Number of full-time equivalents created and maintained in eastern Ontario communities participating in the Eastern Ontario Development Program 2,100 2,418 March 31, 2016

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
1,318,140 1,160,956 (157,184)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
3 2 (1)
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results 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 230 233 March 31, 2016
Number of partnerships established as a result of Economic Development Initiative funding 9 68 March 31, 2016
Funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions $740,000 $704,529 March 31, 2016

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
11,230,888 17,869,511 6,638,623
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
8 3 (5)
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results Date to Be Achieved
Southern Ontario economies are stronger and more diverse Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 1:1 0.89:1 March 31, 2019
Number of full-time equivalents created and maintained in projects participating in the Investing in Regional Diversification initiative 1,250 106Footnote * March 31, 2019
Total number of organizations supported 50 10 March 31, 2019

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)
2015–16 Planned Spending 2015–16 Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
6,358,436 5,679,147 (679,289)
Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16 Planned 2015–16 Actual 2015–16 Difference
(actual minus planned)
17 16 (1)
Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results 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 35 26 March 31, 2019
Total number of infrastructure projects that are ongoing and continue to be administered 71 141Footnote * March 31, 2019
Ratio of funding leveraged from other sources 1:1 2.2:1 March 31, 2019

Supplementary Information Tables

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2015–16 reporting cycle, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern 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 the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern 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

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
  • Sub-Program 1.1.2 – Commercialization Partnerships
  • Sub-Program 1.2.1 – Business Investment
  • Sub-Program 1.2.2 – Business Growth and Productivity
  • Sub-Program 1.3.4 – Regional Diversification
Description The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives—Investing in Business Growth and Prosperity, Investing in Business Innovation, Investing in Commercialization Partnerships (ICP) and Investing in Regional Diversification (IRD)—make up FedDev Ontario's core transfer payment program. The four initiatives support economic development, diversification, job creation, and self-reliant communities in southern Ontario.
Results achieved

Under the Commercialization Partnerships sub-program, more than $44.5 million in multi-year contributions agreements were executed in 2015–16 to support six projects. These projects are anticipated to develop and commercialize new products in a number of Ontario's economic sectors and deepen industry–academic collaborations to solve global challenges and create a wide array of new products and high-value jobs in Canada. ICP performance during 2015–16 made notable progress toward the program's ultimate five-year targets. The initiative has leveraged $3.76 for every dollar invested, a result that is above the expected target of 1:1. ICP projects funded in 2015–16 will support an average of 54 collaborations per project.

With respect to the Business Development program activity, through the Investing in Business Innovation (IBI), 14 project agreements totalling more than $8 million were executed with new and early-stage enterprises in southern Ontario in 2015–16. These contributions will enable early-stage companies to leverage domestic and foreign angel and venture capital that will support the launch of innovative technologies and products. In 2015–16, funding agreements were also executed with four not-for-profit organizations that provided skills development, education and seed financing to new entrepreneurs, helping them become investment ready. In addition, FedDev Ontario continued to administer projects with angel networks, not-for-profit organizations and new and early-stage companies that were approved in previous years. To date, IBI investments leveraged $4.99 of private capital investment for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario to early stage businesses, and $3.32 for every dollar contributed to non-profit parties. This level of outside investment far exceeded the targets of 2:1 for early-stage businesses and 0.75:1 for non-profit recipients. During 2015–16, the Business Productivity and Innovation sub-program, supported through the work of FedDev Ontario's Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) initiative, focused its resources on established businesses and not-for-profit organizations that assist southern Ontario SMEs in improving business productivity and global competitiveness. During 2015–16, IBGP processed 49 applications and executed funding agreements with 18 new projects. These investments leveraged an estimated $4 for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario, a result that is above the target of 2.5:1.

Through the Regional Diversification sub program, in 2015–16, FedDev Ontario executed project agreements of more than $11 million in non-repayable contributions toward two new IRD projects. These investments leveraged a total of $0.86 of project support for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario, slightly below the 1:1 target to be achieved by March 31, 2019. These investments are supporting key identified growth sectors, such as clean technology and cyber security.

Comments on variances In 2015–16, FedDev Ontario held funds in anticipation of a funds transfer that did not occur, resulting in the variance of $2.9 million indicated in the table below. Both the IBI and IBGP initiatives expended their project commitments in 2015–16.
Audits completed or planned Recipient audits of a sample of projects will be conducted in 2016–17 and in future years as required by FedDev Ontario's Risk-Based Audit Framework.
Evaluations completed or planned A final evaluation of the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives is planned for 2019–20.
Engagement of applicants and recipients In 2015–16, the Agency engaged with applicants as a result of direct inquiries and through third parties such as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. In addition FedDev Ontario representatives regularly engaged with funding recipients over the lifecycle of projects, undertaking project monitoring, reporting and processing of claims.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Planned spending 2015–16 Total authorities available for use 2015–16 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total contributions
(1.1 Program: Technological Innovation)
52,377,585 4,314,956 20,463,485 20,463,485 20,463,485 0
Total contributions
(1.2 Program: Business Development)
84,919,110 43,588,202 66,681,028 66,681,028 63,766,577 (2,914,451)
Total contributions
(1.3 Program: Community Economic Development)
0 1,810,859 21,229,385 21,229,385 21,229,385 0
Total programFootnote * 137,296,695 49,714,017 108,373,898 108,373,898 105,459,447 (2,914,451)
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
  • Sub-Program 1.1.1 – Advanced Manufacturing
Description The Advanced Manufacturing Fund is aimed at promoting the long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector. This is accomplished through support to 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 In 2015–16, AMF contributed to projects that support process innovation, increased productivity and commercialization of new products, and strengthened a life science cluster. Through AMF, more than $82 million in multi-year contribution agreements was executed in 2015–16 for projects with three for-profit organizations and one not-for-profit organization. These projects are anticipated to strengthen key economic sectors within Ontario, including life sciences, automotive and steel product manufacturing, and to generate significant sales of $132.4 million within two years of project completion, mostly in export markets.
Comments on variances Through AMF, FedDev Ontario prioritized projects that had the potential to be impactful and transformative for the southern Ontario economy. These projects were complex in nature, requiring greater lead time before projects were approved. Additional delays resulted from the extended writ period and government transition in 2015–16. This reduced the recipients' ability to incur costs and submit claims to the Agency, resulting in a large variance between planned and actual spending.
Audits completed or planned None.
Evaluations completed or planned An implementation review is currently underway. A completion date is not confirmed. A final evaluation of AMF is planned for 2019–20.
Engagement of applicants and recipients

The second intake closed on October 1, 2015. Since that time, FedDev Ontario has continued to engage with applicants and recipients of contributions to finalize contribution agreements and support funding announcements.

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

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Planned spending 2015–16 Total authorities available for use 2015–16 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total contributions N/A 2,972,454 52,000,000 52,000,000 32,592,288 (19,407,712)
Total program N/A 2,972,454 52,000,000 52,000,000 32,592,288 (19,407,712)
Name of transfer payment program Community Futures Program
Start date 1986
End date N/A (ongoing program)
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Strategic Outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Sub-Program 1.3.1 – Community Futures Program
Description The Community Futures Program (CFP) supports 36 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in southern Ontario, which help rural communities develop and implement local solutions to support community economic development and the growth of small businesses.
Results achieved Through the CFP, FedDev Ontario continues to support rural communities in southern Ontario in advancing economic development and small business growth. In 2015–16 CFDCs provided 747 new loans with a value of $49.2 million to small and medium-sized enterprises in southern Ontario. These loans and associated business counselling services helped assist 5,027 businesses, create 4,425 jobs, and maintain a further 7,476 jobs in rural southern Ontario communities.
Comments on variances 2015–16 actual spending was consistent with spending in the previous year and resulted in a minimal variance from the 2015–16 planned spending figure.
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2015–16, and FedDev Ontario has a five-year plan in place for additional audits in future years as required by FedDev Ontario's Risk-Based Audit Framework.
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 southern Ontario's 36 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.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Planned spending 2015–16 Total authorities available for use 2015–16 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total contributions 11,267,696 11,265,751 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,248,597 (37,395)
Total program 11,267,696 11,265,751 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,248,597 (37,395)
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 Sub-Program 1.3.2 – Eastern Ontario Development Program
Description The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) is an economic development initiative that addresses economic challenges in eastern Ontario by taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region. The program is delivered through eastern Ontario's 15 CFDCs and Community Futures Ontario East. Applications for funding are solicited and assessed by each CFDC and Community Futures Ontario East on the basis of their potential to stimulate local and regional economic development and create jobs. CFDCs consider local 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 facilitates community-led economic development activities that enhance and diversify local economies. Community Futures Ontario East considers regional proposals for collaborative economic development projects that support the long-term economic growth of regional businesses, benefit multiple communities, and strengthen linkages between rural and urban areas.
Results achieved

In 2015–16, FedDev Ontario supported a range of economic development activities to support eastern Ontario communities through EODP. The program leveraged funding from external partners and focused on large, strategic and collaborative projects that provided long-term economic benefits for multiple communities and strengthened linkages between rural and urban areas.

In 2015–16, EODP supported 782 businesses and organizations in eastern Ontario, which helped to create or maintain 2,418 jobs in the region. This support resulted in an additional investment of $2.04 for every dollar invested by FedDev Ontario in 2015–16.

Comments on variances FedDev Ontario fully expended its funding through EODP in 2015–16.
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2015–16 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 2019–20.
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.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2013–14 Actual spending 2014–15 Actual spending 2015–16 Planned spending 2015–16 Total authorities available for use 2015–16 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2015–16 actual minus 2015–16 planned)
Total contributions 13,200,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0
Total program 13,200,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0

Internal Audits and Evaluations

Internal Audits

Note: Effective June 1, 2012, the Office of the Comptroller General assumed responsibility for the internal audit function of FedDev Ontario, along with that of the other regional development agencies. A service-level agreement was developed with the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) for these audit services.

Evaluations

Evaluations in Progress or Completed in 2015–16
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 Completed October 2015
Official Languages – 1.3.3 Sub-Program: Official Language Minority Communities Internal Review: Evaluation of OL Implementation Internal review was included in FedDev Ontario's annual reporting on official languages to the Treasury Board Secretariat. N/A

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

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 92 percent of the time in 2015–16.
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 for Canada.

The ATIA permits the waiving of fees when deemed to be in the public interest and if under $25. Fees waived during 2015–16 totalled $35.00.

Financial Information, 2015–16 (dollars)
Forecast revenueFootnote * Actual revenue Full cost
N/A $120.00 $190,941.00
Financial Information, 2016–17, 2017–18 and 2018–19 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2016–17 $400.00 $636,470.00
2017–18 $400.00 $636,470.00
2018–19 $400.00 $636,470.00
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