Departmental Results Report 2016–17

Supporting Information on Lower-Level Programs

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1.1.1 Sub-Program: Advanced Manufacturing

Description

The Advanced Manufacturing sub-program promotes the long-term growth, productivity and competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector, which continues to undergo 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 program: Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
52,101,537 43,914,542 (8,186,995)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
9 10 1
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
Ontario manufacturers are more productive and competitive Total value of investments leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 1:1 March 31, 2017 1.99:1 1.58:1 Not available
Average number of value chain members deriving economic benefit from projects 2 March 31, 2017 2 1.8 Not available

1.1.2 Sub-Program: 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 program: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
39,979,543 35,313,859 (4,665,684)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
10 9 (1)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
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 March 31, 2019 2.04:1 3.76:1 Not available
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 Average of 9 businesses and 1 organization per project Average of 418 businesses and 1 organization per project Not available

1.2.1 Sub-Program: 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 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 program: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Variance (actual minus planned) 2016-2017
17,234,055 17,065,702 (168,353)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Variance (actual minus planned)
2016-2017
13 16 3
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
Southern Ontario entrepreneurs have access to capital to help commercialize new products, processes, or systems Number of new (start-up) businesses accessing capital

500

March 31, 2019 395 188 145
Total value of new investments attracted to angel networks $5 million per angel network project March 31, 2019 $15 million per angel  network project $14.5 million per angel network project $2.3 million per angel network project
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2:1 for direct recipients; 0.75:1 for third-party recipients

March 31, 2019

5:1 for direct recipients;
1.78:1 for third-party recipients
4.99:1 for direct recipients;
3.32:1 for third-party recipients
6.2:1 for direct recipients;
6.58:1 for third-party recipients

1.2.2 Sub-Program: 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 program: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
38,761,891 43,990,379 5,228,488
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
17 20 3
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
Southern Ontario businesses have enhanced capacity to support innovation, leading to improved productivity Number of projects receiving FedDev Ontario support 45 March 31, 2019 45 40 Not available
Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 3.2:1 March 31, 2019 5.1:1 2.5:1 Not available

1.2.3 Sub-Program: Business Services

Description

Through this sub-program area, FedDev Ontario helps companies of differing 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 southern Ontario.

Through client-focused service that aims to reduce the complexity of dealing with multiple levels of government and provide strategic guidance, southern 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. 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 industries 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 these firms to defence prime contractors.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
2,575,636 2,117,890 (457,746)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
21 19 (2)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015

Economic opportunities for southern Ontario are leveraged from Canada's defence procurements

Small- and medium-sized businesses, including potential entrepreneurs, have access to government information on business-related programs, tools and services.

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 378 448 Not available
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 27,835 29,708 Not available
Number of unassisted client interactions through Canada Business Ontario 1,260,000 web visits to Canada Business Ontario content March 31, 2017 1,735,132 1,582,048 Not available

Results for the current performance measurement indicators were not reported in 2014–15.  FedDev Ontario established the Business Services sub-program in 2015–16 to report on these initiatives.

1.3.1 Sub-Program: 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 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 program: Community Futures Program.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
12,030,332 12,330,234 299,902
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
14 10 (4)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results 
2016‑2017
Actual results 
2015‑2016
Actual results 
2014‑2015

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 4,744 5,062 5,629
Number of jobs created or maintained in rural southern Ontario communities as a result of Community Futures Program funding 10 500 March 31, 2017 10,783 11,989 15,421
Ratio of funds raised from other sources for  Community Futures Program investments 3.8:1 March 31, 2017 4:1 4.4:1 3.8:1

1.3.2 Sub-Program: Eastern Ontario Development Program

Description

The economic challenges facing eastern Ontario have been exacerbated in recent years by the global recession and 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 for opportunities in more urban areas. 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 in rural communities. Through this sub-program, FedDev Ontario is collaborating with the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations in eastern Ontario 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 program: Eastern Ontario Development Program.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
10,344,340 10,023,661 (320,679)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
7 4 (3)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
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 423Footnote * 782 649
Ratio of funds leveraged against  FedDev Ontario contributions 2.5:1 March 31, 2017 1.29:1 2.04:1 3.44:1
Number of full-time equivalents created and maintained in eastern Ontario communities participating in the Eastern Ontario Development Program 3,000 March 31, 2017 665.5 3,914 2,418

1.3.3 Sub-Program: Official Languages 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 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)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
1,723,951 1,101,248 (622,703)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
6 1 (5)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015

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 379 233 5
Number of partnerships established as a result of Economic Development Initiative funding 45 March 31, 2017 90 68 5
Funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario contributions 2,000,000 March 31, 2017 571,988 704,529 392,000

1.3.4 Sub-Program: 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, resilient communities.

This sub-program supports the long-term development of 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 effecting 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 program: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
7,873,465 6,908,454 (965,011)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
7 3 (4)
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Date to achieve target Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015

Southern Ontario economies are stronger and more diverse

Ratio of funds leveraged against FedDev Ontario

contributions
1:1 March 31, 2019 0.77:1 0.89:1 Not available

Number of full-time equivalents created and

maintained in projects participating in the Investing in Regional Diversification initiative
1,750 March 31, 2019 279Footnote * 106Footnote * Not available
Total number of organizations supported 350 March 31, 2019 53 10 Not available

1.3.5 Sub-Program: Infrastructure Delivery

Description

The Infrastructure Delivery sub-program includes the delivery of grants and contributions to provide assistance to municipalities, Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations, and public sector entities for a range of infrastructure priority areas. FedDev Ontario also administers infrastructure funding on behalf of other government departments and in partnership with other orders of government.

This sub-program includes infrastructure investments that support a prosperous economy for Ontario and Canada by continuing to maintain and attract highly skilled workers, businesses and investors. It supports economic activity in the construction sector and related supply chains and lengthens the useful life and promotes the modernization of important infrastructure assets in the region.    
This sub-program uses funding from the following transfer payment program: Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives, Canada 150 Infrastructure Program, and the Brantford Greenwich-Mohawk Remediation Project Grant.

Budgetary financial resources (dollars)
Planned Spending 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
34,924,057 33,053,536 (1,870,521)
Human resources (full-time equivalents)
Planned 2016-2017 Actual 2016-2017 Difference (actual minus planned) 2016–2017
16 22 6
Results achieved
Expected results Performance indicators Target Actual results Actual results
2016‑2017
Actual results
2015‑2016
Actual results
2014‑2015
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 94 26 262
Total number of infrastructure projects that are ongoing and continue to be administered 233 March 31, 2017 570 141 191
Ratio of funding leveraged from other sources 1.7:1 March 31, 2017 1.6:1 2.2:1 2.2:1

List of supplementary information tables for the 2016–17 DRR

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2016–17 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 Advanced Manufacturing Fund
Start date December 9, 2013
End date March 31, 2019
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014‑2015
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 (AMF) 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 2016–17, 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 $32 million in multi-year contribution agreements were executed in 2016–17 for projects with two for-profit organizations. These projects are anticipated to strengthen Ontario's advanced manufacturing sector and generate sales of $118 million within two years of project completion.

Comments on variances The variance of $8.165 million in 2016–17 is due to a strategic file, for which a frozen allotment exists and funds are under consideration for future reallocation.
Audits completed or planned No audits were completed in 2016–2017. Four recipient audits are planned for 2017–2018.
Evaluations completed or planned A program implementation review, originally scheduled for completion in 2016–2017, was integrated into an interim evaluation. The interim evaluation is expected to be completed in 2017–2018. A final evaluation of AMF is planned for 2019–2020.
Engagement of applicants and recipients

A second intake of applications for AMF closed on October 1, 2015. Since that time, FedDev Ontario has continued to finalize contribution agreements and support funded projects.

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 Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned Spending 2016–2017 Total authorities available for use 2016–2017 Actual Spending (authorities used) 2016–2017 Variance (2016–17 actual minus
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions 2,972,454 32,592,288 51,000,000 51,000,000 42,835,000 (8,165,000)
Total program 2,972,454 32,592,288 51,000,000 51,000,000 42,835,000 (8,165,000)
Name of transfer payment program Community Futures Program
Start date 1985
End date Ongoing
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010-2011
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 37 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 2016–2017, CFDCs provided 723 new loans with a value of $45.1 million to small- and medium-sized enterprises in southern Ontario. These loans and associated business counselling services assisted 4,744 businesses, helped to create 3,973 jobs, and maintained a further 6,810 jobs in rural southern Ontario communities.
Comments on variances 2016–17 actual spending was consistent with spending in the previous year and resulted in a minimal variance from the 2016–2017 planned spending for the program.
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2016–17. 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 2018–2019.
Engagement of applicants and recipients

FedDev Ontario engages with southern Ontario's 37 CFDCs through active project monitoring by program officers and regular meetings with individual CFDCs, Community Futures Ontario (the provincial CFDC association), and two regional CFDC networks.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned spending
2016–2017
Total authorities available for use
2016–2017
Actual Spending (authorities used)
2016–2017
Variance (2016–17 actual minus 
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions 11,265,751 11,248,597 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,285,992 0
Total program 11,265,751 11,248,597 11,285,992 11,285,992 11,285,992 0
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 2013-2014
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 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). Applications for funding are solicited and assessed by each CFDC for its service area. Applications for collaborative projects administered by the Northumberland CFDC are assessed on the basis of their potential to stimulate local and regional economic development and job creation. 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. Northumberland CFDC 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 2016–2017, 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 2016–2017, EODP supported 423 businesses and organizations in eastern Ontario, including 16 CFDCs, which helped to create or maintain more than 665 jobs in the region. This support resulted in an additional investment of $1.29 for every dollar invested by FedDev Ontario in 2016–2017.

Comments on variances FedDev Ontario fully expended its funding through EODP in 2016–2017
Audits completed or planned Ongoing recipient audits of a sample of projects were conducted in 2016–2017 and are planned for future years as required by FedDev Ontario's Risk-Based Audit Framework.
Evaluations completed or planned An evaluation of EODP was conducted in 2015–2016 with final approval scheduled for 2017–2018. A final evaluation of the Southern Ontario Prosperity Program, including EODP, is planned for 2019–2020.
Engagement of applicants and recipients FedDev Ontario regularly engages with the 15 CFDCs delivering EODP. Program officers actively monitor projects delivered by the CFDCs.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned spending
2016–2017
Total authorities
available for use
2016–2017
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2016–2017
Variance (2016–17
actual minus
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0
Total program 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 9,600,000 0
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 2014‑2015
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
  • Sub-Program 1.3.5 – Infrastructure Delivery
Description The Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives—Investing in Business Growth and Productivity, Investing in Business Innovation, Investing in Commercialization Partnerships and Investing in Regional Diversification—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, through the Investing in Commercialization Partnerships (ICP) initiative, more than $31.2 million in multi-year contributions agreements were executed in 2016–17 to support three projects that will leverage more than $45.6 million from project partners. These projects will deepen industry-academic collaborations to solve global challenges and create a wide array of new products and high-value jobs in Canada. ICP projects funded in 2016–17 will also support an average of 55 new collaborations or partnerships per project.

With respect to the Business Investment sub-program, through the Investing in Business Innovation (IBI) initiative, 13 funding agreements were executed totaling more than $14.8 million. These funding agreements will enable early-stage companies to leverage domestic and foreign angel and venture capital to support the launch of innovative technologies and products. They will also support projects providing skills development, education and seed financing to new entrepreneurs, assisting them to become investment-ready. In addition to these new funding agreements, 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 have leveraged $5.00 of private capital investment for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario to early stage businesses, and $1.78 for every dollar contributed to not-for-profit parties. This level of outside investment far exceeded the targets of 2:1 for early-stage businesses and 0.75:1 for not-for-profit recipients.

During 2016–17, the Business Productivity and Growth 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 to improve business productivity and global competitiveness. During 2016–17, IBGP processed 57 applications and executed funding agreements with 10 new projects. Investments made through IBGP leveraged more than five dollars for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario, a result that is above the target of 3.2:1.

Under the Regional Diversification sub-program, through the Investing in Regional Diversification (IRD) initiative, FedDev Ontario approved four new projects in 2016–17 with a total multi-year investment of $27.8 million. These and other investments leveraged a total of $0.77 in project support for every dollar contributed by FedDev Ontario, approaching the 1:1 target to be achieved by March 31, 2019. These collaborative investments strengthen regional businesses and clusters and improve the economic circumstances of communities facing distress.
Comments on variances FedDev Ontario fully expended its funding through the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives in 2016–2017.
Audits completed or planned Recipient audits of a sample of projects will be conducted in 2017–18 and in future years as required by FedDev Ontario's Risk-Based Audit Framework. The Office of the Comptroller General will also be conducting an audit of the recipient selection process at FedDev Ontario. This audit will involve applications to the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives.
Evaluations completed or planned An interim evaluation of the Southern Ontario Prosperity Program, of which the Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives form a key part, will be completed in 2017–2018. A final evaluation of the program is planned for 2019–2020
Engagement of applicants and recipients In 2016–2017, the Agency engaged with applicants as a result of direct inquiries and through third parties such as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. FedDev Ontario representatives also attend conferences and trade shows to engage with current and prospective recipients. FedDev Ontario representatives regularly engage with funding recipients over the lifecycle of projects, undertaking project monitoring, reporting and processing of claims.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned spending
2016–2017
Total authorities
available for use
2016–2017
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2016–2017
Variance (2016–17
actual minus
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions
(1.1 Program: Technological Innovation)
4,314,956 20,463,485 34,296,182 34,296,182 34,296,182 0
Total contributions
(1.2 Program: Business Development)
43,588,202 63,766,577 57,454,272 57,454,272 57,454,272 0
Total contributions
(1.3 Program: Community Economic Development)
1,810,859 21,229,385 9,023,401 9,023,401 9,023,401 0
Total program 49,714,017 105,459,447 100,773,855 100,773,855 100,773,855 0
Name of transfer payment program Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
Start date April 1, 2016
End date March 31, 2018
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2015‑2016
Strategic outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Sub-program 1.3.5 – Infrastructure Delivery

Description The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is part of a coordinated federal approach to celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary. The CIP 150 supports the renovation, expansion and improvement of existing community and cultural infrastructure, including projects that support the Government's priorities to ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples and promote a clean growth economy.
Results achieved FedDev Ontario continued to work with stakeholders, including other federal departments and agencies, municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations, to support investments in public infrastructure across Ontario. Of the over 720 approved projects under the program, 76 projects were completed during fiscal year 2016–2017,and the remaining projects are ongoing.
Comments on variances The variance represents projects that did not utilize funding allocated in fiscal year 2016–2017 due to unforeseen issues such as project delays.
Audits completed or planned No audits were required in 2016–17. FedDev Ontario undertook regular project monitoring and reporting activities.
Evaluations completed or planned No evaluation was required.
Engagement of applicants and recipients FedDev Ontario works directly with funding recipients over the lifecycle of their projects to undertake project monitoring including site visits; reporting and processing of claims to ensure successful administration of the program; and the completion of projects by March 31, 2018.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned spending
2016–2017
Total authorities available for use
2016–2017
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2016–2017
Variance (2016–17 actual minus
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions 0 0 22,200,000 44,400,000 18,730,978 (3,469,022)
Total program 0 0 22,200,000 44,400,000 18,730,978 (3,469,022)
Name of transfer payment program Brantford Greenwich-Mohawk Remediation Project
Start date October 12, 2007
End date December 31, 2016
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2013-2014
Strategic outcome A competitive southern Ontario economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Sub-program 1.3.5 – Infrastructure Delivery

Description The project provides a total federal grant of $12 million for the remediation of 20 hectares (50 acres) of land spread over three sites in Brantford, Ontario. Funding payments are aligned with the achievement of project milestones.
Results achieved In 2016–2017 FedDev Ontario invested $9.6 million towards the Brantford Greenwich–Mohawk Brownfield Remediation project, which resulted in the remediation of approximately 20 hectares (50 acres) of land spread across three former industrial sites.
Comments on variances FedDev Ontario fully expended its funding for this grant in 2016–2017.
Audits completed or planned No audits were completed in 2016–2017 and there are currently no audits planned for this project.
Evaluations completed or planned No evaluation is required
Engagement of applicants and recipients FedDev Ontario representatives regularly engage with the City of Brantford while undertaking project monitoring, reporting and processing of claims.
Performance Information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment Actual spending 2014–2015 Actual spending 2015–2016 Planned spending
2016–2017
Total authorities
available for use
2016–2017
Actual Spending
(authorities used)
2016–2017
Variance (2016–17 actual minus
2016–17 planned)
Total contributions 0 0 9,640,412 9,640,412 9,640,412 0
Total program 0 0 9,640,412 9,640,412 9,640,412 0

Internal audits and evaluations

Internal Audits

Note: Effective June 1, 2012, the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) 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 OCG for these audit services.

Evaluations

Evaluations in progress or completed in 2016-2017
Title of evaluation Status Deputy head approval date Link to department's programs
Evaluation of the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) In progress July 2017 Eastern Ontario Development Program

User fees, regulatory charges and external fees

Reporting on the User Fees Act

General information
Fee name Fees for processing requests filed under the Access to Information Act
Fee type Other products and services
Fee-setting authority Access to Information Act
Year introduced 1988
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 Access to Information Act.  Notice of extension is sent within 30 days after receipt of request.

Performance results Statutory deadlines were met 72 percent of the time in 2016–17.
Other information

The Access to Information Act 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 Access to Information Act permits the waiving of fees when deemed to be in the public interest and if under $25.00. Fees waived during 2016–17 totaled $10.00.

Financial information, 2016-2017 (dollars)
Forecast revenue Actual revenue Full cost
$400.00 $235.00 $172,759.00
Financial information, 2017–2018. 2018–2019 and 2019–2020 (dollars)
Planning year Forecast revenue Estimated full cost
2017-2018 $300.00 $166,100
2018-2019 $300.00 $166,100
2019-2020* 0 0
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