2020-21 Departmental Plan
Corporate information

2020-21 Departmental Plan

Organizational profile

Appropriate minister(s):

The Honorable Mélanie Joly, PC, MP

Institutional head:

Francis P. McGuire, President

Ministerial portfolio:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Enabling instrument(s):

Part I of the Government Organization Act, Atlantic Canada 1987, R.S.C., 1985, c. 41 (4th Supp.), also known as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Act. See the Department of Justice Canada website for more information.

Year of incorporation / commencement:


Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

“Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do” is available on ACOA’s website.

For more information on the department’s organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister’s mandate letter.

Operating context

Information on the operating context is available on ACOA’s website.

Reporting framework

ACOA’s approved Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory for 2020-21 are as follows:

Departmental Results Framework Core Responsibility:
Economic development in Atlantic Canada
Internal Services
Departmental Result:
Communities are economically diversified in Atlantic Canada.
Indicator: percentage of Atlantic Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises that are majority-owned by women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities and persons with disabilities
Indicator: percentage of professional-, science- and technology-related jobs in Atlantic Canada’s economy
Indicator: amount leveraged per dollar invested by ACOA in community projects
Departmental Result:
Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Atlantic Canada.
Indicator: value of business expenditures in research and development (in dollars) by firms receiving ACOA program funding
Indicator: percentage of businesses engaged in collaborations with higher education institutions in Atlantic Canada
Departmental Result:
Businesses are innovative and growing in Atlantic Canada.
Indicator: number of high-growth firms in Atlantic Canada
Indicator: value of export of goods (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada
Indicator: value of export of clean technologies (in dollars) from Atlantic Canada
Indicator: revenue growth rate of firms supported by ACOA programs
Program Inventory Program:  Inclusive Communities
Program:  Diversified Communities
Program:  Research and Development, and Commercialization
Program:  Innovation Ecosystem
Program:  Business Growth
Program:  Trade and Investment
Program:  Policy Research and Engagement

Supporting information on the program inventory

Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources, and results related to ACOA’s program inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.

Supplementary information tables

The following supplementary information tables are available on ACOA’s website:

Federal tax expenditures

ACOA’s Departmental Plan does not include information on tax expenditures that relate to its planned results for 2020-21.

Tax expenditures are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance, and the Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for government-­wide tax expenditures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures. This report provides detailed information on tax expenditures, including objectives, historical background and references to related federal spending programs, as well as evaluations, research papers and gender-based analysis. The tax measures presented in this report are solely the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.

Organizational contact information

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
P.O. Box 6051
Moncton, New Brunswick  E1C 9J8

Courier address:
644 Main Street
Moncton, New Brunswick  E1C 1E2

General inquiries: 506-851-2271
Toll free (Canada and the United States): 1-800-561-7862
Facsimile: 506-851-7403
Secure Facsimile: 506-857-1301
TTY: 1-877-456-6500
Access to Information/Privacy: 506-851-2271

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