HRSDC-Specific Amended Terms and Condition for the Skills Link Program
The purpose of these terms and conditions is to establish specific criteria for HRSDC for making contributions under the Skills Link stream of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
Young Canadians are Canada's primary source of new labour market entrants in Canada. Canada needs a skilled and well prepared workforce to sustain its productivity and its economy. This need indicates that Canada needs to help young people overcome barriers to entering and remaining in the workforce to maintain workforce participation rates.
YES is a horizontal initiative funded through the Consolidated Revenue Fund in collaboration with 11 federal departments and agencies. YES focuses on helping Canadian youth aged 15 to 30 (inclusive) get the work experience, knowledge, skills and information they need to prepare for and participate in the world of work. Since its renewal in 2003, YES has consistently upheld the goals of increasing young Canadians' participation in the labour market and provided vehicles to increase young people's employment skills. YES emphasizes client centred service and the need to provide youth with the skills, work experience, and information they need to ensure that Canada has a highly qualified and skilled labour force. YES actively supports the creation of greater opportunities for Canadian youth through a partnership-based delivery system with business, labour, industry, Aboriginal communities, voluntary organizations, rural and remote communities and other levels of government that enables community needs and priorities to be met. YES is designed to respond to a range of labour market challenges facing young Canadians, particularly those who face barriers to employment.
The authority of the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development to implement YES is derived from Section 7 of the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act. Section 7 provides that the Minister may, in exercising the powers and performing the duties and functions assigned by the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act, establish and implement programs designed to support projects or other activities that contribute to the development of human resources of Canada and the skills of Canadians, and the Minister may make grants and contributions in support of the programs.
In 2002, the Minister of Human Resources Development presented to Cabinet Committee on Social Union a policy framework on a realigned YES to fulfill the commitment to improve the responsiveness and effectiveness of federal youth employment programming.
Budget 2007: A Stronger, Safer, Better Canada. Advantage Canada recognizes that to compete and to deliver a strong economy, Canada must have an adaptable labour force with the right skills demanded by employers. This is particularly important as an aging population puts pressure on the size of the labour force. Meeting this challenge will require creating the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world and increase labour force participation rates to meet demand.
As lead department for Horizontal YES, HRSDC chairs and is responsible for the coordination and management of an interdepartmental committee structure that oversees the implementation of YES. HRSDC is ultimately accountable for attaining the expected results for YES and has the ultimate decision making authority for issues related to the overall policy, design and implementation of YES.
In these Terms and Conditions:
- "eligible participants" "youth" mean participants described in section 7 of these terms and conditions;
- "eligible activity" means an activity described in section 9 of these terms and Conditions; and,
- "Minister" means the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
The objectives of Skills Link are to help youth overcome barriers to employment, to help youth develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market and to promote education and skills as being key to labour market participation. These barriers could include but are not limited to, challenges faced by recent immigrant youth, youth with disabilities, single parent youth, youth who have not completed high school, aboriginal youth, and those youth living in rural or remote areas. These objectives support the Government of Canada's overarching goals of promoting skills development, labour market participation and inclusiveness and ensuring labour market efficiency.
The objectives will be achieved by government departments working collaboratively with each other and with non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other levels of government. Planning will be critical to ensure that the right mix of services and interventions is delivered in a coordinated manner.
Skills Link provides a range of flexible interventions that facilitate client centred service delivery. This approach is founded on client assessment to determine the right mix of programs, services and referrals appropriate in each case. The program design allows interventions to better respond to youth in their local labour market and to cyclical changes in the economy. Learning and career planning and skills development information tools and supports underpin Skills Link.
6. OUTCOMES AND KEY INDICATORS
The Skills Link outcomes link to the Government of Canada outcome, Income Security and Employment for Canadians. The outcomes support HRSDC's strategic outcome: Enhanced Canadian productivity and participation through efficient and inclusive labour markets, competitive workplaces and access to learning. By virtue of the flexibility of the Skills Link design, program results will vary according to the nature of the intervention and the severity of client needs. The main outcomes will focus on the skills acquired and the extent to which the program helped clients realize educational achievements, improve their employability or obtain employment.
The following Skills Link outcomes are consistent with the YES Results based Management and Accountability Framework:
Skills Link outcomes:
- enhanced employability skills for youth; and,
- return to school of youth.
- ultimate YES outcomes:
- increased ability of youth to participate in the labour market;
- reduced barriers to employment of youth; and,
- sustained youth employment.
The key performance indicators for Skills Link listed below are linked to the YES logic model. All YES indicators are listed in the performance measurement strategy and the minimum common evaluation strategy as part of YES horizontal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework.
The key performance indicators are:
- number of clients served through Skills Link;
- number of clients employed or self-employed; and,
- number of clients who return to school.
7. ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS
"Eligible participant" means a youth between the ages of 15-30 inclusive who is legally entitled to work in Canada and is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada, and who is in need of assistance to overcome barriers to employment.
8. ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS
Contributions may be made to the following recipients in relation to an eligible activity:
- businesses, including federal crown corporations found on Schedule III, Part II of the Financial Administration Act and comparable provincial crown corporations;
- organizations, including but not limited to professional associations, non-profit organizations, public health and educational institutions, band/tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations and municipal governments;
- eligible participants;
- provincial and territorial government departments and agencies if specified in a federal/provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specifically approved by the Minister; and,
- the YMCA Canada to oversee internships with the federal public sector.
Contributions may also be made directly to eligible participants. Community Coordinators may provide funding to ultimate recipients as defined in a, b, and c above, and to eligible participants.
9. ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES
Skills Link funds activities that contribute to the objective, while being reflective of local and departmental realities. Skills Link is client-centred and designed to respond primarily to the needs and circumstances of youth who face barriers to employment.
The activities that may be supported under Skills Link include:
- planning and project development activities where stakeholders would collectively review research and evaluation findings, identify gaps and client needs, and determine priorities and goals to achieve a coordinated delivery of employment programs and services;
- service activities, which include outreach, client assessment, case management (including diagnostic assessment and referral to other community resources and services), career development information and job search and job retention assistance;
- activities designed to enable youth to gain work experience (including entrepreneurial activities) which would include mentorship, coaching and support in advancing an action plan;
- activities that help youth facing barriers to employment obtain skills, ranging from basic to advanced skills, through direct assistance to individuals;
- activities that enable groups of youth to gain employability skills;
- activities that enable groups of youth to acquire or enhance transferable skills, develop personal qualities such as self-esteem, self reliance, leadership, communication and teamwork (the ability to engage positively; the ability to get along with other people; the ability to receive, accept and implement direction satisfactorily; the ability to support others in shared work activities), while contributing to their communities;
- activities that support the development and use of tools and products for learning, career planning and career development; and,
- projects intended to pilot innovative approaches designed to facilitate the transition to employment of youth facing labour market exclusion.
No financial assistance in support of activities outlined in (d) which assist youth in obtaining skills for employment may be provided without the agreement of the government of the province or territory in which the activity will take place. Financial assistance in support of activities outlined in (d) which assist Aboriginal youth living in First Nation Communities may be provided without the agreement of the government of the province or territory in which the activity will take place.
Activities under Skills Link will be carried out in accordance with the following guidelines:
- collaboration with federal/provincial/territorial youth employment initiatives to minimize overlap or duplication;
- cooperation with other governments, employers, community-based organizations and other interested organizations;
- flexibility to allow implementation decisions to be made at the national/regional/local level;
- use of an evaluation framework to measure the success of activities designed to assist youth in participating in the labour market;
- assurance that participants and eligible recipients can obtain access to and participate in HRSDC Skills Link programming in their official language where there is a significant demand for access in that official language; and,
- individual client needs are assessed and interventions are tailored to meet those needs.
11. ELIGIBLE PROJECT EXPENDITURES
Contributions may be made to eligible recipients, including those who further distribute funds to ultimate recipients but excluding the eligible recipient of contributions for federal public sector internships, for the following costs of eligible activities:
- support to individuals which may include all or a portion of their living expenses and/or all or a portion of the incremental costs of participation such as expenses relating to specialized services, arrangements or equipment for persons with disabilities, dependant care, transportation and accommodation;
- participant wages and allowances and employment related costs;
- overhead costs including wages and employment related costs for staff, licenses, permits, fees for professional services, bank charges, utilities, material, supplies, travel, insurance, disbursement for research and technical studies, disability needs, rental of premises, leasing or purchase of equipment, audits, assessment and evaluations;
- costs associated with the workers' compensation actual costs or assessment paid directly to the provincial/territorial workers' compensation authority on behalf of employers and coordinators for eligible participants or administrative staff;
- costs associated with the central administrative functions of the employers or coordinators/sponsors that are drawn upon to support agreement activities; and,
- where the recipient further distributes the funding to ultimate recipients, the reasonable and proper administration costs incurred by the recipient in administering the distribution of the contribution and monitoring and coordinating the implementation of eligible activities being carried out by the ultimate recipients.
Capital costs for the construction of a building are not eligible project costs. Small repairs or renovations to support the participation of project participants with disabilities are eligible costs.
The purchase of land or buildings is not an eligible expenditure.
11.1 ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES FOR FEDERAL PUBLIC SECTOR INTERNSHIPS
Eligible Costs that may be paid to the eligible recipient overseeing federal public sector internships include:
- income support: Payments in respect of income support for youth participants in Skills Link federal public sector internships. For youth who have not completed high school, income support will be the minimum wage in the province or territory in which the internship takes place; for secondary school graduates, income support will consist of the highest provincial/territorial minimum wage plus 10% of this amount; for post secondary graduates, income support will consist of the highest provincial/territorial minimum wage plus 20% of this amount;
- employment related costs: Payments in respect of those that the recipient is required by law to make in respect of an intern, including employer contributions to: Employment Insurance premiums, Quebec Parental Insurance Plan, Canada or Quebec Pension Plan premiums, worker's compensation premiums, vacation pay, health insurance premiums in Quebec, and the Manitoba health and education levy. Monies paid in respect of employment related costs will be based on actual costs incurred by the recipient;
- administration fee: A fee payable in respect of the administration of federal public sector activities and includes legitimately reasonable administrative costs incurred by the recipient directly related to the delivery of the federal public sector activities including office supplies, equipment leasing, insurance, travel, salary and employment related costs for staff, licenses, permits, banking charges, professional service fees, but excluding capital costs for the construction of a building or the purchases of land or buildings. The aggregate cost shall not exceed $600 per intern and any increase will be driven by HRSDC requirements. This fee will not be subject to change without prior approval of HRSDC at its sole discretion;
- youth support service fee: A fee payable with respect to providing youth with pre internship assessment, selection, preparation and counselling aimed at preparing them for the work place, on going support and counselling during the period of the internship, and job finding and self employment counselling at the end of the internship. The aggregate cost shall not exceed $6,500 per youth at risk internship or $3,000 per secondary school graduate internship, where the need to provide support to secondary school graduates is identified. Any increase will be on a case by case basis and subject to HRSDC approval before the expense is incurred. This fee will not be subject to change without prior approval of HRSDC at its sole discretion and only where the requirement to provide additional support services for youth is identified; and,
- additional support costs: Discretionary payments may be provided as a reimbursement for costs incident to providing additional support to youth in accordance with Skills Link objectives. Such costs will be paid, on a case by case basis, only upon approval of HRSDC before the expense is incurred and at HRSDC's sole discretion. Costs could include allowances for youth in remote areas, transportation and accommodation costs incident to supporting youth living outside YMCA service delivery areas, special costs for disabled youth participants, allowances for dependent care, medical plan coverage, or other such costs as determined and approved by HRSDC in advance of expenditure. Payments made in the form of reimbursements will only be granted upon the production of satisfactory receipts or vouchers, and shall not be in excess of amounts provided for in any applicable TB policy. Any support payments paid in the form of an allowance (such as dependent care) will be paid on a monthly basis.
Federal public sector host organisations may make payments to an intern participant or in respect of an intern participant for expenses that may be incurred as a result of the internship. Costs may be expended at the sole option of the host organization within their existing budgets and are in addition to the maximum contribution payable by HRSDC. Such costs include:
- reimbursement for medical expenses that are not otherwise covered by the health care insurance plan or the province or territory in which the intern resides;
- expenses incurred to train and develop the intern where such training and development are considered necessary by the host organization for the internship opportunity;
- reasonable travel and living expenses, where travel is considered necessary by the host organisation for the internship opportunity; and,
- expenses incurred by the intern for the purchase of basic tools or equipment, such as safety shoes, where the equipment is considered necessary by the host organization for the performance of the internship opportunity.
Federal Public Sector host organizations will not be reimbursed for these costs under these Terms and Conditions.
12. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
Proposals/applications for assistance from eligible recipients to carry out eligible activities must:
- demonstrate that their implementation would support the objectives of Skills Link;
- be in accordance with the guidelines outlined in section 10 as applicable;
- outline the activities to be performed in pursuit of the objectives;
- demonstrate that the activities will provide assistance only to eligible participants if applicable;
- provide an estimate of costs to be incurred, including any share to be borne by stakeholders;
- provide an estimate of expenditures to be incurred in a monthly cash flow forecast;
- outline the results to be achieved, measured and reported; and,
- disclose the involvement of former public servants who are under the Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Guidelines.
All proposals and applications must provide assurances that:
- No lobbyists were used or, if they were used, no contingency fees were paid from the HRSDC contribution and that lobbying was done in accordance with the Lobbyist Registration Act;
- no individual for whom the post-employment provisions of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service apply shall derive a direct benefit from this agreement unless that individual is in compliance with the applicable post employment provisions and is consistent with the Conflict of Interest Act obligations; and,
- no member of the House of Commons shall be admitted to any share or part of this agreement or to any benefit arising therefrom.
HRSDC/Service Canada provides standard project officer training for departmental officials who deliver grant and contribution programming, including Skills Link. This training includes the planning, development, assessment and recommendation phases of the project life cycle to ensure officials have the ability to adequately assess these proposals and applications against program objectives, the performance measurement strategy and the available budget. Departmental officials are provided with the information and tools such as guidelines, checklists, and assessment grids to score based on approved criteria. Each proposal must be assessed by a review committee according to dollar value of the proposal.
13. METHOD TO DETERMINE AMOUNT RECIPIENTS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE
The financial assessment of proposals is completed by experienced and trained staff and includes representatives from Finance to ensure staff make an informed assessment of the proposed budget. To ensure staff have the abilities to adequately assess the financial aspect of proposals, HRSDC provides standard Project Officer Training on Budget Development and Assessment related to Grants and Contributions. This course provides detailed information about cost categories and eligible expenses and other such topics as assessment of relevance of expenditures to program activities and use of benchmarks to assess fair market prices. The training provides practice opportunities for program officers which enable them to transfer the knowledge and skills to their workplace. Staff also have access to such tools as guidelines, templates and financial assessment grids to assist in the financial assessment process.
14. CONTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS
Each approved proposal for assistance will be the subject of a formal agreement specifying the responsibilities of each party, the items for which expenditures are anticipated, the conditions under which payments will be made and mutually agreed upon measures designed to assess the success of the activity in attaining its objective. Agreements will also include the terms and conditions under which a community coordinator may further distribute funds to an ultimate recipient, including the community coordinator's independent selection of an ultimate recipient and specification that the community coordinator will not be acting as an agent of the government in making distributions to an ultimate recipient.
Contribution agreements will include a requirement to disclose the involvement of former public servants who are under post-employment guidelines.
Contribution agreements will also include appropriate termination clauses indicating that agreements may be terminated upon notice by either party.
Contribution agreements will comply with the requirements of Appendix G: Funding Agreement Provisions for Contributions of the Treasury Board (TB) Directive on Transfer Payments.
15. BASIS AND TIMING OF PAYMENT
Financial assistance in support of eligible activities may be provided to eligible recipients in the form of contributions, subject to section 6 of the TB Directive on Transfer Payments except where noted below.
Each approved proposal to carry out an eligible activity will be subject to a formal contribution agreement specifying the conditions under which payments will be made and the obligations of the department and the recipient.
Contributions will be paid as follows:
- advance payments will be made in accordance with section 6.4.3 of the TB Directive on Transfer Payments;
- monthly, quarterly or annual progress payments will be made based on expenditure claims as a reimbursement of eligible costs incurred or, for federal public sector internships, on the basis of the administration and youth support services fees set out in section 11.1 of these terms and conditions; and,
- a final payment will be made of any sums due following receipt of the final claim and activities report and if considered necessary by the department, following completion of a financial audit.
Financial performance requirements allow that payments be made by HRSDC to the recipient for eligible costs to carry out eligible activities, within maximum amount payable and within duration of the agreement. All expenses claimed must be actual costs incurred or follow the cashflow forecast and must be relevant to project activities and the achievement of the objectives and milestones of the project. Payment claim forms must be supported by an activity report and an itemized statement of all eligible costs incurred and paid by the recipient or in the case of advance payments, an updated cashflow.
Any amount paid that exceeds the amounts to which the recipient is entitled to is considered a debt that must be repaid to the Government of Canada.
HRSDC is piloting a new approach to risk management called Risk Assessment Management and Mitigation (RAMM), which is a key pillar of our Departmental Action Plan to transform and streamline monitoring and audit requirements while still ensuring responsible stewardship and accountability of public funds. It also responds to the ongoing evolution of HRSDC's Grants and Contributions and is consistent with observations of the House of Commons Committee on Human Resources (HUMA), the Task Force on Community Investments (TFCI), and the Blue Ribbon Panel.
RAMM will be progressively implemented across most HRSDC grant and contribution programs between September 2008 and March 2010. The Skills and Employment Branch of HRSDC fully supports the implementation of the new RAMM and will continue to work with the Grants and Contributions Centre of Excellence to determine when and how to best implement this new approach within HRSDC's Skills Link programming.
The RAMM approach will allow program branches to focus their efforts on higher risk projects, thereby reducing the administrative and reporting burden on recipients and program administrators. RAMM will enable programs to reassess risk throughout the project life cycle.
16. REPAYMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Contributions to businesses are not intended to allow businesses to generate profits or to increase the value of the business and are therefore not repayable.
17. MAXIMUM AMOUNT PAYABLE
The maximum contribution per recipient per agreement per year is $2,000,000. The amount of the contribution will be determined by the number of eligible participants who participate or who are to be served.
The maximum contribution per recipient for internships in the Federal Public Sector is $15,000,000 per year.
17.1 EXCEPTION TO SECTION 8 OF APPENDIX E OF THE TB DIRECTIVE ON TRANSFER PAYMENTS
These terms and conditions contain an exception to section 8 of Appendix E: Terms and Conditions for Contributions of the TB Directive on Transfer Payments which states that the terms and conditions for contributions should include "the annual maximum amount payable to any recipient."
Due to the administrative burden it may cause and because of the structure of some organizations which are eligible recipients, it may not be possible to adhere to that requirement. As a result, these terms and conditions include the maximum contribution a recipient may receive per agreement per year.
TB approved this exception in May 2007 under the previous TB Policy on Transfer Payments.
18. MAXIMUM AGREEMENT DURATION
The maximum duration of funding under a Skills Link agreement will not exceed three years. Renewal of an agreement for similar activities with the same recipient will be made based on the performance and results achieved from that previous agreement.
19. STACKING LIMITS
Where possible and appropriate, the costs of an eligible activity will be shared with the recipient and/or with government and/or the private sector. Where the sharing of costs with the recipient and private sector are not feasible, total Canadian government funding (the total of funding available to a recipient from federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments for any one activity, initiative or project of a recipient, as defined in Appendix C: Total Canadian Government Funding and Stacking Limits of the TB Directive on Transfer Payments) may total 100% of eligible costs.
The department shall ensure that the amount of the contribution it makes is appropriate where funding or in-kind contributions in support of the costs for the eligible activity from more than one program in the department, from more than one federal department or from more than one level of government or from the private sector is anticipated.
Where the requested contribution exceeds $100,000, the department shall obtain from the recipient a statement or declaration about other sources of funding and in-kind contributions (government and private sector) for the eligible activity prior to approving a contribution and shall require the recipient to report any additional assistance received from the time the statement or declaration was made.
In the event that total Canadian government funding received by a recipient in respect of an eligible activity exceeds the amounts of such assistance declared, the department shall ensure that it has the right to reduce its contribution by the amount of any additional assistance that is to be received or to require repayment of an amount equal to the amount of such assistance if the department's contribution has already been paid.
20. CANCELLATION OR REDUCTION IN DEPARTMENTAL FUNDING LEVELS BY PARLIAMENT
Program literature and agreements will include provision for cancellation or a reduction in the amount of financial assistance specified in the event Parliament reduces the level of funding for YES.
21. AUTHORITY TO APPROVE PROPOSALS
The Minister may delegate the final approval of proposals as per HRSDC's delegation instruments. The Minister may establish advisory or consultative mechanisms to assist in the process.
22. AUTHORITY TO SIGN AND AMEND CONTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS
The Minister may delegate the authority to sign and subsequently to amend contribution agreements as per HRSDC's delegation instruments.
23. AUTHORITY TO APPROVE PAYMENTS
The Minister may delegate the authority to approve payments by certifying compliance with the terms of the contribution agreement as per HRSDC's delegation instruments.
24. PRIVACY AND DATA SHARING
HRSDC will collect and manage personal data, including participants' Social Insurance Number, as per the TB Privacy Impact Assessment Policy. TB has approved the inclusion of HRSDC/Service Canada's use of the Social Insurance Number for the HRSDC YES programming under the section Other Authorized Uses of the Social Insurance Number of the Use of the Social Insurance Number, Chapter 3-04 of the TB Policy on Privacy and Data Protection.
25. OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT
All HRSDC branches with official languages responsibilities have been consulted and it has been determined that all necessary measures are in place to ensure that HRSDC meets its obligations under the Official Languages Act.
YES at HRSDC respects the undertaking and obligation of the Government of Canada set out in Part VII of the Official Languages Act by ensuring that participants and eligible recipients can obtain access to and participate in HRSDC YES programming in their official language where there is a significant demand for access in that official language.
Bilingual services to youth will continue to be provided by HRSDC/Service Canada staff; general information about the program, and any notice, advertisement or other matter relating to the project are available in both official languages; application forms for the various program options are available in both official languages on the HRSDC public website; both national and regional calls for proposals are posted and advertised (if applicable) in both official languages; and the assessment grid for regionally/locally delivered activities must demonstrate that services will be provided in both official languages where appropriate.
26. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Intellectual Property created by a recipient of a transfer payment remains the property of the recipient. Where applicable, HRSDC will insert clauses in its agreements to ensure HRSDC is entitled to use or be permitted the use of the intellectual property for any governmental purpose. Examples of intellectual properties could be toolkits to help employers integrate youth at risk into their workplace and awareness packages to help an employer's employees model appropriate work behaviours for youth at risk in the workplace.
27. DUE DILIGENCE
HRSDC provides assurance that departmental systems, procedures and resources for ensuring due diligence in approving transfer payments and verifying eligibility and entitlement and for the management and administration of YES are in place.
Each agreement will specify that the Government of Canada retains the right to audit the records of the recipient and if it is determined that the amounts paid exceed the amounts payable, the difference will be considered as a debt to the Government of Canada.
The horizontal Risk-Based Audit Framework for the monitoring and audit of recipients, and an internal audit plan, including the evaluation of the program management of YES has been updated.
29. ACCOUNTABILITY AND EVALUATION
Recipients under a contribution funding agreement must meet the department's financial and performance reporting requirements as specified in the agreement. The content of each report must:
- account for the use of the funding and provide adequate support for payments;
- demonstrate whether program objectives have been met; and,
- support the department's accountability and performance measurement requirements.
If deemed necessary, final payment may include an audit conducted by the Government of Canada of the recipient's books and records to verify the amount of the costs of the project and the costs for which the recipient has claimed payment under the agreement.
Results on outcomes will be accounted for during the life cycle of the program. Key program information and participant data will be reported to Parliament through the annual Departmental Performance Report (DPR).
According to the Evaluation Standards for the Government of Canada and the TB Evaluation Policy, there are three primary issue areas for evaluation that need to be considered:
- relevance - Does the policy, program or initiative continue to be consistent with departmental and government-wide priorities, and does it realistically address an actual need?
- success - Is the policy, program or initiative effective in meeting its intended outcomes, within budget and without unwanted negative outcomes? Is the policy, program or initiative making progress toward the achievement of the final outcomes? and,
- cost-effectiveness - Are the most appropriate and efficient means being used to achieve outcomes, relative to alternative design and delivery approaches?
The YES Results-based Management and Accountability Framework has been updated. The framework includes a concise logic model and an overview of the YES performance measures, including the performance indicators, expected outcomes, methods for reporting performance and the evaluation criteria to be used in the assessment of the effectiveness of the transfer payment. Findings of the 2008 summative evaluation of YES were used to update the Results-based Management and Accountability Framework.
A summative evaluation will be conducted by HRSDC on YES covering the period of 2009 to 2012 to comply with section 42.1 of the Financial Administration Act. Findings of this evaluation will be used to inform the next renewal of YES. HRSDC's Evaluation Directorate is responsible for this evaluation and the publication of the evaluation report.
Each contribution agreement will specify that HRSDC will develop and conduct the summative evaluation and that the party signing the contribution agreement is prepared to actively participate in the evaluation process as needed.
30. COST OF MANAGING THE PROGRAM
TB has approved the cost of HRSDC/Service Canada's managing YES.
31. EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
These terms and conditions come into force April 1, 2009.
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