Archived: Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16, supplementary tables, Environment and Climate Change Canada, chapter 2


Disclosure of Transfer Payment Programs under $5 million

Name of transfer payment program End date Type of transfer payment Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Main Objective Planned Spending for 2015-16 Fiscal year of last completed evaluation General targeted recipient group
Assessed contribution for Canada’s share of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) budget Not applicable (N/A) C 3.2.2 - International Climate Change and Clean Air Partnerships To enable Canada’s obligation to cost-share the core and projected expenses of the CEC. $2,930,000 2012-2013 (Evaluation of Canada’s Participation in the CEC) Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Grants and contributions under the Montreal Protocol N/A G 3.2.2 - International Climate Change and Clean Air Partnerships Under the rules of the Montreal Protocol, Canada has the option of directing up to 20% of its annual contribution to the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MFMP) towards support for bilateral or regional projects in developing countries, which helps them reduce their consumption or production of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). $2,800,000 2012-2013 (Evaluation of Environment Canada’s Activities in Support of the Montreal Protocol and Multilateral Fund) Developing country governments, universities, training institutes that have signed the Montreal Protocol, and third-party delivery agents
EcoAction 2000 - Community Funding Service N/A C 1.3.3.1 - EcoAction Community Funding Enable community-based groups to achieve environmental results related to departmental priorities and thereby reduce risks to human health and the environment. $4,525,000 2013-2014 (Evaluation of the EcoAction Community Funding Program) Non-profit and non-governmental groups, service clubs, associations, Aboriginal organizations
Contributions to support Substances and Waste Management N/A C

3.1.1 - Substances Management

3.1.3 - Marine Pollution

To encourage and support individuals and organizations engaged in activities to reduce threats to Canadians and impacts on the environment posed by harmful substances and waste. $1,260,219 N/A Canadian or international not-for-profit organizations, Aboriginal organizations, other levels of government
Contributions to Support Water Resources N/A C 1.2.1 - Water Quality and Aquatic Ecosystems Health To encourage and support individuals and organizations engaged in activities to minimize threats to, and maintain the sustainability of, Canada’s water resources and aquatic ecosystems. $604,595 N/A Canadian or international not-for-profit, Aboriginal organizations, individuals, for-profit organizations and other levels of government
Grant to support Weather and Environmental Services N/A G 2.1.1 - Weather Observations, Forecasts and Warnings The purpose of this grant is to support research and the development of highly qualified experts in the scientific areas related to Environment Canada’s mandate, such as atmospheric study and climate change. $44,000 N/A Canadian and foreign researchers and students, domestic universities, domestic or international not-for-profit organizations and associations, and other levels of government
Contributions to support Weather and Environmental Services N/A C

2.1.1 - Weather Observations, Forecasts and Warnings

2.1.2 - Health-related Meteorological Information

2.1.3 - Climate Information, Predictions and Tools

To encourage and support individuals and organizations engaged in activities to enable Canadians to access, understand and use information on changing weather, water, climate and air quality conditions.

$2,597,492 N/A Canadian or international not-for-profit, Aboriginal organizations, individuals, for-profit organizations and other levels of government
Contributions for the Science Horizons Youth Internship and the International Environmental Youth CorpTable note a Programs N/A C 1.3.3.3 - Environmental Youth Employment To develop opportunities for young scientists and science graduates through mentorship and coaching and provide them with hands-on experience matching them with scientists and programs managers. $3,069,000 2009-2010 (Summative Evaluation of the Youth Employment Strategy) Businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipal governments
Assessed contribution to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development N/A C 3.1.1 - Substances Management Canada is a signatory to this convention and is thus bound by the requirements of the international convention, including the obligation to pay the assessed contribution. $100,000 2011-2012 (Evaluation of Waste and Reduction Management) Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Environment Directorate
Assessed contribution to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) N/A C 2.1.1 - Weather Observations, Forecasts and Warnings Canada has been a member of the WMO since 1950 as one of the initial signatories to the convention.  The annual assessed contribution is based on the U.N. Scale as agreed to every three years by the U.N. General Assembly and adapted, as is normal practice, to accommodate the varying membership of U.N. organizations.  $2,167,785 2009-2010 (Evaluation of Environment Canada’s Class Grants and Contributions) World Meteorological Organization
Assessed contribution to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) N/A C 1.1.2 - Species at Risk Canada is a signatory to this convention and is thus bound by the requirements of the international convention, including the obligation to pay the assessed contribution. $190,000 2009-2010 (Evaluation of Environment Canada’s Class Grants and Contributions) CITES Secretariat
Assessed contribution to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance N/A C 1.1.4 - Habitat Conservation Partnerships

Canada has been a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention since 1981.

Annual membership dues are an obligation of the Parties based on terms agreed to at the Convention of the Parties.

$206,140 2009-2010 (Evaluation of Environment Canada’s Class Grants and Contributions) RAMSAR Convention Secretariat

Contributions in support of Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat

Voted

Start date: June 10, 2010

End date: ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2010-11 - Evaluation to be completed by March 31, 2015

Strategic Outcome: Canada’s natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture:

  • Program 1.1 Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat
    • Sub-Program 1.1.1 Biodiversity Policy and Priorities
    • Sub-Program 1.1.2 Species at Risk
    • Sub-Program 1.1.3 Migratory Birds
    • Sub-Program 1.1.4 Habitat Conservation Partnerships
    • Sub-Program 1.1.5 Protected Areas

Description: Contributions in support of Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat encourage and support individuals and organizations engaged in activities to maintain or restore wildlife populations, in particular migratory birds and species at risk, to target levels.

Expected Results Performance Indicators
Individuals and organizations are increasingly engaged in priority activities related to the conservation of wildlife, in particular migratory birds and species at risk.
  • Total time invested by individuals in funded projects (person-years).
ncreased Aboriginal participation in wildlife and habitat conservation.
  • Number of Aboriginal organizations participating in funded projects related to migratory birds, species at risk or their habitats.
New knowledge and data produced by collaborating organizations contribute to the conservation of migratory birds, species at risk and their habitat.
  • Proportion of species for which primary data to establish population status and trends are provided through funded projects.
Priority habitats for migratory birds and species at risk are conserved by partners through stewardship and protection.
  • Land area conserved through funded projects.
Factors limiting priority species at risk and migratory bird populations are reduced by partners.
  • Proportion of threats addressed through funded projects.
Increased collaboration within Canadian and international research and policy communities related to Environment Canada’s biodiversity priorities.
  • Number of formal collaborations regarding transnational conservation issues undertaken or maintained as a direct result of funded projects.
Compliance with the requirements of the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards.
  • Canada and Competent Authorities (provinces and territories) remain compliant with the requirements of the Agreement.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2014-15 (Sub-Program 1.1.5 Protected Areas)

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: Evaluation for other specific programs will be completed in 2015-16.

General targeted recipient groups: Domestic or international not-for-profit organizations; domestic or international Aboriginal organizations; research, academic and educational institutions; Canadian or foreign individuals; domestic or international for-profit organizations; and other levels of government.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: Environment Canada engages applicants and recipients under this program in two ways: applicants through applications related to specific program elements; and recipients through single or named recipients identified on the basis of their unique ability to address targeted program results. The Department employs one or a combination of the following initiatives to provide access to the program in a clear, understandable and useable manner: publicity in news media, information provided on the departmental website, letter-writing activities, and meetings with targeted recipient communities. Administrative requirements have been tailored to evaluated risk levels, and efficiency is being addressed through simplified agreement templates.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 24,832,093 29,427,064 29,853,394 29,811,109
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 24,832,093 29,427,064 29,853,394 29,811,109

Contributions to Support Climate Change and Clean Air

Voted

Start date: June 10, 2010

End date: Ongoing - Evaluation to be completed by March 31, 2015

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2010-11

Strategic Outcome: Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture:

  • Program 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air
    • Sub-Program 3.2.1 Climate Change and Clean Air Regulatory Program
    • Sub-Program 3.2.2 International Climate Change and Clean Air Partnerships
    • Sub-Program 3.2.3 Environmental Technology

Description: The purpose and overall objective of contributions made under these terms and conditions are to encourage and support international organizations and foreign states engaged in activities that advance international action, improve Canadian air quality, reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and promote change towards sustainable environmental development and policies.

Expected Results Performance Indicators
New knowledge and data produced by collaborating organizations contribute to improved air quality and/or reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Development of a national baseline of ambient and emission levels of targeted pollutants with sufficient scope and accuracy to enable the assessment of the effectiveness of the industrial strategy on air pollutant emissions.
  • Use of information developed through contribution agreements in determining air pollutant reduction targets.
  • Use of information developed through contribution agreements to enhance the understanding of the significance of a changing climate on air quality.
  • Percentage of research priorities (by program) implemented in whole or in part by funded projects.
  • Percentage of funded projects (by program) whose findings have been applied to Environment Canada research, operational models, policies, regulations or activities.
Technical management of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) process and program
  • Number of stakeholders (technology developers and users) using the environmental performance verification services.
  • Business development and outreach activities to increase awareness of the ETV program.
Engagement of international organizations that promote the reduction of emissions of air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases
  • Number of international partnerships or institutions related to the reduction of emissions of air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases in which the Government of Canada participates.
Engagement of partners, in particular the Canadian private sector, in projects that advance the role of clean technology in addressing emissions of air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases
  • Number and total value of projects in which Canada or Canadian private-sector firms participate.
  • Percentage of total project value provided by Canadian private-sector firms.
  • Number of individual Canadian firms participating.
Canada’s environmental interests and priorities are addressed by international institutions
  • Percentage of Canadian interventions and/or negotiating positions that are adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United National Environment Programme (UNEP) and/or incorporated into the UNEP biennial program of work and budget.
New information and analysis supporting the development of policy on sustainable development and the effective governance of environmental issues in Canada and internationally
  • Number of research publications on sustainable development policy or environmental governance (peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed) produced by non-governmental organizations in Canada.
Increased public access to information and research findings pertaining to sustainable development and environmental governance
  • Number of reports and other policy documents available to the public without charge through funded non-governmental organization websites.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: Not applicable

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: 2015-16

General targeted recipient groups: Domestic or international not-for-profit organizations; domestic or international Aboriginal organizations; research, academic and educational institutions; Canadian or foreign individuals; domestic or international for-profit organizations; and other levels of government.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: Environment Canada engages applicants and recipients under this program in two ways: applicants through applications related to specific program elements, and recipients through single or named recipients identified on the basis of their unique ability to address targeted program results. The Department employs one or a combination of the following initiatives to provide access to the Program in a clear, understandable and accessible manner: publicity in news media; information provided on the departmental website; letter-writing activities; and meetings with targeted recipient communities. Administrative requirements have been tailored to evaluated risk levels, and efficiency is being addressed through simplified agreement templates.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 8,126,572 8,141,572 5,751,572 4,149,092
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 8,126,572 8,141,572 5,751,572 4,149,092

Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk

Voted

Start date: August 20, 2000

End date: Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2009-10

Strategic Outcome: Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

  • Program 1.1 Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat
    • Sub-Program 1.1.2 Species at Risk

Description: The purpose of the HSP is to contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened and other species of concern, and to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern, by engaging Canadians in conservation actions to benefit wildlife. In 2014, under the National Conservation Plan, additional funding was allocated to species at risk recovery projects, through the HSP Species at Risk Stream. The HSP fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery and prevention of species at risk. It provides funding for on-the-ground activities that conserve or restore habitats for species at risk and other priority species that are not at risk, and other practical actions for the recovery of such species. The HSP enables non-governmental organizations, landowners, the private sector, Aboriginal organizations, educational institutions, community groups and other levels of government to plan, manage and complete projects that will achieve the program goal.

Expected results: Important habitat is secured, protected, improved and/or restored to enhance the recovery of species at risk. Specifically, in 2015-16, it is expected that 24,600 ha of total land area and 240 km of shoreline will be improved or restored to benefit wildlife; 2,500 ha will be legally secured; 8,000 ha will be newly protected through voluntary conservation agreements; and 70,000 ha will be protected through renewed voluntary conservation agreements, in order to enhance the recovery of species at risk.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2009-10

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: 2016-17 (when the Species at Risk Act comes up for evaluation again)

General targeted recipient groups: Aboriginal organizations / First Nations councils; Educational or research institutions (universities, museums, zoos/aquariums); Government agencies or Crown corporations (provincial/territorial/municipal); Environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs); Private-sector organizations (corporations/associations/utilities) and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or non-profit organizations

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: Annually, the Department, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Parks Canada, issues a call for proposals.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 14,539,980 10,564,052 10,584,584 10,584,584
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 14,539,980 10,564,052 10,584,584 10,584,584

Grants in support of The Natural Areas Conservation Program

Voted

Start date: September 11, 2014

End date: March 31, 2019

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2014-15

Strategic Outcome: Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations.

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

  • Program 1.1 Biodiversity - Wildlife and Habitat
    • Sub-Program 1.1.4 Habitat Conservation Partnerships

Description: Funding ($100 million total investment starting in 2014-15, for 5 years) enables the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to implement the Natural Areas Conservation Program. The NCC works to ensure the long-term protection of biodiversity by working with private landowners to secure and steward ecologically significant lands that have been identified as priorities for conservation. The NCC acquires and preserves private land primarily through land purchase, land donations, conservation agreements, relinquishment of rights and stewardship actions.

Expected results: The aim under the Program is to secure 130,000 ha of ecologically sensitive lands; implement stewardship actions on an estimated 120,000 ha of lands secured under the Program; and, monitor Conservation Agreements on an estimated 100,000 ha of lands secured under the Program. The Program will also provide support to advance compliance by land conservation organizations with recognized standards and practices for land management.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2015-16 - The NCC was evaluated as part of the Up-front Multi-year Funding Program

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: 2015-16

General targeted recipient groups: Non-profit organizations (e.g. charities, foundations, non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutions, health-related entities). Specifically, eligible recipients may include the NCC, Ducks Unlimited Canada and other qualified land conservation organizations.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: The Department will approve annual work plans and annual reports for the Program. In collaboration with the NCC, the Department will participate in public announcements for the Program, on an ongoing basis.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 10,000,000 22,500,000 22,500,000 22,500,000
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 10,000,000 22,500,000 22,500,000 22,500,000

Contribution to Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for the Sustainable Development Technology Fund (SD Tech FundTM)

Voted

Start date: March 26, 2001

End date: March 31, 2022

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2014-15

Strategic Outcome: Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized.

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture:

  • Program 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air
    • Sub-Program 3.2.3 Environmental Technology

Description: SDTC is an arm’s length, not-for-profit foundation created by the Government of Canada to support the development and demonstration of new, clean technologies. As sponsoring departments for the federal government, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada provide federal oversight of SDTC to ensure that it complies with the funding agreement in place between the Government of Canada and SDTC, as well as the Sustainable Development Technology Act that established the foundation.

SDTC manages the SD Tech FundTM which provides financial support to projects that have the potential to advance sustainable development, including technologies to address climate change, clean air, and water and soil quality issues. SDTC-funded projects are active in all major Canadian economic sectors, including energy exploration and production, power generation, energy utilization, transportation, agriculture, forestry and wood products, and waste management.

To date, the SD Tech FundTM has received $550 million in Government of Canada funding (up-front multi-year grants), with an additional $40 million announced in Budget 2011 and $325 million announced in Budget 2013. Beginning 2015-16, all transfers to SDTC will be contributions. These transfers are non-repayable.

Expected results: SDTC has released its corporate plan which provides the Expected Results and actions and a forecast for calendar year 2015. It includes a disbursement plan, planned administration expenditures, objectives and proposed actions, an investment update, an operating strategy, performance expectations, and a description of the areas of activities that support one or more of the primary goals of the foundation. These activities include project funding, creation of market consortia, enabling market entry for technologies and others.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: SDTC completed its second interim evaluation of the SD Tech FundTM in FY 2009-10 (report issued June 30, 2009). In addition, the government initiated a value-for-money (performance) audit in FY 2009-10 and the final report was issued July 29, 2011.

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: 2016-17

General targeted recipient groups: Under the SD Tech FundTM, SDTC further distributes funding to entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, such as for-profit corporations, not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, business trusts, universities, colleges, research institutes or individuals, with legal capacity in Canada and with expertise in sustainable development technology.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: This is solely the responsibility of SDTC.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 0 6,000,000 41,500,000 38,500,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 0 6,000,000 41,500,000 38,500,000

Contributions to Support Sustainable Ecosystems

Voted

Start date: June 10, 2010

End date: Ongoing - Evaluation to be completed by March 31, 2015

Fiscal year for terms and conditions: 2010-11

Strategic Outcome: Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

  • Program 1.3 Sustainable Ecosystem
    • Sub-Program 1.3.1 Sustainability Reporting and Indicators
    • Sub-Program 1.3.2 Ecosystem and Environmental Assessments
    • Sub-Program 1.3.4 Great Lakes
    • Sub-Program 1.3.5 St. Lawrence
    • Sub-Program 1.3.6 Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay
    • Sub-Program 1.3.7 Lake Winnipeg
    • Sub-Program 1.3.8 Ecosystems Partnerships

Description: Contributions under the Sustainable Ecosystems Program encourage and support individuals and organizations engaged in activities to manage ecosystem resources in a manner consistent with ecosystem sustainability.

Expected results: The purpose and overall objective of contributions made under these terms and conditions are to enhance or maintain the sustainability of ecosystems in Canada, through collaboration with other levels of government (provinces and territories as well as regional, municipal and local governments), Aboriginal peoples and other stakeholders (such as non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, industry and businesses).

Expected Results Performance Indicators
Engagement of governments, citizens and stakeholders in the development and implementation of ecosystem-based management plans and initiatives as well as in ecosystem governance processes
  • Percentage of planning units that have a functioning multi-stakeholder governance structure.
  • Percentage of planning units with a functioning multi-stakeholder governance structure where the governance structure includes all interests relevant to the identified environmental issues.
  • Percentage of planning units that have an ecosystem-based management plan that has been approved by the relevant multi-stakeholder governance structure.
  • Percentage of total costs of ecosystem-based initiatives multi-stakeholder governance structures that is contributed by Environment Canada.
Implementation of environmental remediation, protection and conservation projects required to meet the goals and objectives identified in ecosystem-based management plans or to achieve ecosystem objectives
  • Percentage of environmental issues identified in approved ecosystem-based management plans or by ecosystem governance processes that are addressed by funded projects.
  • Percentage of total estimated costs of all management actions identified in approved ecosystem-based management plans represented by funded projects.
  • Percentage of actions identified in approved ecosystem-based management plans or ecosystem governance processes that have been completed.
  • Percentage of the total value of funded projects contributed by Environment Canada.
Participation of individuals and organizations in activities contributing to the achievement of goals and objectives identified in ecosystem-based management plans or to achieve ecosystem objectives
  • Number of individual participants in projects or activities undertaken in support of approved ecosystem-based management plans or under the auspices of an ecosystem-based multi-stakeholder governance structure.
  • Number of organizational participants in projects or activities undertaken in support of approved ecosystem-based management plans or under the auspices of an ecosystem-based multi-stakeholder governance structure.
New knowledge and data produced by collaborating organizations contribute to the management and sustainability of Canadian ecosystems
  • Percentage of research priorities (by program) implemented in whole or in part by funded projects.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: Not applicable

Decision following the results of last evaluation: Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation: 2015-16

General targeted recipient groups: Domestic or international not-for-profit organizations; domestic or international Aboriginal organizations; research and academic and educational institutions; Canadian or foreign individuals; domestic or international for-profit organizations; and other levels of government.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients: Environment Canada engages applicants and recipients under this program in two ways: applicants through applications related to specific program elements, and recipients through single or named recipients identified on the basis of their unique ability to address targeted program results. The Department employs one or a combination of the following initiatives to provide access to the program in a clear, understandable and accessible manner: publicity in news media; information provided on the departmental website; letter-writing activities; and meetings with targeted recipient communities. Administrative requirements have been tailored to evaluated risk levels, and efficiency is being addressed through simplified agreement templates.

  Forecast Spending
2014-15 ($)
Planned Spending
2015-16 ($)
Planned Spending
2016-17 ($)
Planned Spending
2017-18 ($)
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 17,082,348 17,213,984 14,927,349 8,130,572
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total transfer payments 17,082,348 17,213,984 14,927,349 8,130,572
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