Financial overview – Estimates of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada: appearance before the Standing Committee

Overview

2020-2021 Main Estimates

Q. The Agency’s 2020-2021 Main Estimates are $76.5 million, could you elaborate on the composition of these Main Estimates?

Q. Why has the Agency’s authorities increased from 2019-2020?

Q. Why does the new process of Impact Assessment require substantially more funds than the previous system?

Q. Specifically, what is the Agency funding through its $19 million grants and contribution program?

2019-2020 Supplementary Estimates B

Q. The Agency has requested two items from 2019-2020 Supplementary Estimates B - could you elaborate?

Copy of 2020-2021 Main Estimates

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Raison d’être

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change is responsible for this organization.

Impact assessment contributes to informed decision making.

The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada delivers high-quality impact assessments in support of government decisions about major projects.

Additional information can be found in the Agency’s Departmental Plan.

Organizational Estimates (dollars)

- 2018–19
Expenditures
2019–20
Main Estimates
2019–20
Estimates to date
2020–21
Main Estimates
Budgetary
Voted
1 Operating expenditures
38,961,285 53,511,120 51,676,270 51,710,081
5 Grants and contributions
5,089,492 14,525,184 14,525,184 18,939,140
Total Voted
44,050,777 68,036,304 66,201,454 70,649,221
Total Statutory
3,513,244 6,138,709 6,138,709 5,834,174
Total Budgetary 47,564,021 74,175,013 72,340,163 76,483,395

2020–21 Main Estimates by Purpose (dollars)

  Operating Capital Transfer Payments Revenues and other reductions Total
Budgetary
Impact Assessment 55,713,467 0 18,939,140 (8,001,000) 66,651,607
Internal Services 9,831,788 0 0 0 9,831,788
Total 65,545,255 0 18,939,140 (8,001,000) 76,483,395

Listing of the 2020–21 Transfer Payments (dollars)

  2018–19
Expenditures
2019–20
Main Estimates
2020–21
Main Estimates
Grants
Grants to support the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in impact assessment and to support impact assessment-related research 0 400,000 2,500,000
Contributions
Contributions to support the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in impact assessment and policy dialogue, and to support the development of Indigenous knowledge and capacity related to impact assessments and related activities - Participant Funding Program, Policy Dialogue Program and Indigenous Capacity Program 0 8,310,184 14,724,140
Contributions to support the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in environmental assessment and policy dialogue, and to support the development of Indigenous knowledge and capacity related to environmental assessments and related activities – Participant Funding Component, Policy Dialogue Component and Indigenous Capacity Component 4,743,997 4,469,500 1,469,500
Contribution to the Province of Quebec – James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement 245,500 245,500 245,500

Listing of Statutory Authorities (dollars)

- 2018–19
Expenditures
2019–20
Estimates to date
2020–21
Main Estimates
Budgetary
Contributions to employee benefit plans 3,513,244 6,138,709 5,834,174

Copy of 2019-2020 Supplementary Estimates B

Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Organization Summary (dollars)

- Authorities to date These Supplementary Estimates - Transfers These Supplementary Estimates - Adjustments Proposed Authorities to date
Budgetary
Voted
1b Operating expenditures 55,683,125 (1,834,850) 0 53,848,275
5 Grants and contributions 14,525,184 0 0 14,525,184
Total Voted 70,208,309 (1,834,850) 0 68,373,459
Total Statutory 6,138,709 0 0 6,138,709
Total Budgetary Expenditures 76,347,018 (1,834,850) 0 74,512,168

Note: Additional details by organization are available on the Treasury Board Secretariat website.

Explanation of Requirements (dollars)

- Vote No. Amount ($)
Budgetary
Transfers
Transfers from Other Organizations
From the Department of Natural Resources to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to administer Natural Resourcesʼ participant funding program
Vote 1b 165,150
Transfers to Other Organizations
From Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to the Department of the Environment for operating pressures
Vote 1b (2,000,000)
Total Transfers
(1,834,850)
Total Budgetary (1,834,850)

IAAC Supplementary Estimates B - Description of Items

Total ($1,834,850)

Transfers from other organizations

From the Department of Natural Resources to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to administer Natural Resourcesʼ participant funding program ($165,150)

The transfer, through an interdepartmental letter of agreement, is to support the administration of Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) participant funding for consultations with Indigenous groups for projects. The Major Projects Management Office in NRCan has assumed the role of Crown Consultation Coordinator for Indigenous consultations for section 52 pipelines and other major projects whose review falls under the responsibility of the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board). The Agency will provide internal services to facilitate the administration of participant funding for consultations for projects and issue payments on behalf of NRCan.

Transfers to other organizations

From the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada to the Department of the Environment for operating pressures ($2,000,000)

In order to help reduce ECCC’s financial operating pressures for 2019-20, Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) is in agreement to transfer $2M in operating funds to ECCC through the final 2019-20 Supplementary Estimates. ECCC is the lead department for a wide range of environmental issues, which continue to be a top priority of this government. In this context, ECCC is facing emerging priorities and financial pressures, which contributes to a very tight financial situation for 2019-20. ECCC has currently funded over $16.1M in Operating pressures for 2019-20 and is currently facing an additional $7.4M in non discretionary operating pressures to fund for 2019-20.

Note that in recent years, such as in the Supplementary Estimates 2017-18, ECCC transferred $1M in operating funds to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) to help ease operating pressures. Central agencies were supportive of the approach to temporarily reallocate authorities from within the Minister of Environment’s Portfolio to address temporary pressures.

Furthermore, in the Supplementary Estimates 2016-17, ECCC transferred $1M in operating funds to CEAA for the Participant Funding Program. At that time, CEAA had identified a funding pressure after receiving and reviewing the requests from the Participant Funding Program against the Program’s initial funding allocation. This transfer was to address unforeseen budgetary pressures related to the CEAA’s Participant Funding Program. At the time, central agencies had requested that ECCC explore options to temporarily reallocate authorities from within the Minister of Environment’s Portfolio to address this pressure.

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