Financial overview – Estimates of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada: appearance before the Standing Committee (November 4, 2020)

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 $18.9 million grants and contributions program?

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
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