Disclosure of transfer payment programs under $5 million

Name of transfer payment program: Global Assistance for Irregular Migrants: Voted

End date: TBD

Type of transfer payment: Contribution

Type of appropriation: The program is appropriated annually through Estimates.

Link to department's Program Inventory Asylum

Main objective Contribute to the overall discouragement of human smuggling and illegal migration while ensuring migrants intercepted as part of Canada's anti-smuggling activities:

  • have basic needs met, including shelter, water, food and emergency medical care; and
  • are treated in accordance with international principles of protection, including protection against refoulement, and are assisted in returning to their countries of origin if determined not to be in need of protection.

Planned spending in 2018–19: TBD

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2015–16

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation (if applicable): This is a Grants and Contributions program with total annual spending under $5 million. As per the new Policy on Results, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has currently deferred an evaluation of this program beyond the five-year horizon, but will consider it as part of the annual departmental evaluation planning exercise by assessing Government of Canada and departmental priorities, risks and needs.

General targeted recipient groups: International organizations

Name of transfer payment program: Annual Assessed Contribution to the International Organization for Migration (IOM): Voted

End date: Ongoing

Type of transfer payment: Contribution

Type of appropriation: The program is appropriated annually through Estimates.

Link to department's Program Inventory Settlement

Main objective: Membership in the IOM allows Canada to participate in the Organization's governance and decision-making mechanisms, including efficiency of audit, evaluation and budget-setting practices, through its ongoing participation in the IOM Council and in the Standing Committee on Programmes and Finance.

The IOM is the leading United Nations agency in the field of migration, having joined the UN system as a related organization in 2016. The organization allows Canada to advance international priorities on migration, including:

  • helping to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration;
  • promoting international cooperation on migration issues;
  • assisting in the search for practical solutions to migration problems; and
  • providing humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

Membership in the IOM is linked to the Department's capacity to meet its objectives, in particular:

  • managed migration that promotes Canadian interests and protects the health, safety and security of Canadians; and
  • international recognition and acceptance of the principles of managed migration consistent with Canada's broader foreign policy agenda.

Planned spending in 2018–19: $1,454,000

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2014–15

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation (if applicable): This is a Grants and Contributions program with total annual spending under $5 million. As per the new Policy on Results, IRCC has currently deferred an evaluation of this program beyond the five-year horizon, but will consider it as part of the annual departmental evaluation planning exercise by assessing Government of Canada and departmental priorities, risks and needs.

General targeted recipient groups: International organizations

Name of transfer payment program: Migration Policy Development Program: Voted

End date: Ongoing

Type of transfer payment: Grant

Type of appropriation: The program is appropriated annually through Estimates.

Link to department's Program Inventory Settlement

Main objective: The program's objectives are to:

  • provide funding to organizations active in international migration policy development and research;
  • promote research and exchange of information among states on migration issues;
  • gain access to forums, organizations, projects and activities, and be able to influence them;
  • inform development of Canadian policy and programs relating to international migration, including refugees, immigrants and visitors, thus maximizing the economic and social benefits of international migration; and
  • support the Department's expected result of advancing in international forums Canadian positions on managed migration and international protection.

Planned spending in 2018–19: $350,000

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation: 2012–13

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation (if applicable): This is a Grants and Contributions program with total annual spending under $5 million. As per the new Policy on Results, IRCC has currently deferred an evaluation of this program beyond the five-year horizon, but will consider it as part of the annual departmental evaluation planning exercise by assessing Government of Canada and departmental priorities, risks and needs.

General targeted recipient groups: Multilateral forums and organizations active in international migration policy development, research and exchange of information.

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