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Details on Transfer Payment Programs

Community Futures (CF) Program
Start date May 18, 1995 (The Program started in 1986 and was previously delivered by Human Resources Development Canada).
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Link to departmental result(s) Communities are economically diversified in British Columbia
Link to department's Program Inventory Business Services
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program The CF Program was designed to help rural communities develop and implement local solutions to local problems. The program provides financial support to CF organizations, which are incorporated, not-for-profit organizations. CFs provide support to small and medium-sized enterprises and undertake community economic development initiatives.
Expected results

Expected Result: Communities are economically diversified in British Columbia

Indicators:

  • Percentage of SMEs that are majority-owned by women, indigenous people, youth, visible minorities and persons with disabilities in British Columbia
  • Amount leveraged per dollar invested by PacifiCan in community projects

Expected Result: British Columbian businesses have access to advisory services and capital

Indicators:

  • Employment growth of PacifiCan supported firms
  • Value of loans disbursed
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2019–20
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2024–2025
General targeted recipient groups CF Organizations and CF Associations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Eligible applicants for the CF Program are the CF Organizations. PacifiCan (formerly WD-BC) has a long-standing strategy of engaging with these organizations to build awareness of the agency's programs among prospective proponents.
Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
forecast spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 6,188,861 10,488,454 10,488,454 10,488,454
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 6,188,861 10,488,454 10,488,454 10,488,454
Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI)
Start date October 18, 2018
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution and Grant
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019–20
Link to departmental result(s)

Businesses are innovative and growth in British Columbia

Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in British Columbia
Link to department's Program Inventory

Innovation

Business Growth
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The REGI initiative builds on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan. The goal of REGI is to provide streamlined, nationally coordinated, regionally tailored support for business productivity and scale-up, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), women and Indigenous entrepreneurs, and other underrepresented groups. REGI will assist in the enhancement of regional industrial and technology clusters and regional innovation ecosystems.

The program will provide assistance through two program streams:

  • Business Scale-up and Productivity Stream (BSP) – Invest in and support businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, to accelerate their growth, help them scale-up, and enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets.
  • Regional Innovation Ecosystems Stream (RIE) – Create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) provides nationally-coordinated, regionally-tailored investments to help women entrepreneurs and support regional innovation ecosystems:

  • WES Ecosystem Fund – A five-year program to help not-for-profit, third party organizations deliver support for women entrepreneurs and address gaps in the ecosystem.

The Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP) is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. BEP will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.

Expected results

Expected Result: Businesses are innovative and growing in British Columbia

Indicators:

  • Number of high growth firms in British Columbia
  • Value of exports of goods from British Columbia
  • Value of exports of clean technologies in British Columbia
  • Revenue growth rate of firms supported by PacifiCan programs

Expected Result: Business invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in British Columbia

Indicators:

  • Value of business expenditures in research and development by firms receiving PacifiCan program funding
  • Percentage of professional, science and technology‑related jobs in British Columbia’s economy
  • Percentage of companies engaged in collaborations with higher education institutions in British Columbia

Expected Result: British Columbian businesses are innovative

Indicators:

  • Business sales growth resulting from commercialization
  • Number of HQP (including STEM) jobs created

Expected Result: British Columbian businesses are competitive and export their products/services

Indicators:

  • Export sales growth
  • Number of jobs created
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable, new program
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable, new program
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2023–24 Program Evaluation of Business Scale-up and Productivity
2023–24 Program Evaluation of Regional Innovation Ecosystems
2023–24 Program Evaluation of Women Entrepreneurship Strategy
General targeted recipient groups Incorporated for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, business accelerators, incubators, women-led businesses, angel networks, social enterprises, a group of eligible recipients such as an industry association or consortium, a municipality and all other municipal-type organizations, a federal or provincial crown corporation/organization or any other entity created by the provincial government or a provincial department, other.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients PacifiCan collaborates with its partners and engages key stakeholders in discussions regarding economic development and business growth to ensure that the agency’s investments respond to the needs of SMEsKey partners and stakeholders may include other levels of government, community leaders, financial institutions and private-sector organizations. Information on the REGI initiative and its streams or sub-programs is shared with applicants and recipients through targeted outreach with stakeholders, media strategies and on PacifiCan’s website. 
Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
forecast spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 65,592,677 50,643,424 48,936,376 48,000,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 65,592,677 50,643,424 48,936,376 48,000,000
Western Diversification Program (WDP)
Start date December 3, 1987
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution and grant
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2018–19 (Revised October 18, 2018 to exclude innovation-related activities.)
Link to departmental result(s) Communities are economically diversified in British Columbia
Link to department's Program Inventory

Business Services

Community Initiatives
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The WDP contributes to the department's mandate to partner with westerners to develop the western Canadian economy and advance their economic interests in Ottawa. Contributions to not-for-profit organizations are generally non-repayable; contributions to western Canadian commercial projects or for-profit organizations are typically repayable. The program provides assistance through several program streams, such as:

  • The Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) supports initiatives that contribute to economic growth and diversification of communities.
  • The Economic Development Initiative (EDI) supports economic development and growth of Francophone businesses and communities with a focus on four themes: trade and investment, immigration, tourism, and capacity building.
  • The Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) provides early stage entrepreneurship support for new and existing Indigenous entrepreneurs and business organizations in British Columbia.

WDP also provides time-limited assistance to businesses, non-profit organizations and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs include:

  • Jobs and Growth Fund (JGF)
  • Tourism Relief Fund (TRF)
  • Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF)
  • Aerospace Regional Recovery Initiative (ARRI)
  • Major Festivals and Events Support Initiative (MFESI)
Expected results

Expected Result: Communities are economically diversified in British Columbia

Indicators:

  • Percentage of SMEs that are majority-owned by women, indigenous people, youth, visible minorities and persons with disabilities in British Columbia
  • Amount leveraged per dollar invested by PacifiCan in community projects

Expected Result: British Columbian businesses have access to advisory services and capital

Indicators:

  • Employment growth of PacifiCan supported firms
  • Value of loans disbursed

Expected Result: British Columbian communities have necessary public infrastructure and adjustment support to promote economic growth

Indicators:

  • Number of communities benefitting from infrastructure project
  • Number of businesses created, maintained, or expanded
  • Number of jobs created or maintained
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2020–21
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2022–23 Final review of the Praxis Spinal Cord Institute

General targeted recipient groups

Contributions and grants may be made to:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • post-secondary institutions;
  • small and medium-sized commercial, incorporated, for-profit enterprises;
  • hospitals and regional healthcare centers;
  • individuals;
  • co-operatives;
  • Indigenous communities and groups;
  • Federal Crown Corporations (Treasury Board Secretariat will be consulted prior to any funding decisions for Federal Crown Corporations);
  • Provincial Government Departments, agencies and Crown Corporations; or
  • Municipal Governments and organizations created by them.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Funding requests for the WDP are through either a continuous intake or a call for proposal process. Engagement of potential applicants and stakeholders is through active outreach, media strategies, and information provided on PacifiCan’s public website.

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
forecast spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 2,990,452 640,584 0
Total contributions 87,311,215 160,955,314 48,932,382 24,993,046
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 87,311,215 163,945,766 49,572,966 24,993,046
Women’s Enterprise Initiative (WEI)
Start date 1995
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2009–10
Link to departmental result(s) Businesses are innovative and growing in British Columbia
Link to department's Program Inventory Business Services
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The WEI provides supports to assist women entrepreneurs to start, scale-up and grow their businesses. It provides services to help women entrepreneurs develop the experience, expertise, assets, and credit record that would enable them to increase both the number and strength of women-owned businesses in British Columbia. It also increases the availability of capital to women-owned enterprises.

Expected results

Expected Result: Businesses are innovative and growing in British Columbia

Indicators:

  • Number of high growth firms in British Columbia
  • Value of exports of goods from British Columbia
  • Value of exports of clean technologies in British Columbia
  • Revenue growth rate of firms supported by PacifiCan programs

Expected Result: British Columbian businesses have access to advisory services and capital

Indicators:

  • Employment growth of PacifiCan supported firms
  • Value of loans disbursed
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2013–14
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation Not applicable
General targeted recipient groups

British Columbia Women’s Enterprise Centre (WeBC)

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

PacifiCan maintains ongoing dialogue with WeBC by monitoring progress and compliance of the contribution agreements between PacifiCan and WeBC.

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
forecast spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 975,000 975,000 975,000 975,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 975,000 975,000 975,000 975,000

Gender-based analysis plus

Institutional GBA Plus Capacity

PacifiCan is committed to supporting the implementation of gender-based analysis plus (GBA+) in all decision-making processes within the agency. The agency will use its Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory Profiles to track select indicators to provide information related to inclusivity criteria on women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.
As a new regional development agency, PacifiCan will build its capacity to ensure GBA+ is properly integrated into our work and GBA+ elements are tracked, monitored and reported. The agency will also work with the Human Resources team to ensure staff has proper training on GBA+.

PacifiCan’s predecessor, Western Economic Diversification Canada, developed an internal website and an internal guidance document for officers, laying out how GBA+ is integrated into all policy proposals and decision-making processes for programs, polices, and initiatives. PacifiCan will continue to use these internal resources to support the agency’s implementation of GBA+.

Highlights of GBA Plus Results Reporting Capacity by Program
Program 1.1: Innovation

For monitoring and/or reporting program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+) under this program, the agency collects data from clients, when applicable, on:

  • Number of highly qualified personnel (HQP), including in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), jobs created for women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The data enable PacifiCan to identify whether its assistance is helping businesses in British Columbia grow through innovation while creating well paying jobs for people in underrepresented groups.

The outcomes will be reported through program evaluation.

Program 1.2: Business Growth

For monitoring and/or reporting program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+) under this program, the agency collects data from clients, when applicable, on:

  • Number of highly qualified personnel (HQP), including in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), jobs created for women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities; and
  • Number of non-HQP jobs created for women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The data enables PacifiCan to identify whether its assistance is helping businesses in British Columbia be competitive and export their products/services while increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the economy.

The outcomes will be reported through program evaluation.

Program 1.3: Business Services

The agency is not collecting data under this program for monitoring and/or reporting program impacts by gender and diversity through its internal administrative/program database.

PacifiCan and all regional development agencies (RDAs) have requested Statistics Canada to incorporate GBA+ information in its annual analysis assessing the business impacts of enterprises that received assistance under the Community Futures Program.

The outcomes of the Community Futures Program in British Columbia, supported by PacifiCan, will be reported in the analysis prepared by Statistics Canada.

Program 1.4: Community Initiatives

For monitoring and/or reporting program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+) under this program, the agency collects data from clients, when applicable, on:

  • Number of highly qualified personnel (HQP), including in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), jobs created for women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities; and
  • Number of non-HQP jobs created for women, Indigenous people, youth, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

During economic shocks, natural disasters, challenging economic circumstances, or depressed economic conditions, people in the underrepresented groups tend to be faced with stronger adverse impacts. These data enable PacifiCan to identify how well PacifiCan’s intervention is helping the underrepresented groups across British Columbia to weather the impact of any economic downturns. These data also track how PacifiCan’s assistance in helping rural and urban communities can enhance economic growth and create jobs for all gender, age and other diversity groups.

The outcomes will be reported through program evaluation.

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