Supplementary information tables 2022-2023

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2020-2023 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Greening Government: The Government of Canada will transition to low-carbon, climate resilient, and green operations

Details on transfer payment programs

Transfer Payments to Support the Advancement of Northern Science and Technology

Start date

June 2015

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grants and Contributions

Type of appropriation

Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2015-16

Link to departmental result(s)

POLAR's Transfer Payment Program supports all four of the Agency's departmental results

Link to the department's Program Inventory

Science and Technology

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The purpose of this transfer payment program is to provide an integrated suite of grants and contributions that support Canadian Arctic science and technology for POLAR. The contribution programs support project proposals that will help address specific aspects of POLAR's mandate, while the grant programs support student researchers, recognize significant achievement and coordinate northern scientific university-related activities. The provision of support to the advancement of northern science and technology is essential to deliver on POLAR's mandated themes and the objective of Article 23 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement "to increase Inuit participation in government employment in the Nunavut Settlement Area to a representative level. It is recognized that the achievement of this objective will require initiatives by Inuit and by Government." To this end, POLAR regularly uses Multi-Stakeholder Review Committees to engage Indigenous peoples/groups and northerners on the review of funding proposals.

Expected results

This program aims to anchor a strong research presence in Canada's Arctic. It focuses on science, monitoring, and technology development and transfer. By partnering with key stakeholders and through its internal science and technology capacity, POLAR will acquire the wide range of information needed to pursue effective solutions to polar issues, policy and program development, and advance Canada's position as a leading Arctic nation. This program will create an environment in which Indigenous knowledge, local knowledge and science will inform POLAR's work to address challenges in the Arctic.

This Transfer Payment program does not have provisions for repayable contributions.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

No evaluations have been completed.

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Not applicable.

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2022-23

General targeted recipient groups

General targeted recipient groups for this funding program include:

For more information on eligible recipients, see the program's terms and conditions.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Applicants are engaged through targeted and open solicitations. POLAR has a variety of engagement initiatives, including but not limited to in-person meetings, webinars, phone calls, and emails, that are used as part of the regular competition cycle. This provides ongoing opportunities for applicants and recipients to seek and receive information, and to offer feedback on service delivery. POLAR monitors recipient compliance with the terms of active funding agreements through review of financial and project progress reports that are submitted in accordance with the approved project reporting plan. POLAR seeks to promote collaboration between POLAR and recipients.

Financial Information

Transfer Payments to Support Research and Activities Relating to the Polar Regions

Start date

June 2015

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grants

Type of appropriation

Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2015-16

Link to departmental result(s)

POLAR's Transfer Payment Program supports all four of the Agency's departmental results:

Link to the department's Program Inventory

Knowledge Management and Engagement

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The program aims to strengthen awareness and understanding of Arctic and Antarctic research, increase coordination and collaboration among the polar research community, and strengthen the next generation of polar researchers and highly qualified personnel, especially northern youth.

Expected Results

This program aims to anchor a strong research presence in Canada's Arctic. It focuses on science, monitoring, and technology development and transfer. By partnering with key stakeholders and through its internal science and technology capacity, POLAR will acquire the wide range of information needed to pursue effective solutions to polar issues, policy and program development, and advance Canada's position as a leading Arctic nation. This program will create an environment in which Indigenous knowledge, local knowledge and science will inform POLAR's work to addressing challenges in the Arctic.

This Transfer Payment program does not have provisions for repayable contributions.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

No audits have been completed.

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Not applicable

Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

2022-23

General targeted recipient groups

General targeted recipient groups for this funding program include:

For more information on eligible recipients, see the program's terms and conditions.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

POLAR solicits proposals from potential applicants through open calls for proposals posted on POLAR's website, as well as targeted calls for proposals. As part of its response to pandemic-related disruptions to northern research, POLAR worked with funding recipients to adjust funding agreements and reporting plans accordingly. POLAR monitors recipient compliance with the terms of active funding agreements through in-depth review of financial and project progress reports that are submitted in accordance with the approved project reporting plan.

Financial Information

Gender-based analysis plus

Introduction

Each organization is responsible to conduct its own analysis, under the Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA Plus) framework, to support this government-wide reporting requirement.

In 2018, Parliament passed the Canadian Gender Budgeting Act. The Departmental Plans and departmental results reports are being used to fulfil the President of the Treasury Board's obligations to make public analysis on the impacts of expenditure programs on gender and diversity.

General information

Institutional GBA Plus Capacity

POLAR collects disaggregated data on projects supported by its transfer payment programs. POLAR requests that funding recipients complete surveys and report information to POLAR to help POLAR understand the impacts and results of its funding. The gender disaggregated data collected through these surveys includes reported instances of participation in projects by the following groups: northern-based individuals; Indigenous Peoples; early career researchers; technicians / support staff; and, youth.

With respect to POLAR's GBA+ data collection and reporting, it is important to understand that POLAR is unable to track individual participants. Rather, POLAR tracks instances of participation, as reported by funding recipients in their project surveys.

GBA Plus analysis also is used to support POLAR in meeting its obligations under Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement through the departmental Inuit Employment Plan. POLAR will continue to use GBA Plus analysis to inform efforts to recruit, develop and retain Inuit staff.

Highlights of GBA Plus Results Reporting Capacity by Program

Science and Technology

This program collects sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA Plus).

POLAR will collect disaggregated data on its transfer payment projects related to science and technology. Specifically, POLAR will collect data and report on the instances of participation by gender in the following categories:

This program will undergo an evaluation in 2022-23. POLAR will ensure that any changes to the program following this evaluation consider improving the capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity.

Knowledge Management and Engagement

This program collects sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA Plus).

POLAR will collect disaggregated data on its transfer payment projects related to knowledge management and engagement. Specifically, POLAR will collect data and report on the instances of participation by gender in the following categories:

This program will undergo an evaluation in 2022-23. POLAR will ensure that any changes to the program following this evaluation consider improving the capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity.

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