Supplementary Information Tables – PrairiesCan 2022-2023 Departmental Plan

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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy and Report

Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), formerly Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), is bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. WD was required to develop a 2020–2023 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS).

PrairiesCan has since developed a corresponding 2020–21 DSDS Report, including applicable reporting on green procurement activities. This report can be found on this website.

Both this strategy and the corresponding report shows PrairiesCan’s sustainable development vision, decision-making practices, and implementation activities. These are based on the commitments made to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the Greening Government initiatives.

 

 

 

Transfer Payment Programs with total planned spending of $5 million or more

3-year plan for 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 Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2010–11
Link to departmental result(s) Communities are economically diversified in the Prairies.
Link to department’s Program Inventory Program: 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 The following lists the expected results for the CF Program:
  • Communities are economically diversified in the Prairies.
  • Prairie businesses have access to advisory services and capital.
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. PrairiesCan has a long-standing strategy of engaging with these organizations to build awareness of PrairiesCan’s programs among prospective proponents.

 

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 25,175,753 17,667,868 17,667,868 17,667,868
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 25,175,753 17,667,868 17,667,868 17,667,868

 

3-year plan for Growth Through Regional Innovation Program (known as Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI)
Start date October 18, 2018
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment REGI – Grant and Contribution
WES – Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019–20
Link to departmental result(s)
  • Businesses are innovative and growing in the Prairies.
  • Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the Prairies.
Link to department’s Program Inventory Program: Innovation, Business Growth
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (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.

Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)
The 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.

Contributions issued under REGI may be unconditionally or conditionally repayable, or non-repayable. Contributions issued under the WES are non-repayable only.

Expected results
  • Businesses are innovative and growing in the Prairies.
  • Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in the Prairies.
  • Prairie businesses are innovative.
  • Prairie businesses are competitive and export their products / services.
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 Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan) collaborates with its partners and engages key stakeholders in discussions regarding economic development and business growth to ensure that the department’s investments respond to the needs of SMEs. Key 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 PrairiesCan’s website.

 

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 2,765,448 2,458,176 921,816 0
Total contributions 287,192,800 176,557,926 113,368,159 79,268,125
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 289,958,248 179,016,102 114,289,975 79,268,125

 

3-year plan for 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 Communities are economically diversified in the Prairies.
Link to department’s Program Inventory Programs: 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 Prairie economy and advance their economic interests in Ottawa. Contributions to not-for-profit organizations are generally non-repayable; contributions to Prairie commercial projects or for-profit organizations are typically repayable. The program provides assistance through several program streams, such as:

  • Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD)
    Supports initiatives that contribute to economic growth and diversification of communities.
  • 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 the Prairies.

WDP also provides time-limited assistance to businesses, non-profit organizations and communities. Some of 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
  • Communities are economically diversified in the Prairies.
  • Prairie businesses have access to advisory services and capital.
  • Prairie communities have necessary public infrastructure and adjustment support to promote economic growth.
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 (The WDP transfer payment program supports this initiative).

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;
  • 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 PrairiesCan’s public website.

 

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 7,386,859 7,381,281 5,000,000 5,000,000
Total contributions 153,737,476 164,444,753 52,442,119 31,919,205
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 161,124,335 171,826,034 57,442,119 36,919,205

 

 

 

Transfer Payment Programs with total planned spending of less than $5 million

3-year plan for 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 results Business are innovative and growing in the Prairies.
Link to department’s Program Inventory Program: Business Services
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The WEI increases the availability of capital to women-owned enterprises; and helps provide 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 the Prairies.

Expected results
  • Businesses are innovative and growing in the Prairies.
  • Prairie businesses have access to advisory services and capital.
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

WEI organizations who assist women-owned and controlled businesses.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

PrairiesCan maintains ongoing dialogue with WEI organizations by monitoring progress and compliance of the contribution agreements between PrairiesCan and the WEI organizations.

 

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 3,656,250 2,925,000 2,925,000 2,925,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 3,656,250 2,925,000 2,925,000 2,925,000

 

 

 

Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

Institutional GBA Plus Capacity

PrairiesCan’s inclusivity priority for all programs focus on women, Indigenous Peoples and youth. PrairiesCan also collects data on project impacts on the Francophone community, and monitors the percentage of Prairie SMEs owned by women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and youth, and evaluates program impacts on equity and economic participation for diverse groups of people. PrairiesCan is currently reviewing diversity and inclusion training recommendations with a view to incorporate GBA+ specific training as part of a learning pathway document for all employees.

Also, within the larger GBA+ context, and after identifying knowledge gaps in the available entrepreneurship data, PrairiesCan commissioned the Centre for Innovation Studies to launch Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) studies across the West with additional questions and a larger sample to better understand the unique challenges faced by women and youth. Released in 2020, the GEM reports on the entrepreneurial activity of women and youth in western Canada offering valuable insight across the four western provinces. The first round of GEM studies have had an impact in a number of ways:

  • PrairiesCan investment has already sparked new research and partnerships across Canada.
  • The published reports and launch event have passed along the results and learnings with ecosystem partners. More broadly, the insights gained from the reports were shared with other federal departments and through a social-media campaign.
  • By filling knowledge gaps, PrairiesCan will continue to improve thinking within the entrepreneurial ecosystem and better target supports for women and youth entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, PrairiesCan is in the process of developing and implementing a collection of diversity and inclusiveness parameters to be collected from applicants. An internal, cross-PrairiesCan working group was created with the goal being to better address, report and analyze GBA+ objectives.

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

GBA Plus Data Collection Plan:
PrairiesCan is reviewing the data collection methods it uses to obtain GBA+ related data from its applicants. As such, an internal and cross- PrairiesCan working group was created with the objective of improving the collection, tracking and reporting of GBA+ information. Results of this work are expected in 2022.

Key Impacts:
The department delivers targeted programming that directly benefited other under represented groups, such as Black Entrepreneurs, francophones, and entrepreneurs with disabilities. PrairiesCan is continually improving its GBA+ practices to ensure that diversity and inclusion considerations are consistently used in its decision-making.

Program 1.2:
Business Growth

GBA Plus Data Collection Plan:
PrairiesCan is reviewing the data collection methods it uses to obtain GBA+ related data from its applicants. As such, an internal and cross-PrairiesCan working group was created with the objective of improving the collection, tracking and reporting of GBA+ information. Results of this work are expected in 2022.

Key Impacts:
The department delivers targeted programming that directly benefited other under represented groups, such as Black Entrepreneurs, francophones, and entrepreneurs with disabilities. PrairiesCan is continually improving its GBA+ practices to ensure that diversity and inclusion considerations are consistently used in its decision-making.

Program 1.3:
Business Services

GBA Plus Data Collection Plan:
PrairiesCan is reviewing the data collection methods it uses to obtain GBA+ related data from its applicants. As such, an internal and cross- PrairiesCan working group was created with the objective of improving the collection, tracking and reporting of GBA+ information. Results of this work are expected in 2022.

Key Impacts:
The department delivers targeted programming that directly benefited other under represented groups, such as Black Entrepreneurs, francophones, and entrepreneurs with disabilities. PrairiesCan is continually improving its GBA+ practices to ensure that diversity and inclusion considerations are consistently used in its decision-making.

Performance Indicator:
Number of businesses supported which are majority led by a member of underrepresented group, such as Indigenous peoples, women, youth, francophones, Black people, recent immigrants and other racialized groups, and persons with disabilities.

Performance Indicator:
Dollar value of PrairiesCan investment in businesses supported which are majority led by a member of underrepresented group, such as Indigenous peoples, women, youth, francophones, Black people, recent immigrants and other racialized groups, and persons with disabilities.

Program 1.4:
Community Initiatives

GBA Plus Data Collection Plan:
PrairiesCan is reviewing the data collection methods it uses to obtain GBA+ related data from its applicants. As such, an internal and cross- PrairiesCan working group was created with the objective of improving the collection, tracking and reporting of GBA+ information. Results of this work are expected in 2022.

Key Impacts:
The department delivers targeted programming that directly benefited other under represented groups, such as Black Entrepreneurs, francophones, and entrepreneurs with disabilities. PrairiesCan is continually improving its GBA+ practices to ensure that diversity and inclusion considerations are consistently used in its decision-making.

 

 

 

General information on up-front multi-year funding to Primrose Lake Economic Development Corporation

Recipient information Primrose Lake Economic Development Corporation (PLEDCo)
Start date March 30, 2007
End date End date is dependent on the terms of the agreement.
Link to departmental result(s) Communities are economically diversified in the Prairies
Link to department’s Program Inventory Program: Community Initiatives
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program To assist and promote economic development in the communities within the Primrose Lake Area, and to enhance the long-term economic viability and sustainability of those communities.
Total funding approved (dollars) $15,000,000
Total funding received (dollars) $15,000,000
Planned funding in 2022-23 (dollars) Not applicable
Planned funding in 2023-24 (dollars) Not applicable
Planned funding in 2024-25 (dollars) Not applicable
Summary of recipient’s annual plans

PLEDCo will use the interest earned from the trust fund to support economic development initiatives, infrastructure projects, scholarships, and operating costs.

PLEDCo continues to observe and perform the terms of the agreement required for this funding. This work includes an annual strategic plan, report and audited financial statement.

PLEDCo will continue its work toward its objective of strengthening the local economy, including initiatives such as:

  • Support economic development initiatives in affected communities;
  • Identify additional regional partners to help improve local economies in communities;
  • Participation in the Primary Producers Program administered by Beaver River Community Futures; and
  • Focus on large projects, like the Île-à-la-Crosse fish processing facility, leading to longer-term economic prosperity for the region.

 

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