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5.1.5 Details on Transfer Payments Programs

Following is a list by strategic outcome of Industry Canada's transfer payment programs with transfers in excess of $5 million. Further information on these projects can be found at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website.

  • A Fair, Efficient and Competitive Marketplace
    • International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland

  • An Innovative Economy
    • Technology Partnerships Canada – Program for Strategic Industrial Projects
    • Technology Partnerships Canada – Research and Development Program
    • Technology Partnerships Canada – h2 Early Adopters Program

  • Competitive Industry and Sustainable Communities
    • Aboriginal Business Canada
    • Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Pilot Program
    • Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program
    • Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program
    • Canada Small Business Financing Program
    • Community Access Program
    • FedNor – Community Futures Program
    • FedNor – Northern Ontario Development Program
    • FedNor – Eastern Ontario Development Program
    • SchoolNet
    • Structured Financing Facility

    A Fair, Efficient and Competitive Marketplace

    International Telecommunication Union, Switzerland
    Start Date: 1932-1933 End Date: March 31, 2007
    Description:
    Canada is signatory to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) treaty agreement negotiated every four years at a plenipotentiary conference, in accordance with its treaty obligations of the ITU Constitution and Convention. Canada's membership, contribution and standing in the ITU, and its involvement in related events, allow us to achieve results internationally across a broad range of issues affecting radiocommunication, standardization and telecommunication development. Canada's contribution to the ITU is commensurate with its international standing and commitment to the United Nations and UN specialized agencies.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    A fair, efficient and competitive marketplace
    Results Achieved:
    Canada achieved results across a broad range of issues affecting the international management of radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbits, the efficient and timely production of international standards, and the facilitation of connectivity in developing countries to help bridge the digital divide to the benefit of Canadian users and producers of telecommunication services and equipment.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications (SITT) – Marketplace
    Total Grants 6,707 6,655 6,808 6,808 6,099 709
    Total Program Activity 6,707 6,655 6,808 6,808 6,099 709
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): The variance is due to the favourable exchange rate between the Swiss franc and Canadian dollar when the grant was transferred.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    Nil


    An Innovative Economy

    Technology Partnerships Canada – Program for Strategic Industrial Projects
    Start Date: October 3, 2005 End Date: March 31, 2011
    Description:
    The Program for Strategic Industrial Projects (PSIP) provides a framework within which a variety of larger strategic investment projects may be administered. Projects will normally be individually funded, in whole or in part, from the fiscal framework. PSIP will contribute to the achievement of Canada's objectives of increasing economic growth, creating jobs and wealth, and supporting sustainable development. It advances government initiatives by investing strategically in industrial research, pre-competitive development, and technology adaptation and adoption to encourage private sector investments.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    An innovative economy
    Results Achieved:
    • To date, two projects have been funded for $300 million.
    • No projects were contracted in 2006-07.
    • PSIP funds larger framework agreements when there is an established need and as such will not fund projects in every fiscal year.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Technology Partnerships Canada
    Total Contributions - 163,266 73,460 41,444 41,443 32,017
    Total Program Activity - 163,266 73,460 41,444 41,443 32,017
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    There has been no audit or evaluation conducted for PSIP.


    Technology Partnerships Canada – Research and Development Program
    Start Date: March 11, 1996 End Date: December 31, 2006
    Description:
    The program provides funding support for strategic research and development and for demonstration projects that will produce economic, social and environmental benefits for Canadians.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    An innovative economy
    Results Achieved:
    • Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) investments helped our partner companies leverage new and increased investment and attract outside investors to their Canadian R&D operations.

    • As of December 31, 2006, TPC's portfolio consisted of 288 projects, representing a multi-year investment of over $3.5 billion.

    • These projects have leveraged an additional $14 billion in private sector innovation spending (close to $4.00 per $1.00 invested by TPC); therefore, TPC has facilitated investment decisions totalling $17.5 billion.

    • During 2006-07, TPC contracted 20 projects valued at $497,236,120:
      • nine projects (valued at $416,434,860) were contracted in the area of aerospace and defence;
      • six projects (valued at $34,872,561) were contracted in the area of enabling technologies; and
      • five projects (valued at $45,928,699) were contracted in environmental technologies.

    • TPC's total cumulative repayments as of March 31, 2007, amounted to more than $224.2 million.

    • On December 31, 2006, TPC's terms and conditions ended, and the program stopped taking new applications. The Special Operating Agency (formerly TPC SOA; now Industrial Technologies Office) will continue to manage the portfolio of TPC investments.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Technology Partnerships Canada
    Total Contributions 304,036 283,858 386,476 342,524 295,251 91,225
    Total Program Activity 304,036 283,858 386,476 342,524 295,251 91,225
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): Variances are mainly attributed to $47 million lapsed under the TPC lapsing authority; $20 million budget cut, internal budget realignment in the amount of $7 million; and $6.3 million transferred to the NRC IRAP program for investment in SME projects and to address financial needs in the program.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    The final audit report, Final National Report – Audits of TPC Recipient Companies, June 2007, can be found at the Technology Partnerships Canada website.


    Technology Partnerships Canada – h2 Early Adopters Program
    Start Date: October 9, 2003 End Date: March 31, 2008
    Description:
    The program provides funding support for strategic research and development and for demonstration projects that will produce economic, social and environmental benefits for Canadians.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    An innovative economy
    Results Achieved:
    • To date, the h2EA program has invested $20.5 million in five demonstration projects in regions across Canada.
    • Related contribution agreements have been signed with four corporate consortia in order to demonstrate hydrogen technologies and showcase Canadian capacities across Canada.
    • No projects were contracted in 2006-07. The program ends March 31, 2008, and is no longer accepting new applications.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Technology Partnerships Canada
    Total Contributions 2,811 4,512 7,225 7,401 5,539 1,686
    Total Program Activity 2,811 4,512 7,225 7,401 5,539 1,686
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): Variances are due to the Climate Change Review program reduction of $7.42 million and the remaining funds being lapsed.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    Audit of the Hydrogen Early Adopters Program, June 2006


    Competitive Industry and Sustainable Communities

    Aboriginal Business Canada
    Start Date: July 1989 End Date: June 30, 2008
    Description:

    Aboriginal Business Canada (ABC) provides financial assistance, information, resource materials and referrals to other possible sources of financing or business support. ABC provides repayable and non-repayable contributions. Most contributions, because of their size, are non-repayable. A contribution is a conditional payment: money must be accounted for and is subject to audit.

    Clients must be individuals of Canadian Indian (on- or off-reserve), Mtis or Inuit heritage or majority-owned Aboriginal organizations or development corporations. ABC also works in partnership with Aboriginal financial and business organizations, and with a range of other agencies, boards and departments, on initiatives that are helping to strengthen business skills and promote greater awareness of Aboriginal business achievement. In this way, ABC is working toward the shared goal of an inclusive and prosperous economy for all Canadians.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    ABC was transferred to Indian and Northern Affairs, effective December 1, 2006.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 38,055 37,226 37,250 13,287 13,287 23,963
    Total Program Activity 38,055 37,226 37,250 13,287 13,287 23,963
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    Mid-term program evaluation performed by Infrastructure Canada


    Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Pilot Program
    Start Date: 2002-03 End Date: March 31, 2007
    Description:
    The Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Pilot Program used a competitive process to bring broadband, or high-capacity Internet, to unserved rural, remote and Aboriginal communities. The program concluded on March 31, 2007.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    The Broadband Pilot Program is responsible for connecting 875 communities over the life of the program (14 percent of all communities in Canada), of which 540 communities were connected during 2006-07.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: SITT Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 20,969 37,517 21,350 18,202 17,074 4,276
    Total Program Activity 20,969 37,517 21,350 18,202 17,074 4,276
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Funding from the Broadband for Rural and Northern Development Pilot Program was reallocated to other Information Highway Applications Branch (IHAB) programs to ensure adequate delivery of national grants and contributions programs such as the Community Access Program (CAP).
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    An audit was conducted in March 2007, with the findings expected during fall 2007.

    According to the program evaluation conducted in 2006, consideration should be given to extending access to broadband services to a greater number of Canadian communities. To this end, the Department should establish a horizontal body to coordinate public and private broadband initiatives in order to avoid duplication of effort. In the event a new program is created for the deployment of broadband connectivity in Canada, the Department should:
    • maintain a bottom-up community-driven approach to maximize the reach of, and demand for, new broadband services;
    • decrease, on a case-by-case basis, the amount of matching funds that communities are required to raise; and
    • continue to subsidize discrete project capital costs only.


    Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program
    Start Date: January 1, 2003 End Date: March 31, 2010
    Description:
    The objective of the Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program (CATIP) is to assist the Canadian apparel and textile industries with initiatives that will help maximize productivity, identify niche markets, improve e-commerce capabilities, enhance global marketing and branding strategies, and facilitate access to capital. The program has a firm component (private sector applicants) and a national initiatives component (not-for-profit organizations representing industries). Since 2004, the program has also had a production efficiency component targeting textile producers, including, since 2005, a transformative element for companies that want to transform at least a portion of their current textile production from lesser-value-added products to higher-value-added products targeting growth niche markets.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:

    The Textile Production Efficiency Component (known as CANtex) has, since its inception, resulted in the approval of 286 projects, 120 of which were approved by Canadian Economic Development for Quebec, Industry Canada's delivery partner for the Province of Quebec.

    The National Initiatives Component has continued to assist apparel and textile associations with projects to introduce best practices in manufacturing and value chain development, exploit leading-edge technologies, and develop and implement global marketing strategies. Since the program's inception, the National Initiatives Component has supported close to 200 projects.

    Overall, CATIP has funded 722 projects throughout the apparel and textile industries since its inception in 2003.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Industry Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 8,466 6,740 14,272 8,899 6,469 7,803
    Total Program Activity 8,466 6,740 14,272 8,899 6,469 7,803
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    The variance between planned and actual spending was primarily due to poor conditions within the industry, causing potential new applicants and recipients to experience intermittent financial difficulties. This in turn slowed the implementation of projects and reduced the industry's capability to invest in transformative projects.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    A formative evaluation of CANtex was undertaken in 2006. Overall, the evaluation concluded that the program delivered its objectives but recommended that performance indicators be collected in a more systematic manner. Program management is developing data-collection mechanisms necessary for implementation.

    Formative Evaluation of the Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program (CATIP) – Textile Production Efficiency Component (TPEC/CANtex), January 2007


    Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program
    Start Date: October 25, 2000 End Date: March 31, 2007
    Description:
    The Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP) uses a competitive process to provide funding assistance to municipalities for the construction, renewal, expansion or material enhancement of infrastructure that will contribute to improving the quality of life for Ontarians and to building the foundation for sustained, long-term economic growth in the 21st century.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    For 2006-07, COIP announced seven projects that augment the 535 projects already announced, with a federal contribution worth more than $18,601,582. Additionally, there were four on-site announcements, 46 milestone ceremonies, seven outdoor project signs approved and 22 permanent plaques approved. COIP staff completed 39 site visits to monitor project progress and environmental assessment.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 150,243 115,942 57,923 94,250 94,250 (36,327)
    Total Program Activity 150,243 115,942 57,923 94,250 94,250 (36,327)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    The variance is due to the reprofiling of funds at year-end as a result of a change in cash flow projections.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    Not applicable


    Community Access Program
    Start Date: October 1994 End Date: March 31, 2008
    Description:
    The Community Access Program first began as part of Building a More Innovative Economy in 1994 and later expanded under the Jobs and Growth Strategy in 1995. It was a key component of the government's Connecting Canadians strategy to provide affordable access to the Internet and the services and tools it provides. The program's goal is to have all Canadians and communities participate fully in the knowledge economy. CAP sites are located in schools, libraries and community centres, and they operate through partnerships with provincial/territorial governments and non-profit organizations.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    In 2006-07, CAP supported approximately 4,000 public Internet access sites located in every province and territory.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: SITT Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 32,849 29,442 - 26,150 25,534 (25,534)
    Total Program Activity 32,849 29,442 - 26,150 25,534 (25,534)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Final decision on the future and funding of CAP was taken after the 2006-07 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) promulgation date; as such, planned spending was reported as zero.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    The most recent audit of the Community Access Program was completed in 2003 and approved by senior management in February 2004. This audit was a follow-up audit of selected programs in the Information Highway Applications Branch and primarily focused on CAP. The follow-up audit concluded that the Branch had implemented all the actions required in the Action Plan of September 2000 to the satisfaction of Departmental Audit and Evaluation Committee.

    Follow-up Audit of Selected Programs in the Information Highway Applications Branch (IHAB), January 2004

    The most recent evaluation of CAP was completed in January 2004. The evaluation concluded that CAP has succeeded in bridging the gap in public Internet access and skills and continues to be relevant. The evaluation also found that the program is being delivered as intended and reaching its target groups.

    Evaluation Study of the Community Access Program (CAP), January 16, 2004


    FedNor – Community Futures Program
    Start Date: 1986 End Date: October 2, 2010
    Description:
    The program contributes to community economic development in rural Ontario.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    Improved community capacity and long-term sustainable economic development in rural Ontario
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 24,262 20,259 20,460 20,261 20,262 199
    Total Program Activity 24,262 20,259 20,460 20,261 20,262 199
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    Audit

    "The Community Futures (CF) Program has a clearly-defined management control framework that has assisted FedNor and Industry Canada to deliver the program… in a cost-effective manner…. The Program has established key controls that define the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in the Program; its policies, guidelines and processes are well documented and provide guidance and direction to the Program's recipients and to their clients; and the Program's decision-making process is clearly outlined and transparent." (Internal Audit, May 2004)

    Audit of the Ontario Community Futures Program, May 2004

    Evaluation

    "…the [Community Futures] program is relevant. There is a need for the CF program to provide… capacity building at the community level… and strategic planning services, business development services [and]… access to capital. These needs are best filled by the CFDCs because of their local knowledge and presence, as well as their ability to provide services that address the range of aforementioned needs. The program does not duplicate or overlap others. It does, however, complement a wide range of federal as well as some provincial initiatives."

    "…the [Community Futures] program is successful. It is reaching youth, women, Aboriginal people, Francophones… and, most importantly, the program is making a difference: it has resulted in new businesses being created, others being maintained or expanded; [Community Futures] program is cost-effective. While there are areas of improvement, the program does not duplicate others." (Evaluation of the Community Futures Program in Ontario, March 31, 2003)

    Evaluation of the Community Futures Program in Ontario, March 31, 2003


    FedNor – Northern Ontario Development Program
    Start Date: April 1, 1996 End Date: June 30, 2011
    Description:
    The program contributes to regional economic development in Northern Ontario.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    Improved community capacity and long-term sustainable economic development in Northern Ontario
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 37,655 44,545 34,750 36,859 36,859 (2,109)
    Total Program Activity 37,655 44,545 34,750 36,859 36,859 (2,109)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    Audit

    "Our audit of FedNor's management of its contribution programs is based on a review of project files. We concluded that sufficient information on file to assess the merits of a project proposal and reasonable rationale had been provided by FedNor officers, when recommending a project for approval; project approvals were duly documented and in accordance with relevant signing authorities; signed letters of offer and amendments were on file. Amendments were appropriately justified; all claims reviewed were well supported; and there is evidence of good financial stewardship being exercised by FedNor in the administration of its contribution programs." (Federal Economic Development Initiative in Northern Ontario (FedNor), April 25, 2001)

    Federal Economic Development Initiative in Northern Ontario (FedNor), April 25, 2001
    Note: The Northern Ontario Development Program is being audited in 2007-08.

    Evaluation

    "…the program is relevant to a wide range of needs (as demonstrated by the wide range of types of projects funded). Additionally, the profile of the funded organizations demonstrates that the NODF is reaching a diverse group of organizations. The program's relevance was also confirmed… that the projects were relevant in particular because of FedNor's presence in the community and its understanding of local needs. Finally, the recipient survey and case studies provided additional evidence of the program's relevance. The survey results showed that NODF's strategic priorities were extremely important and that FedNor was able to address needs related to those priorities." (Summative Evaluation of the Northern Ontario Economic Development Fund (NODF), Audit and Evaluation Branch, Industry Canada, January 2006)

    Summative Evaluation of the Northern Ontario Economic Development Fund (NODF), January 2006


    FedNor – Eastern Ontario Development Program (formerly Eastern Ontario Development Fund)
    Start Date: October 12, 2004 End Date: March 31, 2006
    Description:
    The program promotes rural socio-economic development in Eastern Ontario, leading to a competitive and diversified regional economy and contributing to the successful development of business and job opportunities, as well as sustainable, self-reliant communities.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    Improved community capacity and long-term sustainable economic development in Eastern Ontario
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 5,600 11,950 - 9,600 9,599 (9,599)
    Total Program Activity 5,600 11,950 - 9,600 9,599 (9,599)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    FedNor requested the funding for this program through a Treasury Board submission that was not approved until July 21, 2006 (which was after Main Estimates were announced); therefore, this funding was not included in Main Estimates but was included in Supplementary Estimates (A). Once authorized, FedNor did spend its full authorities in this program.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    Evaluation

    "…the evidence gathered during this evaluation reveals that the EODF programming is relevant to the needs of the community. This is evident in the documents, and all interviewees agreed that there was a need for this type of programming and that the way in which the EODF was designed was relevant to this need."

    "Documents show that proper care was taken to ensure that the EODF does not overlap or duplicate other government programs. The interviewees all agreed that the EODF complements existing programming, which was noted as being very limited in Eastern Ontario." (Formative Evaluation of the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Fund (EODF), November 2005.)

    Formative Evaluation of the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Fund (EODF), November 2005


    SchoolNet
    Start Date: October 15, 1993 End Date: March 31, 2007
    Description:
    Industry Canada's SchoolNet works in collaboration with governments, non-profit organizations and the private sector to position Canada at the global forefront of e-learning readiness, to support the innovative use of ICTs (information and communications technologies) for lifelong learning and to promote the competitiveness of the e-learning industry. In 2006-07, Computers for Schools (CFS) was the only initiative delivered under the SchoolNet program.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    Since its inception, CFS has refurbished and distributed approximately 800,000 computers, including almost 86,000 in 2006-07. The refurbishment system devised by CFS has been recognized as a sustainable and best practice both domestically and internationally.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: SITT Sector  – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 19,738 20,124 - 12,337 12,173 (12,173)
    Total Program Activity 19,738 20,124 - 12,337 12,173 (12,173)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Final decision on the future and funding of CFS was taken after the 2006-07 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) promulgation date; as such, planned spending was reported as zero.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    An internal audit of the SchoolNet Program (including Computers for Schools) was initiated in February 2004. This report, and the subsequent management response and action plan, were tabled and approved by Industry Canada's Departmental Audit and Evaluation Committee in February 2004. The audit found that SchoolNet's management control framework and related practices and internal controls were in place, operating as intended and in compliance with Treasury Board's Policy on Transfer Payments.

    Audit of the SchoolNet Family of Programs, January 2005

    In January 2004, an evaluation was completed of the SchoolNet Program (including Computers for Schools).

    Evaluation of the SchoolNet Program, January 16, 2004


    Structured Financing Facility
    Start Date: September 31, 2001 End Date: March 31, 2008
    Description:

    This program stimulates economic activities in the Canadian shipbuilding and industrial marine industry by providing financial assistance to buyers/lessees of Canadian-built ships.

    Objectives
    • To stimulate economic activities in the Canadian shipbuilding and industrial marine industry by providing financial assistance to buyers/lessees of Canadian-built ships.
    • To provide competitive financing to the industry, recognizing the unique challenges this sector must overcome in the current global marketplace. The program is focused on opportunities and is forward-looking in application.
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:
    In 2006-07, the Structured Financing Facility (SFF) program was fully committed. Three projects were approved and one was contracted. There were $9.8 million in disbursements, representing $126 million in shipyard sales and 740 person-years of employment in completed projects.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Industry Sector – Economic Development
    Total Contributions 9,455 16,025 17,100 11,375 9,854 7,246
    Total Program Activity 9,455 16,025 17,100 11,375 9,854 7,246
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    A number of factors have led to a significant variance between planned and actual spending. Actual project costs were, in some cases, less than the approved funding. SFF projects can take six months to a year and a half to complete, and disbursements are made only when the vessel is completed. This approach minimizes the financial risk to the Government of Canada. A couple of projects were withdrawn, and a larger project was cancelled. Delays in project completion, under-spending in projects and cancellations of projects have impacts on planned expenditures and are part of the variance due to the normal course of business.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    No audits or evaluations were performed during 2006-07. There was an evaluation in 2004-05, and both an audit and an evaluation are planned for 2007-08.


    Details on Other Programs

    Canada Small Business Financing Program
    Industry Canada is responsible for the Canada Small Business Financing (CSBF) Program. This program does not provide grants and contributions; therefore, it is not reported in the table "Details on Transfer Payments Programs."
    Start Date: 1961 End Date: Ongoing
    Description:
    Loan loss sharing program, in partnership with financial institutions, designed to increase access to financing for Canadian SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises)
    Strategic Outcomes:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Results Achieved:

    Loans made:
    • A total of 9,621 loans, representing $1,031.6 million, were made to SMEs under the CSBF Program in 2006-07.
    • A total of 551 capital leases, representing $44.5 million, were made to SMEs under the Capital Leasing Pilot Project in 2006-07.

    Claims paid:

    In 2006-07, 1,680 CSBFA claims totalling $80.7 million, 112 SBLA claims totalling $2.6 million, and 16 Capital Leasing Pilot Project claims totalling $448,300 were paid.
      Actual Spending 2004-05
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2005-06
    ($000)
    Planned Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Total Authorities 2006-07
    ($000)
    Actual Spending 2006-07
    ($000)
    Variances Between Planned Spending and Actual Spending
    ($000)
    Program Activity: Operations Sector – Economic Development
    Liabilities under the Small Business Loans Act 11,131 5,248 4,000 2,545 2,545 1,455
    Liabilities under the Canada Small Business Financing Act 77,604 72,975 89,500 81,283 81,283 8,217
    Total Program Activity 88,735 78,223 93,500 83,828 83,828 9,672
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL(s) to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    In 2004-05, the CSBF Program was reviewed, covering the five-year period from April 1, 1999, to March 31, 2004.

    The review concluded that the program was still relevant to the needs of small business, there are no viable alternatives to it, and there is minimal overlap between it and other federal initiatives to support access to financing by small businesses.

    Independent research and an outside evaluation of the CSBF Program under the direction of a public- and private-sector committee, based on a Result-Based Management and Accountability Framework, was completed to support this review.

    Program Review – Evaluations
    Program Review – Comprehensive Review Report