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5.1.6 Conditional Grants (Foundations)

Industry Canada is responsible for administering funding agreements with the following foundations. Further information on these projects can be found at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website.

  • An Innovative Economy
    • Canada Foundation for Innovation
    • Council of Canadian Academies
    • CANARIE – CA*net 4
    • Genome Canada
    • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
    • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
    • Precarn Incorporated, Phase 4

  • Competitive Industry and Sustainable Communities
    • Canadian Youth Business Foundation

    An Innovative Economy

    Canada Foundation for Innovation
    Start Date: April 25, 1997 End Date: 2010 Total Funding: $3.65 billion
    Description:
    The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds infrastructure investment to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:
    • 56.7 percent of Innovation Fund project leaders who reported to the CFI and who have infrastructure sufficiently developed to permit comparison indicated that their infrastructure was comparable to the best in the world.

    • 62.1 percent (332 out of 535) of the New Opportunities Fund and the Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure Fund recipients, with awards finalized in 2005-06, confirm that the availability of the infrastructure was an important factor in recruitment and retention at the institution(s). 20.9 percent (112 out of 535) indicated that more than one researcher was attracted and/or retained.
      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     20,000   - (20,000)
    Comment(s) on Variance(s): None
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:

    An evaluation of the New Opportunities Fund was undertaken by the CFI in 2006-07; however, the findings are not yet available. Evaluations from previous years are available at the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.

    Industry Canada conducted a compliance audit on CFI's funding agreement for the period covering 2005-06 and found the CFI to be in compliance with the requirements of its funding agreement.
    Annual Report


    Council of Canadian Academies
    Start Date: July 2005 End Date: 2015 Total Funding: $30 million
    Description:
    The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is an arm's-length, not-for-profit organization that was established to assess the state of scientific knowledge underpinning key public policy issues. Its founding members are the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:
    • The CCA released its first report, The State of Science & Technology in Canada, in September 2006, which helped inform the development of the federal S&T Strategy, in particular the four priority areas for S&T.

    • The study received media attention and stimulated substantial stakeholder dialogue around S&T and innovation in Canada.

    • The CCA has since launched new assessments on groundwater, gas hydrates, nanotechnology, business investment in innovation and modes of influenza transmission.
      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 - 30,000       -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    The Government of Canada provided a $30 million, one-time conditional grant in July 2005 from Budget 2005, which entitles the government to five assessments per year at no additional cost. Each assessment will likely take 18 months to two years to complete.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    A compliance audit of the Funding Agreement with the CCA is under way.
    Annual Report


    CANARIE – CA*net 4
    Start Date: March 2002 End Date: March 31, 2007 Total Funding: $110 million
    Description:

    From 2002 to 2007, CANARIE developed, operated and maintained CA*net 4, Canada's advanced research network. CA*net 4 provides researchers across Canada with high-speed, optical networking capability.

    CANARIE completed CA*net 4 on March 31, 2007, spending out the $110 million grant received in 2002. In Budget 2007, CANARIE was allocated $120 million to continue the operation and development of CANARIE's Advanced Network for the period 2007 to 2012.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:
    CA*net 4 was successfully launched with new lightpath technology and supported world-class research, enabling Canada to maintain a lead in advanced networks.
      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 - - - 24,000* 24,000* (24,000)*
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    * The $24-million payment is the first installment for the $120-million conditional grant for CANARIE's Advanced Network. The payment was made in March 2007 for 2007-08, as per the Budget 2007 announcement.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    The program evaluation of CA*net 4, completed in 2006, was prepared by an independent third party and was guided by a steering committee chaired by the private sector. The findings were positive and concluded that CA*net 4 has been successfully established across the country and that to a large degree the objectives and goals established for the network had been met. The report indicated that CA*net 4 is supporting world-class research and enabling Canada to maintain a global lead in advanced networking. The report raised concerns about future funding for the national advanced network and the consequences for research and competitiveness should CA*net 4 not be extended beyond 2007.
    Annual Report


    Genome Canada
    Start Date: March 2000 End Date: March 2008 Total Funding: $700 million
    Description:
    Genome Canada is an independent corporation with six regional genomics centres across Canada. Genome Canada, the primary funding and information resource concerned with genomics and proteomics in Canada, is enabling Canada to become a world leader in key areas such as agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry, health and new technology development, as well as ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues related to genomics (GE3LS).
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:

    In 2006-07, the projects funded through Genome Canada's first two competitions were successfully completed. Results of these competitions include 11 new companies formed, 34 patent applications filed and 7 commercial licences issued. Among the major advances:
    • New enzymes have been isolated that could dramatically reduce levels of industrial pollutants, renew contaminated soil, boost oil extraction from Canada's tar sands and extend the shelf life of food.
    • Researchers have gained a better understanding of the mechanisms of the human immune system that will have implications for our ability to comprehend, prevent and treat disease.

    Genome Canada continued to participate in major international genomics and proteomics projects, including the California-Canada Strategic Innovation Partnership, the International Knockout Mouse Consortium and the Public Population Project in Genomics. Genome Canada also hosted its first international conference in Qubec, entitled "2020 Vision: Variation and Function in the Genome," which attracted more than 230 participants from Canada, the United States and Europe.
      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 60,000 165,000       -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    The Government of Canada provided a $165-million conditional grant in 2005-06 used to fund various genomics and proteomics projects.
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    At the request of Industry Canada, a compliance audit of Genome Canada was undertaken and completed in March 2006.
    Annual Report


    Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
    Start Date: April 1, 2002 End Date: March 31, 2007 Total Funding: $25 million
    Description:
    The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR; previously CIAR) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports networks of some of the best Canadian and international researchers in conducting long-term research on scientific, social and economic issues of vital importance to Canada.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:

    CIFAR continued to focus on its overarching goals of adhering to the highest standards of research excellence, building interdisciplinary research strengths in Canada, and enhancing opportunities for interaction and collaboration among researchers. Two hundred and eighty-one top-calibre researchers from across Canada and around the world took part in CIFAR's programs as members, and 59 eminent scholars contributed as advisory committee members. In 2005-06, CIFAR:
    • Appointed 28 outstanding new members in almost as many different fields of expertise to 12 research programs; 86 percent were based in Canada, and 14 percent abroad.

    • Appointed 10 distinguished researchers as new members of four program advisory committees. These advisory bodies help to monitor and maintain the excellence of the Institute's intellectual directions and membership.

    • Organized 22 program meetings, fully funded 2 summer schools (and co-sponsored one), and sponsored or co-sponsored 10 special topic workshops, each of which provided opportunities for researchers to interact in mainly interdisciplinary groups.

    • Supported a number of training/mentoring initiatives to enhance the development of Canada's next generation of researchers.

    • Continued to support the development of new knowledge through 10 innovative research programs and started two additional programs in genetics networks and in social interactions, identity and well-being.

    • Raised through its fundraising efforts $5.4 million from private sector and provincial grants, $2.8 million of which came from 210 private sector donors.

    • Enhanced its communications and outreach strategy in order to share its activities and advances. This included the development and distribution of a brochure describing recent research highlights and a CIFAR co-sponsored lecture series.
      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         - -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Not applicable
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    None
    Annual Report


    Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
    Start Date: March 31, 2002 End Date: Ongoing Total Funding: $125 million
    Description:
    To support research and the dissemination of research findings in the humanities and human sciences, such as Canadian studies, history, international relations, journalism, law, peace and conflict studies, philosophy, political economy, political science, sociology, and urban and community studies.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:
    • Five fellows added in 2006, for a total of 19 research programs conducted by fellows since 2003.
    • 15 doctoral scholars added in 2006, for a total of 54 doctoral programs funded since 2003.
    • 18 knowledge-transfer activities organized/funded in 2006, for a total of 39 since 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         - -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Not applicable
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    There was no evaluation of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation during this reporting period. The next planned evaluation will be undertaken in 2009.
    Annual Report


    Precarn Incorporated, Phase 4
    Start Date: April 1, 2005 End Date: March 2010 Total Funding: $20 million
    Description:
    Precarn is Canada's national organization for the development and commercialization of intelligent systems and robotics. Precarn supports R&D projects in which a private sector technology developer enters into a collaborative relationship with both an end-user of the technology and a university or research institute. Precarn received a $20-million conditional grant in Budget 2005 for the period 2005 to 2010.
    Strategic Outcome:
    An innovative economy
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:
    In 2006-07, Precarn funded 21 projects across the country for a total of $4.4 million.
      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 - 20,000       -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Not applicable
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    A program evaluation completed in December 2004 indicated that the Precarn program over the first three phases has been successful in supporting projects that returned significant benefits to industry participants. The $65 million invested by the federal government in the Precarn program had attracted an additional $200 million in contributions by project participants.
    Annual Report


    Competitive Industry and Sustainable Communities

    Canadian Youth Business Foundation
    Start Date: April 1, 2002 End Date: September 2009 Total Funding: $17.5 million
    Description:
    To support and develop youth entrepreneurship. The Canadian Youth Business Foundation provides loans, mentorship support and an interactive website to entrepreneurs between 18 and 34 years of age.
    Strategic Outcome:
    Competitive industry and sustainable communities
    Summary of Results Achieved by the Recipient:

    Number of new loans to new businesses and total value:

    Atlantic: 28 loans $349,500
    Quebec: 83 loans $931,250
    Ontario: 72 loans $957,000
    West : 67 loans $859,000
    Total: 250 loans $3,096,750


    Number of young entrepreneurs assisted by Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) mentors: 527 (number of active mentors as of March 31, 2007)

    Number of young entrepreneurs assisted by CYBF online services: 303,161 (number of visitors on cybf.ca and fcje.ca)
    • Enhanced online resources: Developed and launched Interactive Online Business Planning Tool to help young entrepreneurs write their business plan and apply for financing from CYBF

    • Continued to enhance mentoring program with additional online tools, a mentor kit for all new mentors, as well as a dedicated resource to undertake qualification and matching across the country (previously this was combined with recruitment)

    • Launched an Aboriginal youth campaign in Alberta showcasing successful Aboriginal youth who are part of CYBF's portfolio

    • Launched and continued to roll out a skilled trades campaign to encourage and promote youth interested in the skilled trades sector to become entrepreneurs

    • Developed and implemented a student outreach program, working with universities across Canada to raise awareness of CYBF and to increase the number of applicants

    • Completed fundraising matching requirement of Industry Canada 2005 grant (due by September 2009)
      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 - 10,000       -
    Comment(s) on Variance(s):
    Not applicable
    Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Audit and/or Evaluation:
    The mid-term evaluation indicated that the terms of agreement are being fulfilled. A URL for the evaluation is not available, but the mid-term evaluation report is available upon request.
    Annual Report