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Table 9: Details on Transfer Payments Programs for Transport Canada

In 2006-2007, Transport Canada administered the following Transfer Payment Programs (TPP) in excess of $5 million:


1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Grant to the Province of British Columbia in respect of the provision of ferry and coastal freight and passenger services.

2) Start Date: 1977

3) End Date: ongoing

4) Description: The Province of British Columbia assumes the entire responsibility for the operation of ferry and coastal freight and passenger services.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: The ferry service was maintained allowing the transportation of coastal freight and passenger.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

24,343

24,890

25,426

25,426

25,309

117

14) Total Contributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Other Types of TPs

  

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

24,343

24,890

25,426

25,426

25,309

117

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Planned spending based on estimate of B.C. consumer price index. Final spending reflects actual consumer price index.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation completed in 2005, found that the grant agreement in its current form is somewhat contrary to the National Marine Policy. There is no constitutional obligation for the federal government to support the service provided. There would be a justification if there was a clear definition of a remote community and if the grant were directed specifically towards ferry routes serving these communities. Since the terms of the agreement are not open for amendment, the cost of the grant has not been reduced as mandated by the National Marine Policy. Also, BC Ferries required the grant in the past when it was a Crown Corporation. As an independent, regulated, and self-financing company, BC Ferries is viewed as more efficient and business-like by many of its stakeholders. It is too early to determine whether this will continue under BC Ferries' new management structure. Interview data suggests that if the federal grant were withdrawn, there could be negative impacts, particularly on the northern communities in BC. Finally, by providing the grant, TC is achieving positive outcomes with minimal administration costs and little risk of negative outcomes as responsibility for West Coast ferry services lies with others.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/BCPFS/menu.htm


 


1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Outaouais Road Development Agreement

2) Start Date: January 7th, 1972

3) End Date: No sunset clause

4) Description: Contributions to the Province of Quebec related to the Outaouais Roads Agreement toward highway improvements are made to enhance overall efficiency and promote safety while encouraging regional and industrial development and tourism.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: Phase 3 of the McConnell-Larame project in Gatineau is well underway; this road will link Boulevard McConnell-Larame to Saint-Laurent Boulevard.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

6,490

14,344

11,773

14,596

14,596

(2,823)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

6,490

14,344

11,773

14,596

14,596

(2,823)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): The Otaouais Road Agreement is a cost sharing agreement between the federal government and the province of Quebec where the federal government funds up to 50% of eligible costs on infrastructure projects covered under this agreement. There is no funding ceiling to this agreement therefore it is possible that actual expenditures can exceed planned expenditures. TC ensures that the expenditures cover only eligible costs as well as only up to 50% of the total costs.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation, completed in 2005, found that the Outaouais Road Agreement (ORA) projects completed to date are only indirectly aligned with TC's mandate for the national transportation system and that the ORA objectives are more closely aligned with the National Capital Commission's mandate. Although TC has the expertise to manage ORA projects, the evaluation found that its continued role as program manager is not the best fit, as the ORA program is not well aligned with TC's mandate. However, the ORA program has contributed to an improvement in the road system in the Outaouais if one accepts the assumption that project completion results in improvements. It should be noted that concerns regarding the departmental mandate have been addressed through the creation of a Transport, Infrastructure and Communities portfolio which brings under one Minister all infrastructure programs and the National Capital Commission.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/ORA/menu.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Contribution for ferry and coastal passenger and freight services

2) Start Date: 1941

3) End Date: ongoing

4) Description: Operating funding for two regional passenger and vehicle ferry services, CTMA Traversier Ltee and Northumberland Ferry Ltd.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: The services met the demand and provided transportation of freight and people from the islands to the mainland.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

9,244

9,355

8,466

11,494

11,493

(3,027)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

9,244

9,355

8,466

11,494

11,493

(3,027)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Mainly due to decrease in traffic and increase in operating and capital expenses considering enhanced safety and regulatory requirements, and fuel price increase.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation, completed in 2004, found that while the CTMA service from Cap-aux-Meules, Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec to Souris, Prince Edward Island (PEI) remains relevant since it supports the mandate of Transport Canada and serves a remote community, the Northumberland Ferries service between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, Nova Scotia does not directly support TC mandate and strategic objectives and there is no constitutional obligation to maintain the ferry service. Both ferry services were found to provide quality, efficient and affordable services responding to user needs and both contribute to the tourism industry in their local area.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/SFSAC/menu.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program - Highway Component

Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program - Border Crossing Transportation Initiative

Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program - Transportation Planning/Modal Integration (TPMI) Initiative

Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program - Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative

2) Start Date: March 29 th, 2001

3) End Date:

SHIP Highway Component has been extended until March 31, 2009. Contribution agreement's extensions were approved by the Minister of Transport for some provinces in order to complete their projects.

SHIP Border Crossing Transportation Initiative has been extended until March 31, 2009.

SHIP Transportation Planning and Modal Integration (TPMI) Initiative has been extended until March 31, 2009.

SHIP Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative has been extended until March 31, 2009.

4) Description:

SHIP Highway Component: Provide federal funding under cost-shared contribution agreements with provincial and territorial governments for highway improvement projects to address the needs of Canada's National Highway System.

SHIP Border Crossing Transportation Initiative and TPMI Initiative: Provide federal funding under cost-shared contribution agreements with provincial, territorial, municipal governments and other partners to improve the access to land border crossings, mobility, modal integration and transportation efficiency.

SHIP Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative: Provide federal funding under cost-shared contribution agreements with provincial, territorial, municipal governments and other partners to enable the undertaking of the deployment of intelligent transportation systems.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved:

Highways: Thirteen projects were completed in The Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in 2006-07. These projects will improve safety and traffic flow on highways that are part of the National Highway System.

Border Crossing Transportation Initiative:A new alignment connecting the Trans-Canada Highway to the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge in Ontario and major capital improvements to Highway 15 leading to the Lacolle border crossing were completed under the Border Construction component of SHIP in 2006-07. These projects improved safety, efficiency and capacity of the road network leading to the US border.

Transportation Planning and Modal Integration Initiative (TPMI): 38 proposals were evaluated as part of a second TPMI call for proposals that ended in February 2006. Winning applicants were announced in 2006-07.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Initiative: The objective is to enhance the reliability and overall operating performance of the transportation system. In support of this objective, agreements have been concluded for deployment and integration projects. 31 ITS projects were completed, including the installation of over 40 new environmental sensor stations and the upgrade of 36 exciting stations, the implementation of remote vehicle inspection stations for commercial vehicles, the completion of a feasibility and design study for a multi-agency centralized transportation management centre.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

198,914

155,834

90,317

96,264

80,407

9,910

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

  

 

 

15) Total PA

198,914

155,834

90,317

96,264

80,407

9,910

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Due to a number of factors such as delays in tendering projects, length of construction season and unfavourable weather conditions, the expenditures submitted by the funding recipients were approximately 17% below their forecasts. The principle factors affecting the variance in fiscal year
2006-07 were heavy rains in the Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and geotechnical issues in Alberta.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

An evaluation of all SHIP components was undertaken in 2006-07. The evaluation found that SHIP was consistent with federal government priorities and with TC's strategic outcomes and priorities, that there was an ongoing need/demand for infrastructure funding provided by SHIP and that there was a necessary role for the federal government in the SHIP program. The evaluation found indications that the SHIP program is contributing to improvement of the naitonal highway system, but could not determine the extent of the contribution. It was too early in the program to determine the extent to which the program had contributed to improved trade and economic development and a reduction in GHG emissions. While generally the program was efficient and cost-effective, the evaluation found that there was potential for overlap between SHIP and other infrastructure programs and also made recommendations to improve performance measurement. The results of the evaluation may be found at the following site: http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/menu.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Payment to the Canadian Wheat Board for the acquisition and leasing of hopper cars for the transportation of grain in Western Canada

2) Start Date: March 1981

3) End Date: July 2006

4) Description: Reimburse Canadian Wheat Board for leasing of hopper cars for transfer of Canadian grain to export position.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: The Canadian Wheat Board leased cars have been in continuous use transporting western Canadian grain from the Prairies to points of export and to Board customers in Canada.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

12,309

12,007

-

1,189

1,132

(1,132)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

12,309

12,007

-

1,189

1,132

(1,132)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Actual spending is less than planned spending due to alternative use revenue for rail cars, favourable exchange rates for lease payments made in U.S. dollars, and the sunsetting of one of the leases.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation in 2005 found that the program aligned with federal priorities of regional disparity, increasing trade and promotion of social and economic development. With the removal of the Crow Rate, the federal government role is no longer necessary. The federal role was necessary when a shortfall in railway capacity to transport grain existed and was expected to increase, as neither the provinces nor the railways could meet demand for investment in the grain transportation system. It found that the cars ensured the railways could meet commitments to transport grain and the grain shippers could meet peak sales requirements. The cars increased grain-shipping efficiency and likely contributed to increased sales to overseas markets. The evaluation also found that the lease of the 2,000 hopper cars was not the most cost-effective option available to the department and the Government of Canada chose this option despite alternate advice.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/2005_2006.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Port Divestiture Fund

2) Start Date: April 1 st, 1996

3) End Date: March 31 st, 2012

4) Description: Facilitate the divestiture process by providing a new owner with the resources to take over the port.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: As of March 31, 2007, Transport Canada had divested 469 of its original 549 ports (85%) and had saved taxpayers an estimated $531 million that would otherwise have been spent on the ports.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

17,840

58,665

-

588

513

(513)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

17,840

58,665

-

588

513

(513)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): The Port Divestiture Program was placed on hold (from April 1,2006 to August 2, 2006) as a result of the approvals process required to extend the program. During this period there were no divestitures. The program extension was subsequently approved to March 31, 2007, and the department reallocated $588K to the Port Divestiture Fund. This amount contributed to the transfer of regional/local ports, as well as provided funding for the due diligence process for upcoming transfers. The other two transfers that occurred during 2006-2007 were sale transactions and as result, no funding was required.

17 ) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

An evaluation of the Port Divestiture Program is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2007. The last evaluation, conducted in 2003-04, found that the program is aligned with federal government and departmental policies and priorities. It also found that, although divestiture rates are below targets due to unanticipated issues, the program has made significant progress in the divestiture of regional/local ports. The evaluation also found that the program was successful in considering the economic and social interests of local communities.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/PortsDivestiture/toc.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Airports Capital Assistance Program

2) Start Date: April 1st, 1995

3) End Date: March 31st, 2010

4) Description: Airports Capital Assistance Program(ACAP) assists eligible applicants in financing capital projects related to safety, asset protection and operating cost reduction.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: In 2006-07, ACAP has assisted 37 airports by financing 41 projects, all of which were directly related to airside-safety. Announcements under the program totalled over $27 million.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

24,386

35,400

38,000

36,300

36,277

1,723

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

24,386

35,400

38,000

36,300

36,277

1,723

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): The variance can be attributed to several factors including: the short construction season in certain areas of the country; higher than anticipated bids that required re-tendering; and the time required in some jurisdictions to obtain order-in-councils approvals. For example: during 2006-07, municipalities in Quebec were required to obtain a decree from the provincial government involving several ministries before they could sign a contribution agreement and receive funds from the federal government.

17) ) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. Audits of selected projects were conducted in 2006-07. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation in 2004 found that ACAP is in line with the current objectives of TC and of the Government of Canada, that most airports are not able to self-finance projects funded by ACAP and that there are no other sources of funding available for these projects. Also, ACAP met its objectives as it contributes to safety, asset protection and reduction of operating costs at funded airports. ACAP also contributes to the maintenance of a feeder airport system. The applicant and project eligibility criteria were appropriate. Some improvements to decision-making processes, particularly with respect to timeliness, are warranted.

Another evaluation of the program is scheduled to begin in 2008 and be completed in 2009.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/ACAP2004/toc.htm



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Contribution Program for operating, capital and start-up funding requirement for Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services

2) Start Date: June 1 st, 2004

3) End Date: March 31 st, 2010

4) Description: Provide operating funding for the regional and remote passenger rail services not provided by VIA Rail, for capital and start-up costs for regional and remote passenger rail services, and to address potential costs of transferring regional services.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: Continuation of safe, reliable and sustainable services. Two new First Nations railways were created and took-over the services in their area.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

15,138

25,292

8,100

15,800

13,080

(4,980)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

15,138

25,292

8,100

15,800

13,080

(4,980)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): The variance is a result of timing differences between the project approval and the inclusion of the funding in Annual Reference Level Update and Supplementary Estimates.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation, completed in 2004, found that the services provided by the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway and the Algoma Central Railway funded by this program meet the remote access justification as a rationale for federal government financial contributions. However, the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission service does not. The evaluation also found that all three services have good safety records and passengers are generally satisfied with the services provided.



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Northumberland Strait Crossing subsidy payment (Statutory)

2) Start Date: April 1 st, 1997

3) End Date: April 1 st, 2032

4) Description: Subsidy payments are made to bridge operator to honour constitutional obligations to provide a transportation link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: Subsidy payments have been made to the bridge operator and an efficient year-round transportation service was offered.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Programs and Infrastructure in support of a market-based framework

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Other Types of TPs (Statutory)

51,779

52,790

53,928

54,265

54,265

337

15) Total PA

51,779

52,790

53,928

54,265

54,265

337

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Nil.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at:http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

Evaluation not required.



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Grade Crossing Improvement Contribution Program (approved under Railway Safety Act)

2) Start Date: 1989

3) End Date: ongoing

4) Description: : Payments made to railway companies, municipalities to improve the safety at public road/railway grade crossings.

5) Strategic Outcomes: A safe and secure transportation system that contributes to Canada's social development and security objectives.

6) Results Achieved: : Over the past 15 years, over $100 million has been spent by Transport Canada to fund improvements at public road/railway grade crossings (approximately 80 sites per year). It is conservatively estimated that the program is responsible for 53% of the reduction in collisions at grade crossings.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Rulemaking, Monitoring and Outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

14) Total Grants

100

200

300

180

140

160

14) Total Contributions

7,340

11,045

7,145

3,585

3,505

3,640

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

7,440

11,245

7,445

3,765

3,645

3,800

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s):Variances between planned and actual spending are due to cash flow adjustments to accommodate pressures in the Departmental G&C Vote.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

A 2005 Departmental Evaluation Services study found that the program is consistent with the federal government's priorities and contributes to TC's strategic outcome of a safe and secure transportation system. There is an ongoing need for the program and there is little likelihood that provinces will play a larger role in Grade Crossing Improvement Contribution Program (GCIP). It also found that GCIP has been successful in reducing the risk of accidents at grade crossings. Over the evaluation period, GCIP has contributed significantly to the decline of collisions at grade crossings. It is conservatively estimated that the program is responsible for 53% of the reduction in collisions at grade crossings.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/GCIP/menu.htm

In 2006, TBS approval was obtained to renew and extend the program from 2006/07 to 2010/11. The renewal documentation includes a formal Results-based Management and Accountability Framework (RMAF) and a Risk-Based Audit Framework (RBAF).

The next formal program evaluation in the format outlined in the RMAF will be conducted at the end of the five year program renewal period.



1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Marine Security Contribution Program

2) Start Date: December 1 st, 2004

3) End Date: End Date: November 30, 2009

4) Description:

Financial assistance to aid in the speedy implementation of security measures and to help offset the costs of operators who would not have the financial capacity to cover security costs without significantly affecting operating costs.

5) Strategic Outcomes:

A safe and secure transportation system that contributes to Canada's social development and security objectives.

6) Results Achieved:

Transport Canada provided financial contributions for the implementation of a number of security enhancements. Transport Canada Regional Inspectors conducted follow-up inspections to verify that funded projects were completed according to submissions. By the end of 2006-07 over $96M in funding had been approved for selected marine security enhancement projects.

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies, Rulemaking, Monitoring and Outreach in support of a safe and secure transportation system

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

8,250

17,403

56,000

45,057

12,559

43,441

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

8,250

17,403

56,000

45,057

12,559

43,441

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): The variance is due to the most part on project timelines slipping to the next fiscal year as a result of freeze periods due to election, changes in proponent delivery and construction schedules, variance in the quality and timeliness proponent project cost and completion estimates, as well as withdrawal of some projects by applicants. $41,000,000 was reprofiled from 2006-07 to future years via Supplementary Estimates.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at:  http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

The evaluation, completed in 2006, found that Transport Canada's Marine Security initiatives are aligned with the Department's strategic outcomes as well as the Government of Canada's National Security Policy. There is also a continuing need for the majority of Transport Canada's Marine Security initiatives. Specifically, the evaluation found that the Marine Security Contribution Program has increased stakeholder ability to address security vulnerabilities in order to comply with MTSR security requirements. The program has also contributed to enhanced stakeholder acceptance and confidence in the security of the Canadian marine transportation system. This initiative has contributed to increased stakeholder ability to integrate security with business & travel needs. As a whole, Transport Canada is achieving positive outcomes for its investments in Marine Security initiatives. The Marine Security program results in cost-savings through risk mitigation and harm reduction.

The results of the evaluation may be found at the following site: http://www.tc.gc.ca/programevaluation/reports/menu.htm


 


1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Urban Transportation Showcase Program

2) Start Date: June 21 st, 2001

3) End Date: March 31 st, 2009

4) Description: To test and measure the impacts of strategies to reduce urban Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from urban passenger transportation, so as to lay a foundation for the adoption of effective, integrated GHG reduction strategies in urban centres across Canada.

5) Strategic Outcomes: An environmentally responsible transportation system that contributes to Canada's sustainable development objectives.

6) Results Achieved:

Showcase demonstrations ongoing in five municipalities (Halifax, Region of Waterloo, Greater Toronto and Hamilton, Greater Vancouver, and Whitehorse);

Launched three new UTSP demonstration projects (Quebec City, Gatineau/Montreal, Winnipeg);

Developed twelve case studies and issue papers that highlight sustainable transportation practices and issues;

Supported two awards programs: The Transportation Association of Canada's Sustainable Urban Transportation Award and The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Sustainable Transportation Award;

Created and distributed outreach materials to raise awareness of innovative sustainable transportation case studies;

Upgraded website (improved accessibility and increased content) and realized a 50% increase in site visits;

Sponsored over fourteen learning events related to, for example, Active Transportation, land use planning, transportation demand management, and public transit. These were attended by over 1100 participants; and

Organized a national Transportation Demand Management workshop attended by over 80 key decision makers with 25 case study presentations.

For further information on the program including the most recent Annual Review please visit:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/utsp/

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

Policies and Programs in support of sustainable transportation

14) Total Grants

  

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

3,320

6,986

21,432

3,842

3,841

17,591

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

3,320

6,986

21,432

3,842

3,841

17,591

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s): Due to various project and construction delays, total planned spending as forecasted in 2006-07 was not attained.

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

An evaluation of this program is scheduled for 2008-09.

1) Name of Transfer Payment Program: Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund

2) Start Date: October 19, 2006

3) End Date: March 31, 2014

4) Description: Contributions to assist in the establishment of the best transportation network facilitating global supply chains between Asia and North America. Contributions will target transportation infrastructure investments to address near term capacity problems and build strategically for the future

5) Strategic Outcomes:An efficient transportation system that contributes to Canada's economic growth and trade objectives.

6) Results Achieved: Project work started on the Pitt River Bridge in British Columbia in 2006-07

($ thousands)

7) Actual Spending 2004-05

8) Actual Spending
2005-06

9) Planned Spending 2006-07

10) Total Authorities
2006-07

11) Actual Spending
2006-07

12) Variance(s) Between 9 and 11

13) Program Activity (PA)

 

14) Total Grants

 

 

 

 

 

 

14) Total Contributions

-

-

-

8,400

8,400

(8,400)

14) Total Other Types of TPs

 

 

 

 

 

 

15) Total PA

-

-

-

8,400

8,400

(8,400)

16) Comment(s) on Variance(s):

17) Significant Audit and Evaluation Findings and URL (s) to Last Audit and / or Evaluation:

Transport Canada (TC) did not conduct an internal audit of this contribution program in 2006-07. TC will determine whether an internal audit will be conducted, based on its risk-based audit planning process. Copies of audit reports approved by the department's Audit and Review Committee may be found at: http://www.tc.gc.ca/corporate-services/audit/menu.htm

An evaluation is planned for 2010-11.