Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Canadian Polar Commission



Horizontal Initiatives




Name of Horizontal Initiative: Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement — Health Supports component

Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program activity: Residential Schools Resolution

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: September 2003 (RHSP), July 2004 (Crisis Line)

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2013 (RHSP) October 31, 2013 (Crisis Line)

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $226,786,069

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

AANDC's Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector supports former students in crisis by funding the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line, a national, 24-hour toll-free support service (1-866-925-4419) operated by trained Aboriginal crisis counselors. AANDC is also responsible for coordinating the verification of program eligibility, and ensuring that Health Canada is aware of dates for Independent Assessment Process hearings and Truth and Reconciliation and Commemoration events as they arise, so that health supports can be provided to former students in a seamless fashion.

Health Canada's Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP), a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) ensures that former students of Indian residential schools and their families can safely address a broad spectrum of mental wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuse through all phases of the IRSSA. The RHSP components include: cultural support services provided by Elders; emotional support services provided by Resolution Health Support Workers (RHSWs); professional counselling; and assistance with the cost of transportation to access counseling, Elder, and/or Traditional Healer services.

Shared outcome(s): The IRSSA Health Supports component works toward the achievement of two outcomes:

  • Eligible former students of Indian residential schools and their families have access to mental health and emotional support services.
  • Eligible former students of Indian residential schools can safely address a broad spectrum of mental wellness issues related to the disclosure of childhood abuse.

Governance structure(s): AANDC is responsible for the overall implementation of the IRSSA and is working in partnership with Health Canada to coordinate and provide services for former Indian residential school students throughout all phases of the IRSSA.

Planning Highlights: The Health Supports component will:

  • continue to deliver professional, paraprofessional and cultural supports to former Indian residential school students and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program;
  • provide former Indian residential school students and their families with access to a 24-hour national crisis line;
  • undertake communications activities to ensure that the health supports program is well-known; and
  • strengthen research, knowledge and training initiatives to ensure that health supports are well-suited to meet the needs of Indian residential school students, their families and communities.

Federal Partner: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Federal Partner Program Activity (PA) Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2011-2012
Residential Schools Resolution Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line $23,938,069 $4,132,000 
Total $23,938,069 $4,132,000

Expected Results by program: Demand-driven health supports are provided to former Indian residential school students and their families through all phases of the IRSSA.

Federal Partner: Health Canada

Federal Partner Program Activity (PA) Names of Programs for Federal Partners ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2011-2012
First Nations and Inuit Health Programming and Services Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program $202,848,000 $8,865,000
Total $202,848,000 $8,865,000

Expected results by program: Demand-driven health supports are provided to former Indian residential school students and their families through all phases of the IRSSA.


Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners for 2011-2012
$226,786,069 $12,997,000

Contact information:

Health Canada:
Andrea Challis
Manager, Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program
Mental Health and Addictions Division
Community Programs Directorate
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada
Phone: (613) 952-1377
andrea.challis@hc-sc.gc.ca

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada:
Alia Butt
A/Director
Policy and Reconciliation Directorate
Resolution and Individual Affairs Sector
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Tel.: 613-996-2603
alia.butt@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca



Name of Horizontal Initiative: Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI)

Name of lead department(s): Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)

Lead department program activity: Under AANDC's program activity architecture, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative is categorized under the Strategic Outcome entitled “The Land and Economy”.  The Program Activity for the Initiative is entitled “Aboriginal Economic Development”.

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: June 17, 2010

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: on-going

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $85.5 million over five years (total G&C and O&M)

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement): The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is a program intended to support Aboriginal participation in the economy, with a particular focus on forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and agriculture. A key component of the new Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, SPI enables more than a dozen partnering federal departments and agencies to provide a coordinated federal response to existing and emerging Aboriginal economic development opportunities.

SPI builds partnerships among federal departments, Aboriginal communities, provincial and territorial governments and the private sector to help Aboriginal Canadians take advantage of complex market-driven opportunities in key sectors of the economy. The initiative's funding is intended to fill gaps that cannot be addressed by existing programs.

SPI fosters a whole-of-government approach to Aboriginal economic development by enabling federal partners to align investments and resources around shared objectives. The program helps eliminate funding gaps in existing federal programming that could otherwise limit or exclude Aboriginal involvement in emerging economic development opportunities.

The initiative also helps to build closer partnerships with non-federal partners, including provincial and territorial governments, the private sector and Aboriginal individuals, organizations, businesses and communities. These partnerships will help bring together the people and resources required for Aboriginal communities to take advantage of opportunities in key sectors of the economy.

Shared outcome(s): The SPI is designed to ensure a horizontal approach to federal investments which will: ensure that federal investments are aligned and targeted toward market-driven opportunities; that the Government of Canada is able to anticipate, plan for, and engage in opportunities; and that the Government of Canada is able to maximize the results of federal investments and be better positioned to lever funds from non-federal sources. Additionally, the SPI will create the possibility of a single window approach (shared application, monitoring and reporting) to federal investments in shared priorities and, where there are gaps in programming, a dedicated source of funds can be accessed to make contributions to recipients.

Governance structure(s): Central to the governance structure of the SPI is the Federal Coordination Committee for Aboriginal Economic Development (FCC). The FCC validates and prioritizes opportunities for a whole-of-government approach to investment under the SPI. The FCC also identifies relevant federal departments and agencies who will work together to develop work plans with Aboriginal groups to advance these opportunities.

Planning Highlights: SPI will enter its third year of delivery in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The majority of sector investments are based on 3 year strategies which will conclude at the end of the upcoming fiscal year. This provides an opportunity to begin considering updated approaches and new opportunities in order to respond to emerging opportunities for federal collaboration (such as pipelines, potash, etc).

Federal Partner: There are 13 signatories to the Treasury Board Submission for the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative:

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Industry Canada, including FedNor
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians
  • Parks Canada
  • Status of Women Canada
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada

Expected results: Strategic investments under SPI are expected to report on: number of formal partnerships established with federal and non-federal partners under SPI; number of agreements and dollar value of non federal funds leveraged from partners under SPI and number of Aboriginal communities participating as proponents or partners in economic opportunities under SPI per sector.

Total Allocation For All Federal Partners (from Start to End Date) Total Planned Spending for All Federal Partners for 2011-2012
$71.4M over 5 years G&C $14.450M for SPI

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners (if applicable): N/A

Contact information:

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada:
Gerry Huebner
Manager
Strategic Partnerships Initiatives
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Tel.: 819-953-4108
Gerry.Huebner@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada



Horizontal Initiatives




Name of Horizontal Initiative: Agricultural Flexibility Fund

Name of lead department: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Lead department program activity:

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund (AgriFlexibility) contributes to several program activities within AAFC: On-Farm Action; Food Safety and Biosecurity Risk Management Systems; Trade and Market Development; Science, Innovation and Adoption; and Agri-Business Development.

Start date of the Horizontal Initiative: June 18, 2009

End date of the Horizontal Initiative: March 31, 2014

Total federal funding allocation (start to end date): $313.4 million

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement):

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund is a five-year fund that helps implement new initiatives, both federally and in partnership with provinces, territories and industry. AgriFlexibility will improve the sector's competitiveness and assist the sector adapt to pressures through non-business risk-management measures to take advantage of existing and emerging opportunities to address market pressures. These initiatives are consistent with Canada's international trade interests and obligations, complement measures being implemented under the Growing Forward policy framework, and contribute to a competitive and sustainably profitable Canadian agricultural and agri-food sector.

Three federal-only initiatives under AgriFlexibility have been announced and are at various stages of implementation. They are: Livestock Auction Traceability Initiative (LATI); AgriProcessing Initiative (API); and Canada Brand Advocacy Initiative.

Also funded under the Agricultural Flexibility Fund is a study to provide national and current baseline estimates on the prevalence and concentrations of Campylobacter and Salmonella in broiler chicken. This study undertaken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be useful in the development of pathogen reduction programs, and serve as benchmarks against which the industry could measure the effectiveness of its Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) programs and/or intervention measures over time.

The program links to the departmental strategic outcome of a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk and the Government of Canada's outcome of Strong Economic Growth.

Shared outcomes:

The Agricultural Flexibility Fund shared outcomes are:

  • Producers/partners/industry implement actions to improve their environmental practices.
  • Producers/partners/industry implement actions to reduce their costs of production.
  • Food safety, biosecurity, traceability, and risk management measures are improved.
  • Agri-processors upgrade their capacity.

The CFIA baseline study contributes to the following shared outcome: food safety, biosecurity, traceability, and risk management measures are improved.

Governance structure:

Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) questions related to AgriFlexibility are discussed at the FPT Policy Assistant Deputy Ministers' (ADM) Committee.

The Director General Policy and Programs Management Committee reviews proposals and makes a recommendation to one of the Corporate Executive Committees: the Policy and Programs Management Committee (PPMC) or Horizontal Management Committee (HMC). It is comprised of Directors General from across the Department and is co-chaired by the Director General of Agriculture Transformation Programs Directorate, Farm Financial Programs Branch and the Director General, Innovation Directorate, Research Branch. This Committee reviews proposals and makes a recommendation to PPMC or HMC.

Through a memorandum of understanding between the CFIA and AAFC, the Agriculture Transformation Program Directorate monitors the progress of the CFIA baseline study by reviewing progress reports produced by the Agency every six months against specific deliverables and performance indicators.

Planning Highlights:

In 2012-13, AAFC plans to continue delivering AgriFlexibility, its three federal-only and one federal-provincial initiative. The three federal-only initiatives are the LATI, API, Canada Brand Advocacy Initiative, and the federal-provincial initiative is the Interprovincial Meat Hygiene Pilot Project.

Federal Partner: AAFC

Federal Partner Program Activity Name of Program for Federal Partner ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2012-13
Various program activities Agricultural Flexibility Fund 311.4 93.5
Total 311.4 93.5

For more information, visit: Agricultural Flexibility Fund

Expected results by program:

Producers/partners/industry implement actions to improve their environmental practices

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of actions implemented by producers to improve their environmental practices - AAFC's Target is 279 by March 31, 2014.

Producers/partners/industry implement actions to reduce their costs of production

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of initiatives positively impacting profitability and competitiveness – AAFC's Target is eight by March 31, 2014.

Improved food safety, biosecurity, traceability, and risk management measures

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of food safety plans and programs being developed - Target is five by March 31, 2014.

Increase in the number of agri-processing facilities adopting new technologies and processes

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of agri-processing facilities adopting new technologies and processes - AAFC's Target is 35 over the life of this program (2009-14) - Target for 2012-13 is five.

Increased exports of Canadian product in selected markets with growth opportunities

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Increase in export value (baseline is 2008) exports valued at $302 million for Mexico and $1.1 billion for Japan) of consumer-oriented products as measured from the start of Canada Brand Advisory activities - Target is 4% of 2008 exports by March 31, 2013 for Mexico and Japan.

Maintained exports of Canadian products in threatened markets

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Percentage dollars of export value of selected products (as measured immediately prior to the threat's impact on exports) that is maintained - Target is 75% by March 31, 2013.

Agri-industry implement actions to respond to market threats and/or take advantage of emerging market opportunities

Performance Indicators and Targets:

  • Number of initiatives addressing significant market issues – Target is four initiatives to address market issues in ten countries by March 31, 2013.
  • Number of new products created – Target is 13 by March 31, 2013.

Increase in value-chain efforts focussed on innovation and/or adaptation

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of value-chains developed – Target is three by March 31, 2014.

Enhanced traceability capabilities at high-risk, high through-put co-mingling sites

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • The percentage of targeted co-mingling sites participating in the program that enhanced their facility's traceability capabilities (there are 1,327 targeted sites and it is estimated that approximately 416 will participate) – Target is 95% of participants by March 31, 2014.

Maintain or increase value-chain innovation and adaptation; producers/partners exploit existing and develop new opportunities

Performance Indicator and Target:

  • Number of innovations developed – Target is 112 by March 31, 2014.

Federal Partner: CFIA

Federal Partner Program Activity Name of Program for Federal Partner ($ millions)
Total Allocation (from Start to End Date) Planned Spending for
2012-13
Food Safety Program Meat and Poultry 2.0 1.5
Total 2.0 1.5

Planned spending in the above table is as per the Memorandum of Understanding beween AAFC and CFIA.

Expected results by program:

The CFIA baseline study contributes to the following shared outcome: food safety, biosecurity, traceability, and risk management measures are improved.


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