Details on Transfer Payment Programs

Airports Capital Assistance Program

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Airports Capital Assistance Program (Voted)

Start date

April 1, 1995

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

201011

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.1: Airport Infrastructure

Sub-Sub-program 1.3.1.3: Small Aerodrome Support

Description

The Airports Capital Assistance Program assists eligible applicants in financing safety-related capital projects, to ensure the continued safety of the Canadian travelling public.

Results Achieved

Eligible airports with approved safety-related capital infrastructure projects received funding. Fifteen new projects were funded at fourteen different airports. Five of the fifteen projects were airfield lighting rehabilitation work and there were also two new firefighting vehicles and associated sheds purchased.

Comments on Variances

The shorter than expected construction season, due to the weather in some regions of the country, impacted the successful completion of a few projects. As a result, these projects have carried over expenses to future years. In addition, one large project was temporarily halted due to an unexpected provincial government contracting freeze.

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

No evaluation was completed during the reporting period.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

Information about this Program is posted on our website. An information brochure for applicants is sent to all eligible airports. Applicants were involved in the redesign of the application process for mobile equipment rolled out during the reporting period. Meetings are held at least annually to solicit input from applicants on program structure.

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

27,326,438

46,935,184

37,850,000

33,143,656

32,323,739

5,526,261

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

27,326,438

46,935,184

37,850,000

33,143,656

32,323,739

5,526,261

Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Transportation Infrastructure Fund

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund (Voted)

Start date

October 20, 2006

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2016-17

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.2: Gateways and Corridors

Sub-program 1.2.1: Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative

Description

The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund is to address capacity challenges facing Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor transportation system. The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund provides funding for strategic infrastructure projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba that:

  • Improve the competitiveness, efficiency and capacity of Canada’s multimodal transportation network; and
  • Are focussed on increasing international commerce with the Asia-Pacific region.

Results Achieved

Our efforts in 2016-17 centred around:

While the contribution agreements for the nine new projects selected in 2015 were signed in late 2015 and early 2016, over $1.5 million was invested to advance these projects during the 2016-17 fiscal year, representing approximately 10% of the funding committed.

Comments on Variances

The variance between the planned spending and the actual spending for 2016-17 under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative resulted from surpluses declared on two projects and numerous construction delays.

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

A program evaluation was completed in January 2017.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

Our activities to engage applicants and recipients included:

  • Dialogue and ongoing relationships, consistent with the related contribution agreements;
  • Requirements for regular progress reports;
  • Site visits to project sites;
  • Management Committee meetings and other regular meetings (in-person and by telephone);
  • Communications activities and initiatives to market programs;
  • Environmental assessments;
  • Indigenous consultations; and
  • Project evaluation and reporting.
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

95,145,022

43,867,173

36,718,786

36,718,786

9,510,920

27,207,866

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

95,145,022

43,867,173

36,718,786

36,718,786

9,510,920

27,207,866

Ferry Services Contribution Program

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Ferry Services Contribution Program (Voted)

Start date

2011-12

End date

March 31, 2018

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2016-17

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.2: Marine Infrastructure

Sub-sub-program 1.3.2.3: Ferry Services Stewardship and Support

Description

The Ferry Services Contribution Program provides financial assistance to maintain three inter-provincial ferry services in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec. More specifically, the contributions are for the following services:

  • Across the Northumberland Strait between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd.;
  • Between Cap-aux-Meules, Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec and Souris, Prince Edward Island operated by CTMA Traversier Ltée; and
  • Between Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia operated by Bay Ferries Ltd..

Results Achieved

The program is aligned with the priorities of the Government of Canada.

Comments on Variances

An amount of $19 million was received through Supplementary Estimates in 2016-17 for the Program. An additional $4.8 million was subsequently required due to significant unexpected repairs to the ferry vessel MV Holiday Island, as well as higher than expected costs for maintenance and repairs for other vessels.

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

No evaluation was completed during the reporting period.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

We achieve this by:

  • Discussing and providing contribution agreements, leases and charter party agreements;
  • Annually reviewing and negotiating the performance objectives and budget required to deliver the ferry services as per the terms of the agreements;
  • Informing recipients of service standards and reporting requirements based on the risk profile of each recipient;
  • Maintaining an ongoing dialogue to assess change and progress through monthly conference calls with each recipient;
  • Following up as required on project activities, funding requirements and reporting requirements; and
  • Notifying applicants and recipients of the requirement to audit and inform of audit findings.
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

32,616,292

31,657,222

16,720,000

40,595,398

40,595,398

(23,875,398)

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

32,616,292

31,657,222

16,720,000

40,595,398

40,595,398

(23,875,398)

Gateways and Border Crossings Fund

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Gateways and Border Crossings Fund (Voted)

Start date

February 7, 2008

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2015-16

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.2: Gateways and Corridors

Sub-program 1.2.2: Gateways and Border Crossings Fund

Description

The Gateways and Border Crossings Fund (GBCF) is a merit-based program that funds transportation infrastructure and other related initiatives to:

  • Develop and exploit Canada's strategic gateways, trade corridors and border crossings; and
  • Better integrate the national transportation system.

Results Achieved

As the program is sunsetting, only one contribution agreement was signed in 2016-17. Five infrastructure projects are expected to be completed in 2017-18 and only two remaining marketing initiatives under the Atlantic Gateway International Marketing Initiative, a component of the GBCF, will remain active in 2017-18.

Comments on Variances

Some delays occurred with GBCF projects due to unforeseen situations such as heavy snowfall or late delivery of material, delaying construction activities.

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

A program evaluation was completed January 2017.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

There are committees that are responsible for engaging with, managing and administering contribution agreements between Transport Canada and GBCF recipients.

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

336,389,054

330,368,813

221,635,643

221,185,643

147,664,998

73,970,645

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

336,389,054

330,368,813

221,635,643

221,185,643

147,664,998

73,970,645

Rail Safety Improvement Program

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Rail Safety Improvement Program (Voted)

Start date

June 16, 2016

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant and Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2016-2017

Strategic Outcome

A safe and secure transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 3.3: Rail Safety

Sub-program 3.3.3: Rail Safety Awareness and Grade Crossing Improvement

Description

The Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) provides grant and contribution funding to improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation. The new RSIP Program includes our Grade Crossing Improvement, Grade Crossing Closure and Operation Lifesaver Programs, which were formerly their own respective programs.

The Program funds:

  • Safety improvements to existing rail lines;
  • Closures of grade crossings; and
  • Initiatives to raise awareness about rail safety issues across Canada.

The RSIP consists of two key components:

  • Infrastructure, Technology and Research; and
  • Public Education and Awareness.

Results Achieved

In 2016-17, 368 of the 396 approved projects were completed.

Comments on Variances

The $2.61 million variance is due to:

  • Lower than anticipated costs for some projects;
  • Project delays due to complications or weather conditions; and
  • Delays in signing agreements.

In total, 28 projects were not completed due to these delays.

Audits completed or planned

Not Applicable – New Program

Evaluations completed or planned

Not Applicable – New Program

Engagement of applicants and recipients

These include:

  • Quarterly conference calls with key recipients;
  • Information posted to our website; and
  • RSIP outreach activities, including:
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Grant to Close Grade Crossings

95,000

95,000

300,000

300,000

125,000

175,000

Rail Safety Improvement Program - Grant

0

0

0

500,000

0

0

Total grants

95,000

95,000

300,000

800,000

125,000

175,000

Payments in Support of Grade Crossing Improvements

8,402,976

8,929,862

10,945,000

10,945,000

9,245,294

1,699,706

Rail Safety Improvement Contribution Program

0

0

0

1,005,000

20,000

(20,000)

Railway Association of Canada – Operation Lifesaver

300,000

300,000

300,000

300,000

300,000

0

Total contributions

8,702,976

9,229,862

11,245,000

12,250,000

9,565,294

1,679,706

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

8,797,976

9,324,862

11,545,000

13,050,000

9,690,294

1,854,706

Grants and Contributions to Support Clean Transportation Initiatives

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Grants and Contributions to Support Clean Transportation Initiatives (Voted)

Start date

2011–12

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grants and Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2011–12

Strategic Outcome

A clean transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 2.1: Clean Air from Transportation

Sub-program 2.1.2: Clean Air Initiatives

Description

The purpose of the transfer payment program is to provide federal funding for projects that reduce air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Funding is provided under three program components, namely the:

Results Achieved

The three components of this initiative achieved the following in 2016-17:

Clean Rail Academic Grant Program: Clean transportation technologies (e.g., alternative fuels, lighter materials) are developed by the academic community. We were able to accelerate the development of clean technologies for the rail industry, which will enable the rail industry to better comply with increasingly stringent environmental regulations.

Clean Transportation Initiative on Port-Related Trucking: We worked with the:

  • Montreal Port Authority to complete the installation of the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology project to improve truck traffic flow; and
  • Port of Vancouver to continue their project to integrate existing reservation systems to better measure truck transit times. This project will be completed in 2017-18.

These projects will result in:

  • Improved fuel consumption;
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions;
  • More efficient coordination and scheduling of trucking movements; and
  • Reduced truck congestion at each respective port.

Shore Power Technology for Ports Program: We were able to:

  • Complete four shore power technology projects;
  • Commence construction of three additional projects, including the installation of shore power systems at:
    • The Port of Vancouver for container ships at two terminals (Centerm and Deltaport); and

The Port of Montreal for cruise ship dockings.

Comments on Variances

Clean Rail Academic Grant Program: Not applicable

Clean Transportation Initiative on Port-Related Trucking: Operational delays associated with their project to integrate existing reservation systems at the Port of Vancouver required a project extension to 2017-18.

Shore Power Technology for Ports Program: Three projects were amended in 2016-17 to allow for an extension to completion dates. One project received a $1 million budget increase due to unforeseen structural geotechnical issues requiring design modifications that contributed to delays in construction.

Audits completed or planned

Clean Rail Academic Grant Program: No audit was completed during the reporting period

Clean Transportation Initiative on Port-Related Trucking: No audit was completed during the reporting period

Shore Power Technology for Ports Program: No audit was completed during the reporting period

Evaluations completed or planned

Clean Rail Academic Grant Program: Not applicable

Clean Transportation Initiative on Port-Related Trucking: No evaluation was completed during the reporting period.

Shore Power Technology for Ports Program: No evaluation was completed during the reporting period.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

We:

  • Held formal consultation sessions across Canada and meetings with port authorities, terminal operators, trucking operators, industry associations, other supply chain participants and the provinces;
  • Provided on our website:
    • Online application forms;
    • Guidance materials; and
    • Program service standards;
  • Held ongoing outreach and engagement activities with industry and the provinces to explain program objectives and eligibility requirements; and
  • Attended committee meetings to provide program updates and monitor program recipient activities.
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Grants to Support CTIFootnote 1

 

27,350

250,000

0

250,000

250,000

(250,000)

Grants for the NTAIFootnote 2

 

150,000

0

0

106,486

90,000

(90,000)

Total grants

 

177,350

250,000

0

356,486

340,000

(340,000)

Contributions to Support CTI

 

0

0

9,460,380

16,588,761

5,042,883

4,417,497

Contributions for the NTAI

 

1,307,574

1,146,488

0

738,514

738,514

(738,514)

Contributions to Support the Next Generation CTI

 

5,890,807

2,720,615

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

 

7,198,381

3,867,103

9,460,380

17,327,275

5,781,397

3,678,983

Total other types of transfer payments

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

 

7,375,731

4,117,103

9,460,380

17,683,761

6,121,397

3,338,983

Grant to the Province of British Columbia in respect of the provision of ferry and coastal freight and passenger services

General information

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

Start date

April 18, 1977

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Grant

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

November 28, 2005

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.2: Marine Infrastructure

Sub-sub-program 1.3.2.3: Ferry Services Stewardship Support

Description

The grant to the Province of British Columbia gives financial assistance to provide ferry services in the waters of the province as part of a federal obligation to provide transportation links to the national transportation system from various regions and isolated areas of British Columbia.

Results Achieved

The grant is efficiently managed and is supportive of departmental outcomes (i.e., an efficient transportation system).

Comments on Variances

The grant is indexed annually to the rate of inflation for the City of Vancouver. Therefore, the variance is a result of the fluctuation in the rate of inflation between the forecast and actual payment required for 2016-17.

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

An evaluation was undertaken during the reporting period.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

Not applicable

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

 

28,355,115

28,729,747

29,446,554

29,351,554

29,157,898

288,656

Total contributions

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total other types of transfer payments

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

 

28,355,115

28,729,747

29,446,554

29,351,554

29,157,898

288,656

Northumberland Strait Crossing subsidy payment under the Northumberland Strait Crossing Act

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Northumberland Strait Crossing subsidy payment under the Northumberland Strait Crossing Act (Statutory)

Start date

May 31, 1997

End date

April 1, 2032

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Northumberland Strait Crossing Subsidy Payment under the Northumberland Strait Crossing Act (S.C., 1993, c. 43)

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

The terms and conditions have not been reviewed since the commencement of the Program, as there is a contractual agreement between the Government of Canada and Strait Crossing Development Inc.

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.3: Surface and Multimodal Infrastructure

Sub-sub-program 1.3.3.3: Highway and Other Transportation – Infrastructure Support

Description

The Northumberland Strait Crossing receives annual payments from the Government of Canada to fund the management, operation and maintenance of the bridge connecting Prince Edward Island and mainland Canada.

Results Achieved

Federal funding was provided for continuous and efficient year-round transportation of people and goods between Prince Edward Island and the mainland to support an efficient, integrated and accessible transportation system.

Comments on Variances

No variances

Audits completed or planned

No audit was completed during the reporting period, given the contractual agreement between the Government of Canada and Strait Crossing Inc.

Evaluations completed or planned

No evaluation was completed during the reporting period, given the contractual agreement between the Government of Canada and Strait Crossing Inc.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

Not applicable

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

 

61,732,946

62,334,630

65,343,888

65,343,888

65,343,888

0

Total other types of transfer payments

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

 

61,732,946

62,334,630

65,343,888

65,343,888

65,343,888

0

Ports Asset Transfer Program

General information
Name of transfer payment program

 

Ports Asset Transfer Program (Voted)

Start date

 

2014

End date

 

March 31, 2020

Type of transfer payment

 

Grants and Contributions

Type of appropriation

 

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

 

2017-18

Strategic Outcome

 

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

 

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.2: Marine Infrastructure

Sub-sub-program 1.3.2.4: Port Operations

Description

 

The Ports Asset Transfer Program was developed to facilitate the transfer of the remaining Transport Canada administered port facilities. Ports can be acquired through sales or divestiture of the facility. Divestitures can include grant or contribution funding for acquiring parties. There are currently 47 ports remaining in Transport Canada’s inventory.

Results Achieved

 

Two ports were transferred in 2016-17 (Cornwall, Ontario; Liverpool, Nova Scotia) and one was demolished (Vieux-Fort, Quebec); work is ongoing to facilitate future transfers.

Comments on Variances

 

$6.4 million was received through Supplementary Estimates for the Program. Less pre-transfer funding was required than anticipated resulting in a $1 million surplus.

Audits completed or planned

 

No audit was completed during the reporting period.

Evaluations completed or planned

 

An evaluation is planned for 2018-19.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

 

As part of the engagement phase, we:

  • Sent letters and/or held meetings with federal, provincial and municipal counterparts, Indigenous groups and other interested parties;
  • Issued news releases and public notices; and
  • Posted information on our website.

Engagement with stakeholders is ongoing throughout the Program’s life cycle, with a particular emphasis on keeping Indigenous groups informed regarding the status of ports near Indigenous communities.

Regional officials work closely with interested parties to:

  • Explain how the Program works; and
  • Engage with applicants to ensure their understanding of the terms and conditions of a port transfer agreement.
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

 

0

0

150,000

1,020,980

0

150,000

Total contributions

 

0

0

0

5,386,457

5,375,382

(5,375,382)

Total other types of transfer payments

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

 

0

0

150,000

6,407,437

5,375,382

(5,225,382)

Oceans Network Canada – Smart Oceans Contribution Program

General information
Name of transfer payment program

 

Ocean Network Canada – Smart Oceans Contribution Program (Voted)

Start date

 

July 31, 2014

End date

 

March 31, 2017

Type of transfer payment

 

Contribution

Type of appropriation

 

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

 

2014–15

Strategic Outcome

 

A clean transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

 

Program 2.2: Clean Water from Transportation

Sub-program 2.2.1:  Clean Water Regulatory Framework

Description

 

The Program supports the recipient's activities to operate its network of infrastructure in order to deliver data and data products for a wide-range of stakeholders for the purposes of:

  • Marine safety;
  • Environmental monitoring and protection; and
  • Public safety.
Results Achieved

 

We contributed funding to Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC’s) Smart Oceans initiative, which enabled them to:

  • Select sites for installation of data collection equipment to expand their observation network;
  • Initiate processes to define which marine safety products would be developed; and
  • Engage stakeholders and responders who could benefit from their increased data collection and production capacity. 

This project ended on March 31, 2017. The draft final report is currently under review.

Some highlights of the Program’s achievements included the:

  • Coastal radars, which are oceanographic radars that measure the speed and direction of ocean surface currents, and automatic identification systems (AIS), which tracks large vessels in the British Columbia (BC) region, were installed in 5 high traffic locations along BC’s coastline;
  • Installation and commission of ocean observatories at three locations in BC (Prince Rupert, Campbell River and Kitamaat Village);
  • Completion of Marine Safety Data Products, which include Earthquake Early Warning, Tsunami Detection Notification, Tsunami Impact Modelling and Marine Incident Response. These products can be obtained on ONC’s website through a software application (App), which can be directly used by marine transportation infrastructure operators to build operational resilience and aid with coastguard, emergency responders, etc.;
  • Production of:
    • Two eBooks: "Ocean Data in Practice”, which focusses on how ONC data is collected, and "Exploring the Salish Sea”, which centres around coastal marine ecosystems in the Strait of Georgia; and
    • Three videos ("Coastal Communities and Ocean Health”, "Oceanographic Radars and Ocean Safety" and "Marine Traffic and Ocean Safety”); and
  • Completion of an ocean health indices data product through an "Ocean Report Card” (Saanich Inlet) and through "State of the Ocean Plots”. 
Some products are available to the public while others are provided to stakeholders only.

 

Comments on Variances

 

N/A

Audits completed or planned

 

An audit was completed March 29, 2016.

Evaluations completed or planned

 

No evaluation was completed during the reporting period.

Engagement of applicants and recipients

 

There were regular Agreement Monitoring Committee (AMC) meetings with Transport Canada to provide updates and monitor activities, engage with senior officials and demonstrate completed products.

Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

 

4,200,000

7,400,000

8,400,000

8,400,000

8,400,000

0

Total other types of transfer payments

 

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

 

4,200,000

7,400,000

8,400,000

8,400,000

8,400,000

0

Remote Passenger Rail Program

General information

Name of transfer payment program

Remote Passenger Rail ProgramFootnote 3 (Voted)

Start date

May 20, 2004

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Contribution

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2013–14

Strategic Outcome

An efficient transportation system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

Program 1.3: Transportation Infrastructure

Sub-program 1.3.3: Surface and Multimodal Infrastructure

Sub-sub-program 1.3.3.1: Rail Passenger Stewardship and Support program

Description

This Program provides funding to ensure that safe, reliable, viable and sustainable passenger rail services are provided to areas of the country where rail service is the only type of surface transportation available to access certain remote communities. Funding for both operating and capital projects is provided.

Results Achieved

Funding for capital projects for ongoing railway rehabilitation and equipment purchases was provided to Keewatin Railway Company and Tshiuetin Transportation Inc. to ensure their passenger rail lines remained safe and reliable.

Funding was also provided to Tshiuetin Transportation Inc. for operating expenditures related to their passenger rail service.

Comments on Variances

Capital expenditures under Tshiuetin Transportations Inc. were less than expected due to construction delays.

Audits completed or planned

Tshiuetin rail transportation Inc. was audited. The audit was completed in May 2017.

Evaluations completed or planned

No evaluation was completed during the reporting period but an evaluation is planned for fiscal year 2017-18.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Activities to engage applicants and recipients include:

  • Dialogue and ongoing relationships, consistent with the related contribution agreements and requirements for regular progress reports;
  • Site visits;
  • Management Committee and regular meetings (in-person and by telephone);
  • Communications activities and initiatives to market programs
  • Environmental assessment and Indigenous consultations; and
  • Project evaluation and reporting.
Performance Information (dollars)

Type of Transfer Payment

2014–15 Actual spending

2015–16 Actual spending

2016–17 Planned spending

2016–17 Total authorities available for use

2016–17 Actual spending (authorities used)

Variance (2016–17 planned minus 2016–17 actual)

Total grants

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total contributions

13,360,273

11,355,924

11,200,000

11,200,000

11,192,000

8,000

Total other types of transfer payments

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total program

13,360,273

11,355,924

11,200,000

11,200,000

11,192,000

8,000

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