Supplementary Table - Details on Transfer Payment Programs

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Airports Capital Assistance Program

Start date: April 1, 2010

End date: No end date

Description: The Airports Capital Assistance Program assists eligible applicants in financing capital projects related to safety and efficiency.

Strategic Outcome: A safe transportation system

Results Achieved:  In 2012-13, the program maintained/improved safety and efficiency at 35 non-federally owned airports.

Program Activity : Aviation Safety ($ millions)
  2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

9.6

30.4

47.5

41.1

29.8

17.7

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

9.6

30.4

47.5

41.1

29.8

17.7

Comments on Variance: The variance between planned spending and actual spending for 2012-13 is explained by: 1) the absence of the decree required for projects to go forward at airports owned by the Québec Government; 2) projects in the North which had to be delayed for technical reasons; and 3) the late program renewal in 2010 for which delays/fallbacks in receipt of applications are still being experienced. 

Audit Completed or Planned: An internal audit was conducted in 2007. No further internal audit work of this program is currently planned

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation is planned for 2013-14.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The program is well known throughout the airport industry. Information is available on TC’s website.

 

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

Start Date: October 20, 2006

End Date: March 31, 2018

Description: The Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Transportation Infrastructure Fund is intended to establish the best transportation network to facilitate global supply chains between Asia and North America. The transportation infrastructure investments address short and long-term capacity issues.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved: 

  • Completing or advancing strategic infrastructure projects to improve highway, rail and marine capacity, and inter-modal links and connectors to improve the efficiency and reliability of Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor.

    • One project was completed:

      • Corporation of Delta
        • 1. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor – 80 St. Overpass
    • Eight contribution agreements were signed for eight projects:

      • Prince Rupert Port Authority
        • 1. Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor
      • Port Metro Vancouver
        • 2. Deltaport Causeway Project
        • 3. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor 232nd Street Overpass Project
        • 4. North Shore Trade Area Low Level Road Project
      • Ashcroft Terminal
        • 5. Ashcroft Terminal Expansion Project
      • City of Vancouver
        • 6. South Shore Trade Area Powell Street Grade Separation
      • Province of Alberta
        • 7. Highway 2 and 41 Avenue Intermodal Access
      • Province of British Columbia
        • 8. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Mufford/64th Avenue Grade Separation
    • One amending agreement was signed to add to the scope of an existing project:

      • Port Metro Vancouver
        • 1. South Shore Corridor Project (formerly Stewart Street Elevated Structure)
    • Eleven projects began construction:

      • Ashcroft Terminal
        • 1. Ashcroft Terminal Expansion Project
      • Prince Rupert Port Authority
        • 2. Ridley Island Road Rail and Utility Corridor Project
      • City of Surrey
        • (3-5) Roberts Bank Rail Corridor City of Surrey Combo Projects
        • 3. 192nd Street Overpass Project
        • 4. 196th Street Overpass Project
        • 5. 54th Avenue Overpass Project
        • 6. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Panorama Ridge Project
        • 7. Roberts Bank Rail Corridor 152nd Overpass Project 
      • Port Metro Vancouver
        • 8. South Shore Corridor Project
        • 9. Deltaport Causeway Project
      • City of Richmond
        • 10. Westminster Highway and Nelson Road Widening
        • 11. Highway 91 & Knight Street: No. 6 Road Widening
    • One communications technology project began the implementation phase:

      • Translink
        • 1. Smart Corridors Regional Traffic Data Systems
    • Two new projects were announced:
      • 1. Overpass on the Deltaport Causeway
      • 2. Hwy 91 and 72nd Avenue Interchange in Delta
  • Improving supply chain efficiency through the identification of bottlenecks, capacity constraints and other impediments to the flow of goods.

    • Transport Canada has continued to advance evidence-based measures of supply chain performance (Fluidity, Port Utilization Indicators) that have helped identify bottlenecks for marine containers in the Asia-Pacific Gateway and potential remedies, by building on the productive partnerships forged with industry stakeholders as part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. The fluidity data dissemination portal, which was officially launched in March 2013, allows the department to access published fluidity data, for the 2010 to 2013 dataset. It is continually updated, as data becomes available.
    • Analysis was conducted in order to identify Asia-Pacific cargo traffic moving within and through the British Columbia Lower Mainland. A final report brought together freight traffic movements traversing the Lower Mainland into one comprehensive document and database. This information will be used to prepare before-and-after freight traffic fluidity impacts of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative infrastructure investments within the region.  Research was also conducted on the export opportunities for Canadian containerized products to China.
Program : Gateways and Corridors ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

122.3

80.9

203.1

154.4

154.4

48.7

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

122.3

80.9

203.1

154.4

154.4

48.7

Comments on Variance: The variance between planned spending and actual spending for 2012-13 under the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative resulted from delays in several projects. The major contributing factors for the delays included complex project approvals, and challenging multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Audit Completed or Planned: An internal audit of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative is planned for 2013-14.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative was completed in 2012-13.

Initiatives to Engage Applicants and Recipients:  Transport Canada continuously engages recipients to ensure that legislative, regulatory, and contractual requirements are met. This process includes regular meetings, site visits, project reporting and evaluation, environmental assessments, and Aboriginal consultations. In addition, Transport Canada works with recipients to market the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative  through joint communications activities and initiatives.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Contribution to the Oshawa Harbour Commission

Start date: September 28, 2010

End date: December 31, 2015

Description: The contribution to the Oshawa Harbour Commission is part of the settlement agreement between the City of Oshawa and the Crown. The funding will be used to transfer more industrial activities at the Port of Oshawa from the west wharf to the east wharf, and to cover fencing and landscaping costs. The contribution is being made to the Oshawa Harbour Commission because it is the most appropriate entity to oversee and manage construction on Oshawa Harbour Crown lands, as the commission already administers and manages the Crown’s port lands.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved:

  • Users of the city’s parks and residential areas are shielded from the port’s industrial operations now that the fencing and landscaping projects are completed; and, 
  • The port consolidation project is proceeding in order to increase the capacity and facilities on the east wharf to allow the transfer of the port’s more industrial activities from the west wharf to the east wharf.
Program: Transportation Infrastructure($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

0.0

0.3

6.2

0.9

0.7

5.5

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

0.0

0.3

6.2

0.9

0.7

5.5

Comment on Variance: The $5.5M variance resulted from delays encountered in the design phase.

Audit Completed or Planned: No internal audits have been recently conducted and none are currently planned.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: As this is not a continuing program no evaluation is planned.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada has engaged the recipient in the following manner: inform of service standards and reporting requirements based on the risk profile of the recipient; maintain an ongoing dialogue to assess change and the progress of each project; follow-up as required on project activities, funding requirements and reporting requirements; and notify of the requirement to audit and inform of the audit findings.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Contributions to the provinces toward highway improvements to enhance overall efficiency and promote safety while encouraging industrial development and tourism from a regional economic perspective: Outaouais Road Development Agreement

Start date: January 7, 1972

End date: No end date

Description: Contributions to the Government of Quebec related to the Outaouais Road Development Agreement for highway improvements made to enhance overall efficiency and promote safety while encouraging regional and industrial development and tourism in the National Capital Region.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved: The Highway 5 widenproject is currently the principal active project under to the Agreement and is divided into several phases: Phase I, in the municipality of Chelsea, was completed in November 2009; Phase II is divided into two sections, one in the municipality of Chelsea and the other in the municipality of La Pêche. Construction of Phase II began in 2011. This project was in full construction in the fiscal year of 2012-2013 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

Program: Transportation Infrastructure ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

1.8

9.5

24.3

23.4

21.6

2.7

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

1.8

9.5

24.3

23.4

21.6

2.7

Comments on Variance: The variance between planned spending and actual spending for 2012-13 arose in Phase II of Highway 5. The project was delayed due to extensive environmental analysis of ecologically sensitive land in the adjacent Gatineau Park, as part of the environmental assessment.  

Audit Completed or Planned: No internal audits have been recently conducted and none are planned at this time.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation is planned for 2013-14.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada engaged continually with the recipient through regular progress reports, site visits to project sites, Management Committee meetings, environmental assessments, Aboriginal consultations, and project evaluations and reporting.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Ferry Services Contribution Program

Start date: 1941

End date: March 31, 2014

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

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved:

  • Certain regional and remote Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec communities continue to have access to national transportation options.
  • Canadians in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec benefited from reliable ferry services with service providers meeting or exceeding the minimum level of service established for the ferry services.
  • Ferry services were operated in a safe and efficient manner.
Program: Transportation Infrastructure ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

24.5

26.3

32.2

33.0

32.8

(0.6)

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

24.5

26.3

32.2

33.0

32.8

(0.6)

Comment on Variance: The $0.6 million variance between planned and actual spending for 2012-13 resulted from changes in the operating requirements and in the maintenance projects completed.

Audit Completed or Planned: Recipient audits for the 2012-13 fiscal year will be undertaken before the end of the program, March 31, 2014. No internal audits have been conducted and none are planned at this time.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation of the program was completed in 2009-10 with a decision made for continuation. A further evaluation is planned for 2013-14.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada engaged the recipients in the following manner: discussed and provided clear template-based contribution agreements, leases and charter party agreements; annual review and negotiation of the performance objectives and budget required to deliver the ferry services as per the terms of the agreements; informed of service standards and reporting requirements based on the risk profile of each recipient; maintained an ongoing dialogue with each recipient to assess change and progress; follow-up as required on project activities, funding requirements and reporting requirements; and notified of the requirement to audit and inform of the audit findings.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Gateways and Border Crossings Fund

Start Date: February 7, 2008

End Date: March 31, 2018

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 to better integrate the national transportation system.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved:

Since the program began, 40 strategic infrastructure projects in nine provinces have been announced under the GBCF. Recent commitments have included investments in core National Highway System infrastructure, strategic border crossings, as well as major ports and airports. These projects are intended to enhance the flow of people and goods between Canada and the rest of the world by improving and integrating Canada’s transportation system.

In 2012-13, contribution agreements were signed for 7 GBCF infrastructure projects, including those at the Ports of Sept-Iles, Saguenay, and Montreal.

In 2012-13, Transport Canada continued to support a number of ongoing GBCF-funded studies and research projects that seek to identify efficiency-enhancing opportunities throughout Canada’s transportation network.

Transport Canada also continued to support a number of GBCF non-infrastructure projects that promote the Atlantic Gateway and Trade Corridor as a transportation system of choice in various international markets. A total of 8 contribution agreements were signed to support marketing initiatives undertaken by Atlantic Gateway partners, in addition to other events undertaken throughout the year by the Department. Examples include a business development mission to Brazil and Atlantic Gateway airports’ participation in Air Cargo Europe. The GBCF support of these initiatives helped raise awareness of the Atlantic Gateway as an efficient, reliable and secure transportation solution that connects North America with key global markets.

Program: Gateways and Corridors ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

100.0

100.8

812.6

242.6

223.2

589.4

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

100.0

100.8

812.6

242.6

223.2

589.4

Comments on Variance: The reported variance between planned and actual spending for 2012-13 can be attributed to delays in the implementation of projects under the GBCF resulting from a number of circumstances, including challenges in project design, property acquisition difficulties, complex environment approvals, and adverse weather conditions. The official extension of the program to March 31, 2018 allowed for forecasts to be updated to reflect project schedules, including that of the single largest GBCF project, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.

Audit Completed or Planned: In 2009, the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund was included in Transport Canada’s Audit of Selected Departmental Economic Action Plan Initiatives presented to the Departmental Audit Committee in June 2010. This audit indicated that the Department reasonably and appropriately distributed Economic Action Plan funding to eligible recipients and projects and that suitable monitoring measures were in place. 

An internal audit of the GBCF began in 2012-13 and will be completed in 2013-14.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An interim evaluation of the GBCF began in 2012-13 and will be completed in 2013-14.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The following GBCF applicant engagement initiatives have been undertaken: consultations and meetings with partners and stakeholders, and kiosks at gateway/trade-related conferences. Agreement Management Committees, which include recipient representatives, are responsible for the management and administration of contribution agreements.

 

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: No end date

Description: The grant to the Province of British Colombia 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.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved: The grant helped maintain transportation links to the national surface transportation system from various regions and isolated areas of British Columbia.

Program: Transportation Infrastructure ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants

26.9

27.5

28.1

28.1

28.1

0.0

Total Contributions            
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

26.9

27.5

28.1

28.1

28.1

0.0

Comment on Variance: Not applicable

Audit Completed or Planned: Transport Canada has no responsibility for the distribution, management, or investment of the funds and there are no provisions in the agreement covering Canada’s rights to recipient auditing.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation of the program was completed in 2011-12 with a decision made for continuation. The results of the evaluation are available by contacting Transport Canada Audit and Evaluation Services. The next evaluation is planned for 2014-15.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Not applicable

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Port Divestiture Fund

Start date: April 18, 1996

End date: March 31, 2014

Description:The Port Divestiture Fund was created to facilitate the divestiture process by providing new owners/operators with contribution funding to continue port operations for the foreseeable future.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved: The Port of Long Pond was divested to local interests who are better positioned to identify and respond to the needs of its users.

Program : Transportation Infrastructure ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

14.5

28.2

0.0

13.1

12.9

(12.9)

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

14.5

28.2

0.0

13.1

12.9

(12.9)

Comments on Variance: The table reflects no planned spending as $10M in funding for the Port Divestiture Program received through Budget 2012 as well as through internal reallocation.  The variance for 2012-13 was due to the divestiture of Long Pond, a significant port that required a contribution of $12.9M in 2012-13.    

Audit Completed or Planned: An internal audit was conducted in 2009. Some recipient audits were conducted in 2011-12 based on the program’s risk audit framework.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation was completed in 2007.  The program was further evaluated in 2011-12 as part of the evaluation of the Port Operations sub-sub program.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada engaged the recipients and applicants in the following manner: engaged potential applicants through public meetings, newspaper notices, and targeted calls for proposals; provided information on service standards and reporting requirements, participated in dialogue and negotiations with potential applicants; and maintained ongoing relationships with recipients consistent with the related contribution agreements.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Program in support of crossing improvements approved under the Railway Safety Act

Start date: January 1, 1989

End date: No end date

Description: Payments made to railway companies and municipalities to improve safety at public road-railway grade crossings.

Strategic Outcome: A safe transportation system

Results Achieved: The majority of planned safety improvements at grade crossings under the Grade Crossing Improvement Program and closures under the Grade Crossing Closure Program this fiscal year were completed.

Program : Rail Safety ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

7.4

8.5

12.8

12.8

11.9

0.9

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Program

7.4

8.5

12.8

12.8

11.9

0.9

Comments on Variance: The variance of $0.9M between planned and actual spending for 2012-13 arose primarily because of the difference between estimated and actual project costs. Project scheduling allows railways to save costs in some cases (completing nearby projects in tandem, ordering pre-assembled parts, etc.). There were also a few projects delayed or rescheduled for fiscal year 2013-14 because of project or schedule complications, and this did not allow the department time to move other projects forward.

Audit Completed or Planned: A recipient audit on the Grade Crossing Improvement Program is planned for 2013-14 (Canadian National Railway).

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation of the Grade Crossing Closure Program was completed in 2012-13 and officially approved in 2013-14. An evaluation on the Grade Crossing Improvement Program is planned for 2014-15.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada engaged applicants and recipients continually through quarterly conference calls with key recipients; e-mail and phone contact with recipients as required; Transport Canada’s website; and Rail Safety Program Outreach activities.

 

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

Description: The Northumberland Strait Crossing subsidy payments are made to the bridge operator to honour a constitutional obligation to provide a transportation link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved: Federal funding is 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.

Program : Transportation Infrastructure ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance
Total Grants            
Total Contributions            
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments

57.7

59.1

60.3

60.5

60.5

(0.2)

Total Program

57.7

59.1

60.3

60.5

60.5

(0.2)

Comments on Variance: The Northumberland Strait Crossing Subsidy Payment is a contribution paid annually over 35 years and is indexed annually for inflation. The $0.2M variance is due to the increase in Consumer Price Index being greater than anticipated.

Audit Completed or Planned: No internal audits have been recently conducted and none are planned at this time.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: No evaluations have been recently conducted and none are planned at this time.

Engagement of Applicants and recipients:  Not applicable, payment is made in accordance with contractual arrangement.

 

Name of Transfer Payment Program: Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Contribution Program

Start Date: June 1, 2004

End Date: March 31, 2018

Description: The Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program supports operating and capital funding requirements for regional and remote passenger rail services by ensuring the continuation of non-via remote and regional passenger rail services.

Strategic Outcome: An efficient transportation system

Results Achieved:

  • Continuation of safe, viable, reliable and sustainable regional and remote passenger rail services.
Program: Transportation Infrastructure  ($ millions)

 

2010-11
Actual
Spending
2011-12
Actual
Spending
2012-13
Planned
Spending
2012-13
Total
Authorities
2012-13
Actual
Spending
Variance(s)
Total Grants            
Total Contributions

17.9

14.6

0

13.9

13.9

(13.9)

Total Other Types of Transfer Payments            
Total Program

17.9

14.6

0

13.9

13.9

(13.9)

Comment on Variance: Due to program renewal, no planned spending is shown for 2012-13. The $13.9 million in funding for the Regional and Remote Passenger Rail Service Contribution Program was obtained through Supplementary Estimates A.

Audit Completed or Planned: A portion of this program was audited in 2010 as part of the internal audit of selected Economic Action Plan initiatives.

Evaluation Completed or Planned: An evaluation of the rail passenger stewardship and support sub-sub-program was completed in 2010.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Transport Canada engaged applicants and recipients continually through regular progress reports, site visits to project sites, Management Committee meetings, environmental assessments and Aboriginal consultations (where applicable), and project evaluations and reporting. In addition, communications activities were used to highlight key milestones achieved under the program.

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