2.0 Program Description

2.1 Boating Safety Contribution Program (BSCP) - Objectives

The overall objective of BSCP is to reduce incidents, injuries, property damages and loss of life due to boating accidents in Canada.

How? By supporting organizations that work to raise public awareness about boating safety; advance knowledge of boating safety issues, practices and behaviours in Canada; and support regulatory compliance.

We expect that BSCP will improve recreational boating safety in Canada by funding projects that:

  • increase the number of pleasure craft operators following safe boating practices;

  • improve access to national boating incident data that will improve stakeholder's capacity to deliver evidence-based awareness and education initiatives; and

  • help reduce deaths, injuries and property damage due to boating accidents.

2.2 Available Funding

$1 Million per year

Maximum Contribution

  • The BSCP will reimburse up to 75 per cent of eligible expenditures of an approved project;

  • Maximum contribution per recipient will be $400,000 per year; and

  • The BSCP reserves the right to fund single-year projects even if proposals are multi-year projects proposals.

2.3 Eligibility Assessment Criteria

Eligible Recipients

Organizations must qualify as one of the following eligible recipients:

  • Not-for-Profit Non-Government Organizations (NGOs);

    • Note: All Not-for-Profit NGO applicants must provide copies of legal documentation establishing or constituting the organizations as a legal entity (i.e. Letters Patent, Articles and Certificate of Incorporation, or other legal instruments.)

  • Public Safety Organizations;

  • Educational Institutions;

  • Healthcare Institutions;

  • Organizations Associated with Facilities Specializing in Safety and Medical Research;

  • Enforcement Services;

  • Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Governments. 

Nature of Eligible Projects

The BSCP Project Categories reflect the priority areas and target groups most associated with boating-related accidents and deaths.

All proposals must support at least one of each of the following project categories and target groups:

Project Categories (PC)

  • High Priority Activities:
    • PC 1: Encourage safe boating practices and compliance with regulations through education, awareness and information (i.e. Promotional Awareness/Public Education campaigns);

    • PC 2: Research, studies and analysis that contribute to a better understanding of boater behaviours and attitudes; and

    • PC 3: Research, studies and analysis on why boaters are unaware of boating safety-related issues.

  • Medium to Low Priority Activities:
    • PC 4: Produce and circulate materials that improve and promote boating safety.

Project Target Groups (PTG)

  • High Priority:

    • PTG 1: Anglers & Hunters (i.e. using watercraft – boat/canoe) 

    • PTG 2: Paddling/Human Powered (i.e. canoe, kayaking, rafting, rowing) 

    • PTG 3: Power boating (i.e. small open boats under 6 meters) 

  • Medium to Low Priority: 

    • PTG 4: Sailing 

    • PTG 5: Other small pleasure crafts

Eligible Project Duration

  • Single-year projects should start on or after April 1, 2015 and must end by March 31, 2016.

  • Multi-year projects should start on or after April 1, 2015 and must end by March 31 of the last year of the project. Multi-year projects are encouraged, as these types of agreements provide predictable and stable financial support to eligible recipients.

  • Projects may begin upon ministerial approval, however no reimbursements will be provided until a funding agreement is successfully negotiated and signed.

Proof of Funding

  • Applicants must show they have enough up-front funding to carry out the proposed project. The BSCP makes no advance payments.

  • Applicants must identify all sources of funds in their application. Partner organizations' financial support must be confirmed in writing, and attached to the proposal.

2.4 Eligible Expenditures

BSCP funding applies to eligible expenditures that are:

  • directly linked to the project;

  • incurred while the funding agreement is in effect; and

  • specifically identified as an approved expenditure in the funding agreement

Each BSCP funding agreement will define eligible expenditures. These may include:

  • staff wages and benefits;

  • professional fees;

  • travel costs;

  • rental/use of equipment, office materials and/or office/meeting space;

  • public outreach and communication materials and associated activities costs;

  • translation costs;

  • incremental insurance costs; and

  • administrative costs.

2.5 Ineligible Expenditures

Expenditures that are not eligible for funding include:

  • cost of buying land and/or buildings;

  • any cost associated with Provincial Sales Tax, Harmonized Sales Tax and Goods and Services Tax for which the recipient is eligible for a credit or a tax rebate; and

  • costs incurred after the end date of the funding agreement.

2.6 Merit Assessment Criteria

The BSCP will review all applications to determine if they meet the Eligibility Assessment Criteria. If eligible, the Program will then determine the degree to which they meet the following Merit Assessment Criteria:

Relevance of the Project

How closely the proposed project relates to the BSCP objectives and how well it aligns with the Program's expected results.

Applicant's relevant experience and capacity

How well the applicant is able, in terms of resources, personnel and expertise, to complete the project. More specifically, the BSCP will consider the applicant's:

  • mandate and/or experience and expertise;

  • demonstrated commitment based on former projects; and

  • need for institutional, management/organizational structure, financial and other support to successfully deliver the project.

Quality of the Proposal

The degree to which the planned activities, schedule, budget, targeted results, roles and responsibilities are clear, realistic and consistent with the project objectives. The BSCP will assess the proposal for:

  • a realistic budget and timeline;

  • risk analysis and mitigation strategy; and

  • support (internal and external) towards the project.

Performance Measurement Strategy

TC wants to contribute to projects that not only generate results, but that can report on these results to Canadians. The BSCP will assess project elements that applicants plan to measure, the proposed results these actions will achieve, and how they align with BSCP objectives.

Value for the Money

How well the proposal sets out efficient use of resources and plans for producing outputs in an affordable manner.

Other Criteria

The BSCP selection process will also:

  • seek to fund a variety of initiatives;

  • balance innovation (new projects) versus enhancing of existing initiatives;

  • seek regional balance;

  • favour proposals that identify a combination of cash outlay and in-kind contributions over those with only in-kind support; and

  • favour proposals that identify a greater than 25 per cent share of non-federal government funding.

We have designed our assessment process to ensure that qualified projects represent the best value to BSCP's objectives and expected results.

2.7 Assessment Results

After the BSCP has evaluated a proposal, it will inform the applicant that the application was either:

  • selected for funding; or

  • not selected for funding. 

TC reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted application.

2.8 BSCP Service Standards

In an effort to improve service and conduct a transparent process, the BSCP has set the following service standards:

  • Our goal is to provide applicants with written acknowledgement of the receipt of their application within 10 business days of the application deadline date;

  • Our goal is to notify applicants if their project met the Eligibility Assessment Criteria within 30 business days of the application deadline date;

  • Our goal is to provide applicants with an initial draft funding agreement within four weeks of the final project approval; and

  • Our goal is to issue payments to recipients within 20 business days following the notification to the recipient that the requirements outlined in the funding agreement have been fulfilled.

Note: If the program cannot meet the above standards, we will contact the applicants about the delay.

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