Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 million or more

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Transfer payment for Governance and Institutions of Government

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Support good governance, rights and interests of Aboriginal Peoples

Description: The Governance and Institutions of Government Program contributes to The Government Strategic Outcome. This program provides support to First Nation governments, as well as Aboriginal governance institutions and organizations. The intent of this support is to facilitate capacity development in the Aboriginal public service; the elected leadership; and entities that administer aggregate services on behalf of or to First Nation governments and their communities. Transparent and accountable First Nation governments attract investment, create opportunities and effectively support their citizens. Transparent and accountable institutions and organizations strengthen the fabric of Aboriginal governments across Canada, assist Aboriginal communities and their governments in attracting investment and support Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy. Ultimately, good governance practices are essential for active Aboriginal participation in Canadian society and the economy.

Repayable contributions: Repayable contributions do not apply to Band Support Funding. However, it is possible to have recoveries under the contribution programs.

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Governance and Institutions of Government. Planned for 2015–2016 are the Audit of First Nations Government Programs and Audit of Aboriginal Governance Institutions and Organization Programs, which will be combined into one audit (Audit of Governance and Institutions of Government).

Evaluations completed or planned: The Evaluation of the Impact of Self-Government Agreements and Evaluation of Northern Governance are scheduled to be completed by 2016–2017. Combined under these evaluations are an Evaluation of Impact of Self-Government Agreements (November 2016) and an Evaluation of Support for First Nations Governments (September 2016).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Recipients are engaged through the funding agreement and also the General Assessment processes. Where appropriate, discussions on potential for longer-term agreements are ongoing.

Calls for plans and proposals for capacity development projects are also sent to First Nations and tribal councils annually.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grant for Band Support Funding 151,571,905 152,355,432 231,050,132 154,748,328 154,748,327 (76,301,805)
Grant to the Miawpukek Indian Band to support designated programs 10,020,000 10,220,400 10,424,808 10,424,808 10,424,808 0
Grant to the First Nations Finance Authority pursuant to the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 500,000 0
Grants to British Columbia Indian bands in lieu of a per capita annuity 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 0
(S) Indian Annuities Treaty payments 0 0 0 950 950 950
Total Grants 162,391,905 163,375,832 242,274,940 165,974,086 165,974,085 (76,300,855)
Contributions
Contributions to supply public services in Indian Government Support and to build strong governance, administrative and accountability systemsFootnote 1 n/a n/a 113,112,562 213,544,807 210,356,547 97,243,985
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development 22,072,057 16,850,382 1,241,054 1,432,940 1,432,940 191,886
Contributions to promote social and political development in the NorthFootnote 1 n/a n/a 0 638,415 638,415 638,415
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in Indian government supportFootnote 2 198,356,372 198,888,754 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions to support the basic organizational capacity of representative Aboriginal organizationsFootnote 3 23,634,298 28,443,359 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions to support the building of strong governance, administrative and accountability systemsFootnote 2 18,803,516 19,812,164 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contribution to First Nations Institutions for the purpose of enhancing good governanceFootnote 2 10,129,396 10,376,471 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions for promoting the political, social and scientific development of Canada's three territoriesFootnote 2 638,415 638,415 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions to the Inuit Art Foundation for the purpose of assisting Inuit artists and artisans from the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Northern Quebec and Labrador in the development of their professional skills and marketing of their artFootnote 4 114,500 458,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 273,748,555 275,467,545 114,353,616 215,616,163 212,427,902 98,074,286
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 436,140,460 438,843,377 356,628,556 381,590,249 378,401,987 21,773,431
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional resources reallocated during the year for Indian government support activities (including an internal transfer of about $76 million from grants to contributions for recipients under block agreements).

Transfer payment for Aboriginal Rights and Interests

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Support good governance, rights and interests of Aboriginal Peoples

Description: The Aboriginal Rights and Interests Program contributes to The Government Strategic Outcome. It seeks to strengthen collaboration between governments and Aboriginal groups through mutual respect, trust, understanding, shared responsibilities, accountability, dialogue and negotiation concerning the rights and interests of Aboriginal peoples. Partnerships will be established helping to contribute to the strengthening of the social, economic and cultural well-being of Aboriginal communities which conditions support more active participation in Canadian society. The program also addresses constitutional and historic obligations and public policy by: negotiating agreements which achieve clarity with respect to law-making authority and the ownership, use and control of lands and resources; addressing specific claims; developing multi-partner processes in areas identified by Aboriginal groups and the federal government; and supporting effective and meaningful consultation with Aboriginal groups and their representation in federal policy and program development.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, two audits were completed in the area of Aboriginal Rights and Interests. The Audit of Consultation and Accommodation was completed in November 2014, while the Audit of Exceptional Contracting Limits Authority (ECLA) was completed in February 2015. Another audit of ECLA is planned for 2017–2018. The ongoing Audit of Métis and Non-Status Indian Relations and Métis Right Management is nearing completion, pending approval of report. In addition, several audits are planned for upcoming fiscal years, including the Audit of AANDC Support to the Specific Claims Process (2015–2016) and the Audit of Negotiation of Comprehensive Land Claims and Self-Government Agreements (2017–2018).

Evaluations completed or planned: Two evaluations were completed in this program area in 2014–2015: the Evaluation of Consultation and Policy Development (April 2015) and the Evaluation of the Consultation and Accommodation Unit (April 2015). There are two ongoing evaluations in this area: the Evaluation of Impact of Self-Government Agreements (November 2015) and the Evaluation of Support for First Nations Governments (September 2016).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Recipients were engaged through the General Assessment process, in the review and approval of funding proposals, and in ongoing discussions to determine the potential for longer-term agreements.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to First Nations to settle specific and special claims negotiated by Canada and/or awarded by the Specific Claims TribunalFootnote 1 n/a n/a 701,792,860 701,792,860 35,972,153 (665,820,707)
Grants to First Nations to settle specific claims negotiated by Canada and/or awarded by the Specific Claims TribunalFootnote 2 556,500,759 369,287,077 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Grants to support the beneficiaries/organizations for the settlement of specific and special claimsFootnote 2 184,757 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Grants 556,685,516 369,287,077 701,792,860 701,792,860 35,972,153 (665,820,707)
Contributions
Contributions to support the negotiation and implementation of treaties, claims and self-government agreements or initiativesFootnote 1 n/a n/a 23,785,337 45,986,201 45,029,223 21,243,886
Contributions to support the basic organizational capacity of representative Aboriginal organizationsFootnote 3 n/a n/a 10,940,796 21,132,300 21,108,800 10,168,004
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development 789,186 646,150 5,755,863 11,314,176 9,574,621 3,818,758
Contributions to supply public services in Indian Government Support and to build strong governance, administrative and accountability systemsFootnote 1 n/a n/a 12,081,337 8,990,022 8,829,189 (3,252,148)
Federal Interlocutor's Contribution Program 0 10,917,592 13,504,000 7,441,474 7,441,474 (6,062,526)
Contributions for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources, and promoting scientific developmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 80,000 0 0 (80,000)
Contribution for Inuit counselling in the South 0 0 80,000 0 0 (80,000)
Contributions to support the negotiation process for comprehensive, specific, and special claims and self-government initiativesFootnote 2 43,464,386 42,579,575 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions to support the building of strong governance, administrative and accountability systemsFootnote 2 10,398,481 9,910,954 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions to First Nations, their organizations, provinces and third parties for Interim Measures and British Columbia Treaty Related MeasuresFootnote 2 4,298,005 5,799,421 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 58,950,058 69,853,691 66,227,333 94,864,172 91,983,306 25,755,973
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 615,635,574 439,140,768 768,020,193 796,657,032 127,955,459 (640,064,734)
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Aboriginal Rights and Interests Program was previously entitled Co-Operative Relationships under the 2013–2014 Program Alignment Architecture.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects the deferral of certain specific claims for which negotiations were not concluded during the fiscal year; this deferred funding that was not required in 2014–2015 has been re-profiled to future years when it will be available for the intended purpose. This reduction in specific claims is partially offset by incremental funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for comprehensive claims and self-government negotiations across Canada as well as additional funding reallocated internally, primarily for basic organizational capacity of representative Aboriginal organizations.

Transfer payment for Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Support good governance, rights and interests of Aboriginal Peoples

Description: The Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties Program contributes to The Government Strategic Outcome. It aims to create and maintain ongoing partnerships to support both historic and modern treaties to fulfill Canada's legal obligations while considering Aboriginal rights and interests. This program supports Aboriginal communities in articulating their interests, participating in economic activities, and managing and developing land and resources, where applicable. It also helps to demonstrate the importance of treaties and related partnerships between the Crown and Aboriginal people. This is achieved by honouring Canada's obligations as set out in final settlement agreements and improving collaboration between Canada and Aboriginal peoples and between Canada and Historic and Modern Treaty Aboriginal groups. Creating and maintaining partnerships that honour historic and modern treaties contributes to strengthened, healthy, self-reliant and sustainable Aboriginal communities while promoting delivery of programs and services vital to health and advancement of Aboriginal citizens and self-governing communities.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties.

Evaluations completed or planned: One evaluation was completed in the area of Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties in 2014–2015: the Evaluation of Consultation and Policy Development, which was completed in April 2015. Ongoing evaluations in this area include the Evaluation of Impact of Self-Government Agreements (to be completed in November 2015) and the Evaluation of Support for First Nations Governments (to be completed in September 2016).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Recipients were engaged through the General Assessment process, in the review and approval of funding proposals, and in ongoing discussions to determine the potential for longer-term agreements.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to implement comprehensive land claims and self-government agreementsFootnote 1 n/a n/a 407,791,749 416,126,574 415,905,951 8,114,202
(S) Grants to Aboriginal organizations designated to receive claim settlement payments pursuant to comprehensive land claim settlement acts 69,488,308 67,664,796 75,610,927 69,051,514 69,051,514 (6,559,413)
(S) Grant to the Nunatsiavut Government for the implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement pursuant to the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act 27,342,771 18,357,713 8,994,000 18,357,713 18,357,713 9,363,713
(S) Indian Annuities Treaty paymentsFootnote 5 n/a n/a 1,400,000 2,117,170 2,117,170 717,170
Grants to participating First Nations and the First Nations Education Authority pursuant to the First Nations Jurisdiction over Education in British Columbia Act 0 0 600,000 367,215 0 (600,000)
Payments to self-governing Aboriginal organizations, pursuant to comprehensive land claim agreements, self-government agreements or treaty legislationFootnote 2 123,224,449 132,831,721 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Grants to support First Nations, Inuit, Tribal Councils, organizations or other levels of government for the implementation activities as stipulated in the various agreementsFootnote 2 124,927,320 127,931,899 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Payments to Yukon First Nations pursuant to individual self-government agreementsFootnote 2 77,434,585 81,463,241 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Grant for Mi'kmaq Education in Nova ScotiaFootnote 2 53,842,011 45,574,496 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Grants to the Sechelt Indian Band pursuant to the Sechelt Self-Government ActFootnote 2 6,650,159 6,408,497 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Grant to the Westbank First Nation to support the implementation of the Westbank First Nation Self-Government AgreementFootnote 2 4,779,976 4,923,375 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Payments to the Government of the Northwest Territories to facilitate the implementation of comprehensive land claim agreementsFootnote 2 1,298,495 1,322,148 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Grants 488,988,074 486,477,886 494,396,676 506,020,186 505,432,348 11,035,672
Contributions
Contributions to support the negotiation and implementation of treaties, claims and self-government agreements or initiativesFootnote 1 n/a n/a 212,734,480 232,147,258 231,228,722 18,494,242
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development 4,928,822 4,826,092 147,802 3,539,780 3,539,780 3,391,978
Contributions to support First Nations elementary and secondary educational advancementFootnote 6 n/a n/a 319,000 0 0 (319,000)
Contributions to beneficiaries and various implementing bodies for implementing comprehensive land claim agreementsFootnote 2 213,281,787 215,666,360 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 218,210,609 220,492,452 213,201,282 235,687,038 234,768,502 21,567,220
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 707,198,683 706,970,338 707,597,958 741,707,224 740,200,849 32,602,891
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties Program was previously entitled Treaty Management under the 2013–2014 Program Alignment Architecture.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects incremental funding provided through Supplementary Estimates and reallocated internally for the implementation of various comprehensive claims and self-government agreements.

Transfer payment for Education

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Individual, family and community well-being for First Nations and Inuit

Description: The Education program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by supporting First Nation and Inuit students in achieving educational outcomes comparable to those of other Canadians. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has the principal role for elementary and secondary education for First Nation students ordinarily resident on reserve. The Education program also provides financial supports for post-secondary education to eligible First Nation and Inuit students. The overarching goal of AANDC's Education programming is to provide eligible First Nation and Inuit students with quality education, and ultimately, the opportunity to acquire the skills needed to enter the labour market and be full participants in a strong Canadian economy.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: The Audit of Post-Secondary Education was completed in February 2015. In addition, the Follow-up Audit of the Education Information System is planned for 2015–2016 and the Audit of the Elementary and Secondary Education Programs is planned for 2017–2018.

Evaluations completed or planned: In 2014–2015, two evaluations were completed in this program area: the Evaluation of Consultation and Policy Development and the Evaluation of the Youth Employment Strategy — Phase II (led by Employment and Social Development Canada, who will also publish the report on their departmental website). Both of these evaluations were completed in April 2015. The Evaluation of Indspire (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), which was scheduled to be completed in 2014–2015, has been postponed to 2017–2018 so as to be included in the Evaluation of Post-Secondary Education Program.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015, the Department engaged recipients through a national call for proposals for the Education Partnerships Program and the First Nation Student Success Program. Decisions were made by a National Selection Committee comprised of Regional Director Generals and two external members with experience and expertise in education. A total of 10 First Nation organizations were successful in receiving funding. A directed, interim, call for proposals was issued for Structural Readiness mid-year with a total of six proposals from First Nation organizations receiving funding. The Strong Schools, Successful Students Initiative was renewed in the Economic Action Plan 2015.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to support First Nations and Inuit post-secondary educational advancement (renamed for 2014–2015 and future years; previously entitled "Grants to Indians and Inuit to support their post-secondary educational advancement") 914,491 956,304 1,500,000 1,058,283 1,047,102 (452,898)
Grants to increase First Nations and Inuit youth participation in education and labour market opportunities (renamed for 2014–2015 and future years; previously entitled "Grants to Inuit to support their cultural advancement") 45,000 35,000 45,000 35,000 35,000 (10,000)
Grants to support First Nations elementary and secondary educational advancement (renamed for 2014–2015 and future years; previously entitled "Grants to Indians and Inuit to provide elementary and secondary educational support services") 4,946 9,361 150,000 8,007 8,007 (141,993)
Total Grants 964,436 1,000,666 1,695,000 1,101,290 1,090,109 (604,891)
Contributions
Contributions to support First Nations elementary and secondary educational advancementFootnote 6 n/a n/a 1,383,748,155 1,370,683,664 1,370,659,613 (13,088,542)
Contributions to support First Nations and Inuit post-secondary educational advancementFootnote 6 n/a n/a 345,229,449 331,556,650 331,538,650 (13,690,799)
Contributions to increase First Nations and Inuit youth participation in education and labour market opportunitiesFootnote 6 n/a n/a 41,376,000 49,688,253 49,660,015 8,284,015
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in educationFootnote 7 1,696,709,703 1,733,575,046 n/a n/a n/a n/a
(S) Contributions to Indspire 0 5,000,000 0 0 0 0
Contributions to IndspireFootnote 7 817,000 817,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development 25,000 25,000 0 0 0 0
Total Contributions 1,697,551,703 1,739,417,046 1,770,353,604 1,751,928,567 1,751,858,279 (18,495,325)
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 1,698,516,139 1,740,417,711 1,772,048,604 1,753,029,857 1,752,948,388 (19,100,216)
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending reflects internal reallocation of funding between Education Programs. In addition, funding was transferred to the Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties Program for the implementation of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Agreement.

Transfer payment for Social Development

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Individual, family and community well-being for First Nations and Inuit

Description: The Social Development program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by funding five social programs that assist First Nation individuals and communities to become more self-sufficient, protect individuals and families at risk of violence, provide prevention supports that allow individuals and families to better care for their children, and support greater participation in the labour market. The Program assists First Nation men, women and children to achieve greater independence and self-sufficiency in First Nation communities across Canada by providing funds to First Nations, First Nation organizations, provinces and others that provide individual and family services to on-reserve residents (and Yukon First Nation residents). These services help First Nation communities meet basic and special needs, support employability and an attachment to the workforce, and support the safety of individuals and families. Through these five social programs, First Nations are better able to advance their own development, leverage opportunities and actively contribute to the broader Canadian economy and society.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: One audit was completed in the area of Social Development in 2014–2015: the Audit of National Child Benefit Reinvestment and Assisted Living, which was completed in February 2015. The Audit of Income Assistance Program is planned for 2015–2016 and the Audit of the First Nations Child and Family Services Program is planned for 2016–2017.

Evaluations completed or planned: In 2014–2015, two evaluations were completed in this program area: the Evaluation of the Enhanced Prevention–Focused Approach for First Nations Child and Family Services in Manitoba (June 2014) and the Evaluation of Consultation and Policy Development (April 2015). The Formative Evaluation of Income Assistance Reform Program is scheduled to be completed in December 2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015, AANDC issued calls for proposals for the Disabilities Initiative, National Child Benefit Reinvestment Projects, and Family Violence Prevention Projects. Departmental social development project funding supported recipient-driven activities, enhancing First Nation approaches contributing to individual, family and community well-being. Funding recipients were monitored through various mechanisms including on-site visits, desk reviews, financial audits, evaluations, and ongoing communications.

Specific examples of engagement in 2014–2015 included those made by Income Assistance, which continued to implement improved program management by improving program compliance, supports and monitoring, as well as by the First Nations Child and Family Services Program, which conducted several pilot projects to further refine compliance tools for the implementation of a national compliance review requirement.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to provide income support to indigent on-reserve residents 10,020,338 10,963,536 10,000,000 9,394,617 9,394,115 (605,885)
Total Grants 10,020,338 10,963,536 10,000,000 9,394,617 9,394,115 (605,885)
Contributions
Contributions to provide income support to indigent on-reserve residentsFootnote 8 n/a n/a 924,781,896 1,002,158,672 991,939,516 67,157,620
Contributions to provide women, children and families ordinarily resident on-reserve with protection and prevention servicesFootnote 8 n/a n/a 664,190,368 678,553,839 678,553,838 14,363,470
Contributions to provide programming for low income reserve residents with children under the National Child Benefit Reinvestment InitiativeFootnote 8 n/a n/a 53,280,000 37,357,835 37,357,835 (15,922,165)
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in social developmentFootnote 8 1,684,260,414 1,695,813,973 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development 50,000 25,000 250,000 0 0 (250,000)
Total Contributions 1,684,310,414 1,695,838,973 1,642,502,264 1,718,070,345 1,707,851,189 65,348,925
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 1,694,330,752 1,706,802,509 1,652,502,264 1,727,464,962 1,717,245,305 64,743,041
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending relates primarily to the reallocation of resources, mainly from Infrastructure and Capacity, to meet increased demand for social development programs and services. In addition, funding was transferred to the Management and Implementation of Agreements and Treaties Program for the implementation of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Agreement.

Transfer payment for First Nations Individual Affairs

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Individual, family and community well-being for First Nations and Inuit

Description: The First Nations Individual Affairs Program contributes to ensuring federal stewardship of the legislative and administrative responsibilities of the federal government pertaining to registration, membership, status cards and estates. Results are achieved through direct client services and partnerships with First Nations to determine eligibility for registration under the Indian Act; issue proof of registration documents, such as the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS); and administer estates under the Indian Act. Through excellence in client-centric service delivery, the sound administration of individual affairs contributes to the well-being of First Nation individuals, families and communities.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: One audit was completed in the area of First Nations Individual Affairs in 2014–2015: the Audit of Indian Registration (Qalipu Phase II), which was completed in April 2015. The System Under Development Audit of Secure Integrated Registration and Certification Unit is planned for 2015–2016. This audit is considered a high priority for the 2015–2016 fiscal year.

Evaluations completed or planned: An evaluation of the Indian Moneys, Estates and Treaty Annuities Program was completed in 2013, and the Management Response and Action Plan is expected to be completed in fiscal year 2015–2016.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015, the Indian Moneys, Estates and Treaty Annuities Program made a call for proposals through AANDC Regional offices to provide First Nation communities and recipients access to contribution funding, in order for them to undertake a variety of initiatives related to estates. These initiatives included capacity building activities related to estates administration, which promoted awareness of estates management among First Nation individuals and communities.

Recipients of contribution funding were asked to provide a project proposal including the objective(s), activities, budget and deliverables for department officials to evaluate against program objectives, criteria on eligibility, and expenditures.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
(S) Indian Annuities Treaty paymentsFootnote 5 1,943,238 1,540,176 n/a 5,893 5,893 5,893
(S) Grants to Aboriginal organizations designated to receive claim settlement payments pursuant to comprehensive land claim settlement acts 0 160 0 0 0 0
Total Grants 1,943,238 1,540,336 0 5,893 5,893 5,893
Contributions
Contributions to Indian bands for registration administration 4,789,056 4,213,627 8,344,648 4,348,969 4,341,747 (4,002,901)
Contributions to support Land Management and Economic DevelopmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 0 2,385,238 2,385,238 2,385,238
Contributions to supply public services in Indian Government Support and to build strong governance, administrative and accountability systemsFootnote 1 n/a n/a 232,000 511,721 511,721 279,721
Contributions to Indian bands for land and estates managementFootnote 2 2,144,849 2,412,314 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in economic developmentFootnote 2 468,572 379,012 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 7,402,477 7,004,953 8,576,648 7,245,928 7,238,706 (1,337,942)
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 9,345,716 8,545,289 8,576,648 7,251,821 7,244,599 (1,332,049)
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The First Nations Individual Affairs Program was previously entitled Managing Individual Affairs under the 2013–2014 Program Alignment Architecture.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects reduced requirements for registration administration.

Transfer payment for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy

Description: Supporting Aboriginal entrepreneurship leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. Guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and its vision of strengthening Aboriginal entrepreneurship, AANDC's Aboriginal Entrepreneurship program contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome. The sub-programs within this program work together to support the creation and growth of viable Aboriginal businesses by providing access to business capital, support services and business opportunities. In playing this key support role, this Program expects to influence longer-term Aboriginal business viability, leading to improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians.

Repayable contributions: Contributions under the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship transfer payment program may be conditionally or unconditionally repayable, as well as non-repayable. For more information, see the terms and conditions for Contributions to support Land Management and Economic Development.

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship.

Evaluations completed or planned: The Evaluation of the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business was completed in June 2014. The ongoing Evaluation of Access to Capital and Business Services is scheduled to be completed in November 2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Throughout 2014–2015, the Department maintained dialogue with recipients through a variety of means to monitor compliance with program terms and conditions. This included attendance at events if feasible, telephone calls, emails, report reviews and meetings held at headquarters if the recipient was in Ottawa.

In 2014–2015, the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program issued 15 funding agreements with a total value of $33,593,000 to advance Aboriginal business and financial institutions. This development sought to expand the Aboriginal economy and promote job creation across Canada.

Through stakeholder engagement in 2014–2015, AANDC has:

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Total Grants n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Contributions to support Land Management and Economic Development n/a n/a 41,516,000 37,282,246 37,282,246 (4,233,754)
Total Contributions n/a n/a 41,516,000 37,282,246 37,282,246 (4,233,754)
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments n/a n/a 41,516,000 37,282,246 37,282,246 (4,233,754)
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program came into existence with the reorganization/realignment pursuant to the new Program Alignment Architecture for 2014–2015. Therefore, the columns for 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 are blank as the Program did not exist prior to 2014–2015.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects reallocations to address pressures and priorities in other programs.

Transfer payment for Community Development

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy

Description: Supporting community development leads to greater participation in the economy and improved economic prosperity for Aboriginal Canadians. Guided by the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and its vision of Enhancing the Value of Aboriginal Assets, AANDC's Community Development programming, through its sub-programs, contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by supporting activities that establish conditions for economic development to take place. In playing this key support role, Community Development programming expects to influence greater self-reliance and participation in the mainstream economy and community well-being.

Repayable contributions: Contributions under the Community Development transfer payment program may be conditionally repayable. For more information, see the terms and conditions for Contributions to support Land Management and Economic Development.

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Community Development. Several audits have been planned for upcoming fiscal years, including the Audit of Additions to Reserves Process, which is planned for 2015–2016 and Audit of Lands Management (including Lands Registry System), which is scheduled to be completed in 2016–2017.

Evaluations completed or planned: Two evaluations were completed in this program area in 2014–2015: the Evaluation of Investment in Economic Opportunities (February 2015) and the Evaluation of Consultation and Policy Development (April 2015). Three evaluations are scheduled to be completed in 2015–2016: the Evaluation of Lands and Economic Development Services (June 2015) and the Evaluation of the Federal Administration of Reserve Lands (September 2015), as well as the Evaluation of Contaminated Sites south of 60°N (November 2015).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015, AANDC:

Through calls for proposals in 2014–2015, AANDC (in conjunction with the Lands Advisory Board and the FNLM Resource Centre) engaged potentially interested First Nations in the FNLM Regime. This engagement resulted in 30 First Nations formally expressing their interest in joining the FNLM Regime through Band Council resolutions. The Department also supported First Nation and Inuit communities in their preparation for and participation in large and complex economic opportunities.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to First Nations to settle specific and special claims negotiated by Canada and/or awarded by the Specific Claims Tribunal n/a n/a 4,500,000 2,987,201 487,201 (4,012,799)
Total Grants n/a n/a 4,500,000 2,987,201 487,201 (4,012,799)
Contributions
Contributions to support Land Management and Economic Development n/a n/a 130,760,708 137,702,787 137,696,466 6,935,758
Contributions to First Nations for the management of contaminated sites n/a n/a 3,971,327 29,438,103 29,434,295 25,462,968
Contributions for the purpose of consultation and policy development n/a n/a 658,000 920,906 920,906 262,906
Contributions to support the negotiation and implementation of treaties, claims and self-government agreements or initiativesFootnote 1 n/a n/a 0 41,118 41,117 41,117
Total Contributions n/a n/a 135,390,035 168,102,915 168,092,784 32,702,749
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments n/a n/a 139,890,035 171,090,116 168,579,985 28,689,950
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Community Development Program came into existence with the reorganization/realignment pursuant to the new Program Alignment Architecture for 2014–2015. Therefore, the columns for 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 are blank as the program did not exist prior to 2014–2015.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for the assessment, management and remediation of federal contaminated sites under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, and for the expansion of the First Nations Land Management Regime. Additional funding was also provided through internal reallocations for the assessment, management and remediation of federal contaminated sites. These increases in actual spending were partially offset by a reduced funding requirement reflecting the deferral of activities associated with the implementation of treaty land entitlement in Saskatchewan. Specifically, payments to the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and to the Province of Saskatchewan as compensation for the loss of their tax base, as a result of the settlement of treaty land, were not required in 2014–2015 due to delays in the transfer of lands to reserve status. This deferred funding that was not required in 2014–2015 has been re-profiled to 2015–2016 when it will be available for the intended purpose.

Transfer payment for Strategic Partnerships

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy

Description: The Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) is an innovative, horizontal program intended to align federal efforts to support Aboriginal participation in complex economic opportunities, particularly large regional opportunities and major resource developments. Given the nature of these developments, multiple federal departments and agencies have an interest and role with respect to their planning and implementation. There are more than twenty federal departments and agencies delivering programs and services that support Aboriginal economic development. To access support, communities must therefore work with several federal partners each with differing programs, application requirements and approval processes, thereby inhibiting a coordinated, timely and strategic approach to Aboriginal community participation. Recognizing the need to support community participation at the early stages of these developments, the program provides a mechanism for federal partners to collectively identify emerging opportunities, target investment decisions and streamline program application and approval processes. In doing so, the initiative also helps to build closer partnerships with nonfederal partners, including provincial and territorial governments, the private sector and Aboriginal communities. The Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by aligning federal efforts, leveraging investments from other levels of government and the private sector, and addressing gaps in programming to ensure that Aboriginal Canadians can participate in and benefit from priority regional opportunities and major resource developments.

Repayable contributions: Repayable contributions exist for Strategic Partnerships. See the terms and conditions for Contributions to support the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative.

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Strategic Partnerships.

Evaluations completed or planned: One evaluation was completed in this program area in 2014–2015: the Evaluation of the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (September 2014).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: By enhancing federal coordination and Aboriginal participation in key economic development opportunities, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) facilitated the development of new and effective partnerships in 2014–2015 with non-federal partners including provincial and territorial governments, the private sector, and Aboriginal individuals, organizations, businesses and communities. In addition to supporting new partnerships and greater collaboration within the federal government, the SPI also ensured that partnerships between Aboriginal communities and private sector proponents developed at the community level.

Throughout 2014–2015, the SPI engaged applicants and recipients through local governance structures established for SPI initiatives, including Labrador Trough, Ring of Fire, West Coast Energy, Atlantic Shipbuilding and Northern Biomass. AANDC continued to work with the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board through the SPI Investment Committee to engage in opportunities for supporting Aboriginal participation in resource development.

AANDC has also continued to work with the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs and other organizations to assess the needs and opportunities for existing and emerging major resource development projects. Engagement within these projects occurred through the development of work plans in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and other partners to identify specific outcomes to be achieved with SPI investments.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Total Grants n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Contributions to support the Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative n/a n/a 14,450,000 24,445,092 24,183,110 9,733,110
Total Contributions n/a n/a 14,450,000 24,445,092 24,183,110 9,733,110
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments n/a n/a 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments n/a n/a 14,450,000 24,445,092 24,183,110 9,733,110
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Strategic Partnerships Program came into existence with the reorganization/realignment pursuant to the new Program Alignment Architecture for 2014–2015. Therefore, the columns for 2012–2013 and 2013–2014 are blank as the program did not exist prior to 2014–2015.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for the facilitation of Aboriginal Participation in West Coast Energy Development.

Transfer payment for Infrastructure and Capacity

Start date/end date: This is a mix of sunsetting and ongoing programming.

Strategic outcome: Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy

Description: This program contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome by supporting First Nation communities in acquiring, constructing, owning, operating and maintaining a base infrastructure that protects their health and safety and enables their engagement in the economy. The Emergency Management Assistance sub-program supports the four pillars of emergency management on reserve: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Other sub-programs provide funding and advice to support housing, capacity building and community infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems, education facilities, roads and bridges, electrification, and community buildings. Ultimately, this program enables First Nations to participate more fully in the Canadian economy by establishing a base of safe infrastructure that meets established standards, and housing and infrastructure that meets the needs of First Nations communities as well as supporting the four pillars of emergency management.

Repayable contributions: Repayable contributions exist for the Capital Facilities Maintenance Program, the principal program through which the Government of Canada funds on-reserve community infrastructure. See the terms and conditions for Contributions to support the Construction and Maintenance of Community Infrastructure, Section 14.0 Repayable Contributions.

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, one audit was completed in the area of Infrastructure and Capacity: the Audit of On-Reserve Infrastructure (excluding Water and Wastewater) was completed in November 2014.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation was completed in this program area in 2014–2015. The Evaluation of Education Facilities and Community Infrastructure was completed in June 2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Through a call for proposal process, the ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program focused exclusively on supporting the development and implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Aboriginal and northern communities, with an emphasis on off-grid communities.

In 2014–2015, engagement occurred through the development of First Nations Infrastructure Plans by First Nation communities in collaboration with regional offices. Regional offices used community plans to develop their regional plans, and these regional plans were rolled-up into a National Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Regional offices engaged with First Nations and/or Tribal Councils to develop funding agreements and ensure that recipients complied with terms and conditions. First Nations and/or Tribal Councils were responsible for the planning, design, tendering, and construction of specific major capital projects, and were also responsible for meeting the reporting requirements set out in their funding agreement. Funding recipients primarily used data collection instruments and audited financial statements to report on activities, deliverables and/or results of expenditures.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to the 5 First Nations who are signatory to the Manitoba Northern Flood Agreement Claim 138 Settlement Agreement 0 2,000,000 0 0 0 0
Grants to students and their chaperons to promote fire protection awareness in band and federally operated schoolsFootnote 2 2,800 2,800 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Grants 2,800 2,002,800 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Contributions to support the construction and maintenance of community infrastructureFootnote 1 n/a n/a 1,068,289,156 1,148,645,903 1,102,280,976 33,991,820
Contributions for emergency management assistance for activities on reservesFootnote 9 n/a n/a 35,650,667 106,053,321 105,299,211 69,648,544
(S) Contributions in connection with First Nations infrastructure 0 0 26,730,568 26,502,251 26,502,251 (228,317)
Contributions for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources, and promoting scientific developmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 1,000,000 922,174 922,174 (77,826)
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in capital facilities and maintenanceFootnote 2 1,039,030,535 1,005,072,775 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contribution for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resourcesFootnote 2 728,828 1,027,308 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in Indian government supportFootnote 2 0 85,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 1,039,759,363 1,006,185,083 1,131,670,391 1,282,132,649 1,235,004,611 103,334,220
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 1,039,762,163 1,008,187,883 1,131,670,391 1,282,123,649 1,235,004,611 103,334,220
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Infrastructure and Capacity Program was previously entitled Community Infrastructure under the 2013–2014 Program Alignment Architecture.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for: the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan; a comprehensive and sustainable approach to on-reserve emergency management and for on-reserve response and recovery activities; and the First Nation Infrastructure Fund (from the New Building Canada Fund). These increases are partially offset by reallocations to address pressures in other programs, notably Social Development and Governance and Institutions of Government, as well as the deferral of funding provided for certain high priority school construction projects through Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012. This deferred funding that was not required in 2014–2015 has been re-profiled to 2015–2016 when it will be available for the intended purpose.

Transfer payment for Urban Aboriginal Participation

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Full participation of First Nations, Métis, Non-Status Indians and Inuit individuals and communities in the economy

Description: The Urban Aboriginal Participation Program contributes to The Land and Economy Strategic Outcome. The program supports the participation of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in the economy. Through programs such as, the Urban Aboriginal Strategy; the Aboriginal Friendship Centres Program; the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth; and Young Canada Works for Aboriginal Urban Youth, it provides a vehicle by which the federal government can work with other governments, the urban Aboriginal community and other stakeholders to reduce or remove barriers and enhance the life skills and knowledge of urban Aboriginal individuals and communities. These enhancements provide greater access to economic opportunities. The program allows the federal government to facilitate partnerships with all levels of government to align expenditures directed toward urban Aboriginal individuals and communities in key centres, achieving more substantive outcomes. The program will expand local labour market pools, allowing for increased economic development, and assist in moving urban Aboriginal communities toward increased self-reliance and a reduced dependency on government, thus helping to strengthen Canada's economy as a whole.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Urban Aboriginal Participation. The Audit of Urban Aboriginal Strategy is planned for 2016–2017.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation was completed in this Program area in 2014–2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015 the Government of Canada provided funding to the National Association of Friendship Centres for the delivery of Community Capacity Support and Urban Partnerships programs, which aim to increase the participation of urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada's economy. For both programs, the National Association of Friendship Centres launched open calls for proposals for which urban Aboriginal organizations and other eligible recipients could apply. AANDC worked with the National Association of Friendship Centres to ensure transparency and fairness in their funding decisions.

AANDC administered part of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy by identifying and funding applicants to establish strategic plans. These plans will help guide funding decisions made by the National Association of Friendship Centres and other partners to increase the economic participation of urban Aboriginal people in the future.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Total Grants n/a 0 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Urban Aboriginal Strategy n/a 47,710,516 38,700,980 47,543,746 47,494,745 8,793,765
Total Contributions n/a 47,710,516 38,700,980 47,543,746 47,494,745 8,793,765
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments n/a 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments n/a 47,710,516 38,700,980 47,543,746 47,494,745 8,793,765
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

The Urban Aboriginal Participation Program came into existence with the new Program Alignment Architecture for 2013–2014. Therefore, the column for 2012–2013 is blank as the Program did not exist prior to 2013–2014.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects funding renewed through Supplementary Estimates for a revised Consolidated Urban Aboriginal Strategy.

Transfer payment for Northern Governance and People

Start date/end date: This is a mix of sunsetting and ongoing programming.

Strategic outcome: Self-reliance, prosperity and well-being for the people and communities of the North

Description: The Northern Governance and People Program supports The North Strategic Outcome. This program strengthens the North's communities and people by devolving to territorial governments responsibilities for lands and natural resources; by fostering effective intergovernmental relations with territorial governments and providing support to Territorial Commissioners; by subsidizing the costs of nutritious perishable foods and other essential items in isolated Northern communities; by providing grants for hospital and physician services in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories; by working with Northern communities to identify the risks and challenges posed by climate change and by advancing interests of Canadians and Northerners through circumpolar forums. Canadians and Northerners will benefit with territorial governments ultimately having more control over their own affairs.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Northern Governance and People. The Audit of Nutrition North Canada is scheduled for 2017–2018.

Evaluations completed or planned: The Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation was completed in April 2015 (Environment Canada will publish the report to their departmental website). Evaluations to be completed in upcoming years include the Evaluation of Petroleum and Minerals (November 2015) and the Evaluation of Northern Governance (June 2016).

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The Department fulfilled its obligation to provide ongoing funding, as of April 1, 2014, to Aboriginal parties to the final Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement. This funding enabled the Aboriginal parties to participate in the post-devolution lands and resources management regime with the Government of the Northwest Territories. Finance Canada managed the ongoing funding to the Government of the Northwest Territories as part of Territorial Formula Financing.

The Department engaged with the Government of Nunavut and Government of the Northwest Territories to finalize their annual grant agreements. Under these agreements, the Department reimbursed a portion of the costs each territorial government incurred to provide hospital and physician services to Indian and Inuit residents. Additionally, the Department continued to provide a funding agreement to the Government of Nunavut to support the strengthening of the territorial government's financial management capacity.

The Department also continued discussions with both the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated to advance devolution of responsibilities for lands and resources management in Nunavut.

Involvement with Nutrition North Canada's recipients (registered food suppliers and retailers) is ongoing. This continuing engagement is strengthening the Program's ability to improve access to nutritious food in isolated northern communities. The Department met with all northern retailers, collectively and individually, to reinforce the requirements for monitoring and assurance activities, in particular, specifying that they must provide all the information on eligible items, including current profit margins and profit margins over time. In addition, the Department and the Advisory Board engaged northern retailers in discussions about displaying subsidy savings on point-of-sale receipts.

Through a call for proposal process and funding agreements with territorial governments, AANDC worked collaboratively with other government departments, Aboriginal organizations and communities to promote the Climate Change Adaptation Program and build capacity within communities to carry out vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning exercises.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grants to the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Nunavut for health care of Indians and Inuit 50,226,000 51,231,000 52,256,000 52,256,000 52,256,000 0
Grants for the political evolution of the territories, particularly as it pertains to devolution 3,387,331 26,146,842 0 8,632,697 8,632,697 8,632,697
Total Grants 53,613,331 77,377,842 52,256,000 60,888,697 60,888,697 8,632,697
Contributions
Contributions to support access to healthy foods in isolated northern communities 62,317,423 63,879,237 53,930,000 65,499,766 65,499,766 11,569,766
Contributions to promote social and political development in the NorthFootnote 1 n/a n/a 979,000 3,643,940 3,250,431 2,271,431
Contributions for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources, and promoting scientific developmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 3,950,000 2,189,362 2,189,362 (1,760,638)
Contributions to support the construction and maintenance of community infrastructureFootnote 1 n/a n/a 1,500,000 1,560,638 1,560,638 60,638
Contributions for promoting the political, social and scientific development of Canada's three territoriesFootnote 2 1,872,572 4,723,182 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contribution for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resourcesFootnote 2 2,122,415 2,328,913 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Payments to support Indians, Inuit and Innu for the purpose of supplying public services in capital facilities and maintenanceFootnote 2 1,242,500 1,464,579 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Contributions for enhancing the financial management capability and networking facilities of the Government of NunavutFootnote 2 1,364,996 800,000 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 68,919,905 73,195,911 60,359,000 72,893,706 72,500,197 12,141,197
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 122,533,236 150,573,753 112,615,000 133,782,403 133,388,894 20,773,894
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates to meet the Government of Canada's obligations under the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement, and to increase support for the Nutrition North Canada Program.

Transfer payment for Northern Science and Technology

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Self-reliance, prosperity and well-being for the people and communities of the North

Description: The Northern Science and Technology Program contributes to The North Strategic Outcome. It aims to support scientific research and technology in the North by providing researchers and scientists with increased access to programs and infrastructure to further research science and technology. The focus of this program is: researching and monitoring contaminants and their impacts on the ecosystem through the Northern Contaminants Program; supporting initiatives to create, manage and disseminate scientific data and results that help inform public policy making; and supporting work to establish the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS). Northerners and all Canadians will benefit from a knowledge base that supports health and sustainable development and the positioning of Canada as an international leader in Arctic science and technology.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, no audit work was completed in the area of Northern Science and Technology. The Audit of Program Management of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (formerly the Audit of Project Management of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS)) has been cancelled due to transfer of responsibility to other government departments.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation was completed in this program area in 2014–2015. The ongoing Evaluation of Petroleum and Minerals is scheduled to be completed in November 2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: In 2014–2015, the Northern Contaminants Program engaged potential recipients through the annual call for proposals, seeking proposals that were aligned with its strategic documents. To monitor progress and compliance with the terms and conditions of funding, the Program worked with recipients by requesting and reviewing mid-year, end of year, and final project reports, and integrating their final project results into the Northern Contaminants Program annual Synopsis of Research Report.

In 2014–2015, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station's Science and Technology Program engaged recipients through directed funding towards projects aligned with the objectives in the five-year Science and Technology Plan as well as through two open and competitive calls for proposals.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Grant for the advancement of scientific knowledge of the North 1,076,000 0 0 0 0 0
Total Grants 1,076,000 0 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Contributions for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources, and promoting scientific developmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 4,725,000 3,145,966 3,140,760 (1,584,240)
Contributions to support the advancement of Northern Science and Technology 0 0 0 2,396,741 2,396,736 2,396,736
Contribution for Inuit counselling in the South 80,000 80,000 0 187,000 187,000 187,000
Contribution for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resourcesFootnote 2 3,127,149 3,772,438 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 3,207,149 3,852,438 4,725,000 5,729,707 5,724,496 999,496
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 4,283,149 3,852,438 4,725,000 5,729,707 5,724,496 999,496
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station's Science and Technology Program, partially offset by reduced requirements for the Northern Contaminants Program.

Transfer payment for Northern Land, Resources and Environmental Management

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Self-reliance, prosperity and well-being for the people and communities of the North

Description: The Northern Land, Resources and Environmental Management Program supports The North Strategic Outcome. It focuses on the management, sustainable development and regulatory oversight of the land, water, natural resources and environment of the North, delivering on the Department's role as the Government of Canada's natural resource manager in Nunavut and the offshore, and its post-devolution responsibilities in the Northwest Territories and Yukon. This program involves: managing oil and gas resources development; supporting the sustainable management of active mineral exploration and development; supporting the sound management of contaminated sites and of Nunavut and the few remaining AANDC-managed land and water areas in the North; and ensuring the completion of territorial land-use planning including zones for conservation, development and other uses. Northerners and Canadians will benefit from economic opportunities and sustainable development.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, two audits were completed in the area of Northern Land, Resources and Environmental Management: the Audit of Northern Oil and Gas (September 2014) and the Audit of Northern Contaminated Sites (November 2014). In addition, an Audit of Contingent Liabilities is scheduled for completion in 2017–2018.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation was completed in this program area in 2014–2015. The Evaluation of Petroleum and Minerals is scheduled to be completed in November 2015, while the Evaluation of Environmental Sustainability and Contaminated Sites on Reserve, which was scheduled to be completed in 2014–2015, is ongoing and has an expected completion date in 2015–2016.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The Northern Contaminated Sites Program actively engaged with Aboriginal and northern communities to ensure community perspectives were considered in planning remediation of contaminated abandoned mine and military sites. Funding was also provided to the Government of Yukon to ensure human health and safety are protected at abandoned mines, including Faro, Clinton Creek and Mount Nansen. In addition, funding was transferred to the Government of Yukon for the assessment and remediation of the Marwell Tar Pit.

Aboriginal organizations and other recipients of Beaufort Regional Environmental Assessment (BREA) funds participated in the committees and working groups that governed BREA. Inuvialuit organizations and communities, federal departments, territorial governments, industry and researchers were consulted and engaged in BREA activities. BREA-funded recipients provided annual progress reports on their activities, and the results are presented on a publicly accessible website.

Aboriginal organizations and the territorial government participated in a committee that steered research priorities, issued calls for research proposals and allocated funding for the Nunavut General Monitoring Plan (NGMP). NGMP-funded recipients provided summary reports with results that will be shared on the NGMP website.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Total Grants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Transfer payments to the Government of Yukon for the care and maintenance, remediation and management of the closure of contaminated sites in Yukon 34,790,193 41,121,323 0 51,251,987 51,251,987 51,251,987
Contributions for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resources, and promoting scientific developmentFootnote 1 n/a n/a 17,856,000 11,497,077 8,390,728 (9,465,272)
Transfer payments to the Government of Yukon for the remediation of the Marwell Tar Pit Site to support the Contaminated Sites Program 129,800 250,000 90,600 90,600 90,600 0
Contribution for promoting the safe use, development, conservation and protection of the North's natural resourcesFootnote 2 14,154,764 14,038,126 n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Contributions 49,074,757 55,409,450 17,946,600 62,839,664 59,733,315 41,786,715
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 49,074,757 55,409,450 17,946,600 62,839,664 59,733,315 41,786,715
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects additional funding provided through Supplementary Estimates for the assessment, management and remediation of federal contaminated sites under the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan, partially offset by funding which was set aside in order to meet the statutory funding requirements under the Territorial Formula Financing as stipulated in the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement.

Transfer payment for Residential Schools Resolution

Start date/end date: This is an ongoing program.

Strategic outcome: Individual, family and community well-being for First Nations and Inuit

Description: The Residential Schools Resolution Program contributes to The People Strategic Outcome by supporting a fair and lasting resolution to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools and promoting reconciliation with former students, their families and communities, and all Canadians. AANDC implements the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) — a multi-party negotiated settlement monitored by the courts — by administering the Common Experience Payment and the Personal Credits strategy, resolving claims of abuse under the Independent Assessment Process and meeting the Government of Canada's obligations vis-à-vis the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition to its legal obligations under the IRSSA, AANDC funds and monitors the Advocacy and Public Information Program and promotes reconciliation between the Government of Canada and Aboriginal peoples, as well as between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, through specific reconciliation initiatives. A fair resolution of the legacy of Indian Residential Schools contributes to improved relationships between Aboriginal people and all Canadians and strengthens Aboriginal communities.

Repayable contributions: None

Results achieved: Please refer to Section II of the 2014–15 Departmental Performance Report.

Audits completed or planned: In 2014–2015, one audit was completed in the area of Residential Schools Resolution. The Audit of AANDC Support to the Independent Assessment Process was completed in November 2014.

Evaluations completed or planned: No evaluation work was completed in this program area in 2014–2015.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: The Group Independent Assessment Process (IAP) Program provides contribution funding for groups of residential school survivors to conduct activities focused on healing or reconciliation.

For 2014–2015, the Secretariat conducted a call for proposals. To invite participation, the Secretariat made contact with potential recipients though community outreach initiatives, information sessions, participation at national events, emails, telephone calls, and postings on the Independent Assessment Process website. Over 80 inquiries were received and 23 proposals submitted. As a result, AANDC entered into transfer payment agreements with 13 partners, totaling $646,426 in contributions. Funded activities included workshops on topics such as understanding the impacts of residential schools, wellness planning, parenting skills and post-traumatic stress, as well as cultural activities such as Sunrise Ceremonies, pow-wows, and sweatlodges.

To monitor compliance with the terms and conditions of these agreements, the Secretariat maintained contact with recipients via emails and telephone calls as well as in-person meetings.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012–2013 Actual Spending 2013–2014 Actual Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014–2015 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014–2015 Actual Minus Planned)
Grants
Total Grants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Contributions
Contributions for groups of Indian Residential School survivors who wish to resolve their claim as a group under the Independent Assessment Process 483,000 648,475 0 646,426 646,426 646,426
Contributions for former students, their families, communities and groups of individuals for the purpose of facilitating regional or national commemoration projects that address the Indian Residential Schools experience and provide the opportunity to share the initiative with family and community 11,483,638 6,167,384 0 0 0 0
Contributions for eligible Aboriginal or other recipients for the purpose of providing advocacy and public education on a diverse range of issues related to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement 3,712,794 2,109,144 0 0 0 0
Total Contributions 15,679,432 8,925,003 0 646,426 646,426 646,426
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Transfer Payments 15,679,432 8,925,003 0 646,426 646,426 646,426
Note: Due to rounding, figures may not add to totals shown.

Comments on variances: The difference between 2014–2015 Planned Spending and Actual Spending primarily reflects the reallocation of funding to groups of Indian residential school survivors who wish to resolve their claim as a group under the Independent Assessment Process.

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