Video: Improvements to the AANDC Funding Agreements Annual Cycle

Aboriginal organizations and First Nation communities have told AANDC that the complexity and burden of the current annual funding agreement process distracts from the more important work of delivering programs and services that will make a difference in their communities. In response, the Department has made improvements to its annual funding agreement management cycle to simplify the process and reduce the administrative burden on First Nations.

This video illustrates these recent improvements and how they will help funding recipients.

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Transcript: Improvements to the AANDC Funding Agreements Annual Cycle

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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada administers transfer payments to recipients on an annual cycle.

Aboriginal organizations and First Nation communities have noted that the complexity and burden of this process distracts from the more important work of delivering programs and services that will make a difference in their communities.

Recipients indicate that they want simplified funding agreements, they want to see them sooner, and they want to discuss any changes the Department makes to the administration of the agreements.

In Budget 2012, the Government committed to working with Aboriginal peoples in ways that will make it easier for them to access program funding by simplifying the application process, agreements and reporting requirements.

As part of this goal, a number of key improvements are being made to the AANDC annual funding agreement management cycle:

An optional streamlined and user-friendly funding agreement model will be available for First Nation recipients for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Recipients will be able to offer their input on this model to improve it for use in future fiscal years.

For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, we will also consolidate the Year-End Reporting Handbook and the Recipient Reporting Guide into one single tool called the 'Reporting Guide.'

Our national funding agreement models and the Reporting Guide will be available online for recipients by December 15 each year.

This will allow enough time for departmental officials to discuss funding agreement options with recipients before they take effect on April 1 of the following year.

It will also enable AANDC to notify recipients earlier in the cycle about the funding they will receive.

These are just some of the ways we are working to improve the management of funding agreements and reduce the administrative burden on recipients.

By reviewing all possible opportunities to simplify and improve business practices, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is providing greater clarity and simplicity in the way we do business together.

To find out more information about these initiatives or other ways we are working to improve our business practices, please contact us through your regional office or program sector or visit www.aandc.gc.ca.

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