Aboriginal Economic Development Strategic Partnerships Initiative

Name of lead department: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)

Federal partner organizations: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency; Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec; Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, including FedNor; Natural Resources Canada; Parks Canada; Status of Women Canada; Western Economic Diversification Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Start date: June 17, 2010

End date: Ongoing

Total federal funding allocated (start to end date): $85.5 million over five years — total Grants and Contributions (G&C) and Operations & Maintenance (O&M). In addition, $61,000,000 was made available over five years commencing in 2014-15 in Grants and Contributions for West Coast Energy.

Funding contributed by non-federal and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Description: With a focus on economic readiness, the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI) supports Indigenous participation in the economy, with a particular emphasis on emerging opportunities in the resource development sectors, including forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and agriculture. The program also supports other key economic development opportunities in areas such as shipbuilding, tourism and environmental monitoring.

A key component of the new Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, SPI provides a coordinated federal response to existing and emerging Indigenous economic development opportunities. The program builds partnerships among participating federal departments and agencies, Indigenous communities, provincial and territorial governments and the private sector to help Indigenous Canadians take advantage of complex market-driven opportunities in key and emerging economic sectors. The initiative's funding is designed to fill gaps that cannot be addressed by existing programs.

The initiative also helps to build closer partnerships with non-federal cohorts, including provincial and territorial governments, the private sector and Indigenous individuals, organizations, businesses and communities. These partnerships help bring together the people and resources required for Indigenous communities to take advantage of key economic development opportunities across all regions of the country.

Shared outcome: SPI supports a horizontal approach to federal investments that ensures these investments align with and target market-driven opportunities. It also ensures that the Government of Canada is able to anticipate, plan for and engages in opportunities; is able to maximize the results of federal investments; and is better positioned to lever funds from non-federal sources. SPI uses a single-window approach (shared application, monitoring and reporting) to federal investments in identified priorities and addresses program gaps that might preclude Indigenous participation in economic opportunities. This process also allows funds to flow from multiple programs and departments through one federal lead department in support of the initiative.

Governance structure: Central to the governance structure of SPI is the Director General Investment Committee (DGIC). The DGIC includes membership from all SPI member departments with a core voting membership to make final funding decisions on initiatives seeking funding. The DGIC validates and prioritizes opportunities, taking a whole-of-government approach to investments under the program. It also identifies relevant federal government departments that have a role to play in supporting any given initiative, and ensures that they work together with Indigenous groups to advance these opportunities. The DGIC completes a review of detailed proposals from federal departments on opportunities for consideration under the program.

Performance highlights: In fiscal 2015–2016, 41 partnerships were supported between all levels of government, Indigenous communities and organizations and with industry, generating $22.5 million in leveraged funding and exceeding the program’s established target (value of federal and non-federal funds leveraged under the SPI) by over $7 million. Working with partners, SPI continues to complete environmental scans and develop opportunity profiles on emerging economic development opportunities across the country that could potentially be supported under the program. Over the last year, 18 such profiles were completed, examining opportunities such as clean energy in British Columbia, mining developments in Voisey’s Bay, and support of a national Indigenous tourism strategy. SPI is also working with federal departments, such as Health Canada, to use the flexibility provided by its terms and conditions to establish a pilot project that enables a single-window approach to funding in the Ring of Fire in Northern Ontario.

Performance Information
Federal organizations Link to the organization’s program Contributing programs and activities Total allocation (from start to end date) (dollars) 2015–2016 Planned spending (dollars) 2015–2016 Actual spending (dollars) 2015–2016 Expected results 2015–2016 Actual results against targets
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Aboriginal Economic Development Not applicable $85,500,000 (General SPI) $14,500,000 $14,963,742 ER1.1 T1.1
AR1.1
$61,000,000 (West Coast Energy Infrastructure) $17,250,000 $15,688,405
Total for all federal organizations $146,500,000 $31,750,000 $30,652,147  
2015–2016 Expected results 2015–2016 Targets 2015–2016 Actual results against targetsa
ER1.1
Investments are leveraged from other levels of government and the private sector
T1.1
$15,000,000
AR1.1
SPI supported 16 initiatives and leveraged $22.5 million in additional funding from other sources, exceeding SPI’s target by $7 million. Of the initiatives supported, nine were delivered by INAC regional offices, six by other government partners, and one by multiple federal partners. During 2015–2016, 41 partnerships were created or maintained, while 385 communities participated directly or indirectly in SPI-funded projects.
a Performance indicators are defined in the Performance Measurement Strategies and/or Performance Measurement Frameworks of each federal partner.

Comments on variances: Not applicable

Results achieved by non-federal partners and non-governmental partners: Not applicable

Contact information:
Gerry Huebner
Acting Director
Strategic Partnerships Initiative
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Telephone: 819–209-4064

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