Table 2: Details of Transfer Payment Programs (TPPs)

Transfer payment program 1: International Astronomical Observatories Program

General Information
Name of Transfer Payment Program International Astronomical Observatories Program
Start date 1978
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2015-16
Strategic Outcome R&D infrastructure for an innovative and knowledge-based economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Science Infrastructure and Measurement / National Science Infrastructure
Description

Astronomy has become a global science. The increasing cost of leading-edge observatories and the scarcity of ideal observation sites have led to a greater focus on international collaboration for large-scale astronomy projects which lead to advances in our knowledge and understanding of the universe.

NRC, in collaboration with other international bodies, provides financial contributions to support the management and operations of offshore ground-based observatories and their related facilities, including the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), the twin telescopes of the Gemini Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). NRC participates in the oversight and direction of these facilities and their research capabilities. NRC also represents Canada in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) consortium for the pre-construction phase of the telescope. In 2015, Canada joined the international partnership to participate in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT). NRC, on behalf of Canada, provides both financial and in-kind contributions.

International agreements governing these observatories are long-term commitments that specify contributions to support preconstruction design and development, construction, operation and maintenance, capital improvements (e.g., development of new astronomical instruments and other facility upgrades) and decommissioning of the international ground-based observatories and their related facilities. In addition, they include commitments to support the university-based user communities to ensure a fair and progressive use of these observatories. NRC participates in the governance of these international facilities on behalf of the Canadian astronomy research community and provides appropriate support, including sophisticated data management services and instrumentation. Through NRC's financial and in-kind contributions, the Canadian astronomy community is assured merit-based access to these facilities with appropriate support.

Recipients are not required to repay funds obtained under this transfer payment program.

Expected Results
  • Canadian astronomers have access to leading-edge facilities and technology.
  • Qualified students and post-doctoral researchers have access to facilities to advance their training.
  • Canada plays a prominent role in international scientific endeavours.
  • Scientific benefit of telescopes to the Canadian and the global community is maximized through progressive science programs using leading-edge instrumentation.
  • Canadian industry has opportunities to participate in advanced scientific projects and opportunities to benefit from contracts and technology development.
Fiscal Year of Last Completed Evaluation 2011-12
Decision following the Results of Last Evaluation Continuation
Fiscal Year of Planned Completion of Next Evaluation 2016-17
General Targeted Recipient Group Foreign States, intergovernmental organizations or corporations that operate international observatories that have entered into agreements with Canada (NRC) to support costs related to ground-based astronomical observatories. In the case of intergovernmental organizations, Canada and one or more foreign states are members. An eligible recipient can be a Canadian Crown Corporation or other delivery partner.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients NRC manages observatories established or maintained by the Government of Canada for the benefit of the Canadian astronomy research community, aligning its contributions to the priorities of the community's Long Range Plan for Astronomy and Astrophysics. NRC participates on the Boards which oversee the observatories to ensure that the science directions and programs of the facilities reflect Canadian strengths and interests. In addition, NRC ensures that these activities increase opportunities for Canadian researchers and firms to develop relevant instrumentation for the observatories. To carry out its roles effectively, NRC provides current information about each observatory to research community-based committees of scientists which provide expert advice on observatory operations and development. NRC provides extensive support to the user community through numerous services extending from administering the time allocation process for Canadian researchers through to delivery of science-ready data (through its Canadian Astronomy Data Centre).
 
Details of Transfer Payment Programs ($ millions)
Type of transfer payment Forecast Spending Planned Spending
2015-16 Table 1 note 1 2016-17 Table 1 note 2 2017-18 Table 1 note 3 2018-19 Table 1 note 3
Total Contributions 16.7 69.0 54.1 58.5
Total Transfer Payments 16.7 69.0 54.1 58.5

Table notes

Table 1 note 1

Forecast Spending amount for 2015-16 reflects $10.0M of existing funding, $6.7 M of new funding and the re-profiled amount of $14.9M from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

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Table 1 note 2

Planned Spending amounts for 2016-17 reflects existing and new funding as well as it includes the re-profiled amount from 2015-16.

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Table 1 note 3

Planned Spending amounts for 2017-18 and 2018-19 reflects existing and new funding.

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Transfer payment program 2: TRIUMF

General Information
Name of transfer payment program TRIUMF
Start date April 1, 1977
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2015-16
Strategic Outcome R&D infrastructure for an innovative and knowledge-based economy
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Science Infrastructure and Measurement
Description

TRIUMF is Canada's national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics, and accelerator-based science. The laboratory is one of Canada's key investments in large-scale research infrastructure. It provides world-class facilities for research in sub-atomic physics, accelerator science, life sciences and materials science. A consortium of 19 Canadian universities (12 full members and 7 associate members) owns and operates TRIUMF. TRIUMF receives its federal funding through NRC in five-year allocations via a Contribution Agreement. NRC plays an important oversight and stewardship role for TRIUMF on behalf of the Government of Canada. TRIUMF was allocated $267.3M in Budget 2014 and 2015 for base operations over the 2015 – 2020 period.

Recipients are not required to repay funds obtained under this transfer payment program.

Expected results

TRIUMF will continue to support the Canadian and international particle and nuclear physics community in alignment with the subatomic physics Long Range Plan. Key priorities include:

  • Advancing the construction of TRIUMF's flagship Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL), following the successful completion of ARIEL-I in 2014 and the Canada Foundation for Innovation's 2015 approval of the ARIEL-II project. Once completed, ARIEL's new accelerator and target facilities – together with the main cyclotron and ISAC facility at TRIUMF – will solidify Canada's place as a global leader in the production and study of rare isotopes for science, medicine, and business.
  • Supporting extraction and analysis of data from the T2K experiment in Japan.
  • Canadian participation in the ATLAS and ALPHA experiments at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN)
  • Construction of the Canada-Japan Ultra-Cold Neutron project at TRIUMF.
  • Furthering Canada's leadership in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging through the production and delivery of medical isotopes for the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the University of British Columbia's Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

Expected Results will include:

  • Produce world-class science across TRIUMF's core programs and advance the ARIEL facility.
  • Continue to attract and retain global talent, expand international research collaborations, and maintain Canadian access to international research facilities.
  • Grow TRIUMF's industry and community linkages with the objective of increasing the economic and societal benefit delivered to Canada.
  • Strengthen operational efficiency by updating project management procedures, refreshing safety processes, and revising staffing requirements as required to strengthen the laboratory's core programs.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2013-14
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2018-19
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit organizations (TRIUMF)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

NRC chairs the Agency Committee on TRIUMF (ACT), which includes the key federal agencies that fund activities at TRIUMF, providing TRIUMF management the opportunity to update the Committee on progress and discuss future directions for the facility.

NRC also manages the Advisory Committee on TRIUMF (ACOT), composed of international experts within disciplines that cover the research and technology activities of TRIUMF. ACOT reports its findings to NRC twice annually, making recommendations on programs and management as well as reporting on the scientific and technological achievements of TRIUMF programs and facilities. Representatives of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institute of Nuclear Physics and the Canadian Institute of Particle Physics are observer members who ensure that TRIUMF's directions are well aligned with the research community's needs and that TRIUMF is working with all constituencies of the Canadian sub-atomic physics community. The Committee considers all aspects of the TRIUMF program, with a particular emphasis on science and technological issues to ensure the relevance, impact and world class standing of TRIUMF S&T programs. Both ACT and ACOT engage in extended discussions with TRIUMF's management, ensuring that investments made on behalf of the research community are optimal.

Through NRC activities in ACT and ACOT, NRC maintains a close relationship with TRIUMF. Dialogue is maintained between NRC and the recipient to ensure that investments made by the Government of Canada are optimal, and that NRC meets the needs of its recipient as well as providing a vehicle for feedback on the transfer payment management process.

TRIUMF has about 390 staff and students supported through the NRC contribution agreement. An additional 138 positions are supported through other sources for specific designated purposes including temporary funds to operate new capital infrastructure. In total, TRIUMF provides training for some 150 undergraduate, graduate students, and postdocs per year. As a magnet for young minds, TRIUMF has designed numerous programs aimed at young people, students, teachers and the general public, to ensure that as many as possible benefit from the scientific program and the excitement that exists within one of Canada's premier laboratories. In addition, TRIUMF has initiated a program of professional skills development for graduate students and postdocs.

 
Details of Transfer Payment Programs ($ millions)
Type of transfer payment Forecast Spending Planned Spending
2015-16 Table 1 note 1 2016-17 Table 1 note 1 2017-18 Table 1 note 1 2018-19 Table 1 note 1
Total Contributions 50.8 53.7 54.6 55.3
Total Transfer Payments 50.8 53.7 54.6 55.3

Table notes

Table 2 note 1

Forecast Spending for 2015-16 and Planned Spending for 2016-17 to 2018-19 reflects NRC's permanent reference level of $19.3M and the new funding announced in Budget 2014 and 2015 as well as a transfer from the NSERC of $442,800/per fiscal year.

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Transfer payment program 3: Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

General Information
Name of transfer payment program Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Start date April 1, 2013
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2012-13
Strategic Outcome Canadian businesses prosper from innovative technologies
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Description

The Program contributes to the growth and prosperity of Canadian small and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by stimulating innovation, adoption and/or commercialization of technology-based products, services, or processes in Canada. This is done through: 1) technical and related business advice and networking facilitated by a cross-Canada network of field professional staff; 2) cost-shared merit-based contributions; and 3) contributions supporting employment of post-secondary graduates. This Program uses funding from the following transfer payments: Contributions to Firms; Contributions to Organizations; and Youth Employment Program (YEP).

NRC IRAP supports the placement of graduates in SMEs through its participation in the delivery of YEP sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

Recipients are not required to repay funds obtained under this transfer payment program.

Expected results
  • Stimulation of innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada.
  • Increased growth of innovative SMEs and creation of wealth for Canada
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2012-13
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2017-18
General targeted recipient groups

Industry-related — For-profit businesses (SMEs) and Non-profit Organizations

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

NRC IRAP is a national program managed on a regional basis with over 240 Industrial Technology Advisors (ITAs) located in approximately 100 communities across the country, who provide customized advice to technologically innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). ITAs are engaged with client SMEs throughout the entire contribution management process, from building project proposals through to project completion.

At the end of their funded project, recipients are required to complete an online Post-Project Report. This assessment captures information on the recipient's experience with NRC IRAP and, along with published service standards, is used by the program to develop continuous program improvements.

NRC IRAP has an Advisory Board composed of 10 to 12 members from the industry sector and industry associations. This Board provides advice to NRC IRAP management and brings an external perspective on the strategic directions and management of the program.

NRC IRAP is actively engaged with Treasury Board Secretariat Grants and Contributions Reform. Participation in workshops and constant alignment with recent Treasury Board Secretariat policy and guidelines has enabled the program to steadily move toward principles such as a Recipient Engagement Strategy.

 
Details of Transfer Payment Programs ($ millions)
Type of transfer payment Forecast Spending Planned Spending
2015-16 Table 1 note 1 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
Total Contributions 204.8 177.0 177.0 177.0
Total Transfer Payments 204.8 177.0 177.0 177.0

Table notes

Table 1 note 1

Forecast Spending in 2015-16 reflects amounts announced in Budget 2014 for contributions to Youth Employment Strategy Program $15.0M, a $10.0M conversion of Operations to Grants and Contributions , a transfer of $2.248M for Youth Employment Strategy Program from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and a transfer of $1.8M to IRAP's Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP).

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Transfer payment program 4: Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP)

General Information
Name of transfer payment program Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP)
Start date October 1, 2013
End date March 31, 2019
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2013-14
Strategic Outcome Canadian businesses prosper from innovative technologies
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)
Description The CAIP is a 5-year non-repayable contribution program, aimed at establishing a critical mass of outstanding business incubators and accelerators that can develop innovative, high-growth firms, which themselves represent superior early-stage investment opportunities.
Expected results
  • Early-stage firms have access to innovation support services.
  • Early-stage firms improve investment readiness.
  • Wealth creation in Canada
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation N/A
Decision following the results of last evaluation N/A
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation 2016-17 (mid-term evaluation) and 2018-19 (Impact Evaluation).
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit Organizations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients CAIP will support SMEs' access to best-in-class business accelerators and incubators with the goal of helping these organizations expand their overall service offerings. Organizations will be selected based on CAIP specific eligibility criteria and selection guidelines. CAIP is a direct result of extensive consultations, undertaken by Finance Canada in 2012, which revealed that, in addition to the availability of venture capital, entrepreneurs also require access to specialized innovation resources to succeed.
 
Details of Transfer Payment Programs ($ millions)
Type of transfer payment Forecast Spending Planned Spending
2015-16 2016-17 Table 1 note 1 2017-18 Table 1 note 1 2018-19 Table 1 note 1
Total Contributions 20.6 24.4 24.2 17.1
Total Transfer Payments 20.6 24.4 24.2 17.1

Table notes

Table 4 note 1

Planned Spending in 2016-17 to 2018-19 reflect the existing funding and the amount re-profiled from 2014-15.

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