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2014–2015 RPP Supplementary Tables

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding


Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

Strategic Outcome: Canada’s natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations

Program and Sub-Program: 1.3 Sustainable Ecosystems, 1.3.3 Community Engagement

Name of recipient: Clayoquot Biosphere Trust

Start date: February 2000

End date: In perpetuity

Description: Creation of an endowment fund for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT), which is the cornerstone of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The CBT will use the income from the endowment fund to support local research, education and training in the Biosphere Reserve region.

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding (millions)
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2014–15
Planned Funding
2015–16
Planned Funding
2016–17
$12.0$12.0 (in 2000)$0.0$0.0$0.0

Summary of annual plans of recipient:

During 2014–15, the CBT will focus on the following objectives and deliverables:

  • Develop and nurture youth ambassadors through a field-trip program based on stewardship and philanthropy.
  • Deliver sustainability studies, grades 11 and 12, at Ucluelet Secondary School. This course of studies was developed by the CBT and accredited by School District 70.
  • Implement a Board-led, multi-year strategy and a fundraising campaign to support the establishment of a permanent biosphere centre.
  • Deliver a $50,000 call for projects focused on new biosphere priorities.
  • Monitor community health issues identified through the Vital Signs 2012 report.
  • Maintain the CBT/Genus Scholarship Program.

Link to recipient’s site: www.clayoquotbiosphere.org

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Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

Strategic Outcome: Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized

Program, Sub-Program and Sub-Sub-Program: 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air, 3.2.3 Environmental Technology and 3.2.3.2 Environmental Technology Innovation

Name of recipient: Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

Start date: February 2000

End date: In perpetuity

Description: The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a $550-million revolving fund administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that supports grants, loans and loan guarantees to encourage investment in environmental municipal projects. The Government of Canada endowed the FCM with a total of $550 million for this initiative through a series of budget decisions from 2000 to 2005.

The GMF was established to have a positive impact on the health and the quality of life of Canadians by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving local air, water and soil quality and promoting renewable energy by supporting environmental studies and projects within the municipal sector. Eligible projects may fall into one or more of the following categories: energy, water, waste, sustainable transportation, brownfields, or integrated community projects. The amount of $150 million is to be used exclusively to support brownfield remediation and redevelopment.

The amount of GMF financing available to municipalities is directly related to the environmental benefits and/or innovation of the projects undertaken, with grant/loan combinations of up to 80% of eligible costs available for capital projects with exceptional environmental benefits.        

As stipulated in the GMF Funding Agreement between the FCM and the Government of Canada, the FCM has created two advisory bodies: the GMF Council and the Peer Review Committee.

The GMF Council’s role is to assist the FCM Board of Directors--the decision-making body for the GMF--in approving projects proposed by municipalities. The 15-member GMF Council includes five federal members: two from Environment Canada, two from Natural Resources Canada and one from Transport Canada. All federal members are appointed by the FCM Board of Directors based on recommendations from the Minister of the Environment.

Environment Canada peer reviewers provide the GMF and federal Council Members with expert environmental science and technology advice and they evaluate funding proposals.

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding by Environment CanadaFootnote 1(millions)
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2014–15
Planned Funding
2015–16
Planned Funding
2016–17
$275.0$275.0$0.0$0.0$0.0

Footnotes

Footnote 1

All amounts in this table represent the amounts transferred to the GMF by Environment Canada. An equivalent amount was transferred by Natural Resources Canada for a total of $550 million.

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Summary of annual plans of recipient: The GMF’s Annual Statement of Plans and Objectives (ASPO) for 2014–15 will be submitted to the Minister on March 30, 2014. The GMF’s most recent ASPO 2013–14 states that the Expected Results for fiscal year 2013–14 include the following:

Grants for sustainable community plans, feasibility studies and field tests
After March 31, 2009, the FCM must aim to commit $6 to $8 million in grants for sustainable community plans, feasibility studies and field tests.

In fulfillment of this requirement, the FCM is aiming to approve a total of $6 million for plans, feasibility studies and field tests in 2013–14.

Loans and grants for capital projects
The FCM offers a combination of grants and low-interest loans in support of capital projects. Grants are only offered in combination with loans. Under the Funding Agreement, the FCM must aim to commit $50 to $70 million per year in loans. Up to March 31, 2009, the FCM may commit $7 to $10 million per year in grants to capital projects, and $5 to $6 million thereafter. The 2013–14 ASPO indicates that the FCM is aiming to approve $65 million in loans and $5 million in grants for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors. It also indicates that the FCM is aiming to commit 30% of the value of the Fund Assets for brownfield projects. Under the provisions of the Funding Agreement, brownfield projects are not eligible for grants.

Performance measures
To measure and demonstrate the qualitative, quantitative, short-term and long-term success of the GMF, the planned activities for 2013–14 include the following:

  • Capacity building: Encourage Canadian municipalities to use the knowledge, networks and tools provided by the GMF to develop their internal capacity to achieve their sustainability goals.
  • Leveraging partnerships and brokering: Extend the reach of GMF funding and knowledge to achieve greater overall impact.
  • Performance measurement: Establish a rigorous and standardized performance measurement system that is effective and efficient.
  • Risk management: Anticipate and manage risks and drivers to ensure excellent fund stewardship. 
  • Marketing and communications: Establish the GMF as a catalyst, collaborator and conduit for municipalities and their partners undertaking environmental initiatives.
  • Integrated projects: An integrated projects sector is appropriately incorporated into a new GMF client-centered funding offer.

Note: For more information on the plans and objectives of the GMF for fiscal year 2013–14, refer to the Green Municipal Fund Annual Statement of Plans and Objectives 2013–2014.

Link to recipient’s site: http://gmf.fcm.ca/

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Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Strategic Outcome: Canada's natural environment is conserved and restored for present and future generations

Program, Sub-Program and Sub-Sub-Program: 1.1 Biodiversity – Wildlife and Habitat, 1.1.4 Wildlife Habitat Conservation and 1.1.4.1 Habitat Conservation Partnerships

Name of recipient: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Start date: March 2007

End date: Date on which the total funding of $245 million is expended (note that the funding agreement is a grant)

Description:  Funding ($225 million invested in 2007 and an additional $20 million invested in 2013) enables the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to implement the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP). The Conservancy works to ensure the long-term protection of biodiversity by working with private landowners to secure ecologically significant lands that have been identified as priorities for conservation. The Conservancy acquires and preserves private land through one of four methods: land purchase, land donations, conservation easements and relinquishment of rights. The goal of the program is to secure 218,000 ha of private land for conservation, to implement stewardship activities on an estimated 30,000 ha of lands secured under the NACP, and to monitor conservation agreements on an estimated 25,000 ha of lands secured under the NACP.

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding (millions)
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2014–15
Planned Funding
2015–16
Planned Funding
2016–17
$245.0$225.0 transferred from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2013, plus $9.8 pending for fiscal year 2013–14$10.2$0.0$0.0

Summary of annual plans of recipient:  The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) operates on the basis of the Environment Canada-approved annual NACP work plan. The work plans for the original $225 million have been submitted and approved. New annual work plans will be created for the $20 million investment. These work plans identify (1) priority areas for land acquisition; (2) the number of land transactions (including acreage) anticipated for those priority areas; (3) priority conservation actions (urgent and necessary conservation actions documented within an NCC management-approved property management plan that, without implementation, could result in the reduction of viability of a biodiversity target or the increase in magnitude of a critical threat within the next 5 to 10 years from the date on the approved property management plan) that will take place on lands secured under the NACP; and (4) conservation agreements that will be monitored on lands secured under the NACP, andwith the projection of expenditures for these activities. Required funding is transferred based on the approved work plan.

In terms of performance reporting for the NACP, the NCC submits an annual progress report that highlights the land transactions and other achievements in meeting the NACP’s goals. It is important to note that, as with other land conservation initiatives that use land securement, conservation easements and other means to increase the volume of private land conserved, the NACP’s achievements in this regard are dependent on the landowners’ engagement and willingness to close the deal in a timely fashion.

As per the funding agreement, the total funding for the NCC is $245 million. By the end of 2014–15, it is expected that Environment Canada will have transferred the maximum amount of $245 million.

Link recipient’s site: www.natureconservancy.ca

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Strategic Outcome: Threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution are minimized

Program, Sub-Program and Sub-Sub-Program: 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air, 3.2.3 Environmental Technology and 3.2.3.1 Sustainable Development Technologies

Name of recipient: Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Start dates:  March 2001 – Sustainable Development Technology Fund (SD Tech Fund)
September 2007 – Next Generation Biofuels Fund (NGBF)

End dates: June 2017 – SD Tech Fund
September 2027 – NGBF

Description: SDTC is a not-for-profit foundation created by the Government of Canada, with a series of federal grants that now totals $1.09 billion. As sponsoring departments for the federal government, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada provide federal oversight of SDTC to ensure that it complies with the two funding agreements and the founding legislation. Natural Resources Canada is the federal SDTC lead.

SDTC manages two separate funds:

  • The SD Tech Fund ($590 million, consisting of $550 million in up-front funding and an additional $40 million announced in Budget 2011) to provide financial support to projects that have the potential to advance sustainable development, including technologies to address climate change, clean air, and water and soil quality issues.
  • The NGBF ($500 million) to provide financial support towards the establishment of facilities producing next-generation renewable fuels at large demonstration scale.

SDTC-funded projects are active in all major Canadian economic sectors, including energy exploration and production, power generation, energy utilization, transportation, agriculture, forestry and wood products, and waste management.

The following table includes the up-front funding by Environment Canada for both the SD Tech Fund and the NGBF.

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding (millions)
 Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2014–15
Planned Funding
2015–16
Planned Funding
2016–17
SD Tech Fund295.0275.012.53.03.0
NGBFFootnote 1250.0145.7104.30.00.0
Total545.0420.7116.83.03.0

Footnotes

Footnote 1

Funds to the NGBF are also disbursed through a transfer payment (grant) funding mechanism. For more information, please refer to the Details of Transfer Payment Programs for the NGBF table.

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Summary of annual plans of recipient: SDTC publishes a corporate plan in November of each year that describes plans for the current year and provides a forecast for the following year for both the SD Tech Fund and the NGBF. It includes a disbursement plan, planned administration expenditures, objectives and proposed actions, an investment update, an operating strategy, and performance expectations.

SD Tech Fund

The SDTC 2014 Corporate Plan outlines nine areas of activities that support one or more of the primary goals of the foundation.  These activities include funding projects, creating market consortia, enabling market entry for technologies, and others.

NextGen Biofuels Fund

The NGBF will focus on progressing approved projects to final investment decisions. Projects currently under due diligence will be advanced through the project assurance process in order to proceed towards applications for funding.

Link to recipient’s site: www.sdtc.ca

Link to Environment Canada’s SDTC page: www.ec.gc.ca/scitech/default.asp?lang=En&n=7C0A752B-1

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