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Report on Plans and Priorities - Supplementary Information Tables

Up-Front Multi-Year Funding


Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

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

Program Activity: 1.1 Biodiversity – Wildlife and Habitat

Name of Recipient: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Start date: March 2007

End date: Until the total funding of $225 million is expended (note that the funding agreement is a grant)

Description: Funding enables the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to implement the Natural Areas Conservation Program. 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 200,000 ha of private land for conservation.

($ millions)
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2013–2014
Planned Funding
2014–2015
Planned Funding
2015–2016
$225$201.0 transferred from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2012, plus $24.0 pending for FY 2012–2013000

Summary of annual plans of recipient: The Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) operates on the basis of the EC-approved annual NACP work plan. As the NCC is planning to complete the program by October 31, 2013, the NACP Program Committee approved a 16- month work plan (July 1, 2012, to October 31, 2013). This final work plan identifies priority areas for land acquisition and projects the expenditures and number of land transactions (including acreage) anticipated for those priority areas. Required funding is transferred based on the approved work plan.

In terms of performance reporting for the program, the NCC will submit, at the completion of the program, a final progress report that highlights the land transactions and other achievements in meeting the program’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 program’s achievements 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 $225 million. As of the end of 2012–2013, EC will have transferred the maximum amount of $225 million.

Link to recipient’s site: www.natureconservancy.ca

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Clayoquot Biosphere Trust (CBT)

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

Program: 1.3.3.4 Sustainable Ecosystems: Education and 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) – 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.

($ millions)
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2013–2014
Planned Funding
2014–2015
Planned Funding
2015–2016
$12$12 (2000)$0$0$0

Summary of annual plans of recipient:

During 2013–2014, 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 Sign 2012 report; and
  • Maintain the CBT/Genus Scholarship Program.

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

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Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

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

Program: 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air

Name of recipient: Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

Start date: March 2001 Sustainable Development Technology Fund (SD Tech Fund), and July 30, 2007 for Next Generation Biofuels Fund (NGBF)

End date: December 31, 2017 for the SD Tech Fund and September 2027 for the NGBF

Description: SDTC is a not-for-profit foundation created by the Government of Canada, with a series of federal grants that now total to $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 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.

($ millions)
 Total FundingPrior1 Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2013–2014
Planned Funding
2014–2015
Planned Funding
2015–2016
SD Tech Fund295275012.523.0
NGBF325095.750.0104.30
Total545370.750.0116.83.0

1Amounts in this column represent the total funds available to SDTC from Environment Canada. With respect to the NGBF, $33.2 million was transferred to SDTC by Environment Canada. An equivalent amount is presented by Natural Resources Canada.

2In 2014–2015, Environment Canada begins paying out its half ($20 million) of the additional $40 million for the SD Tech Fund announced in Budget 2011.

3The NGBF consists of $200 million in statutory funding and $300 million of appropriated amounts. There are appropriations for the NGBF in the current year and in future years; therefore, please also see “Details of Transfer Payment Programs (TPP) for the NGBF”.


Summary of annual plans of recipient: SDTC publishes a corporate plan in November of each year which 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. The SDTC Annual Report and the Executive Summary of the Corporate Plan are tabled in the House of Commons by the Minister of Natural Resources, usually in July or August.

SD Tech Fund

As of December 2012, SDTC’s SD Tech Fund has allocated grants of $581 million to 238 projects. The amount exceeds the original $550 million provided by the Government of Canada, with the additional $31 million coming from interest generated by the fund. SDTC’s allocation has been leveraged by an additional $1.55 billion in contributions from the private and public project partners, for a total project value of $2.13 billion. SDTC has estimated that all projects funded from 2002 to December 2010 have the potential to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 7 to 17 megatonnes by the end of 2015.

Each year, the SD Tech Fund allocates funds to approved projects and then, over time, disburses those funds. Allocations and disbursements occur on separate timelines. In 2011, SDTC disbursed $82 million of allocated funds. Annual project disbursement payments are projected to be $90 million in 2012, between $95 million and $115 million in 2013 and between $80 million and $100 million in 2014.

Next Generation Biofuels Fund (NGBF)

The amount transferred to date from the Government of Canada to SDTC’s NGBF is $66.4 million (half from Environment Canada and half from Natural Resources Canada.

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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Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

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

Program: 3.2 Climate Change and Clean Air

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), which 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 FCM shall use its best efforts to commit at least $150 million to support brownfield remediation and redevelopment by March 31, 2012, and to maintain thereafter loans and/or loan guarantees for brownfield projects in aggregate equal to approximately 30% of the value of the Fund.

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 percent of eligible costs available for capital projects with exceptional environmental benefits.

The FCM has created two advisory bodies, the GMF Council and the Peer Review Committee, as stipulated in the GMF Funding Agreement between the FCM and the Government of Canada. The 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 Infrastructure 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 evaluate funding proposals.

($ millions) by Environment Canada1
Total FundingPrior Years’ FundingPlanned Funding
2013–2014
Planned Funding
2014–2015
Planned Funding
2015–2016
275275000

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.

Summary of annual plans of recipient: The GMF’s Annual Statement of Plans and Objectives (ASPO) for 2013–2014 is not yet available. The GMF’s most recent ASPO 2012–2013 states that the expected results for fiscal year 2012–2013 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 2012–2013.

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 2012–2013 ASPO indicates that the FCM is aiming to approve $45 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 approve $40 million in loans for capital projects in the brownfields sector. 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 2012–2013 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.
  • Risk management: Anticipate and manage risks and drivers for the FCM to use GMF resources effectively and strive for continuous improvement.
  • Marketing and communications: Establish the GMF as the pre-eminent catalyst, collaborator and conduit for municipalities and their partners undertaking environmental initiatives.
  • Integrated projects: Explore the feasibility and impacts of funding integrated initiatives through a dedicated GMF funding sector.

Note: For more information on the plans and objectives of the GMF for fiscal year 2012–2013, refer to the GMF Annual Statement of Plans and Objectives (ASPO) 2012–2013

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

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