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Details on Transfer Payment Programs (TPPs) for the Department of Finance Canada

Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Grants and Debt Payments on Behalf of Poor Countries to International Organizations

Start Date:

2005-06

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

Payments for Canada's commitment to the G8-led Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Responsible administration of financial obligations under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: International Financial Organizations
Grants 45,605 51, 200 51,200 51,200

Planned Evaluations:

Not applicable

Planned Audits:

Audit of the Administrative Controls Over Subscription Payments and International Obligations


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Compensation to Canadian agencies or entities established by an Act of Parliament for reduction of debts of debtor countries

Start Date:

1991-92

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

Compensate Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) for reduction of debts of debtor countries

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Timely and accurate payments to the EDC and the CWB to compensate for debt relief to debtor countries


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: International Financial Organizations
Grants 298,000 125,000 147,000 119,000
Contributions 55,000 45,000 21,000 20,000
Total Payments 353,000 170,000 168,000 139,000

Planned Evaluations:

Not applicable

Planned Audits:

Audit of the Administrative Controls Over Subscription Payments and International Obligations


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Statutory Funding-Payments to the International Development Association (IDA)

Start Date:

1960-61

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

Encashment of demand notes to allow the IDA to disburse concessional financing for development projects and programs in the world's poorest countries

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07*
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: International Financial Organizations
Other Types of Transfer Payments 318,270 318,270 318,280 318,280
Total Program Activity 720,275 539,470 537,480 508,480

Planned Evaluations:

Not applicable

Planned Audits:

Audit of the Administrative Controls Over Subscription Payments and International Obligations

* The 2006-07 forecast spending figure includes $3.4 million for payments to the International Monetary Fund's Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility-Exogenous Shocks Facility Trust.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Fiscal Equalization (Part I, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Start Date:

1957

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

Equalization payments are made to provincial governments based on a formula to enable them to provide reasonably comparable levels of public services at reasonably comparable levels of taxation. Equalization payments are unconditional. In 2006-07, eight provinces received payments under this program.

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support to Canadian provinces to assist them in providing public services


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments 11,535,600 11,676,353 12,085,025 12,508,001

Planned Evaluations:

An evaluation of this transfer program is currently underway. This evaluation will take into account the June 2006 report of the expert panel that studied the program. Recent information about the panel is on the Department of Finance Canada website at http://www.fin.gc.ca/n05/05-074-eng.asp.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Territorial Formula Financing (Part I.1, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Start Date:

1985

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

Transfer payments to territorial governments to support their budgetary revenues

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support for Canadian territories to assist them in providing public services


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments 2,071,864 2,142,450 2,217,436 2,295,046

Planned Evaluations:

An evaluation of this transfer program is currently underway. This evaluation will take into account the June 2006 report of the expert panel that studied the program. Recent information about the panel is on the Department of Finance Canada website at http://www.fin.gc.ca/n05/05-074-eng.asp.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Canada Health Transfer (Part V.1, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Start Date:

2004

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

The Canada Health Transfer (CHT) provides equal per capita support for health care through cash and tax transfers to provincial and territorial governments. The CHT supports the government's commitment to maintain the national criteria and conditions of the Canada Health Act (comprehensiveness, universality, portability, accessibility, and public administration) and the prohibitions against user fees and extra-billing.

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support to Canadian provinces and territories to assist them in providing universally accessible health care services


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments 20,140,000 21,348,400 22,629,304 23,987,062

Planned Evaluations:

There are no evaluations planned for this program.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time. An internal audit of the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) was prepared in May 2002 and is available on the Department of Finance Canada website at http://www.fin.gc.ca/toc/2002/audit_transfers-eng.asp.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Canada Social Transfer (Part V.1, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Start Date:

2004

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

The Canada Social Transfer (CST) provides equal per capita support through cash and tax transfers to provincial and territorial governments to assist them in financing post-secondary education, social assistance, and social services, including early childhood development and early learning, and child care services. The CST gives provinces and territories the flexibility to allocate payments among supported areas according to their own priorities and supports the government's commitment to prohibit minimum residency requirements for social assistance.

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support for Canadian provinces and territories to assist them in providing post-secondary education, social assistance, and social services, including early childhood development and early learning, and child care


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments 8,500,000 8,800,000 8,800,000 8,800,000

Planned Evaluations:

There are no evaluations planned for this program.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time. An internal audit of the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) was prepared in May 2002 and is available on the Department of Finance Canada website at http://www.fin.gc.ca/toc/2002/audit_transfers-eng.asp.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Statutory Subsidies (Constitution Act, 1867; Constitution Act, 1982; and other statutory authorities)

Start Date:

1867

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

The statutory subsidies provide a source of funding to provinces in accordance with terms of entry into Confederation.

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support to provinces to assist them in providing public services


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments 32,000 32,000 32,000 32,000

Planned Evaluations:

There are no evaluations planned for this program.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time.


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Youth Allowances Recovery (Federal-Provincial Revision Act, 1964)

Start Date:

1964

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

The Youth Allowances Recovery is a recovery from the Province of Quebec for an additional tax point transfer (three points) above and beyond the Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer tax point transfer; in the 1960s, Quebec chose to use the federal government's contracting-out arrangements for certain federal-provincial programs. Taken together, the Alternative Payments for Standing Programs and the Youth Allowances Recovery are known as the "Quebec Abatement."

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support for Quebec to assist that province in providing public services, universally accessible health care services, post-secondary education, and social assistance


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10

Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories
Other Types of Transfer Payments -630,000 -661,000 -695,000 -730,000

Planned Evaluations:

There are no evaluations planned for this program.

Planned Audits:

An audit of the program is not required at this time


Name of Transfer Payment Program:

Alternative Payments for Standing Programs (Part VI, Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act)

Start Date:

1977

End Date:

Ongoing

Description:

The Alternative Payments for Standing Programs are a recovery from the Province of Quebec for an additional tax point transfer (13.5 points) above and beyond the Canada Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfer tax point transfer; in the 1960s, Quebec chose to use the federal government's contracting-out arrangements for certain federal-provincial programs. Taken together, the Alternative Payments for Standing Programs and the Youth Allowances Recovery are known as the "Quebec Abatement."

Strategic Outcome:

To create a fiscal, economic, social, and global advantage for Canada by providing appropriate policies and sound advice with respect to economic, social, and financial conditions and to the government's overall agenda

Expected Results:

Financial support for Quebec to assist that province in providing public services, universally accessible health care services, post-secondary education, and social assistance


($ thousands) Forecast
Spending
2006-07 *
Planned
Spending
2007-08
Planned
Spending
2008-09
Planned
Spending
2009-10**
Program Activity: Transfer Payments to Provinces and Territories

Other Types of Transfer Payments -2,870,000 -3,010,000 -3,165,000 -3,325,000
Total Program Activity: 38,825,499 40,328,203 41,903,765 43,817,109

Planned Evaluations: There are no evaluations planned for this program.
Planned Audits: An audit of the program is not required at this time.
TOTAL TPPs 39,545,774 40,867,673 42,441,245 44,325,589

* The total program activity figure for 2006-07 includes $46 million for payments to territorial governments, other than those provided under Territorial Formula Financing (TFF), to support their budgetary revenues.

** The program activity figure for 2009-10 includes $250 million for the Wait Times Reduction Transfer.