Archived — Performance Report for the period ending March 31, 2006

Table 3.7: Foundations (Conditional Grants)

An Innovative Economy

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR)
Start Date:
April 1, 2002
End Date:
March 31, 2007
Total Funding:
$25 million
Purpose of Funding:
To bring together world-class researchers to tackle significant issues confronting Canadian society and challenging our understanding of the natural world.
Expected result(s):
Multidisciplinary teams of researchers able to collaborate to push forward the frontiers of knowledge.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
 
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - - - -
Comments on Variances:
Not applicable.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
An evaluation of CIAR, completed March 30,1995, concluded that “CIAR research programs have made a major contribution to research in Canada and that the Institute focuses on questions that are important for our future well-being and for increasing our understanding of the world. It was found that CIAR is a unique organization—there is no significant degree of overlap or duplication of CIAR with any other Canadian research program or organization.… CIAR is a successful and well-managed organization.… Our main recommendation is that CIAR continue to operate, by and large, as it has been operating and not make any major changes.”The evaluation is not available online.
Foundation's Annual Report


Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Start Date:
March 31, 2002
End Date:
Ongoing
Total Funding:
$125 million
Purpose of Funding:
To support research and the dissemination of research findings in the following fields of study in the humanities and human sciences: Canadian studies, history, international relations, journalism, law, peace and conflict studies, philosophy, political economy, political science, sociology, and urban and community studies.
Expected result(s):
Expanded knowledge base in the social sciences, humanities and public policy.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • Increased to 54 the number of doctoral students supported.
  • Increased to 15 the number of Fellows supported.
  • Increased to 12 the number of Mentors supported.
  • The Foundation hosted a major conference addressing issues of public policy and social concern.
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - - - -
Comments on Variances:
Not applicable
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
Requested extension to March 2009 is subject to approval by the Minister of Industry.
Foundation's Annual Report


Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Start Date:
April 25, 1997
End Date:
Ongoing
Total Funding:
$3.65 billion
Purpose of Funding:
Funds targeted to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development.
Expected result(s):
  • The strengthening of research capability at Canadian research institutions.
  • Attracting and retaining researchers at Canadian research institutions.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • CFI provided $77 million under the Canada Research Chairs Infrastructure Fund and $26 million under its Infrastructure Operating Fund to strengthen the research capacities of Canadian research institutions.
  • CFI provided grants totalling $89 million through the New Opportunities Fund to support Canadian research institutions in recruiting and retaining highly qualified people.
  • Through a partnership with federal granting agencies, the CFI provided $2 million under its Career Awards Fund to support outstanding researchers by providing institutions with the infrastructure that is essential to carry out their research programs.
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) 500,000 - - - - -
Comments on Variances:
Not applicable.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
There was no evaluation of the CFI undertaken during this time period.
Foundation's Annual Report


The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), formerly the Canadian Academies of Science (CAS)
Start Date:
 July 2005
End Date:
 March 31, 2015
Total Funding:
 $30 million
Purpose of Funding:
The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) is an arm's-length, not-for-profit organization that was established to assess the state of scientific knowledge underpinning key public policy issues. Its founding members are the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Expected result(s):
  • It was expected that the inaugural year of the CCA, 2005–06, would be occupied with launching the Council as a fully operational organization.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
The principal accomplishments of the first partial year of operation include:
  • appointment of a full Board
  • appointment of President and Executive Vice-President
  • appointment of a Scientific Advisory Committee
  • building a relationship with international counterparts
  • establishment of physical and administrative infrastructure
  • name change of the organization
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - 30,000 30,000 (30,000)
Comments on Variances:
It was expected that the inaugural year of the CCA, 2005–06, would be occupied with launching the Council as a fully operational organization.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
There was no evaluation of the CCA done during this time period.
Foundation's Annual Report


Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation
Note: Although this program was included in the 2005–06 RPP, no funding was provided by Industry Canada.


Genome Canada
Start Date:
 March 2000
End Date:
 March 2008
Total Funding:
 $600 million
Purpose of Funding:
Genome Canada is an independent corporation with six regional genomics centres across Canada. Genome Canada's objective is to enable Canada to become a world leader in selected areas of genomic and proteomics research, technology platforms, and major genomics and proteomics projects. The Industry Sector has oversight responsibility on the funding agreement with Genome Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, and acts as an advocate for the genomics and proteomics Industry.
Expected result(s):
  • Funding to Genome Canada will continue to develop regional and sectoral strengths, contribute to the sustainability of traditional industries, leverage international dollars and knowledge through international consortia, create products and jobs, contribute to the “brain gain,”make cost-effective world-class science and technology (S&T) platforms available to the genomics research community, and lead to health and environmental improvements.
  • The recent evaluation against the indicators and measures outlined in its results-based management framework demonstrated the good results being obtained from Genome Canada's activities.
  • Industry Sector undertakes effective management of the government's funding agreement with Genome Canada.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
In August 2005, Genome Canada funded 33 new genomics and proteomics research projects totalling $346 million ($167 million provided by Genome Canada and $179 million by Canadian and international partners). These large-scale projects and S&T platforms have tremendous potential to improve the health of Canadians and build the competitiveness and prosperity of the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sectors of the Canadian economy.
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) 75,000 60,000 - 165,000 165,000 (165,000)
Comments on Variances:
Funding for this item was authorized and planned to occur in 2004–05 but was only disbursed in 2005–06 following the adoption of Budget 2005 in July 2005.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
  • Interim Evaluation of Genome Canada (March 2004)
Foundation's Annual Report


Canadian Centre for Creative Technology (Shad International)
Start Date:
 April 1, 2002
End Date:
 March 31, 2006
Total Funding:
 $6 million
Purpose of Funding:
Shad International is a non-profit certified educational institution that aims to develop innovative leaders in science, technology and entrepreneurship. The Shad Valley program is a summer education and work-term experience for senior high school students.
Expected result(s):
  • An additional four universities that would serve as hosts for the month-long educational program, including a French or bilingual program, and a host university located in Quebec.
  • An increase in the number of Shad Valley participants of more than 50 percent from the current 429 students accepted each year.
  • A larger bursary program, enabling more students to participate regardless of their economic circumstances.
  • An increase of up to 50 percent over the current number of 160 corporate partnerships.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • Expand number of campuses:
    • 2005 actual: 11 (up from a base of 9)
    • 2006 planned: 12
  • Increase number of participants:
    • 2005 actual: 572
    • 2006 planned: 644
  • Increase number of bursaries/scholarships:
    • 2005 actual: $303,457 (up from a base of $171,000)
    • 2006 planned: $300,000
  • Increase number of partnerships:
    • 2005 actual: 300
    • 2006 planned: 325
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - - - -
Comments on Variances:
Not applicable.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
The mid-term evaluation indicated that the terms of agreement are being fulfilled. A URL for the evaluation is not available, but the mid-term evaluation report is available upon request.
Foundation's Annual Report: Not available online.


PRECARN Inc. / Phase 4 Program
Start Date:
April 2005
End Date:
November 2011
Total Funding:
$20 million
Purpose of Funding:
Precarn Incorporated supports research and development leading to the commercialization of advanced robotics and intelligent systems.
Expected result(s):
  • To contribute up to 40 percent of the cost of developing prototypes to improve processes in manufacturing, natural resource industries, health care and the environment.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • For Phase 4, Precarn has signed funding agreements for 6 projects and is evaluating another 20 proposals for possible funding.
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - 20,000 20,000 (20,000)
Comments on Variances:
Funding for this item was authorized and planned to occur in 2004–05, but it was disbursed only in 2005–06, following the adoption of Budget 2005 in July 2005.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
A program evaluation completed in December 2004 indicated that the first three phases of the Precarn program were successful in supporting projects that returned significant benefits to industry participants. The $65 million invested by the federal government in the Precarn program had attracted an additional $200 million in contributions by project participants.
Foundation's Annual Report


CANARIE – CA*net 4
Start Date:
March 2002
End Date:
March 31, 2007
Total Funding:
$110 million
Purpose of Funding:
CANARIE developed and operates CA*net 4 to provide Canada's research and education communities with high-speed optical networking capability.
Expected result(s):
  • To enable the country's research networks and institutions to participate in research activities across Canada and around the world.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • CA*net 4 has been successfully launched with new light-path technology and is supporting world-class research, enabling Canada to maintain a lead in advanced networks.
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - - - -
Comments on Variances:
Not applicable.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
The program evaluation of CA*net 4 was prepared by an independent third party and was guided by a steering committee chaired by the private sector. The findings were positive and concluded that CA*net 4 has been successfully established across the country and that, to a large degree, the objectives and goals established for the network had been met. The report indicated that CA*net 4 is supporting world-class research and enabling Canada to maintain a global lead in advanced networking. The report raised concerns about future funding for the national advanced network and the consequences for research and competitiveness should CA*net 4 not be extended beyond 2007.
Foundation's Annual Report


Competitive Industry and Sustainable Communities

Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF)
Start Date:
April 1, 2002
End Date:
September 30, 2009
Total Funding:
$17.5 million
Purpose of Funding:
To support and develop youth entrepreneurship. The youth business program provides loans, mentorship support and an interactive Web site to entrepreneurs between 18 and 34 years of age.
Expected result(s):
  • Loans and mentorship services available at an additional 250 new community sites, including a greater presence in Quebec.
  • Complementary mentor support services provided to Aboriginal-managed lending-service organizations through working with Aboriginal organizations and the Business Development Bank of Canada.
  • An enhanced online resource for youth entrepreneurs.
Achieved results or progress made (within overall departmental results achieved):
  • Number of new loans to new businesses, and total value (April 1, 2005, to March 31, 2006)
    Atlantic 30 loans $1,799,000
    Quebec 77 loans $1,020,000
    Ontario 58 loans $862,000
    West 49 loans $608,500
    Total 108 loans $4,289,500
  • Expanded activity in Quebec: The Quebec market is leading strongly on the number of start-ups. There has been significant progress on expanding the community partner network in the province; there are 18 partners at present.
  • Enhanced online resources: Mentoring orientation program has been revitalized and expanded, and a new Web site with enhanced online capabilities was launched.
  • Continued to promote Aboriginal youth: The pilot program with Aboriginal Business Canada and CESO is continuing. A round table of organizations serving Aboriginal youth in Calgary was also conducted.
  • Number of young entrepreneurs assisted by CYBF mentors: 440 (number of active mentors as of March 31, 2006).
  • Number of young entrepreneurs assisted by CYBF's online services: 125,681 user sessions on youthbusiness.com); 266,447 visitors on cybf.ca (includes French site).
  Actual
Spending
2003–04
($000)
Actual
Spending
2004–05
($000)
2005–2006 ($000)
Planned Spending Total Authorities Actual Spending Variance Between Planned and Actual Spending
Conditional Grant(s) - - - 10,000 10,000 (10,000)
Comments on Variances:
Funding for this item was authorized and planned to occur in 2004–05, but it was disbursed only in 2005–06, following the adoption of Budget 2005 in July 2005.
Significant Evaluation Findings and URL to Last Evaluation:
The mid-term evaluation indicated that the terms of agreement are being fulfilled. A URL for the evaluation is not available, but the mid-term evaluation report is available upon request.
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