Details on transfer payment programs

3-year plan for Contributions for Promoting Regional Development in Canada’s Three Territories (Voted)

Start date April 1, 2009
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2014-15, updated in 2018-19
Link to departmental result(s)

Businesses are developing in the Territories

People and Communities participate in the economy in the Territories

Link to the department’s Program Inventory

Business Development

Community Development

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

Through this umbrella transfer payment authority, CanNor delivers a range of northern economic development contribution programs / funding initiatives to promote the economic development of the North, in order to strengthen territorial economies and increase participation by Northerners.

For 2020-21, these programs / funding initiatives include: Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth), Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages (Economic Development Initiative [EDI]), and Northern Isolated Communities Initiative Fund (NICI).

Expected results

Expected Results (IDEANorth)

Immediate Outcomes

  • Territorial economic growth and capacity is supported
  • Businesses are supported to grow
  • Gaps (e.g. lacking tourism infrastructure, lacking commercial space available for businesses) in territorial small-scale economic infrastructure are addressed
  • Increased readiness to address territorial foundational infrastructure gaps
  • Partnerships established with Northern governments and organizations

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Investments to advance territorial economic growth and sector development (Stream 1) and small scale economic infrastructure (Stream 3) contribute to increasing local or regional economic development activity (e.g. new jobs (direct or indirect), increased revenue by local businesses, additional investments, increased number of visitors)
  • Pre-construction readiness activities (e.g. feasibilities studies, plans, drawings) are used to advance foundational infrastructure projects

Ultimate Outcomes

  • Foundational investments in key sectors of the territorial economies (e.g. mining, arts and culture, tourism, commercial fisheries) contributes to enhanced sectoral growth
  • Strong, dynamic, diverse innovative and inclusive territorial economies for the benefit of Northerners and all Canadians

Expected Results (CEF)

Immediate Outcomes

  • Access to investment in the tourism sector is increased
  • Opportunities for skills development and employment in the tourism industry
  • Economic benefits of tourism are increased in more regions and underrepresented groups in Canada

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Economic benefits of tourism are increased in more regions and underrepresented groups in Canada
  • Opportunities for skills development and employment in the tourism industry
  • Canada is a location and destination of choice for tourism
  • Canadian tourism market is expanded

Ultimate Outcomes

  • Economic benefits of tourism are increased in more regions and underrepresented groups in Canada
  • Canada is a location and destination of choice for tourism
  • Canadian tourism market is expanded

Expected Results (EDI)

Immediate Outcomes

  • Increased number of organizations and businesses within Official Languages Minority Communities (OLMCs) implementing economic development initiatives

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Improved business and organizations capacities for economic development initiatives that respond to the need of OLMCs

Expected Results (NICI)

Immediate Outcomes

  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency provides funding for a wide diversity of projects that address issue areas related to the territorial food system
  • Northern Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and communities are supported to develop innovative solutions to food insecurity in the territories
  • Territorial food system initiatives identified by territorial governments are supported by Stream 2 of the NICI Fund

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Agriculture and agri-food SMEs have increased revenue as a result of innovation in the territorial food system
  • Innovation in the territorial food systems by SMEs results in creation and maintenance of employment in the food sector
  • Northern communities receive new or improved local food infrastructure that improves their physical access to locally-produced food
  • Funding recipients share their lessons learned following the completion of pilot project funding
  • Northern communities have better economic and physical access to nutritious food produced in the territories

Ultimate Outcomes

  • Improved food security in northern and Indigenous communities
  • Successful Stream 1(B) pilot projects are scaled-up and generate innovative improvements in the territorial food systems
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

SINED: 2017-18

EDI: 2016-17 (ISED)

Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation

IDEANorth: 2022-23

EDI: 2022-23 (ISED)

General targeted recipient groups Eligible recipients include social enterprises, individuals, businesses, other levels of government and other non-federal entities, public or private, that have an interest in economic development in the North.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

CanNor’s economic development officers regularly engage with applicants and funding recipients throughout the project development cycle.

Financial information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2019–20
planned spending
2020–21
planned spending
2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
Total grants 3,500,000 3,500,000 4,500,000 5,500,000
Total contributions 26,965,475 28,891,950 28,237,000 31,237,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 30,465,475 32,391,950 32,737,000 36,737,000

3-year plan for Contributions to Support Aboriginal Participation in the Northern Economy (Voted)

Start date April 1, 2014
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2013-14, revised 2017
Link to departmental result(s)

People and Communities participate in the economy in the Territories

Businesses are developing in the Territories

Link to the department’s Program Inventory

Business Development

Community Development

Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

Through this transfer payment authority, CanNor delivers the Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP), which supports increased participation by Indigenous communities and businesses in the territories in economic opportunities. The Program comprises two streams:

  • Community Readiness and Opportunities Planning (CROP) stream, which provides project-based support to Indigenous communities and organizations for capacity and readiness activities so that communities are able to plan for, pursue and participate in economic opportunities; and
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development (EBD) stream, which assists Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations in the pursuit of economic opportunities for the benefit of Indigenous peoples. The stream includes project-based support for activities that facilitate the establishment or expansion of Indigenous businesses.

This transfer payment program may be conditionally or unconditionally repayable. Considerations for repayability are outlined in the program's terms and conditions.

Expected results

Immediate Outcomes

  • Northern Indigenous governments and northern communities have the capacity to plan the economic development of their community or build new partnerships that contribute to grow their economies
  • Economic development partnerships are established with Northern Indigenous organizations and northern communities
  • Northern Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses are provided with the support needed to respond to economic development opportunities
  • Northern Indigenous communities, governments, businesses and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to benefit from financial support to benefit from economic opportunities
  • Northern Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses benefit from a supportive business environment and have easier access to commercial financing

Intermediate Outcomes

  • Indigenous Northerners are provided with the training and capacity development support needed to respond to economic development opportunities
  • Northern Indigenous communities and governments (local or regional) have the economic infrastructure to support economic development and generate more revenue from economic development
  • Strong, stable territorial economy for the benefit of Indigenous Northerners and all Canadians

Ultimate Outcomes

  • Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses and communities benefit from Northern economic growth and fully participate in it
  • Increased economic development and diversification driven by investments in Indigenous economic development
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2018-2019
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2021-2022
General targeted recipient groups Indigenous communities, organizations, and businesses in the territories.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

CanNor will continue to engage program recipients and stakeholders regarding the inclusion of capacity related funding. In addition, CanNor’s economic development officers regularly engage with applicants and funding recipients throughout the project development cycle.

Financial information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2019–20
planned spending
2020–21
planned spending
2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 10,800,000 10,800,000 10,800,000 10,800,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 10,800,000 10,800,000 10,800,000 10,800,000

3-year plan for Growth Through Regional Innovation Program (now known as Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI))

Includes Women Entrepreneurship Growth Through Regional Innovation Program Strategy (WES) in two streams: Pilot Contribution Program (known as the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF)) and WES Ecosystem Fund

Start date October 18, 2018
End date

REGI – Ongoing

WEF – March 31, 2021

WES Ecosystem Fund – March 31, 2023

Type of transfer payment

REGI - Grant and Contribution

WES - Contribution

Type of appropriation Annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019-20
Link to departmental result(s) Businesses are developing in the Territories
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Business Development
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Regional Economic Growth Through Innovation (REGI) initiative builds on the objectives of the Innovation and Skills Plan. The goal of REGI is to provide streamlined, nationally consistent and yet regionally tailored support for business productivity and scale-up, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and women entrepreneurs and other underrepresented groups, and assist the enhancement of regional industrial and technology clusters and regional innovation ecosystems.

The program will provide assistance through two new program streams:

  • Business Scale-up and Productivity Stream (BSP): Invest in and support businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms to accelerate their growth and assist them in scaling up, enhance their productivity and competitiveness in both domestic and global markets.
  • Regional Innovation Ecosystems Stream (RIE): Create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness.

Contributions issued under REGI may be unconditionally or conditionally repayable, or non-repayable.

In 2020-21 CanNor will increase funding flowing through REGI to $2.5M to increase its support to businesses.

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) provides nationally coordinated, regionally tailored investments to help women entrepreneurs and support regional innovation ecosystems through two program streams:

  • WES Ecosystem Fund: A five-year program to help non-profit, third-party organizations deliver support for women entrepreneurs and address gaps in the ecosystem. Contributions issued under the WES are non-repayable only.
  • Pilot Contribution Program (Women Entrepreneurship Fund): A two-year program completed in 2019-20 that invests directly in women-owned or women-led businesses to help them grow and reach new markets.
Expected results
  • Businesses are adopting innovations and commercializing innovative products or services
  • Regional Innovation Ecosystems are expanding the number of supported businesses
  • Women entrepreneurs have access to programs and services to support business development and growth
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable, new program
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2023-24
General targeted recipient groups

Incorporated for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, industry associations, post-secondary institutions, Indigenous organizations, business accelerators, incubators, women-led businesses, angel networks; social enterprises; a group of eligible recipients such as an industry association or consortium; a municipality and all other municipal-type organizations; and a federal or provincial crown corporation/ organization or any other entity created by the provincial government or a provincial department.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

CanNor’s economic development officers regularly engage with applicants and funding recipients throughout the project development cycle.

Financial information (dollars)

Type of transfer payment 2019–20
planned spending
2020–21
planned spending
2021–22
planned spending
2022–23
planned spending
Total grants 168,168 168,168 168,168 168,168
Total contributions 890,820 913,101 868,161 851,473
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 1,058,988 1,081,269 1,036,329 1,019,641
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