Supplementary Information Tables

Details on Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More


Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (Voted)

Start Date: 2005-06

End Date: Ongoing

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: 2009-10

Strategic Outcome: Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Aboriginal Strategies and Governance

Description: Launched in October 2004, the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) Program provides for capacity building and collaborative management initiatives that support the involvement of Aboriginal groups, working together, to obtain access to technical, scientific and administrative expertise in order to facilitate their participation in multi-stakeholder and other decision-making processes used to manage aquatic resources and ocean spaces.

Aboriginal groups transition from capacity building into collaborative management.

Provisions of contribution agreements under the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management may include:

  • Establishing Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management collaborative management structures or bodies;
  • Accessing skilled professional, administrative and technical expertise from within the Aboriginal community or other external sources but excluding public office holders;
  • Participating in aquatic resource and oceans management planning - through development of resource and oceans management plans and coordination of community input into the development of plans;
  • Developing or providing input into the development of models, structures and processes to guide the interactions of external bodies and agencies with the respective Aboriginal group;
  • Planning and holding consultation sessions with member communities on Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management-related issues;
  • Participating in various government technical committees and other multi-stakeholder fora;
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management capacity building strategies;
  • Developing enforcement capacity including Aboriginal Fishery Officers and upgrading the skills of Aboriginal Guardians;
  • Collaborating in scientific research efforts related to aquatic resource and oceans management;
  • Participating in and providing input to various aquatic and oceans resource policy and management processes;
  • Undertaking scientific research activities to support appropriate watershed / ecosystem-based management efforts, including the collection and gathering of Aboriginal traditional knowledge;
  • Conducting community outreach, stewardship and awareness activities;
  • Conducting liaison activities with other relevant/interested parties;
  • Developing protocols on Aboriginal traditional knowledge - dealing with new and innovative approaches to collect, analyze and integrate this information into environmental and habitat assessments and management practices;
  • Ongoing program planning, administration and reporting activities of the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Collaborative Management body; and
  • Negotiations and implementation of related Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management agreements (and associated protocols) for which Fisheries and Oceans Canada is a signatory.

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program is applicable in areas where Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages the fishery, and where land claim agreements addressing those matters covered under the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program are not in place. Where the Aboriginal group has signed a comprehensive land claims agreement, and one or more of the matters covered by the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program are not dealt with in the agreement, the group would be eligible to apply for support in those matters not covered.

Results Achieved: 35 Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Agreements (27 Collaborative and 8 Capacity Building) were signed in 2014-15 with 37 Aboriginal organizations, representing approximately 244 First Nations.

Comments on Variance: The variance is the result of the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk program annual funding which is distributed through the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program.

Audits Completed or Planned: An Audit of the Implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement is being conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and is expected to be tabled in November 2015. Furthermore, an audit of the Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework is planned for 2016-17.

Evaluations Completed or Planned: No evaluation was completed or planned in 2014-15.

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: Successful engagement with First Nation and other recipients throughout Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Regions including: Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf, Maritimes, Québec, Central and Arctic, and Pacific. Engagement includes strategic face-to-face meetings and negotiations at both the individual and aggregate level, bilateral on-going communications with Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, and through email engagement as required.

Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual Spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 15,701,946 14,975,378 14,363,000 15,660,111 15,660,086 1,297,086
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Program 15,701,946 14,975,378 14,363,000 15,660,111 15,660,086 1,297,086

Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (Voted)


Start Date: 1992

End Date: Ongoing

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: 2009-10

Strategic Outcome: Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy

Description: Launched in 1992, the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy provides for negotiated arrangements with Aboriginal groups around the harvesting, use and management of Aboriginal food, social and ceremonial fisheries and, where applicable, communal commercial fisheries.

In 1994, Fisheries and Oceans Canada introduced a commercial access component to the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, the Allocation Transfer Program. Fisheries and Oceans Canada introduced the Allocation Transfer Program to facilitate the voluntary retirement of commercial fishing licences and the issuance of communal licenses to eligible Aboriginal groups in a manner that does not add to the existing effort on the resource.

Provisions of negotiated fisheries agreements under the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy may include:

  • A harvest allocation to the Aboriginal group for food, social and ceremonial purposes;
  • Terms and conditions pertaining to communal fishing licences;
  • Enforcement provisions, including the training and engagement of Aboriginal Fisheries Guardians;
  • Arrangements for the co-management and stewardship of fisheries resources and their supporting habitats, including the restoration and protection of species at risk;
  • Co-management projects for the improvement of the management of fisheries generally, such as scientific research, stock assessment, fish enhancement and habitat management; and
  • Communal commercial fishing arrangements including the transfer of vessels and gear, as well as support for fisheries-related economic opportunities (e.g., demonstration fishery projects, aquaculture development, business planning support).

In 1994, Fisheries and Oceans Canada introduced a commercial access component to the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, the Allocation Transfer Program. The Allocation Transfer Program facilitates the voluntary retirement of commercial fishing licenses and the issuance of communal licenses to eligible Aboriginal groups in a manner that does not add to the existing effort on the resource.

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy applies where Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages the fishery and where land claims agreements have not already put in place a fisheries management framework.

Results Achieved: 131 Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Agreements were signed in 2014-15 with approximately 236 First Nations; to build capacity to manage food, social and ceremonial fisheries and to participate in aquatic resource and oceans management.

Comments on Variance: The variance resulted primarily from in-year funding transfers, i.e. to the Recreational Fisheries Protection Program and to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada for the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Nunatsiavut Government.

Audits Completed or Planned: An Audit of the Implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement is being conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and is expected to be tabled in November 2015. Furthermore, an audit of the Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework is planned for 2016-17.

Evaluations Completed or Planned: No evaluation was completed or planned in 2014-15.

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: Successful engagement with First Nation and other recipients throughout Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Regions including: Newfoundland and Labrador, Gulf, Maritimes, Québec, Central and Arctic, and Pacific. Engagement includes strategic face-to-face meetings and negotiations at both the individual and aggregate level, bilateral on-going communications with Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, and through email engagement and correspondence as required.


Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 25,697,876 26,756,260 26,849,710 26,205,531 26,205,114 (644,596)
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Program 25,697,876 26,756,260 26,849,710 26,205,531 26,205,114 (644,596)

Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (Voted)

Start Date: 2007-08

End Date: March 31, 2014

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: 2009-10

Strategic Outcome: Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Aboriginal Strategies and Governance

Description: The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative was initially launched in 2007, as a five-year, $55.1 million program set to expire on March 31, 2012. The 2012 and 2013 Federal Budgets provided identical one-year $11.02 million extensions of the program. Budget 2014 provided an additional $22.04 million for the two-year renewal of the Initiative ($11.02 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16).

The long-term goal of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative is to continue to create positive conditions towards concluding longer-term Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada led arrangements for Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations to:

  • Enhance capacity in governance and management of Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations commercial fishing enterprises;
  • Develop effective participation in sustainable, integrated commercial fisheries with a greater role in fisheries management; and
  • Help diversify existing fishing enterprises to support the full realization of economic potential of existing fishing licenses.

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative has been developed to proceed along two separate paths of deployment. The first is through individual Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations where the individual First Nations can apply for funding for components of the initiative provided they have completed the prerequisite planning as per component requirements. This will allow First Nations the ability to personalize their development to their own needs and development schedule.

The second path of deployment is through associated Aggregate bodies which may apply for funding to proceed with the development of the Commercial Fishing Enterprise Business Development Unit as well as co-management and various training and mentoring projects. Aggregate bodies will develop expertise that can be shared with individual First Nations which will provide smaller First Nations a larger voice within the commercial fishery as well as provide a higher value for dollar on mentoring and training sessions.

Results Achieved: 78 Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative Agreements were signed in 2014-15 with 30 Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations (2 Governance Structure Enhancement; 34 Management Practice Enhancement; 7 Collaborative Management; and 35 Business Development).

Comments on Variance: There is no variance. All funds were expended as planned.

Audits Completed or Planned: An Audit of the Implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement is being conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and is expected to be tabled in November 2015. Furthermore, an audit of the Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework is planned for 2016-17.

A formal audit of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative has not, to date, been carried out. In accordance with Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Internal Audit Directorate prepares a three year Risk-based Audit Plan which is updated annually in compliance with the internal auditing standards for the Government of Canada. The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative is reviewed each year for incorporation into this plan.

Evaluations Completed or Planned: The formative evaluation of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative completed in 2010-11, showed that the Initiative has achieved a high level of satisfaction among Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations and is yielding positive results in terms of developing the skills necessary for engaging productivity in the Atlantic commercial fisheries and gain fisheries management knowledge and expertise.

The second evaluation of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative, completed in 2015-16, found that the Initiative is a relevant and well performing program and there is a continued need for the services and resources provided to First Nations through this Initiative.

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: Successful engagement with First Nations and other recipients, carried out through formal face to face meetings throughout the Maritimes and Gasp� region of Québec, through bilateral on-going communications with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, and through correspondence as required.


Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 9,684,096 9,075,232 - 10,530,722 10,530,722 0
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Transfer Payments 9,684,096 9,075,232 - 10,530,722 10,530,722 0

Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (Voted)

Start Date: 2007-08

End Date: March 31, 2016

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: 2007-08/2009-10: Implementation of the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative was originally carried out using the established Terms and Conditions for the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (Negotiation and Implementation of Fisheries Agreements and Allocation Transfer Program) and Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management program. In 2009, a review of all Fisheries and Oceans Canada Aboriginal contribution based programs, including the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative, has culminated in the development of the Integrated Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework, which includes the recently approved Integrated Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework Terms and Conditions, under which the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative now operates.

Strategic Outcome: Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Aboriginal Strategies and Governance

Description: On July 16, 2007, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative, which is designed to support increased First Nations participation in integrated commercial fisheries, where all commercial harvesters fish under common and transparent rules, a higher standard of accountability for all resource users, and strengthened collaboration and cooperation amongst all fishery interests.

The Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative was initially launched as a five-year $175 million program to lay the foundation for an integrated, stable and prosperous fishery in British Columbia, where all commercial harvesters, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, operate under common and transparent rules. The Initiative received one-year extensions from 2012-14 ($22.5 million and $22 million respectively). Budget 2014 announced a two-year ($44.1 million) renewal of the initiative ($22.1 million in 2014-15 and 2015-16).

The initiative includes the following four distinct yet integrated elements:

  • Increased First Nation participation in integrated commercial Fisheries, British Columbia-wide, in advance of treaties, through the voluntary relinquishment of commercial licenses and quota to support First Nations self-sufficiency through economic development, build a foundation for future treaties, and bring First Nations more fully into integrated management processes.
  • First Nation capacity building to support the development of First Nations commercial fisheries enterprises so that the commercial fishery access provided is effectively utilized and managed.
  • Fisheries Accountability Measures to support enhanced fisheries monitoring, catch reporting, and greater enforcement, to enable the development of a traceability system, and to ensure all fishery participants are confident that integrated management plans are being respected and that the fisheries resource is being managed in a sustainable manner.
  • New Pacific Co-management Models to establish new mechanisms for increasing the collaboration of resource users in commercial fisheries decision-making, to facilitate joint problem-solving among interested groups, and to better achieve sustainable resource management approaches that meet conservation goals.

Results Achieved: 68 Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative Agreements were signed in 2014-15 with 25 Aboriginal Commercial Fishing Enterprises, representing 97 First Nations (3 Enhanced Accountability; 25 Access; 31 Capacity Building; and 9 Co-management).

Comments on Variance: All funding was fully expended as planned.

Audits Completed or Planned: An Audit of the Implementation of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement is being conducted by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and is expected to be tabled in November 2015. Furthermore, an audit of the Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework is planned for 2016-17.

A formal audit of the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative has not, to date, been carried out. In accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Internal Audit Directorate prepares a three year Risk-based Audit Plan which is updated annually in compliance with the internal auditing standards for the Government of Canada. The Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative is reviewed each year for incorporation into this plan.

Evaluations Completed or Planned: A formative evaluation was conducted in 2010. It recognized the complexity and multi-faceted nature of the goals, which require significant time and effort to result in the necessary changes in attitude and behaviour. The evaluation recommended that the program be continued past March 31, 2012, to capitalize on positive results and progress, notably in the acquisition of access at fair market value, in essential capacity building and in supporting necessary fisheries reforms coast-wide. The recommendations have been built into the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2015-16 extensions. A second evaluation of the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative is currently underway and will be completed in the Fall of 2015-16.

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: Successful engagement with First Nations and other recipients carried out through formal face-to-face meetings throughout British Columbia, bilateral on-going communications with Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff, and through correspondence as required. Commercial harvesters are engaged through broad communications and formal advisory processes.


Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 14,953,702 14,249,244 - 15,091,228 15,249,228 0
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Transfer Payments 14,953,702 14,249,244 - 15,091,228 15,249,228 0

Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (Voted)

Start Date: April 1, 2013 (renewed contribution agreement came into effect this date)

End Date: March 31, 2018

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: 2012-13

Strategic Outcome: Safe and Secure Waters

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture Search and Rescue Services; Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Description: To permit the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Associations to carry out authorized activities related to maritime Search and Rescue Operations, Search and Rescue Prevention and other safety related activities.

Results Achieved: Delivered as per the terms of the Contribution Agreement, and as outlined in each of the regional Annual Business Plans.

Comments on Variance: Not applicable

Audits Completed or Planned: Not applicable

Evaluations Completed or Planned: Not applicable

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: Canadian Coast Guard is in regular communication with the regional auxiliary representatives.


Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 5,090,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 -
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Transfer Payments 5,090,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 5,021,000 -

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (Voted)

Start Date: April 3, 2008

End Date: March 31, 2019

Fiscal Year for Terms and Conditions: In effect as of June 30, 2014

Strategic Outcome: Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems

Link to Department's Program Alignment Architecture: Fisheries Protection; Partnerships and Regulatory Arrangements

Description: The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) promotes multi-partner initiatives and supports projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations, aimed at improving Canada's recreational fisheries. These groups have established expertise and collaborative approaches in fisheries conservation and are well positioned to deliver habitat restoration projects that benefit recreational fisheries.

Program funding allows recipients to take action to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate compromised and/or threatened fisheries habitat. For example, the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program funds groups to deliver activities such as making in-stream and streamside habitat improvements, removing barriers to fish migration, stabilizing riverbanks/reducing erosion, re-vegetating shorelines and/or enhancing structures to allow the free passage of fish to natural habitats.

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program focuses primarily on funding size projects in the $20,000 to $100,000 range but has a maximum contribution limit of $250,000 per project per year. Canadian government (i.e., federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) support cannot exceed 75% of total project expenditures, while federal support cannot exceed 50% of total project expenditures.

Results Achieved: Two hundred and forty projects valued at over $8.6 million in RFCPP funding were completed or ongoing in 2014-15. With 13% of 2014-15 recipient results yet to be compiled, the number of partners that provided support to the 240 projects is already more than 660 and 89% of habitat planned for restoration for completed projects has already been restored. Moreover, over 4,400 individual volunteers supported RFCPP projects in 2014-15 and over 980 individuals received income from the RFCPP. The remaining 13% of recipient results are expected to be compiled by the end of the third quarter of 2015-16.

Comments on Variance: The $2.2 million variance between actual and planned spending resulted from additional budget being made available to the RFCPP under Budget 2015.

Audits Completed or Planned: A review of Fisheries Protection is planned for 2017-18.

Evaluations Completed or Planned: A formative review of the RFCPP is expected to be completed in January/February 2016.

Engagement of Applicants and Recipients: A variety of mechanisms to engage applicants and recipients was applied in 2014-15, including webinars, face-to-face workshops and project site visits. A formal engagement plan for the program is expected to be finalized in March 2016.


Performance Information (dollars)
Type of Transfer Payment 2012-13 Actual Spending 2013-14 Actual Spending 2014-15 Planned Spending 2014-15 Total Authorities Available for Use 2014-15 Actual spending (Authorities Used) Variance (2014-15 Actual minus 2014-15 Planned)
Total Grants - - - - - -
Total Contributions 7,350,828 4,464,019 6,369,148 9,618,163 8,615,130 2,245,982
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments - - - - - -
Total Transfer Payments 7,350,828 4,464,019 6,369,148 9,618,163 8,615,130 2,245,982