Details of Transfer Payment Programs

Name of transfer payment program: Settlement Program

Start date: May 15, 2008

End date: Ongoing

Description: The Settlement Program provides services that make a difference in the lives of newcomers. These services include: language training; information and referrals; assistance matching employment with newcomers’ skills and education; and help with establishing networks and contacts in their communities.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate to their full potential in fostering an integrated society

Results achieved: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides funding for the delivery of settlement services across Canada and pre-arrival orientation sessions overseas. Despite a slight reduction in the settlement funding envelope, CIC increased the number of clients served in Canada and overseas from 213,346 in 2011–12 to 220,794 in 2012–13. CIC reached more immigrants domestically in 2012–13, serving 203,558 clients in Canada, a 6.7-percent increase from 2011–12.

In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, CIC administered a nation survey on settlement outcomes in 2012–13, with a goal of assessing settlement outcomes across Canada and identifying the factors that influence successful settlement within the first five years after landing in Canada. CIC received the national results in the fourth quarter of 2012–13 and is currently awaiting province-specific data, which is due in fiscal year 2013–14. Over 2013–14, CIC will be undertaking an in-depth analysis of the information collected and work jointly with provinces and territories to develop a roadmap to improve the settlement outcomes of newcomers in Canada.

Program: Settlement Program ($ millions)
  Actual
Spending
2010–11
Actual
Spending
2011–12
Planned
Spending
2012–13
Total
Authorities
2012–13
Actual
Spending
2012–13
Variance(s)
Total Grants
Total Contributions 628.1 593.7 605.8 603.7 585.5 20.3
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments
Total Program(s) 628.1 593.7 605.8 603.7 585.5 20.3

Comments on variances: The delivery of the Settlement Program depends on third parties. Agreements and plans are established to fully spend the budget. Slippage occurs for many reasons, such as planned activities not materializing or actual eligible expenses ending up lower than planned.

Audit completed or planned: No internal audits were completed on transfer payments in 2012–13. In 2013–14, CIC Internal Audit will be conducting an audit of the Management Control Framework for Grants and Contributions, which will examine the controls in place for grant and contribution programs in the Department.

Evaluation completed or planned:

Planned: In 2016–17, an evaluation of the CIC Settlement Program will be completed.

2012–13: Three evaluations were completed:

Engagement of applicants and recipients: An open and fair call for proposals (CFP) process is the principal initiative used by the Department to engage applicants.

Name of transfer payment program: Multiculturalism Program

Start date: 1982–83

End date: Ongoing

Description: The program objectives are to:

  • build an integrated socially cohesive society;
  • improve the responsiveness of institutions to the needs of a diverse population; and
  • engage in discussions on multiculturalism and diversity at an international level.

The Multiculturalism Program works to build an integrated cohesive society by fostering intercultural understanding, citizenship, civic memory and pride, as well as respect for core democratic values grounded in our history, and by promoting equal opportunity for individuals of all origins.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate to their full potential in fostering an integrated society

Results achieved: Program participants and beneficiaries were more enabled to support an integrated society, demonstrated by their awareness of issues related to Canadian history and institutions, Canadian values, cultural diversity, and the cultural, racial, ethnic and religious barriers to full participation in society and the Canadian economy.

Federal and targeted institutions had policies and programs that were responsive to the needs of a diverse society as reported under the requirements of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.

Canada led efforts to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial through membership in the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). In support of Canada’s 2013 chairmanship of IHRA, an advisory council was established and a number of domestic initiatives were launched, including an award for excellence in Holocaust education and a youth-focused poster competition.

Program: Multiculturalism Program ($ millions)
  Actual
Spending
2010–11
Actual
Spending
2011–12
Planned
Spending
2012–13
Total
Authorities
2012–13
Actual
Spending
2012–13
Variance(s)
Total Grants 1.0 1.9 3.0 1.8 1.2 1.8
Total Contributions 5.8 6.6 7.8 6.7 6.7 1.1
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments
Total Program(s) 6.8 8.5 10.8 8.5 7.9 2.9

Comment on variances: The $2.9 million surplus is due to reduced funding for the Multiculturalism Program based on the Deficit Reduction Action Plan ($2.3 million) and recipients not spending as planned ($0.6 million).

Audit completed or planned: No internal audits were completed on transfer payments in 2012–13. In 2013–14, CIC Internal Audit will be conducting an audit of the Management Control Framework for Grants and Contributions, which will examine the controls in place for grant and contribution programs in the Department.

Evaluation completed or planned: An evaluation of the Multiculturalism Program was completed in 2011–12.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: An open and fair CFP process is the principal approach used by CIC to engage applicants.

Inter-Action is the Multiculturalism grant and contribution program. As the Inter-Action projects stream will not be launching a new CFP, engagement efforts will be focused on promoting the Inter-Action Events stream. This will be done by:

  • passing out Inter-Action postcards at various multicultural and Inter-Action events;
  • marketing through different ethnic media;
  • communicating and sharing other grant and contribution programs of the federal government;
  • promoting the Inter-Action events stream regionally through CIC communication campaigns; and
  • promoting the Inter-Action events stream through an email campaign to stakeholders and on the CIC website.

Name of transfer payment program: Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)

Start date: 1970s (under another name; RAP in its current form was implemented in 1998)

End date: Ongoing

Description:The purpose of RAP is to provide direct financial support and fund the provision of immediate and essential services to eligible recipients (e.g., government-assisted refugees—GARs) who lack the resources to provide for their basic needs and the needs of their dependants.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate to their full potential in fostering an integrated society

Results Achieved: The RAP Performance Measurement Framework inaugural report was completed in 2012–13, and provides a descriptive analysis of baseline data from April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012, against which future performance measurement data will be analysed. Key findings from the report indicate that RAP is meeting its objectives to meet the immediate and essential needs of resettled refugees and ensure that refugees obtain the CIC settlement, other government and specialized services they need to progress toward their settlement goals.

Program RAP ($ millions)
  Actual
Spending
2010–11
Actual
Spending
2011–12
Planned
Spending
2012–13
Total
Authorities
2012–13
Actual
Spending
2012–13
Variance(s)
Total Grants
Total Contributions 54.0 54.2 58.6 58.6 50.7 7.9
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments
Total Program(s) 54.0 54.2 58.6 58.6 50.7 7.9

Comment on variance: The GAR targets are established each year. In 2012–13, the actual arrivals were less than the planned arrivals.

Audit completed or planned: No internal audits were completed on transfer payments in 2012–13. In 2013–14, CIC Internal Audit will be conducting an audit of the Management Control Framework for Grants and Contributions, which will examine the controls in place for grant and contribution programs in the Department.

Evaluation completed or planned: 2015–16

Engagement of applicants and recipients: CIC uses CFPs to award contribution agreements to service providers. Refugee recipients undergo an intake assessment on arrival in Canada to determine the level of support they need and what types of services they require.

Name of transfer payment program: Canada–Quebec Accord Grant / Subvention versée en vertu de l’Accord Canada–Québec

Start date: Financial compensation to the province (in the form of a grant) is based on the Canada–Quebec Accord, which came into force on April 1, 1991.

End date: The Accord does not have an expiry date.

Description: Description: The Canada-Québec Accord Relating to Immigration and Temporary Admission of Aliens gives Quebec the responsibility for providing reception and integration services to all immigrants in Quebec, including all refugees. Quebec receives an annual grant from the federal government to support these reception and integration services.

Objective/anticipated outcomes: An objective of the Canada-Quebec Accord is, among other things, the preservation of Quebec’s demographic importance within Canada and the integration of immigrants into the province in a manner that respects the distinct identity of Quebec.

Activities: Quebec has responsibility for the selection of immigrants, their reception and their integration into the province. In accordance with section 26 and Annex B of the Canada-Quebec Accord, Canada is required to pay compensation to Quebec for reception and integration services, where it is established that:

  • the reception and integration services (referred to in sections 24 and 25 of the Accord) offered by Quebec correspond, when considered in their entirety, with those offered by Canada in the rest of the country; and
  • those services are offered without discrimination to any permanent resident in the province, whether or not that permanent resident has been selected by Quebec.

Strategic outcome: Newcomers and citizens participate to their full potential in fostering an integrated society

Results achieved: The Government of Quebec is responsible for developing and publishing its own expected results related to immigration.

Program: ($ millions)
  Actual
Spending
2010–11
Actual
Spending
2011–12
Planned
Spending
2012–13
Total
Authorities
2012–13
Actual
Spending
2012–13
Variance(s)
Total Grants 258.4 283.1 283.1 284.5 284.5 (1.4)
Total Contributions
Total Other Types of Transfer Payments
Total Program(s) 258.4 283.1 283.1 284.5 284.5 (1.4)

Comment on variance: Actual spending was higher than planned due to adjustments in the final payment. The final payment is based on a formula in the Accord.

Audit completed or planned: No internal audits were completed on transfer payments in 2012–13. In 2013–14, CIC Internal Audit will be conducting an audit of the Management Control Framework for Grants and Contributions, which will examine the controls in place for grant and contribution programs in the Department.

Evaluation completed or planned: An evaluation of the grant to Quebec was completed in 2012–13.

Engagement of applicants and recipients: Not applicable (N/A)

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