2022-23 Details on Transfer Payment Programs over $5 million

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Airports Capital Assistance Program

General information

Start date April 1, 1995
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2020-21
Link to departmental result(s) Transportation corridors get products reliably to market
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Airports Capital Assistance Program assists eligible applicants in financing safety-related capital projects to ensure the continued safety of the Canadian travelling public.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results Eligible airports will meet the safety standards required to remain operational.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2015–16
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2022-23
General targeted recipient groups
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Government
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Program details are posted on our website and an information brochure for applicants is sent to all eligible airports.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22
forecast spending
2022–23
planned spending
2023–24
planned spending
2024–25
planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 133,439,652 130,122,700 38,000,000 38,000,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 133,439,652 130,122,700 38,000,000 38,000,000

Contributions to support the recovery of Canada’s airport system

General information

Start date May 11, 2021
End date March 31, 2022
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2021-22
Link to departmental result(s) An efficient transportation system
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Highway and Other Transportation Infrastructure Support
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program This program provides immediate financial relief to airport authorities to help mitigate the financial impact of reduced air travel because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expected results The expected results are that the risk to the airport’s financial viability because of the pandemic has been mitigated.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation To be determined
General targeted recipient groups Non-profit organizations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients TC engages with applicants and recipients through virtual meetings and surveys on program design and implementation with the objective to ensure that the program helps to address the challenges being faced as a result of the pandemic.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2022–32 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 152,802,000 269,813,900 90,339,900 54,535,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 152,802,000 269,813,900 90,339,900 54,535,000

Ferry Services Contribution Program

General information

Start date 1941
End date March 31, 2027
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2021-22
Link to departmental result(s) Transport Canada manages its assets effectively
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Ferry Services Contribution Program provides financial assistance to maintain three inter-provincial ferry services in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec. More specifically, the contributions are for the following services:

  • Between Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd.;
  • Between Cap-aux-Meules, Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec and Souris, Prince Edward Island operated by CTMA Traversier Ltée; and
  • Between Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia operated by Bay Ferries Ltd.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results

The program is expected to have the following results:

  • Safe, efficient and reliable ferry services between Cap-aux-Meules, Îles de la Madeleine and Souris, Prince Edward Island; Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island and Caribou, Nova Scotia; and Saint John, New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia.
  • Certain remote communities will have access to regional transportation options.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2019-20
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2024-25
General targeted recipient groups For-profit organizations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients
  • Discuss and provide recipients with clear template-based contribution agreements, leases and charter party agreements;
  • Annually review and negotiate the performance objectives and budget required to deliver the ferry services as per the terms of the agreements;
  • Inform recipients of service standards and reporting requirements based on each recipient’s risk profile;
  • Maintain an ongoing dialogue with recipients to assess change and progress via monthly conference calls;
  • Follow-up with recipients as required on project activities, funding requirements and reporting requirements; and
  • Notify recipients of the requirement to conduct audits and inform us of the audit findings.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 47,422,949 35,587,824 41,755,272 38,224,115
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 47,422,949 35,587,824 41,755,272 38,224,115

Grant to the Province of British Columbia in respect of the provision of ferry and coastal freight and passenger services

General information

Start date April 18, 1977
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2005-06
Link to departmental result(s) Transportation corridors get products reliably to market
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

Transport Canada provides an annual grant to the Province of British Columbia to support coastal ferry services. The program fulfills the federal government’s legal obligations as set out in the agreement between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia signed in 1977 whereby the Province would assume the sole responsibility for coastal ferry services in return for an on-going indexed grant from Canada.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results The grant is expected to result in transportation links to the national surface transportation system from various regions and isolated areas of British Columbia.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2016–17
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2022-23
General targeted recipient groups
  • Government
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients We engage the Province to discuss and confirm the annual payment.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 32,182,708 32,658,432 32,658,432 32,658,432
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 32,182,708 32,658,432 32,658,432 32,658,432

Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program

General information

Start date May 1, 2019
End date March 31, 2022
Type of transfer payment Grant and Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019-20
Link to departmental result(s) Harmful air emissions from transportation in Canada are reduced
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Climate Change and Clean Air
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program (iZEV) is an initiative under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. It provides Canadians and Canadian businesses with point-of-sale incentives eligible new light-duty zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) leased or purchased.Footnote 1 The iZEV Program’s objectives are to:

  • Make it more affordable for Canadians to adopt this clean technology;
  • Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector; and
  • Increase the adoption of these vehicles in support of meeting ZEV sales targets.Footnote 2

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results

The Program is expected to increase the affordability and availability of ZEVs across Canada to middle-income families, which will provide long-term environmental benefits to Canadians. Specifically, we expect that the Program will:

  • Incent Canadians to increase their purchase of affordable ZEVs;
  • Ensure that ZEVs are a viable and affordable vehicle option for Canadians; and
  • Increase ZEV uptake towards a 100% target by 2035 leading to a reduction in GHG emissions.

The Program is currently scheduled to end on March 31, 2022. Planned spending for 2022-23 will cover any outstanding qualifying claims purchased prior to March 31, 2022. We expect to process all remaining submitted claims by March 31, 2023. The Government of Canada is currently exploring options to extend the Program beyond March 31, 2022.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2024-25
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Government
  • Individual or sole proprietorships
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Feedback on the Program’s design, experiences with the Program and information to inform future programs and policies related to zero-emission vehicles, has been obtained via customer and dealership surveys. No further participant engagement activities are currently planned.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 229,278,061 92,919,522 0 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 229,278,061 92,919,522 0 0

Major Rehabilitation Work on the Victoria Bridge

General information

Start date November 26, 2020
End date March 31, 2024
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2020-21
Link to departmental result(s) Transport Canada manages its assets effectively
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

This program provides funding to support major rehabilitation work on the Victoria Bridge related to the roadway, including the repair of structural elements and the improvement of its approaches and signalization. These activities will ensure the bridge remains safe and that commuters in the Montreal region can access its roadway.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results The expected result is to maintain the bridge open to road traffic by keeping it in good condition to ensure its longevity and public safety.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation Not required under the Policy on Results but may be included in the Departmental Evaluation Plan at our discretion.
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients There are no plans to engage with the recipient on the design and delivery at this time.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 3,075,000 5,467,850 1,958,650 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 3,075,000 5,467,850 1,958,650 0

National Trade Corridors Fund

General information

Start date June 22, 2017
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant and Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2021-22
Link to departmental result(s) Transportation corridors get products reliably to market
Link to the department’s Program Inventory National Trade Corridors
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The National Trade Corridors Fund provides funding to contribute to the competitiveness and productivity of Canada and its transportation system through investments that:

  • Support the flow of goods and passengers by reducing bottlenecks and address capacity issues;
  • Help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and to ensure it is able to support new technologies and innovation;
  • Address the unique transportation needs in Canada's North to improve safety and facilitate economic and social development; and
  • Build on investments made by a variety of public and private sector partners.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results

The National Trade Corridors Fund is expected to achieve the following:

  • Funded projects are effectively and efficiently implemented (on time, on scope and on budget)
  • Capacity of the national trade corridor has been enhanced
  • Traditional and innovative investments in trade-related transportation infrastructure help sustain and support environmentally responsible economic growth and jobs for middle class Canadians
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2023-24
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Indigenous recipients
  • Government
  • Academia and public institutions
  • Other (public sector organizations, Canada Port Authorities, National Airports Systems Airport Authorities)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Engagement initiatives include:

  • Calls for project proposals;
  • Consultations and meetings with partners and stakeholders
  • Program details are posted on TC’s website and disseminated through outreach activities, such as information webinars.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 305,129,974 1,101,555,469 1,149,393,013 767,354,347
Total other types of transfer payments

0

0 0 0
Total program 305,129,974 1,101,555,469 1,149,393,013 767,354,347

Northumberland Strait Crossing Subsidy Payment under the Northumberland Strait Crossing Act (S.C., 1993,  c. 43)

General information

Start date May 31, 1997
End date April 1, 2032
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Northumberland Strait Crossing Subsidy Payment under the Northumberland Strait Crossing Act (S.C., 1993, c. 43)
Fiscal year for terms and conditions

Not applicable

The terms and conditions have not been reviewed since the commencement of the Program, as there is a contractual agreement between the Government of Canada and Strait Crossing Development Inc.

Link to departmental result(s)
  • Transportation corridors get products reliably to market
  • Transport Canada manages its assets effectively
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Northumberland Strait Crossing subsidy payments are made to the bridge operator to honour a constitutional obligation to provide a transportation link between Prince Edward Island and the mainland.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results Federal funding is provided for continuous and efficient year-round transportation of people and goods between Prince Edward Island and the mainland to support an efficient, integrated and accessible transportation system.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation The program has not been evaluated given the exclusion of statutory payments from evaluation coverage requirement, as per the Policy on Results
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation There is no intention to conduct an evaluation given the exclusion of statutory payments from evaluation coverage requirements, as per the Policy on Results
General targeted recipient groups For-profit organizations
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Not applicable

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 0 0 0 0
Total other types of transfer payments 69,999,777 71,100,485

72,645,160

74,109,392

Total program 69,999,777 71,100,485 72,645,160 74,109,392

Program to Protect Canada’s Coastlines and Waterways

General information

Start date April 1, 2017
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant and Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019-20
Link to departmental result(s) Canada’s oceans and marine environments are protected from marine shipping impacts
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Protecting Oceans and Waterways
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The objectives of the Program to Protect Canada’s Coastlines and Waterways (PPCCW), which is known publicly as the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP), are to strengthen the safety of Canada’s marine transportation system and protect Canada’s coastlines and waterways. This aligns with our Department’s core responsibility of providing Canada with a green and efficient marine transportation system. More specifically, the Program aims to:

  • Protect Canada’s coasts and waterways from hazards (e.g., by removing wrecked and abandoned boats);
  • Engage with Indigenous and other coastal communities to share marine-related local knowledge and best practices to aid in the development of future policies and regulations;
  • Increase the number of Canadians in the marine sector, particularly women, Northerners, Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples; and
  • Support:
    • Indigenous reconciliation efforts;
    • Research into developing recyclable boats;
    • Safer marine operations in the North and protect northern communities from marine pollution incidents; and
    • Education, awareness and outreach projects.

The Program does not have repayable contributions

Expected results

We expect that this Program will:

  • Increase:
    • The number of marine training schools offering marine training targeted to Indigenous and other underrepresented groups;
    • The availability, accessibility and reliability of marine traffic information shared with non-federal entities (e.g., Indigenous and coastal communities, provinces/territories);
    • The number of Northern communities deploying new safety equipment and basic marine infrastructure obtained through the program; and
    • Awareness of vessel owner responsibilities and research supporting environmentally responsible vessel end-of-life management; and
  • Strengthen the prevention and response to marine safety and pollution incidents by:
    • Engaging with Indigenous groups and other communities that participate in Canada’s marine safety system;
    • Reducing the number and negative impact resulting from marine incidents and spills; and
    • Reducing the number of abandoned, hazardous and wrecked vessels present in Canadian waters.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2021-2022
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Government
  • Academia and public institutions
  • Indigenous recipients
  • Individual or sole proprietorships
  • Other (e.g., Canada port authorities)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients There are no future plans to engage with applicants and recipients on the design, delivery and evaluation of the Program at this time.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 1,810,994 0 0 0
Total contributions 45,137,496 79,102,006 33,378,607 18,298,244
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 46,948,490 79,102,006 33,378,607 18,298,244

Rail Safety Improvement Program

General information

Start date April 1, 2016
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant and Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2016–17
Link to departmental result(s) A safe transportation system
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Rail Safety Improvement Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

The Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) provides grants and contributions to improve rail safety and reduce injuries and fatalities related to rail transportation.

The Program funds:

  • Safety improvements to existing rail lines;
  • The use of innovative technologies;
  • Research and studies to improve safety;
  • Closures of grade crossings; and
  • Initiatives to raise awareness about rail safety across Canada.

The RSIP consists of two key components:

  • Infrastructure, Technology and Research; and
  • Public Education and Awareness.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results

The Program aims to improve rail safety by :

  • Closing, relocating or improving road/railway crossings;
  • Measures taken to improve safety at rail property;
  • Developing and/or using outreach or training materials that promote rail safety; and
  • Piloting of new technologies at grade crossings and on rail lines.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2020-21
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2025-26
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Indigenous recipients
  • Government
  • Individual or sole proprietorships
  • Other (e.g., road and transit authorities)
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

These include:

  • Continuous call for applications through the on-line portal;
  • Consultations and meetings with partners and stakeholders; and,
  • Program details are posted on TC’s website and disseminated through outreach activities, such as webinars.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 105,000 800,000 300,000

300,000

Total contributions

17,701,050

20,500,00 11,245,000 11,245,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 17,806,050 21,300,000 11,545,000 11,545,000

Remote Passenger Rail Program

General information

Start date 2005
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2021-22
Link to departmental result(s) An efficient transportation system
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Transportation Infrastructure Program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

This program provides funding to ensure that safe, reliable, viable and sustainable passenger rail services are provided to certain areas of the country where these services are the only means of surface transportation for remote communities. Funding for both operating and capital projects is provided.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results The Program will maintain a safe, reliable, viable and sustainable passenger rail services in remote communities; and in remote communities and complete capital projects that enable the acquisition of railway assets or the construction or rehabilitation of railway assets.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2018-19
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2024-25
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Indigenous recipients
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients There are discussions with the recipients on the renewal of the Program.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 15,469,137 14,150,000 14,600,000 0
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 15,469,137 14,150,000 14,600,000 0

Road Safety Transfer Payment Program

General information

Start date 1987
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2019-20
Link to departmental result(s) A safe transportation system
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Motor vehicle safety oversight program
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program

To establish nationally-consistent road use frameworks, standards, policies, programs and outreach activities to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities on the road, while also encouraging the safe and effective use of innovative technologies, encouraging harmonization, and economic growth.

The Program does not have repayable contributions.

Expected results

The Program aims to:

  • develop, maintain and improve the enforcement of the safety fitness framework and the National Safety Code standards for extra-provincial motor carriers (trucks and buses);
  • develop, maintain and enforce safe road practice initiatives;
  • contribute to the national collection and public dissemination of timely and quality road safety data; and
  • enhance shared knowledge of emerging road safety technologies.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2015-16
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation 2023-24
General targeted recipient groups
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations and charities
  • Government
  • Academia and public institutions
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Engagement of provinces, territories and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators occurs at CCMTA and Transportation Association of Canada meetings, and at one-on-one meetings with provinces, territories and other stakeholders. The input from participants provides advice to Transport Canada for future updates to the program.

Financial Information

Type of transfer payment 2021–22 forecast spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023–24 planned spending 2024-25 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 25,778,952 10,569,431 4,442,681 4,442,681
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 25,778,952 10,569,431 4,442,681 4,442,681