Supplementary Information Tables for the 2020–21 Departmental Plan: Disclosure of Transfer Payment Programs Under $5 million

3 year plan for Class Grants & Contributions Program (Voted)
Start date FY 1984‒85
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant
Type of appropriation Annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017‒18
Link to departmental result(s) Trusted regulator
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, Technical, Regulatory and Public Information
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program The objectives of the Class Grants & Contribution (G&Cs) Program are to enable the research, development and management of activities that contribute to the objectives of the Research and Support Program in order to reduce uncertainties regarding health, safety, security and environmental issues.
Expected results Address gaps and uncertainties in the CNSC’s regulatory knowledge base.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014‒15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation N/A – CNSC’s Grants & Contribution Program falls below the reference level established by the Policy on Results for evaluation of ongoing G&Cs programs of $5M average expenditure per year.
General targeted recipient groups Eligible recipients include:
  • Canadian, foreign and multinational non-profit organizations
  • Canadian and foreign academic institutions
  • Canadian provincial, territorial, municipal and/or regional governments
  • Foreign government departments and agencies
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients N/A
Start date FY 1984‒85
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017‒18
Link to departmental result(s) Trusted regulator
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, Technical, Regulatory and Public Information
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program The objectives of the Class Grants and Contributions Program are to enable the research, development and management of activities that contribute to the objectives of the Research and Support Program in order to reduce uncertainties regarding health, safety, security and environmental issues.
Expected results Address gaps and uncertainties in the CNSC’s regulatory knowledge base.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014‒15
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation N/A – CNSC’s Grants & Contribution Program falls below the reference level established by the Policy on Results for evaluation of ongoing G&Cs programs of $5M average expenditure per year.
General targeted recipient groups Eligible recipients include:
  • Canadian, foreign and multinational non-profit organizations
  • Canadian and foreign academic institutions
  • Canadian provincial, territorial, municipal and/or regional governments
  • Foreign government departments and agencies
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients N/A
Start date FY 2011‒12
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution (Participant Funding Program)
Type of appropriation Appropriated annually through the Estimates and cost-recovered through CNSC licensees
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2011‒12
Link to departmental result(s) Trusted regulator
Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, Technical, Regulatory and Public Information
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program The objective of the Participant Funding Program is to:
  1. enhance individual, not-for-profit organization and Indigenous group participation in the CNSC’s environmental assessment (EA) and licensing processes for major nuclear facilities (e.g., uranium mines, nuclear power plants, nuclear substance processing, or nuclear waste facilities)
  2. assist individuals, not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous groups in bringing value-added information to the Commission through informed and topic-specific interventions related to EAs and licensing (i.e., new, distinctive and relevant information that contributes to a better understanding of the anticipated effects of a project)
Expected results Funding provided by the PFP is expected to:
  • ensure that the knowledge and concerns of the public, Indigenous groups and stakeholders are heard and considered by the Commission
  • provide opportunities to participate in CNSC regulatory processes to those who would not otherwise be able to do so
  • bring value-added information to the Commission. Value-added information is new, distinctive and relevant information that contributes to a better understanding of the anticipated effects of a project
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2015‒16
Decision following the results of last evaluation Continuation
Fiscal year of next planned evaluation N/A – CNSC’s Grants & Contribution Program falls below the reference level established by the Policy on Results for evaluation of ongoing G&Cs programs of $5M average expenditure per year.
General targeted recipient groups Eligible recipients include: individuals, Indigenous peoples, landowners, incorporated not-for-profit organizations, or other interest groups who are able to demonstrate one of the following:
  • a direct, local interest in the project
  • Indigenous knowledge and/or local community insight
  • interests in impacts on treaty lands, settlement lands or traditional territories or related claims and rights
  • provision of value-added information relevant to the CNSC’s mandate and the specific matter before the Commission
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients After each Commission proceeding at which participant funding was awarded, CNSC staff send surveys to all recipients to obtain their feedback on the PFP and how it can be improved. These survey results are then collected and reported on in recipient survey feedback notes, which influence how the program is delivered for future PFP opportunities.

The PFP is flexible and staff are always looking for ways to improve the program. For example, feedback on the PFP from recipients, including Indigenous groups, has resulted in the program expanding to fund additional activities such as public Commission meetings related to regulatory oversight reports, meetings with Indigenous communities, and Indigenous knowledge studies related to CNSC-regulated facilities and activities.

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 (Research & Support) $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000
Total contributions (Research & Support)                       $2,155,010 $2,280,000 $1,851,000 $1,888,000
Total contributions (PFP) $925,000 $925,000 $925,000 $925,000
Total program $3,155,010 $3,280,000 $2,851,000 $2,888,000

The drop in 2021‒22 is due to the end of a budget transfer from the Directorate of Security and Safeguards for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cost-free expert.

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