Details on transfer payment programs

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s (CNSC) Class Grants and Contribution Program

Start date FY 1984–85
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grant (Research)
Type of appropriation Annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017–18
Link to departmental result(s)

Departmental Result 1:

The environment is protected from releases from nuclear facilities and activities.

Departmental Result 2:

Canadians are protected from radiation resulting from nuclear facilities and activities.

Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, 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.
Results achieved Address gaps and uncertainties in the CNSC’s regulatory knowledge base
Findings of audits completed in 2020-21 N/A - No Audit in FY20–21
Findings of evaluations completed in 2020-21 N/A – The 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.
Engagement of applicants and recipients in 2020-21 Research Grants do not have an external application process. Grants are planned internally based on CNSC needs are linked to CNSC research goals.
Start date FY 1984–85
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contribution (Research)
Type of appropriation Annually through the Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2017–18
Link to departmental result(s)

Departmental Result 1:

The environment is protected from releases from nuclear facilities and activities.

Departmental Result 2:

Canadians are protected from radiation resulting from nuclear facilities and activities.

Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, Regulatory and Public Information
Purpose and objectives of transfer payment program The objectives of the Class Grants & 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.
Results achieved Address gaps and uncertainties in the CNSC’s regulatory knowledge base.
Findings of audits completed in 2020-21 N/A - No Audit in FY 2020–21
Findings of evaluations completed in 2020-21 N/A – The 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.
Engagement of applicants and recipients in 2020-21 Research contributions do not have an external application process. Research contributions are planned internally based on organizational needs, with links to CNSC research goals.
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)

Departmental Result 4:

Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, have meaningful information about, and the opportunity to participate in, the nuclear regulatory process.

Link to the department’s Program Inventory Scientific, 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)
Results achieved PFP was made available to members of the public and Indigenous groups for all public Commission proceedings. Funding provided by the PFP was able 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
Findings of audits completed in 2020-21 The PFP is undergoing an internal audit that is expected to be completed in September 2021.
Findings of evaluations completed in 2020-21 N/A – The 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.
Engagement of applicants and recipients in 2020-21 After each Commission proceeding at which participant funding was awarded, CNSC staff sent surveys to all recipients to obtain their feedback on the PFP and how it could be improved. Results were analyzed and summarized through feedback notes from those who completed the survey. This feedback will help inform how the program is delivered for future PFP opportunities.
Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2018–19 Actual spending 2019–20 Actual spending 2020–21 Planned spending 2020–21 Total authorities available for use 2020–21 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2020–21 actual minus 2020–21 planned)
Total Research grants 74,600 63,100 75,000 75,000 75,000 0
Total Research contributions 1,670,998 2,053,026 2,280,000 1,919,336 1,919,336 -360,664*
Total PFP contributions 853,035 1,037,253 925,000 1,109,148 1,109,148 184,148**
Total program 2,598,633 3,153,379 3,280,000 3,103,484 3,103,484 -176,516
Explanation of variances

*Variance is mainly due to delays to projects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

**The PFP exceeded its planned spending as it continued to provide funding in relation to multiple ongoing environmental assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012; increased interest from members of the public and Indigenous groups in participating in CNSC regulatory processes; and continued relationship building with Indigenous groups with respect to Commission proceedings.

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