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4 Additional Information

4.1 Agency Link to the Government of Canada Outcomes

Program activities Expected end results Planned spending
(in thousands of dollars)
Alignment to Government of Canada outcome area
Strategic outcome #1: Vitality of communities
Development of communities
  • Development initiatives and projects generate socio-economic spinoffs within communities.
  • Communities benefit from enterprises that generate jobs and wealth, thus leading to diversification of the economic fabric.
  • Communities are attractive, tangibly drawing and retaining tourists and skilled individuals.
Strong economic growth
  • Rural and urban communities have quality public infrastructure.
Special intervention measures  
Strategic outcome #2: Competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and regions
Competitiveness of enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enterprises are high-performance and competitive.
Strong economic growth
Competitive positioning of regions
  • Competitive regions and poles contribute to enhancing Canada's competitive positioning.
Strategic outcome #3: Policy, representation and cooperation
Policies, programs and initiatives
  • Quebec communities and regions benefit from adapted, coherent and effective federal action that generates socio-economic spinoffs, and Quebec communities and regions grasp business and development opportunities.
Strong economic growth

4.2 Agency's Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS)

Agency's governance goal:
Reinforce governance and decision-making to support sustainable development.
Federal government goal
  • sustainable communities
Performance measurement
  • review of departmental commitments contained in the plans
  • annual plan for monitoring the commitments of the fourth SDS approved by senior management as well as progress of results.


Agency's anticipated results for 2008-2009
  • SDS commitments are integrated in decision-making processes as early as the planning stage.
  • Clear, effective governance mechanisms integrate sustainable development in the decision-making process.
Agency's empowerment goal:
Continue empowering personnel with respect to sustainable development.
Performance measurement
  • implementation of a diagnostic tool in business offices
  • staff participation in training sessions
  • survey on satisfaction concerning timeliness of training
  • compilation of information on sustainable development.








Agency's anticipated results for 2008-2009
  • A sustainable development diagnostic tool will be set up in business offices by 2010.
  • Agency managers and personnel have a common understanding of the concept of sustainable development, they are sensitized to the commitments made in the Agency's fourth SDS, and they are aware of the memorandums of understanding with partners.
  • Information on sustainable development is accessible within the Agency.
Agency's Vitality of communities goal1 :
Support communities so they contribute to a prosperous, sustainable economy.
Federal government goals
  • clean air
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • sustainable development and use of natural resources
  • governance for sustainable development.
Performance measurement
  • number of communities sensitized and number of plans taking sustainable development into account
  • number of sustainable development initiatives and projects carried out in communities
  • case study conducted to identify more accurately the impact of initiatives or projects on communities' development
  • number of projects and activities supporting green entrepreneurship
  • number of tourism projects that take sustainable development into account.
Agency's anticipated results for 2008-2009
  • Communities are sensitized and mobilized, and they have set out a vision and drawn up development and diversification plans which take sustainable development principles into account.
  • Sustainable development initiatives and projects are carried out in communities.
  • Green entrepreneurship is supported.
  • Communities benefit from tourism projects that take sustainable development into account.
Agency's Competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and regions goal1 :
Contribute to enhancing the performance of Quebec SMEs and regions with respect to sustainable development.
Federal government goals
  • clean air
  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • sustainable development and use of natural resources.
Performance measurement
  • number of products, services and environmental technologies commercialized.










Agency's anticipated results for 2008-2009
  • Enterprises have better strategic capability for grasping green business opportunities and enjoy enhanced environmental performance.
  • Enterprises are engaged in a process of enhancement of strategic capabilities in line with the principles of sustainable development and energy efficiency.
  • Eco-friendly products and services and environmental technologies stemming from R&D are commercialized.

1 The Agency's SDS has been amended to reflect the new guideline on NPOs.

Information on the Agency's SDS:

4.3 Tables in electronic format posted on the Treasury Board Secretariat Web site

The following tables can only be found on the Treasury Board Secretariat Web site:

4.3.1 Details on transfer payment programs (grants, contributions and other transfer payments)
4.3.2 Evaluations
4.3.3 Green procurement
4.3.4 Internal audits
4.3.5 Services received without charge
4.3.6 Sources of non-respendable revenue


4.4 Performance measurement strategy

4.4.1 Five-year strategy

The performance measurement strategy applied at the Agency is based on the systematic observation of outcome indicators identified in its 2007 performance measurement framework. These indicators will be used to conduct ongoing measurement of targeted outcomes and provide material for the Agency's strategic decision-making during Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

Among the indicators that will be tracked are both output (activity) indicators and outcome indicators.

Owing to their nature, anticipated outcomes will occur over a relatively long period possibly over five years. Most will not be observable in the year in which disbursement is made. For instance, it is only after two years that an enterprise's expected increase in sales fully materialize following an investment carried out with Agency assistance.

That is why the Agency's performance measurement strategy is spread over a five-year horizon and why the yearly performance measurement reports will, in the initial years, be limited to outputs, immediate outcomes and intermediate outcomes. This year being Year 1 for the new programs, the data on intermediate outcomes that will appear in the Departmental Performance Report for the period ending March 31, 2008 will be of a partial nature.

4.4.2 Continuous improvement

The Agency paid special attention in 2007-2008 to improving the quality of its data on performance. In particular, it identified data collection methods better geared to promoters' capabilities and its needs and defined consistent data sources for each indicator.

These methods are applied to projects approved since April 1, 2007. They cannot be systematically applied to other active projects approved under the old programs on the basis of different planned results.

4.5 Agency tools and programs

To promote the development and economic diversification of the regions of Quebec and achieve the outcomes from its six program activities as described in section 3, the Agency utilizes and makes available to its promoters an array of tools and programs which enable it to intervene with respect to regional development.

4.5.1 Agency intervention tools

With respect to programs and services, the Agency deploys to promoters various intervention tools consisting primarily of guidance and advice, information and referrals, and financial assistance.

Guidance and advice

For the Agency, guidance and advice involve helping entrepreneurs and local and regional development agents design and develop directions, a strategy, a business plan, an action plan or a project, or helping them plan a financial package, identify funding sources, and so on. At the Agency, advice or guidance provided by a staff member are services delivered to an entrepreneur or local development agent on an individual basis, geared to his specific situation. Provision of advice takes place as needed. A guidance approach constitutes systematic, sustained, prolonged assistance, at various stages along the promoter's path toward design and implementation of his project.

Information and referrals

The Agency produces timely information so entrepreneurs and local and regional development agents may reach informed decisions, and it makes this information more easily accessible and usable. This also involves referring them to resources likely to provide a timely, appropriate response to their specific needs. In this regard, the Agency relies on Canada Business Service Centres operating in Quebec, namely, Info Entrepreneurs in Montréal and Ressources Entreprises in Québec, for Eastern Quebec. These organizations deliver information, referral and reference material services to entrepreneurs and local and regional development agents in Quebec.

Financial assistance

The Agency has several programs and services whereby it makes both repayable and non-repayable contributions and, in exceptional cases, grants to SMEs, organizations that assist them, and communities.

4.5.2 Agency programs

Core Mandate

Regular programming

  • Community Diversification program
  • Business and Regional Growth program
  • Community Futures Program (CFP)
  • Regional Development Research program

Special Mandate

Programs under mandates from the Government of Canada

  • Infrastructure Canada Program – Canada-Quebec Agreement 2000
  • Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program
Regular programs

Community Diversification program

This program helps Quebec regions maintain and develop their economic activity base. A community's vitality depends on its ability to develop, grow and thrive by building on its own assets.

In effect from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2012, this program has three objectives:

  • fostering communities' development and increasing their mobilization by drawing up visions and projects of local and regional scope
  • assisting communities through support for entrepreneurship and through creation or maintenance of viable enterprises
  • increasing communities' capability to attract tourists and skilled individuals.

Business and Regional Growth program

This program reinforces the conditions conducive to the sustainable development of regions and SMEs. In effect from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2012, it is aimed at:

  • helping enterprises improve their performance, become more competitive and engage in more innovation to facilitate their sustainable development
  • supporting the transfer of technology and research outputs to enterprises
  • creating the right conditions to attract foreign investment and international organizations.

Community Futures Program

This Canada-wide program provides support for communities in all parts of the country to help them take charge of their own local economic development. In Quebec, the CFP financially supports 57 Community Futures Development Corporations, as well as 15 Community Economic Development Corporations and 10 Business Development Centres.


Regional Development Research program

This program contributes to promoting the development and diversification of the economy of the regions of Quebec. Its goal is to generate and disseminate helpful knowledge concerning economic and regional development for development stakeholders. This knowledge reinforces their ability to act on development and participate in an enlightened manner in an ongoing dialogue concerning economic and regional development issues and problems.

Programs under mandates from the Government of Canada

Infrastructure Canada Program - Canada-Quebec Agreement 2000

Within the framework of the pan-Canadian Infrastructure Program under Treasury Board Secretariat responsibility, a Canada-Quebec Agreement was signed in October 2000. The objective of this agreement was to upgrade urban and rural municipal infrastructure in the province and improve Quebecers' quality of life. The Agency acts on behalf of the Government of Canada as the federal department responsible for implementation in Quebec. This agreement was amended in July 2005 to postpone to March 31, 2009 the deadline for disbursements under the ICP. Since December 2005, under the terms of the agreement, no more new projects may be approved under the program.


Canadian Apparel and Textile Industries Program

This program is intended to reinforce the competitiveness of textile manufacturing firms, by helping them:

  • improve their productivity
  • lower their costs
  • increase their efficiency
  • diversify their output toward high value-added products in growing niche markets.

Program implementation is handled by the Agency in Quebec and by Industry Canada in the other provinces. This program terminates on March 31, 2010.