Horizontal Initiatives 2011-12

NRCan is responsible for key horizontal initiatives and works in partnership with other federal departments, other levels of government, non-governmental organizations and private sector organizations.

Name of Horizontal Initiative: Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Natural Resource Projects

Name of Lead Department(s): Natural Resources Canada

Lead Department Program Activity: Safety, Security and Stewardship – Natural Resource and Landmass Knowledge and Systems

Start Date: October 1, 2007

End Date: March 31, 2012

Total Federal Funding Allocation (from start date to end date): $150 million over 5 years

Description of the Horizontal Initiative (including funding agreement)

To respond to the recent growth in the number of major resource projects and move forward on commitments to create a more accountable, predictable and timely regulatory review process, the Government allocated $150 million over five years to establish the Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) within Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and to increase the scientific and technical capacity of key regulatory departments and agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the regulatory system for major resource projects.

The MPMO was created to provide a single point of entry into the federal regulatory system for all stakeholders and to provide overarching management of the federal regulatory process for major natural resource projects. New capacity funding provided through this initiative is ensuring that key regulatory departments and agencies are positioned to respond to the regulatory demands of major resource projects and better meet any legal responsibilities for Aboriginal Crown consultation associated with their regulatory decisions.

The purpose of the horizontal initiative is to provide the oversight and capacity needed to address issues affecting the performance of the federal regulatory system. In short, it is laying the foundation for more predictable and timely regulatory processes that will improve the competitiveness of Canada's resource industries while ensuring careful consideration of environmental standards and Aboriginal consultation obligations.

Shared Outcome(s)

Among the more tangible improvements resulting from this initiative is the timeliness and predictability of the regulatory process. The process for environmental review and permitting of major resource projects has been reduced from upwards of four years to an average of about two years.
Other important outcomes from this proposal include:

  • A more accountable, predictable and timely regulatory review process that will facilitate investment and planning decisions and improve the competitiveness of Canada's resources industries;
  • High-quality assessments of the potential environmental and social effects of resource development so that federal decisions in relation to projects protect the environment; and,
  • The fulfillment of Aboriginal consultation responsibilities in a more consistent, adequate and meaningful manner.

Governance Structure(s)

The Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects established a new governance framework for federal government departments and agencies to facilitate the effective, coordinated, and concurrent discharge of their statutory duties, functions and obligations related to the regulation of major resource projects. It encourages federal government departments to work together to identify areas where the consistency, efficiency and effectiveness of the federal regulatory system can be improved and to develop and implement system improvements. These activities are intended to improve the accountability, transparency, timeliness and predictability of the federal regulatory system for major natural resource projects.

The Minister of Natural Resources is the lead Minister for the Initiative. In collaboration with his counterparts in other regulatory departments, the Minister of Natural Resources reports biannually to Cabinet on progress made towards achieving the objectives of the initiative, and reports annually to Parliament and the public through NRCan's annual reporting requirements.

A Major Projects Deputy Ministers' Committee was created to serve as the governance body for the implementation of the initiative. This Committee provides direction for the resolution of project-specific issues and oversee the application of the Cabinet Directive. Membership on this committee includes the Deputy Ministers of NRCan (Chair), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Justice Canada, as well as the Associate Deputy Minister of Transport Canada, the President of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Chair of the National Energy Board, the Deputy Secretary of the Privy Council Office and the President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The MPMO was established to provide overarching management of the federal regulatory system for major resource projects. It achieves this by working with the federal regulatory departments / agencies to identify areas where the consistency, efficiency and effectiveness of the federal regulatory process can be improved and to implement change. The MPMO also provides support to the Major Projects Deputy Ministers' Committee, through the provision of data, analysis and other information.

To ensure effective communication with federal regulatory departments on key issues and to facilitate collaboration and cooperation, interdepartmental working groups have been established at the ADM, DG and working levels.

Performance Highlights

Federal partners Federal partner program Activity Names of programs for federal partners Total allocation (from start date to end date)
($ units)*
2011–12
( $ millions)
Planned spending Actual spending Expected results Results achieved
Natural Resources Canada Natural Resource and Landmass Knowledge and Systems Major Projects Management Office 13,000,000 4,000,000 4,289,392 A suite of legislative, regulatory and policy changes is developed and implemented to deliver predictable and timely project reviews, reduce regulatory burden, improve environmental protection and provide for more meaningful aboriginal consultations in support of the Government's economic and environmental agendas;

Project management and Deputy Minister-level oversight is provided for over 60 major resource projects, including working with partners to identify and resolve issues that arise to ensure an efficient and effective review process;

Project Agreements that include target timelines, service standards and work plans are developed to ensure timely, integrated and well coordinated environmental assessment, regulatory decision-making and Aboriginal consultation for major resource projects;

Robust tracking, monitoring and reporting on major resource projects is undertaken to increase the level of transparency and accountability of the federal regulatory review process and to ensure adherence to target timelines and service standards;

Ongoing implementation of a consistent, whole of government approach to Aboriginal consultations;

Work with partners to strengthen northern regulatory regimes and to improve integration of federal and provincial review processes; and,

An evaluation of the early successes towards meeting the objectives of the MPMO Initiative is carried out and recommendations/ proposals are developed to improve program design.

Over the course of 2011-12, the MPMO worked in  close collaboration with federal regulatory departments and agencies to advance the development of a suite of legislative, regulatory and policy measures aimed at delivering predictable and timely project reviews; reduced duplication, strengthened environmental protection and enhanced Aboriginal consultations for major project reviews;

These measures were introduced through Budget 2012 as part of the Government’s plan for Responsible Resource Development that seeks to fundamentally modernize Canada’s regulatory system for major projects.

The MPMO is overseeing the federal regulatory review process for more than 70 major natural resource projects representing over $150 billion in potential new capital investment in communities across Canada. NRCan/MPMO also chaired monthly meetings of the Major Projects Deputy Ministers' Committee and supporting ADM and DG Committees to ensure timely resolution of project-related issues, and to advance new policies, procedures and analysis to further improve the performance of the federal regulatory system for major resource projects.

All MPMO projects undergoing a federal regulatory review are on track to have Project Agreements (PAs) signed by Deputy Heads.

 

The MPMO maintains a robust performance management system to ensure project reviews meet target timelines.

This includes:

  • Project Agreements signed by federal Deputy Heads that contain milestones and target timelines for each project review;
  • Publicly tracking/monitoring milestones through the MPMO Tracker website;
  • Weekly and monthly reporting to Deputy Heads to ensure issues are effectively managed;

The whole-of-government approach to Aboriginal consultation under the MPMO Initiative continues to be strengthened and applied.

The federal-provincial-territorial ADMs’ Regulatory Reform Working Group, co-chaired by MPMO, delivered on key commitments made through the 2011 Annual Energy and Mines Ministers Conference. Through this mechanism, several pilot projects are being advanced to improve alignment of federal-provincial-territorial regulatory systems with the goal of putting in place a ‘one project, one review’ approach; and,

The MPMO also worked bilaterally with provinces to improve alignment of regulatory processes. To strengthen northern regulatory regimes, the MPMO supported Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in the development of a suite of policy proposals to align policy approaches both North and South of the 60th parallel. The MPMO also supported the Northern Projects Management Office to improve the consistency of project management approaches both North and South of 60.

A horizontal evaluation of the MPMO Initiative was completed as a means of assessing and ensuring results-based performance across the Government of Canada and supporting continuous improvement of the federal regulatory system. Findings pointed to a clear on-going need for the Initiative as well as the central coordination function performed by the MPMO.  

TOTAL NRCan 13,000,000 4,000,000 4,289,392    
CEAA Environmental Assessment Support   40,177,900 7,955,750 7,210,050 A whole of government approach to addressing strategic and project-specific environmental assessment issues, including supporting implementation of the major resource projects initiative is supported and;

The federal environmental assessment process and related Aboriginal consultation activities for major resource projects are managed in an effective and efficient manner.

Worked in collaboration with other organizations involved in the Major Projects Management Office (MPMO) Initiative to strengthen coordination of EAs federally, particularly to ensure implementation of new timelines for comprehensive studies managed by the Agency, to integrate EA into the federal regulatory process more effectively and to integrate Aboriginal consultation in the EA process for major resource projects (MRPs) to the fullest extent possible.

 

Led the federal environmental assessment process for MRPs (with the exception of CNSC and NEB projects), and coordinated Aboriginal consultation activities with the EAs of these projects consistent with the Cabinet Directive on Improving the Performance of the Regulatory System for Major Resource Projects and its Memorandum of Understanding, and the Updated Guidelines for Federal Officials to Fulfill the Legal Duty to Consult (2011).

  Environmental Assessment Development   3,991,000 878,000 837,597 The implementation of this horizontal initiative is supported. Improvements in the process, capacity and associated Aboriginal consultations with respect to major resource projects is achieved;

Policies, procedures and guidance materials are developed for enhancing coordination and collaboration on high-quality, timely and predictable environmental assessment within the regulatory approval process; and,

Policies, procedures are developed to support the integration of Aboriginal Crown consultations in the environmental assessment and regulatory approval process.

Worked in collaboration with other organizations involved in the MPMO Initiative to develop the Government of Canada’s Responsible Resource Development plan to modernize its regulatory system for project reviews. 

Actively contributed to the evaluation of the MPMO Initiative and will collaborate on the implementation of the recommendations in fiscal years to come.

Developed and implemented a map-based technology using geographic information systems that incorporates information on Aboriginal groups (e.g., location of communities, traditional territories and land claims) to support the integration of Aboriginal consultation into the EA process;

Provided training on Aboriginal consultation and interest-based negotiation to both Agency and Government of Canada employees;

Created the Agency’s external web page on Aboriginal consultation;

In cooperation with federal departments and agencies involved in the MPMO Initiative:

  • Developed new policies, processes, procedures and guidance materials on the integration of Aboriginal consultation in the environmental assessment and regulatory approval process, such as a policy framework to guide the activities of the Agency as Crown Consultation Coordinator for MRPs.
  Internal Services   10,831,000 2,166,250 2,125,493 Core support services are provided to support program delivery. Provided infrastructure support for Program delivery.
Total CEAA 54,999,900 11,000,000 10,173,140    
Environment
Canada
Biodiversity is conserved and protected Wildlife program 2,352,116 466,159 418,724 The efficiency and effectiveness of EC’s Canadian Wildlife Service’s regulatory role in major resource projects is improved;
Guidance is developed to support Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service involvement in the EA process for major resource projects;
Draft policies related to issuance of permits under SARA, the Canadian Wildlife Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act are further developed;

Draft guidance documents to facilitate the incorporation of wildlife considerations in federal EA processes for major resource projects are developed.
Improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the Canadian Wildlife Service's regulatory role in major resource projects.

Developed guidance to support Canadian Wildlife Service involvement in the EA process for major resource projects.

Drafted policies related to the issuance of permits under the Species at Risk Act, the Canada Wildlife Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Drafted guidance documents to facilitate the incorporation of wildlife considerations in federal environmental assessment processes for major resource projects.

 Water is clean, safe and secure Aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected 614,683 123,841 131,286 EC’s expert involvement with respect to hydrology, water quantity, hydraulics and water management in the regulatory review of major resource projects is supported; 
EC’s responsibilities associated with the International River Improvements Act (IRIA) are supported by standard operating  procedures and policies for licensing;
EC’s responsibilities in the EA process associated with the IRIA for major natural resource projects are supported by guidance, processes and issues reviews, providing comments on hydrology, water quantity and water management;
Amendments to the IRIA regulations are developed, reviewed and published through the formal process.

Supported expert involvement with respect to hydrology, water quantity, hydraulics and water management in the regulatory review of major resource projects.

Supported EC's responsibilities associated with the International River Improvements Act (IRIA) by upholding standard operating procedures and policies for licensing.

Supported EC’s responsibilities in the EA process associated with the IRIA for major natural resource projects by providing guidance, processes and issues reviews; and providing comments on hydrology, water quantity and water management.

The department decided not to pursue amendments to the IRIA regulations at this time.

  Canadians adopt approaches that ensure the sustainable use and management of natural capital and working landscapes  

 

Environmental assessment and ecological monitoring

4,533,659 868,975 939,533 Environment Canada’s participation in the Major Projects Deputy Ministers’ Committee and associated governance structure is supported;
Departmental EA processes are streamlined to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the MPMO regulatory process for major resource projects;
Regional offices are supported in the delivery of streamlining priorities for major resource projects; and,
Environment Canada’s participation in the regulatory streamlining initiative for major resource projects is well coordinated to meet established timelines and deliverables;
Departmental EA processes are streamlined, meeting established timelines and incorporating lessons learned from previous EA experience through workshops, post-project evaluations and contributing to operational policy statements;
EC contributes to the interdepartmental impact analysis of Supreme Court decisions and supported related guidance on compliance;
EC develops guidance, tools and training to support enhanced engagement in MPMO-track regulatory processes for major resource projects;
Work with MPMO on the development of a Crown record management system. 
MPMO’s governance structure was supported through participation in the Major Projects Deputy Ministers’ Committee and associated committees and working groups.

 


Departmental EA processes were streamlined to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the MPMO regulatory process for major resource projects.

Regional offices were supported in the delivery of streamlining priorities for major resource projects via National Program liaison activities and coordination.
Coordinated EC's participation in the MPMO Initiative to meet established timelines and deliverables. Streamlined departmental EA processes, met established timelines and incorporated lessons learned from previous EA experience through workshops, post-project evaluations and contributions to operational policy statements.

Contributed to the interdepartmental impact analysis of Supreme Court decisions and supported related guidance on compliance.

Developed guidance, tools and training to support enhanced engagement in MPMO-track regulatory processes for major resource projects.

Worked with MPMO on the development of a Crown record management system. Followed established information monitoring and tracking procedures, systems, and databases for all MPMO projects.

Risks to Canadians, their health and their environment posed by toxic and other harmful substances are reduced Risk management/ Risk mitigation and implementation 2,723,837 562,122 452,448 EC provides expert advice on major projects regarding disposal at sea, energy related projects, mining projects and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations for tailings impoundment areas;
Enhancement of departmental technical expertise and processes to contribute to environmental assessments;

Environment Canada’s regulatory decisions related to Ocean Disposal permitting are timely;

Environment Canada’s involvement in the regulatory process for major natural resource projects is supported by guidance; and,


EC’s involvement in the regulatory process for major resource projects is supported by triage systems and Regulatory Impact Analysis development work for regulatory amendments for the MMER.
EC provided expert advice on major projects regarding disposal at sea, energy-related projects, mining projects and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations (MMER) for tailings impoundment areas.


Enhanced departmental technical expertise and processes to contribute to EAs. Expert groups played a central and coordinating role on EA technical matters and projects.

Ensured timely regulatory decisions related to Ocean Disposal permitting.  Participated in regional networks to deal with existing and emerging marine and disposal at sea issues.

Environment Canada's involvement in the regulatory process for major resource projects was supported by guidance, including the issuing of its Guidelines for the Assessment of Alternatives for Mine Waste Disposal.

EC involvement in the regulatory process for major resource projects was supported by triage systems and Regulatory Impact Analysis development work for regulatory amendments for the MMER.

  Relations with other governments and partners are effectively managed in support of environmental priorities Inter-governmental and stakeholder relations 596,818 122,302 122,302 Regular, timely, and strategic advice is provided on consultation and engaging Aboriginal groups throughout the regulatory process for major resource projects;
EC’s participation on the Crown Oversight Committee and associated working groups on Aboriginal consultation is supported;


Work with MPMO on the ongoing development of a Crown record management system;
Advice, support and training on public participation and Aboriginal consultation relating to major natural resource projects are provided.

Regular, timely, strategic advice and training was provided on consultation and engaging Aboriginal groups throughout the regulatory process for major resource projects.

Supported RAs in engaging Aboriginal groups on major resource projects.  Provided strengthened and consistent capacity for Aboriginal consultation and engagement for major projects EA activities when requested by RAs.
Supported Environment Canada's participation on the Crown Oversight Committee and associated working groups on Aboriginal consultation.
Worked with MPMO on the development of a Crown record management system.

Provided advice, support and training on public participation and aboriginal consultations relating to major natural resource projects.

  Strategic management support enables the department to meet its objectives Legal services 650,739 141,844 141,844 Timely legal advice and support on delivery of national EA program involvement in major resource projects is provided.  Provided timely legal advice and support to deliver national EA program involvement in major resource projects, interpretation of court challenges and key policy considerations.
  Internal Services Core Support Services 1,028,148 214,757 227,116 Core support services are provided to support program delivery. Core support services were provided to support program delivery.
Total EC 12,500,000 2,500,000 2,433,252    
Fisheries and Oceans Canada [PA1] Habitat Management [a]Habitat Management Operations 34,041,800 6,493,420 5,983,142 Provision of input to the evaluation of Initiative to identify recommendations / proposals to improve program design

Continued participation in MPMO governance mechanisms (e.g., Major Projects Deputy Ministers’ Committee and supporting Director General and Assistant Deputy Minister level working groups, as well as interdepartmental project committees) in support of effective management of the federal regulatory system in relation to major natural resource projects

Provision of DFO technical capacity in the areas of the Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act (SARA), Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and Aboriginal consultation activities relative to DFO’s regulatory decisions associated with major resource projects identified under this initiative.

Implementation of policies and approaches relative to major natural resource projects involving DFO.

Habitat Management Operations fully participated in the evaluation of the Major Projects Management Office initiative conducted by Natural Resources Canada during the 2011-2012 fiscal year by providing supporting materials and evidence and responding to queries by the evaluators.

Senior officials at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including the Deputy Minister, have participated in MPMO governance mechanisms on an ongoing basis, in support of effective management of the federal regulatory system in relation to major natural resource projects, as well as in the areas of environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation.

Both Habitat Management Program Policy and Habitat Management Operations continued to provide input to analyses of legislative, regulatory and policy issues associated with those areas relating to DFO mandates and responsibilities, as well as input to potential solutions.

Both operations and program policy provided input in relation to DFO mandates and responsibilities for discussions with provincial governments to identify means of coordination and cooperation to determine areas for improved efficiencies and effectiveness.

Habitat Management Operations continued to provide technical capacity for advice to proponents, regulatory partners and external stakeholders in support of regulatory reviews and related activities for major resource projects under the Fisheries Act, and the associated environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation processes.

Habitat Management Operations continued to implement policies and approaches relative to major natural resource projects with a view to meeting the objective of completing regulatory reviews within a established timelines

  [b] Habitat Management Program Policy   314,940 314,940 Provision of input to the evaluation of initiative to identify recommendations / proposals to improve program design;

 

 

 

 

 

Provision of input in the development and implementation of a whole-of-government strategy to modernize the federal regulatory review process;

Continued participation in MPMO governance mechanisms (e.g., Major Projects Deputy Ministers’ Committee and supporting Director General and Assistant Deputy Minister level groups, as well as interdepartmental working groups) in support of improving the federal regulatory system;

Provision of support to the development of policies and approaches led by the MPMO in relation to the areas of regulatory activities, environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation; and

Communication of policies and approaches and where appropriate, integration of policies and approaches into DFO activities.

Habitat Management Program Policy provided support to Habitat Management Operations in the evaluation of the Major Projects Management Office initiative conducted by Natural Resources Canada during the 2011-12 Fiscal Year by providing supporting materials and evidence and responding to queries by the evaluators.

 

Habitat Management Program Policy provided strategic and policy input in support of the development of a whole-of-government strategy to modernize the federal regulatory review process, in particular, in relation to the Department’s mandates and responsibilities.  This included analyses of legislative, regulatory and policy issues associated with those areas relating to DFO mandates and responsibilities, as well as input to potential solutions.

Officials at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including the Deputy Minister, have participated in MPMO governance mechanisms on an ongoing basis, in support of effective management of the federal regulatory system in relation to major natural resource projects, as well as in the areas of the Fisheries Act, Species at Risk Act,environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation.

Habitat Management Program Policy provided ongoing support and advice on the development of policies and approaches led by the MPMO in relation to regulatory activities (including the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act),environmental assessment and Aboriginal consultation.  This included input in relation to DFO mandates and responsibilities for discussions with provincial governments to identify means of coordination and cooperation to determine areas for improved efficiencies and effectiveness.

Policies and approaches were communicated in a timely manner and were fully integrated in Departmental planning and reporting processes.

 [PA2] Legal Services [c] Legal Services 958,200 191,640 177,300 Provision of Legal Services to DFO and legal support to MPMO legal working group to operationalize initiatives put forward by MPMO as they relate to the Fisheries Act, CEAA, SARA and Aboriginal consultation issues associated with resource projects addressed under the initiative.

Provision of legal support to Justice litigators for hearings before boards, tribunals and courts; and,

Identification of legal issues/risks associated with ongoing implementation of the MPMO initiative and development of proposed positions/options to address issues/risks.

Provided legal advice and legal risk analysis associated with the review of EA reports and preparation of the RAs' course of action decision.

 

Provided legal advice and support of DFO's input to MPMO to operationalize the Initiative.

Legal Services provided legal support to Justice litigators on an ongoing basis for hearings before boards, tribunals and courts.

As part of the Department’s integrated risk management approach, MPMO-related legal risks are identified on an ongoing manner and integrated into the Integrated Risk Management Framework on a yearly basis. Strategies to mitigate risks and issues are addressed by the Habitat Management Program with the support of Legal Services.

Total DFO 35,000,000 7,000,000 6,475,382    
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Canada (AANDC)
4.3
Northern Land Resources and Environmental Management
4.3.5
Environmental Management
6,600,000 1,320,000 1,320,000 Timely and effective interventions in board hearing in the North;

EA, Regulatory permitting and monitoring exercises carried out in a more timely and effective manner;

Increase capacity for Northern boards to carry out environmental assessment and regulatory responsibilities in a timely and effective manner;

Section 35 Aboriginal  Consultation carried out effectively and efficiently; and,

Northern partners participate in process to strengthen Northern EA and Regulatory regimes

Led AANDC participation and technical input into environmental assessment, and contributed to Crown consultation assessment and planning.

 

Conducted land and water use inspections in the NWT to enforce permits and conditions on major projects.

Boards used resources to update their strategic plan, operating guidelines, rules of procedures documents and upgrade their website.

Funding supported an FTE at the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board to enable it to better meet its Aboriginal consultation responsibilities.

Funding provided was used towards participation in the continued work of the six different land and water working groups.

  3.2 Federal Administration of Reserve Land 3.2.4 Environmental Management – 3.2.4.2 Environmental Sustainability 3,400,000 680,000 623,000 Enhance the capacity of INAC regional offices in order to enable them to better meet their environmental assessment, Aboriginal consultation and regulatory responsibilities;

Provide funding support to regulatory boards in the Northwest Territories to allow them to better meet their aboriginal consultation, regulatory permitting and environmental assessment responsibilities with respect to major resource projects;

Improve the transparency and accountability of the federal regulatory review process through increased oversight and regular monitoring, tracking and reporting on progress against commitments in Project Agreements;

Provide Aboriginal consultation information services and support to the Major Projects Management Office and all other federal partners;

Provide funding support to First Nations communities to build capacity to better equip them to coordinate and to participate in major resource development projects.

AANDC regional offices capacity enhancement was achieved, which enabled them to meet their environmental assessment, Aboriginal consultation and regulatory responsibilities on MPMO project files.

Provided funding support to regulatory boards in the Northwest Territories to allow them to better meet their Aboriginal consultation, regulatory permitting and environmental assessment responsibilities with respect to major resource projects.

Supported the plan for Responsible Resource Development in the initial and implementation phases.  AANDC LEMB as the Responsible Authority (RA) for the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project and pursuant to the Project Agreement has met the established timelines and service standards.

Regional Environmental Operations and Headquarters staff worked with the Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation Unit on project files in order to support project and issues management. 

Provided funding to support First Nation communities in building capacity to better equip them to coordinate and participate in major resource development projects and related legislative changes.  The BC Region received $170K to build awareness with respect to resource development and the regulatory process in relation to areas with high resource development activity.  Approximately, $40K went to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to support the Aboriginal Funding Envelope in relation to Northern Gateway.

Total AANDC 10,000,000 2,000,000 1,943,000    
Transport Canada Marine Safety Navigable Waters Protection Program 4,238,717 886,000 2,087,145Footnote 1 To participate in the various governance mechanisms for the MPMO;

TC (headquarters and regional staff) to participate in working groups to assist with the creation and approval of key documents, processes and tracking systems required to operationalize the MPMO office; and, TC to participate in projects in the MPMO process.

TC participated in various governance mechanisms established for the MPMO initiative, or that are aiding the MPMO Initiative including the Director General, Assistant Deputy Minister, and Deputy Minister Committees;
TC (headquarters and regional staff) participated in interdepartmental working groups to assist with the creation and approval of key documents, processes, and tracking systems required to operationalize the MPMO Initiative; and, TC has established a national MPMO committee in order to ensure that MPMO processes are applied internally in an efficient manner and that advice to the Associate Deputy Minister is provided in a timely and coordinated manner.
Environmental Stewardship Environmental Assessment Program 6,783,510 1,696,000 642,310Footnote 1 To participate in the various governance mechanisms for the MPMO;

TC (headquarters and regional staff) to participate in working groups to assist with the creation and approval of key documents, processes and racking systems required to operationalize the MPMO office;

TC to work on departmental processes to ensure MPMO processes are applied in an efficient manner internally; and,

TC to participate in projects in the MPMO process.

TC participated in various governance mechanisms established for the MPMO initiative, or that are aiding the MPMO initiative including the Director General, Assistant Deputy Minister, and Deputy Minister Committees;
TC (headquarters and regional staff) participated in working groups to assist with the creation and approval of key documents, processes and tracking systems required to operationalize the MPMO Initiative;

TC has established a national MPMO committee in order to ensure that MPMO processes are applied internally in an efficient manner and that advice to the Associate Deputy Minister is provided in a timely and coordinated manner; and
Funding received was used in order to increase capacity for technical review of environmental assessments for major resource projects. 

Internal Services Departmental Administration, Finance, Legal Services, and Aboriginal ConsultationFootnote 2 6,477,773 918,000 615,7871Footnote 1 TC to increase its capacity to deal with legal issues associated with the regulatory process across the country;

To support corporate involvement; and

To develop procedures for and participate in consultation with Aboriginal groups.

TC has engaged their legal services staff for review of various MPMO documents;
Legal services staff applied a portfolio approach to deal with legal issues associated with the regulatory process across the country;

TC's Aboriginal Consultation Unit assisted in implementing Aboriginal consultation for MPMO projects.  TC has also developed Aboriginal Consultation and Accommodation Guidelines, tools and training materials; and

TC liaises with the MPMO and other government departments in implementing a whole-of-government approach for Aboriginal Consultation.

Total TC 17,500,000 3,500,000 3,345,242    
TOTAL (2011-12)* 143,000,000 30,000,000 28,659,408    
 

* Totals do not equal the total allocation under the initiative (i.e.; $150 million over five years) due to changes that have occurred in departmental Program Activity Architectures since the beginning of the initiative.

Comments on Variances: N/A

Results to be achieved by non-federal partners: N/A

Contact information:

Mr. Jay Khosla
Assistant Deputy Minister
Major Projects Management Office
Natural Resources Canada
155 Queen St
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4