Plans and Performance Reports

Welcome to the Natural Resources Canada’s Plans and Performance Reports Website

This website depicts NRCan’s planning and reporting frameworks:  the Program Activity Architecture (PAA), the Performance Measurement Framework (PMF), and the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS). The PAA lists the department’s major activities and, through a diagram, explains how these activities work together to achieve results for Canadians. The PMF builds on the PAA by depicting how the department measures those results. Lastly, the DSDS outlines how NRCan’s activities contribute to the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and how the department measures that contribution. These frameworks form the basis for reporting to Parliament on our plans and results: the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR).

Click on any element of the PAA to access a description of the activity, how the department measures the result of that activity, and how that activity contributes to sustainable development. Also, using the navigational bar to the left, learn more about these frameworks and see how they are used in the department’s RPPs, DPRs, evaluation reports, and audit reports.

Natural Resources Canada’s Service Standards for Transfer Payment Programs

A service standard is a public commitment to measure the level of performance that clients can expect under normal circumstances.

Natural Resources Canada is committed to adhering to the following service standards to increase transparency, to clarify expectations and to focus on service:

  • Acknowledging receipt of application and/or proposal;
  • Providing funding decision; and,
  • Issuing payment.

These service standards publicly state the level of performance that clients can reasonably expect to receive under normal circumstances. The achievement of these service standards is a shared responsibility and is dependent upon the submission of all required and complete documentation to Natural Resources Canada in a timely fashion.

The results can fluctuate from a program to another based on the nature of the program delivery established.

Acknowledging receipt of application and/or proposal

We will acknowledge receipt of an application and/or a proposal within five business days of the date received by the Department, 95% of the time.

Providing funding decision

We will issue an official written notification of the funding decision within an established timeframe specific to each program.

Standard applied as of the date of reception of the duly completed funding application. Decision Service Standard Commitments will vary by program to reflect each program's unique assessment process. Timing is highly dependent on an applicant's responsiveness to requests from the department for information during the due diligence and risk assessment review. We target to meet the program’s funding decision standards 90% of the time.

Issuing payment

We will issue payments within 30 calendar days of either the successful fulfillment of requirements as outlined in the contribution agreement, or the date of issue of a grant awards letter. We aim to meet this standard 90% of the time.

NRCan Service Standards for Fiscal Year 2017-18
Programs Acknowledgement Decision Issuing Payment
Transactions (Volume) Standard (Days)1 % Met Transactions (Volume) Standard (Days) % Met Transactions (Volume) Standard (Days)2 % Met
Lands and Minerals Sector
Contribution in support of Climate Change Adaptation 118 5 days 100% 118 80 days 100% 11 30 days 82%
Grants in support of Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals 23 5 days 100% 23 25 days 100% 20 30 days 87%
Grants in support of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 0 5 days 100% 0 60 days 100% 0 30 days N/A
Innovation and Energy Technology Sector
Contributions in support of the ENERGY Innovation Program (EIP) 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 78 30 days 77%
EIP - Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 19 30 days 90%
EIP - Cleaner Oil & Gas Technology Demonstrations 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 23 30 days 96%
Oil Spill Response Science Program 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 13 30 days 77%
Clean Growth in the Natural Resources Sectors Innovation Program 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Smart Grid Infrastructure Demonstrations Program 86 5 days 100% 74 105 days 100% 0 30 days N/A
Buildings Infrastructure Program 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Pan North American Renewable Electricity Integration Studies 1 5 days 100% 1 105 days 100% 4 30 days 100%
Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Clean Technology Challenges - Impact Canada Initiative 2 5 days 100% 2 105 days 100% 1 30 days 100%
Energy Sector
Contributions in support of the clean-up of the Gunnar and Uranium Mining Facilities 0 5 days N/A 0 40 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Contributions in support of ecoEnergy for Renewable Power 0 5 days N/A 0 60 days N/A 400 30 days 100%
Contributions in support of Indigenous Participation in Policy Dialogues 0 5 days N/A 150 60 days 100% 0 30 days N/A
Contributions in support of the ENERGY Efficiency Program 28 5 days 100% 23 40 days 100% 44 30 days 86%
Contributions in support of Transportation and Alternative Fuels 6 5 days 100% 6 40 days 100% 8 30 days 100%
Electric Vehicle & Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative 93 5 days 100% 93 100 days 100% 79 30 days 100%
EIP - Regional Electricity Cooperation and Strategic Infrastructure 2 5 days 100% 2 40 days 100% 8 30 days 100%
Smart Grid Deployment Program 89 5 days 100% 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities Deployment Program component 0 5 days N/A 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Emerging Renewable Power Program 37 5 days 100% 0 105 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Port Hope Area Initiative 0 5 days N/A 0 40 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Canadian Forest Service
Contributions in support of Investments in the Forest Industry Transformation 60 5 days 100% 0 300 days N/A 7 30 days 92%
Contributions in support of the Forest Innovation Program 3 5 days 100% 3 31 days 100% 3 30 days 100%
Contribution program for Expanding Market Opportunities 19 75 days3 100% 19 75 days 100% 62 45 days3 82%
Contribution to the Indigenous Forestry Initiative: Indigenous Economic Development 30 5 days 97% 30 150 days 97% 25 30 days 96%
Renewal and Enhancement of Funding for the Forest Research Institute 3 5 days 100% 3 31 days 100% 3 30 days 100%
Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program 14 5 days 100% 0 300 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Clean Energy in Rural and Remote Communities Bioheat Program component 0 5 days N/A 0 180 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Major Project Management Office Sector
Contributions in support of Indigenous Consultations Participant Funding Program 1 5 days 100% 1 27 days 100% 38 30 days 90%
Indigenous Partnerships Office - West
Contributions in support of Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committees for Energy Infrastructure Projects (Committees) 93 5 days 99% 93 60 days 100% 29 30 days 93%
Strategic Policy and Results Sector
GeoConnections Program 1 5 days 100% 1 40 days 100% 8 30 days 100%
Office of the Chief Scientist
Youth Employment Strategy 10 5 days 100% 10 30 days 100% 8 30 days 100%

Note 1: Business days
Note 2: Calendar days
Note 3: Exceptional cases where sector specific standard differs from departmental standard

NRCan Service Standards for Fiscal Year 2016-17
Programs Acknowledgement of receipt for proposal Providing a funding decision Issuing payment
Transactions (Volume) Standard
(Days)1
% Met Transactions (Volume) Standard
(Days)
% Met Transactions (Volume) Standard
(Days)2
% Met
Lands and Minerals Sector
Contribution under Climate Change Adaptation 9 5 days 100% 9 80 days 100% 10 30 days 60%
Grants in support of Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals 18 5 days 100% 18 25 days 100% 7 30 days 100%
Grants in support of the Targeted Geoscience Initiative 69 5 days 100% 69 60 days 100% 13 30 days 100%
Innovation and  Energy Technology Sector                  
Contributions in support of the ENERGY Innovation Program (EIP) 346 5 days 100% 346 105 days 83% 1 30 days 100%
EIP - Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations 33 5 days 100% 33 105 days 100% 2 30 days 100%
EIP - Cleaner Oil & Gas Technology Demonstrations 50 5 days 100% 50 105 days 100% 5 30 days 100%
Oil Spill Response Science Program 13 5 days 100% 0 105 days N/A 2 30 days 100%
Energy Sector
Contributions in support of the clean-up of the Gunnar and Uranium Mining Facilities 0 5 days N/A 0 40 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Contributions in support of ecoEnergy for Biofuels 0 5 days N/A 0 90 days N/A 50 30 days 100%
Contributions in support of ecoEnergy for Renewable Power 0 5 days N/A 0 60 days N/A 398 30 days 98%
Contributions in support of the ENERGY Efficiency Program 63 5 days 100% 63 40 days 90% 30 30 days 100%
Contributions in support of Transportation and Alternative Fuels 2 5 days 100% 0 40 days N/A 12 30 days 80%
Electric Vehicle & Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative 58 5 days 100% 58 100 days 0% 15 30 days 100%
EIP - Regional Electricity Cooperation and Strategic Infrastructure 2 5 days 100% 2 40 days 100% 1 30 days 100%
Port Hope Area Initiative 0 5 days N/A 0 40 days N/A 0 30 days N/A
Wind Power Production Incentive Program 0 5 days N/A 0 60 days N/A 15 30 days 100%
Canadian Forest Service
Contributions in support of Investments in the Forest Industry Transformation 0 5 days N/A 5 300 days 100% 22 30 days 100%
Contributions in support of the Forest Innovation Program 42 5 days 100% 42 31 days 10% 34 30 days 97%
Contribution program for Expanding Market Opportunities 15 75 days3 100% 15 75 Days 100% 50 45 days3 98%
Contribution to the Indigenous Forestry Initiative: Indigenous Economic Development 26 5 days 96% 26 150 days 92% 45 30 days 73%
Forest Research Institutes Initiatives 1 5 days 100% 1 31 days 100% 4 30 days 100%
Strategic Policy and Results Sector
GeoConnections Program 6 5 days 100% 3 40 Days 100% 0 30 days N/A
Office of the Chief Scientist
Youth Employment Strategy 60 5 days 100% 60 30 days 100% 104 30 days 87%
Youth Employment Strategy Green Jobs 96 5 days 100% 96 30 days 100% 156 30 days 85%

Note 1: Business days
Note 2: Calendar days
Note 3: Exceptional cases where sector specific standard differs from departmental standard