Supplementary Information of departmental Plan 2021-2022

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Publication author : Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

Publish date : February 25, 2021

Summary :

The supplementary information complete CED’s departmental plan, which presents our priorities and expected results in 2020-2021.

Operating context

The impact of COVID-19 on the global economy resulted in the largest and most sudden economic contraction since the Great Depression. In Quebec, containment measures have led to the sudden shutdown of large segments of the economy. At the peak of containment in the spring of 2020, more than 820,000 Quebecers were laid off.

The economy has since experienced a solid recovery, which has been stronger than originally predicted by forecasters. Nevertheless, this recovery remains partial and uneven. After a 5.5% contraction of the Quebec economy in 2020, a gain of 4.5% is expected in 2021. However, this development will be modulated according to the epidemiological situation, restrictions imposed, support measures, and the availability of a widely distributed vaccine.

Despite the expected economic rebound in 2021 and subsequent years, the effects of the health crisis will persist. Recovery will be slower for some sectors, including accommodation, food, culture, and recreation, which cannot be quickly or easily deconfined. In addition, according to the Bank of Canada, permanent damage to employment is accumulating. Thus, although the unemployment rate is expected to decline over the next few years, a return to pre-pandemic levels is not expected in the short to medium term. In addition, the level of government, household, and business debt could dampen the recovery in the medium term.

Just as the recovery is uneven across industries, it also differs from region to region. Regionally, the pace of recovery varies depending on existing restrictions, exposure to the most affected industries, and the ability of businesses to adapt to new requirements (e.g. the digital shift).

Details on transfer payment programs

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) Three-Year Plan

Start date

October 18, 2018

End date

REGI – Ongoing Program

Type of transfer payment

Grants and Contributions

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2020–2021

Link to departmental result(s)

The REGI targets the two following departmental results:

  1. Quebec businesses are innovative and growing.
  2. Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Quebec.

Link to the department's Program Inventory

The REGI program falls under the Regional Innovation and Temporary or Targeted Support programs.

Purpose and objectives of the transfer payment program

The REGI is a national program that supports the economic growth of businesses through innovation. In Quebec, it is delivered by CED, taking into account the needs of Quebec businesses and regions. The REGI program has two streams:

  1. Business Scale-Up and Productivity: CED fosters the development of businesses by helping them scale up, be more productive and grow through innovation (adoption or adaptation of advanced technologies; demonstration; and commercialization and market development).
  2. Regional Innovation Ecosystems: CED also contributes to the creation of an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation by supporting the development of regional innovation ecosystems that meet the needs of businesses and foster their growth and competitiveness.

Recipients that are small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are awarded repayable contributions. Recipients that are non-profit organizations (NPOs) receive non-repayable contributions.

CED intends to help build a strong and inclusive economy. For example, CED is establishing the Black Entrepreneurship Program’s Ecosystem Fund in Quebec. The goal of the Fund is to enable not-for-profit organizations led by Black communities to develop new or expand existing services, such as mentoring, networking, financial planning and business training for black entrepreneurs and business owners.

This program is also used to implement the Regional Assistance and Recovery Fund, the Initiative for the Development of Regional Economic Infrastructure in Quebec and the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund. This program could also be used to support economic recovery in a post-COVID context.

Expected result(s)

The REGI will continue to target the two following departmental results:

  1. Quebec businesses are innovative and growing.
  2. Businesses invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies in Quebec.

A set of six indicators is used to measure CED’s progress with respect to the achievement of these results. These indicators are primarily based on economic statistics (e.g., value of Quebec goods’ exports) and data from projects that received funding (e.g., revenue growth rate of businesses supported by CED programs). CED plans to reveal the most recent metrics for these indicators during the annual presentation of its Departmental Results Report.

Fluctuations in these indicators are caused by a number of factors, such as the economic environment. As a result of the severe impact of the pandemic, including the time required to recover from its effects on businesses and regions, CED expects its results to vary, although over the long term the Agency should show positive progress.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

Not applicable, given that the program was implemented in October 2018.

Decision following the results of the last evaluation

Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2023–2024

General targeted recipient groups

The main recipients of REGI funding are as follows:

  • businesses;
  • groups of businesses;
  • organizations that support and provide services to businesses at various stages of their development to help them boost their growth, facilitate or improve their scale-up and develop their markets;
  • college centres for technology transfer (CCTTs);
  • NPOs that provide services or generate benefits for businesses;
  • business incubators and accelerators;
  • municipalities and regional county municipalities (MRCs);
  • groups and associations made up of NPOs, businesses, post-secondary institutions or consortiums; and
  • Indigenous organizations.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

CED’s 12 business offices continuously engage with key community players so as to remain abreast of the issues and challenges facing each of the regions of Quebec and to ensure that projects proposed by communities and businesses receive all the government support they need to be successful. CED places a particular emphasis on the development of regional innovation ecosystems to ensure that their expertise fosters business growth.

In addition, all CED clients are systematically invited to fill in a satisfaction questionnaire upon completion of their project. This tool provides feedback from recipients of CED funding about whether the Agency’s programs meet their needs.

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023-24 planned spending
Total grants 1,000,000 1,562,500 1,000,000 0
Total contributions 336,494,579 199,085,840 131,338,445 106,800,498
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 337,494,579 200,648,340 132,338,445 106,800,498

Community Futures Program (CFP) Three-Year Plan

Start date

May 18, 1995

End date

Ongoing Program

Type of transfer payment

Contributions

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2020–2021

Link to departmental result(s)

The CFP will continue to target the following departmental result: Communities are economically diversified in Quebec.

Link to the department's Program Inventory

The CFP falls under the Community Vitality program.

Purpose and objectives of the transfer payment program

The CFP supports local economic development and strengthens the capacity of communities to develop their full potential in a sustainable manner.
The program’s main objectives are as follows:

  • stability, economic growth and job creation;
  • diversified and competitive local economies in rural areas; and
  • sustainable communities.

CFP recipients receive non-repayable contributions.

Expected result(s)

The CFP will continue to target the following departmental result: Communities are economically diversified in Quebec.

A set of three indicators is used to measure CED’s progress in achieving this departmental result. These indicators are primarily based on economic statistics (e.g., percentage of SMEs in Quebec that are majority-owned by women, Indigenous peoples, youth, visible minorities or persons with disabilities) and data from projects that received funding (e.g., amount leveraged per dollar invested in community projects). CED plans to reveal the most recent metrics for these indicators during the annual presentation of its Departmental Results Report.

The CFP is a national program delivered in Quebec by CED. It therefore has national indicators (e.g., CED and its partners measure, in percentage points, the extent to which the growth in sales of CFP-assisted clients exceeds that of comparable unassisted firms).

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2019–2020

Decision following the results of the last evaluation

It was decided that the program would be continued, and an action plan was drawn up. The evaluation and the action plan are available on the CED website.

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2024–2025

General targeted recipient groups

The CFP provides financial assistance for Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs), Business Development Centres (BDCs) and the Network of CFDCs and BDCs.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Starting in 2016, CED undertook an exercise to modernize the delivery of the CFP in Quebec. Carried out in conjunction with the organizations that receive funding under the program, this exercise culminated, in 2019, in the renewal of the agreements for a five-year period, which allowed for a review of area coverage, the funding model and the services provided by the organizations. CED continues to work closely with these organizations regarding the measurement of results and the monitoring of the implementation of the agreements. There are a number of joint working groups in place.

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023-24 planned spending
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 147,427,164 33,497,174 33,497,174 33,497,174
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 147,427,164 33,497,174 33,497,174 33,497,174

Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP) Three-Year Plan

Start date

April 1, 2012

End date

Ongoing program

Type of transfer payment

Grants and contributions

Type of appropriation

Appropriated annually through Estimates

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2020–2021

Link to departmental result(s)

The QEDP targets the following departmental result:

Communities are economically diversified in Quebec

Link to the department's Program Inventory

The QEDP falls under the Community Vitality and Temporary or Targeted Support programs.

Purpose and objectives of the transfer payment program

The QEDP supports economic development and diversification in the regions, and helps the regions take advantage of promising economic development opportunities going forward.

For example, CED will continue to implement a new initiative to support regional air transportation to help people living in regions and communities where national carriers have interrupted their regional routes. This initiative will enable all Canadians to deal with economic centres across the country as Canada recovers from the profound consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. As another example, CED will also continue to implement the Canadian Experiences Fund to help the regional tourism industry develop or improve sites and places of interest for visitors.

This program is also used to implement the Lac-Mégantic economic recovery initiative, the official languages initiative and the regional infrastructure development initiative in Quebec.

Recipients that are small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) receive repayable contributions. Recipients that are non-profit organizations (NPOs) receive non-repayable contributions or grants.

This program could also be used to support economic recovery in a post-COVID context.

Expected result(s)

The QEDP will continue to target the following departmental result:

Communities are economically diversified in Quebec.

A set of three indicators is used to measure CED’s progress in achieving this departmental result. The indicators are primarily based on economic statistics and data from supported projects (e.g. amount leveraged per dollar invested by CED in community projects).

Fluctuations in these indicators are caused by a number of factors, such as the economic environment. As a result of the severe impact of the pandemic, including the time required to recover from its effects on businesses and regions, CED expects its results to vary, although over the long term the Agency should show positive progress.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2018–2019

Decision following the results of the last evaluation

It was decided that the program would be continued, and an action plan was drawn up. The evaluation and the action plan are available on the CED website.

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2021–2022

General targeted recipient groups

The main recipients of QEDP funding are as follows:

  • non-profit organizations;
  • economic development organizations;
  • municipalities and regional county municipalities (MRCs);
  • organizations dedicated to attracting international organizations and foreign investment;
  • local and regional outreach businesses;
  • groups of businesses.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

CED’s 12 business offices continuously engage with key community players so as to remain abreast of the issues and challenges facing each of the regions of Quebec and to ensure that projects proposed by communities and businesses receive all the government support they need to be successful. In this way, policies and programs can be adjusted, as evidenced by the flexibility in our programming parameters for Indigenous communities in 2018, to enable them to benefit more from CED investments. CED is paying particular attention to this ongoing dialogue in communities with slower economic growth.

In addition, all CED clients are systematically invited to fill in a satisfaction questionnaire upon completion of their project. This tool provides feedback from recipients of CED funding about whether the Agency’s programs meet their needs.

Financial information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2020–21 forecast spending 2021–22 planned spending 2022–23 planned spending 2023-24 planned spending
Total grants 25,000 2,062,500 1,500,000 1,500,000
Total contributions 68,383,045 84,193,768 45,133,197 38,004,680
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program 68,408,045 86,256,268 46,633,197 39,504,680

Gender-based analysis plus

General information

Institutional GBA+ Capacity

In line with the Agency-wide GBA+ Framework and Statement of Intent adopted in 2018, CED strives to ensure the principles of diversity and gender-equality are applied across the organization, including in research and policy-making, program design, evaluation, internal practices and client services.

In 2021-22, advancing internal GBA+ capacity and practices will consist of the following activities:

  • GBA+ Coordination: Continue to facilitate, plan, monitor and report on CED’s internal GBA+ practices and improve CED’s GBA+ readiness through CED’s GBA+ Coordination Centre directed by a Director General Champion and supported by two GBA+ Focal Points.
  • Data collection and reporting: With CED’s new project information system (CORTEX), improvements are being made to improve the granularity of GBA+ data and reporting obtained from self-declaration forms.
  • Staff awareness: Continue to raise GBA+ awareness relevant to CED’s mandate with tailored staff communication products and by hosting staff discussions and activities during GBA+ Awareness Week and other forums led by CED’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. In addition, updates will be made, as necessary, to the information on the GBA+ intranet page which currently provides tailored one-stop shop guidance to staff on GBA+ roles and responsibilities and other related activities.
  • Training: Facilitate, as necessary, GBA+ online training sessions and outreach to maintain a quasi-full completion rate of the Introduction to GBA+ course at the Agency. This training is part of the learning path of every CED employee, which ensures a common knowledge base for all staff and contributes to greater sensitivity to GBA+ issues.
  • GBA+ Pilot Initiative: Apply GBA+ best practices and lessons learned based on the completed evaluations of CED's GBA+ Pilot Initiative, the Fast Forward Challenge.
  • Sex and Gender Information Practices: Make progress in implementing the government-wide Policy Direction to Modernize the Government of Canada’s Sex and Gender Information Practices. For instance, in 2021-22 employees will be able to attend a training workshop on inclusive communications, particularly when interacting with CED's internal and external clients. This training will make it possible to establish a common standard on best practices to adopt to consider the variety of gender identities when communicating with clients and when addressing a diverse group of people.
  • Other CED diversity and inclusion initiatives: The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee is considering agency-wide efforts to establish a culture of inclusion that values diversity and combats racism and systemic obstacles, and will engage senior management to ensure buy-in throughout the organization. Also, as a target for 2021, federal departments and Agencies like CED will consider their workforce availability statistics as a floor and not a ceiling for diversity targets.

Highlights of GBA+ Results Reporting Capacity by Program

Regional Innovation

  1. Does this program have impacts that support the pillars and goals of the Gender Results Framework? 

    Yes. Activities under this priority contribute to the following Gender Results Framework objectives:
     
    • 2.1 Increased labour market opportunities for women, especially women in underrepresented groups
    • 2.3 Increased full-time employment of women
    • 3.2 Increased opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses and succeed on a global scale.
  2. Does this program collect sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+)?

    Yes. Collected data allows CED to better understand the impact of these programs and initiatives for evaluation and continuous improvement purposes and helps in the identification of potential gaps in accessibility and the communication needs of various target groups in the regions of Quebec.
  3. If no, please describe what actions are being taken to enable future monitoring or reporting of the program’s impacts by gender and diversity.

    Nil
  4. If yes, please describe (as relevant) any notable initiatives to expand the program’s capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity in the future.

    CED continues to review and improve its data collection and reporting with its self-declaration forms for all its programs so that they are aligned with new government initiatives and priorities. To improve the granularity of gender and diversity data collection, the following improvements will be made:
    • voluntary self-declaration forms will be included to all CED applicants, regardless of their success in securing project funding. Previously, only successful applicants were provided with this self-declaration form;
    • Gender and diversity data will no longer be static and will be validated on a regular basis with project recipients to monitor and report on any changes (e.g., change of business ownership);
    • CED will also incorporate gender and diversity definitions in the self-declaration forms to ensure consistency in data collection, reporting and evaluation across CED programs.

Vitality of communities

  1. Does this program have impacts that support the pillars and goals of the Gender Results Framework? 

    Yes. Activities under this priority contribute to the following Gender Results Framework objectives:
     
    • 2.1 Increased labour market opportunities for women, especially women in underrepresented groups
    • 2.3 Increased full-time employment of women
    • 3.1 More women in senior management positions, and more diversity in senior leadership positions
    • 3.2 Increased opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses and succeed on a global scale.
  2. Does this program collect sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+)? 

    Yes. Collected data allows CED to better understand the impact of these programs and initiatives for evaluation and continuous improvement purposes and helps in the identification of potential gaps in accessibility and the communication needs of various target groups in the regions of Quebec.
  3. If no, please describe what actions are being taken to enable future monitoring or reporting of the program’s impacts by gender and diversity.

    Nil
  4. If yes, please describe (as relevant) any notable initiatives to expand the program’s capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity in the future.

    Similar to the Regional Innovation priority, improvements to gender and diversity data granularity are being made. Additionally, the five-year review of the Quebec Economic Development Program will take place in 2021-22. It will include a GBA+ component which will allow to identify potential data collection gaps and improvements moving forward.

Targeted or temporary support

  1. Does this program have impacts that support the pillars and goals of the Gender Results Framework? 

    Yes. Activities under this priority contribute to the following Gender Results Framework objectives:
     
    • 2.1 Increased labor market opportunities for women, especially women in underrepresented groups
    • 2.3 Increased full-time employment of women
    • 3.1 More women in senior management positions, and more diversity in senior leadership positions
    • 3.2 Increased opportunities for women to start and grow their businesses and succeed on a global scale.
  2. Does this program collect sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+)?

    Yes. Collected data allows CED to better understand the impact of these programs and initiatives for evaluation and continuous improvement purposes and helps in the identification of potential gaps in accessibility and the communication needs of various target groups in the regions of Quebec.
  3. If no, please describe what actions are being taken to enable future monitoring or reporting of the program’s impacts by gender and diversity.

    Nil
  4. If yes, please describe (as relevant) any notable initiatives to expand the program’s capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity in the future.

    Similar to the Regional Innovation priority, improvements to gender and diversity data granularity are being made. Additionally, the five-year review of both the Economic Recovery Initiative for Lac-Mégantic and the Canadian Initiative for the Economic Diversification of Communities Reliant on Chrysotile will take place in 2021-22. These will include a GBA+ component which will allow to identify potential data collection gaps and improvements moving forward.

Internal services

  1. Does this program have impacts that support the pillars and goals of the Gender Results Framework? 
     
    • 2.1 Increased labor market opportunities for women, especially women in underrepresented groups
    • 2.3 Increased full-time employment of women
    • 3.1 More women in senior management positions, and more diversity in senior leadership positions
  2. Does this program collect sufficient data to enable it to monitor and/or report program impacts by gender and diversity (GBA+)?

    Yes. GBA+ is an integral part of CED’s employment equity plan and impacts all staffing processes as all managers must indicate that employment equity groups have been considered for all appointments.
  3. If no, please describe what actions are being taken to enable future monitoring or reporting of the program’s impacts by gender and diversity.

    Nil.
  4. If yes, please describe (as relevant) any notable initiatives to expand the program’s capacity to report on impacts by gender and diversity in the future.

    On a regular basis, CED encourages employees to self-identify voluntarily for employment equity purposes and will continue to do so in 2021-2022.

Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

Canada Economic Developpement for Quebec Regions

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Planned Initiatives

Global or national targets or global or national indicators

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES)

This strategy contributes to:

Global Target 5.5: Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.

Canadian Indicator Framework (CIC) National Objective 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls: Canadians are well represented at all levels of decision-making.

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)

Regional economic growth through innovation (REGI)

These programs contribute to:

Global Target 8.1: Maintain a per capita economic growth rate adapted to the national context and, in particular, an annual GDP growth rate of at least 7% in the least developed countries.

Global Target 8.2: Achieve a high level of economic productivity through diversification, technological modernization and innovation, including a focus on high value-added and labour-intensive sectors.

Global Target 8.3: Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services.

Global Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.

Global Target 8.9: By 2030, develop and implement policies to develop sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.

Canadian Indicator Framework (CIC) National Objective 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all – Ambitions:

Canadians have access to quality jobs and Canadians benefit from and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Quebec Economic Development Program (QEDP)

Initiative for infrastructure development

This program contributes to:

Global Target 9.4: By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.

National Objective 9 of the Canadian Indicator Framework (CIC):

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation – Ambitions:

Canada supports sustainable research and innovation and Canadians have access to modern and sustainable infrastructure.

SDG 10 : Reduce inequality within and among countries

Black Entrepreneurship Program in Quebec

This program contributes to:

Global Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

National Objective 10 of the Canadian Indicator Framework (CIC):

Reduce inequality within and among countries – Ambition: Canadians live without discrimination and inequality is reduced.

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