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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of March 31, 2010

Lands and Economic Development - Lands and Economical Development Policy Branch

Evaluation of INAC's Economic Development Programs (200766)
AEC Approval date: 17/Apr/2009

Action Plan Expected
Completion Date
1. Continue to support economic development programming that includes assistance for Aboriginal businesses and community economic development. The government of Canada, through INAC's Lands and Economic Development Sector, is committed to implementing a new federal approach to Aboriginal economic development, one that will create the necessary conditions to enable Aboriginal Canadians to pursue economic development opportunities successfully. The framework will support, in part through INAC's Economic Development programming, the development of investment-ready communities, viable Aboriginal businesses and a skilled labour force

INAC's Economic Development programming will:

- Continue to support Aboriginal businesses through the renewal/amendment of program authorities.

- Continue to support Community Economic Development through the renewal/amendment of program authorities
Framework completed Spring 2009



Implementation of Framework to commence April 1, 2010




Program renewal completed
April 1, 2010




Authorities to expire
March 31, 2015
Status: Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

In addition to the approved Federal Framework on Aboriginal Economic Development, a recently announced LED reorganization will further support its implementation and the delivery of more opportunity-driven, results-based programs and activities. The changes will facilitate collaboration and create synergies across the department to ensure greater overall organizational and program effectiveness.

Furthermore, program renovation engagement planning with stakeholders has been completed, with the engagement of stakeholders expected to be completed in November 2010.

AES: Underway
2. Given expanded mandate of the Department, ensure that INAC's economic development programming meets the needs of all Aboriginal groups (First Nation on- and off-reserve, Inuit and Métis); and takes into consideration the different characteristics of Aboriginal communities (on- and off-reserve, urban, and remote); their access to equity financing; and the differing needs of women and men, in line with INAC's Gender-Based Analysis Policy. Undertake research to identify and propose strategies to address gender barriers to economic participation by Aboriginal peoples




Continue to provide business development programming to all Aboriginal groups, on and off reserve


Explore possibilities of specific business development initiatives for women, in line with INAC's Gender – Based Analysis Policy, if necessary, based on on-going research and data collection


Consider Community Economic Development program renovations that include programming to meet the needs of all Aboriginal groups



To assist with identifying and addressing ifferential program access and uptake (including equity financing), work with Information Management Branch (FNITP)

- First Nations and Inuit Transfer Payment Program project) to ensure that information pertaining to the characteristics of Aboriginal recipients is captured and made available to program managers
Research and action plan to be completed date: March 31, 2010

Implementation of action plan to be completed by April 1, 2015 (in line with INAC's economic development program authorities)


Renewal of program authorities completed March 31, 2010

Implementation of specific business development Initiatives implemented by April 1, 2010


Program Renovation Proposal Completed Fall 2009-07-22 Implementation April 1, 2010



Completed: March 21, 2010




Implemented: April 1, 2010
Status:  Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

Program renovation engagement sessions, scheduled to be completed by November 2010, will consult stakeholders along the following themes:

- strategic outcomes and performance measures;

- program delivery options and service standards;

- opportunities for harmonization and linkages among existing programs;

- challenges related to current programming and innovative solutions;

- capacity development;

- priority areas for investment through renovated programming;

In addition, specific engagement sessions will be undertaken with focus on remote communities, Aboriginal women, and Aboriginal Youth.

AES: Underway
3. Ensure that the design of EDP is strategically focused on the achievement of intermediate and long-term results. Key considerations should include:

- continuing support for capacity development, strategic planning and community economic development projects

- assessing feasibility of adjustments or alternatives to the current population formula funding approach; and

- modifications, such as, support for regional approaches, and multi-year funding.
Community Investments Branch (CIB) will develop a suite of new programs in keeping with the Federal Framework, the considerations identified with respect to this recommendation, and the overall findings of this evaluation Program Renovation Proposal Completed Fall 2009

Implementation April 1, 2010
Status:  Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

Community Investment:
Program redesign working group is coordinating with the Sector's Program renewal/redesign working group and is engaged in the development of a new suite of Community Economic Development programs that are aligned with Framework principles and are based on evidence from program evaluations, reviews, studies, and reports. Program concept papers have been developed and will be further discussed at upcoming workshops. External stakeholders will be consulted on these program concepts.

AES: Underway
4. Determine the Department's role in supporting community economic development and business development, and take steps to ensure sufficient and appropriate human, financial and information technology resources are in place to support Aboriginal businesses and communities, as well as to manage, monitor and report on programming. INAC's role in community economic development and business development will be defined through the federal framework for Aboriginal Economic Development

As a part of the program renovation activities in keeping with the framework, INAC will undertake a review of resources (human, financial and IM/IT) dedicated to the delivery of community economic development and business development programming, and allocate human and financial resources to effectively manage, monitor and report on the new suite of economic development programs
Research Completed Fall 2009


Implementation: April 1, 2010
Status: Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

Community Investment Branch is working with stakeholders to ensure that existing programs are compliant with the new Policy on Transfer Payments. New programming resulting from the new Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development will be compliant with the new Policy on Transfer Payments. Branch officers are also working with INAC regional officers to strengthen its existing management control framework.

AES: Underway
5. Consider expanding ABDP support through third-party-delivery as part of a strategy to ensure effective and efficient program delivery and leverage. Continue with an independent comprehensive review (initiated October 2008) of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (to be completed in March 2010). Based on the review assess the readiness of AFI's to act as delivery agents of INAC's business development programming Review Completed March 31, 2010, Implementation of Findings to commence April 1, 2010 Status: Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

The finalization date was revised due the need to conduct additional interviews with AFIs in order to verify findings.

AES: Underway
6. Develop and implement a performance measurement strategy for departmental economic development programming which integrates both EDP and ABDP, and allows the programs to measure progress, make ongoing adjustments to programming, and report on results. An economic development programming performance measurement strategy, integrating both Community Economic Development and Business Development Programming will be developed and included in program renewal, taking into consideration reporting burden and IM/IT requirements Completed, Fall 2009

Implemented April 1, 2010
Status:  Ongoing

As of 31/03/2010:

An integrated PMF for the new Lands and Economy Strategic Outcome has been completed and submitted to Treasury Board.   Further refinements to the measurement framework will be made as a part of the Sector's program renovation activities.

Umbrella strategy for the Economic Development Framework completed. ABDP and Community Economic Development not included in the Framework's PMStrat. Expected to complete PMStrat for those programs by the end of March 2011.

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