Supplementary Information Tables for Report on Plans and Priorities 2013–14

Details on transfer payment programs

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission plan for transfer payment programs (TPPs)

The current transfer payment program that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) administers is the Class Grants and Contributions Program. This program was initiated in 1984 to enable research, development and management of activities, and is administered as part of the Research and Support Program. On July 12, 2010, Canada's Jobs and Economic Growth Act (2010) received royal assent, giving the CNSC the legislative authority to establish a Participant Funding Program as part of the Class Grants and Contributions Program. Participant funding is intended to help eligible stakeholders cover some of their expenses, such as professional fees, travel and other costs, in order to provide the CNSC with topic-specific and value-added interventions on matters under consideration by the Commission.

The CNSC's summary of the three-year plan for transfer payment programs, as prescribed by the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments, is displayed below.

Name of TPP Main objective End date of TPP, if applicable Type of TPP Planned spending for 2013–14 ($) Fiscal year of last completed evaluation General targeted recipient group
Class Grants and Contributions Program (voted) Grants to enable the research, development and management of activities that contribute to the objectives of the Research and Support Program n/a Grant 75,000 2008–09 Private sector and other agencies and organizations in Canada and elsewhere
Class Grants and Contributions Program (voted) Contributions to enable the research, development and management of activities that contribute to the objectives of the Research and Support Program and the Canadian Safeguards Support Program n/a Contribution 770,000 2008–09 Private sector and other agencies and organizations in Canada and elsewhere
Participant Funding Program (voted) Safe and secure nuclear installations and processes used solely for peaceful purposes and public confidence in the nuclear regulatory regime's effectiveness n/a Contribution 925,000 n/a Individuals, Aboriginal groups, not-for-profit corporations and other stakeholders

Class Grants and Contribution Program

The CNSC's Class Grants and Contributions Program is administered as part of the Research and Support Program, which provides access to independent expert advice, experience and information through contracts, grants or contributions placed in the private sector and with other agencies and organizations in Canada and internationally.

The purpose of all projects funded through the Class Grants and Contributions Program is to generate knowledge and information to support CNSC staff in fulfilling the CNSC's regulatory mission. Currently, the CNSC is responsible for identifying the projects and recipients and submitting the funding application for consideration and approval under the Research and Support Program.

For information concerning the application process, please contact research-recherche@cnsc-ccsn.gc.ca.

Participant Funding Program

The CNSC has established a Participant Funding Program (PFP) to give members of the public, Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders the opportunity to request funding in support of their participation in the CNSC's regulatory decision-making process.

Participant funding at the CNSC is available to eligible stakeholders, Aboriginal groups and members of the public, to facilitate their participation in aspects of environmental assessments, and/or licensing actions for major nuclear facilities. Funding may also be made available for other CNSC proceedings that are of significant interest to the public or to Aboriginal groups.

The CNSC determines when the PFP is offered to the public on aspects of environmental assessments or licensing initiatives, as well as the maximum amount available for each specific matter. The program is intended to cover some costs related to professional fees, travel and other eligible expenditures, as determined by an independent Funding Review Committee.

Learn more about participant funding, including how to apply for it, on the Participant Funding Program page of the CNSC Web site.