Task Force on Community Investments
Terms of Reference
To examine federal policies and practices relating to the use of transfer payments and
to funding of horizontal initiatives, and develop recommendations that will enable and
support federal investments in communities.
- New approaches to ensure that the Treasury Board Transfer Payment Policy is used to
its full extent by federal departments so as to achieve consistency with the Code
of Good Practice on Funding for the Government of Canada and the voluntary sector;
- New policy directions to enable and support investments in multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral
and local initiatives, with appropriate accountability by departments.
- Consistent, results-oriented federal funding practices, through better understanding
and fuller use by federal organizations of the scope of the Treasury Board Transfer
Payment Policy; and
- A seamless approach to supporting investments in communities, resulting from policy
recommendations on new funding and reporting approaches that facilitate cross-departmental
expenditure and accountability.
Task Force Responsibilities:
- To conduct research and gather information on departmental funding practices, instruments
- To identify the flexibilities available under the Transfer Payment Policy
and other financial management policies and reporting requirements of the Treasury Board;
- To explore with the Office of the Auditor-General of Canada and the Treasury Board
Secretariat horizontal accountability mechanisms and possible new results-based approaches;
- To look at practices in other jurisdictions which address community issues through
local approaches, in terms of their relevance to the Canadian situation; and
- To develop recommendations to the Task Force Steering Committee on:
- approaches to broaden the range of instruments available to federal organizations
for horizontal work in support of community-based investments; and
- how to continue the work over the longer term.
Timelines and Milestones:
The Task Force was initiated in March 2005 and will complete its work by March 2007.
Over this period, the work will proceed in two phases:
- Phase 1: Review existing funding practices and mechanisms (notably the application
of the Transfer Payment Policy), identify how they are being used and recommend
- Phase II: Explore and recommend new policy directions for funding tools to
facilitate community investments and placed-based initiatives while ensuring accountability.