Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information

Table of Contents

General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Background

Responsibilities

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Classes of Personal Information

Manuals

Additional Information

Reading Room


General Information

Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The background of the department can be viewed on the About Us page.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the department can be viewed on the About Us page.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Economic and Fiscal Policy Framework

This Program is the main source of advice and recommendations to the Minister of Finance, other ministers and senior government officials on issues, policies and programs of the Government of Canada in the areas of economic, fiscal and social policy; federal-provincial relations; the financial sector; taxation; and international trade and finance. The Program ensures that ministers and senior government officials can make informed decisions on economic, fiscal and financial sector policies, programs and proposals. Ultimately, the Program contributes to building a sound and sustainable fiscal and economic framework that generates sufficient revenues and aligns the management of expenditures with the Budget Plan and the financial operations of the Government of Canada.

Taxation

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research, and advice to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of State (Finance) so that they can make informed decisions on the Government of Canada's tax policy agenda. The Sub-Program focuses on personal income tax, business income tax, sales and excise tax, and Aboriginal tax policy. To support the government's tax policy agenda, senior departmental officials provide advice and recommendations on improving the competitiveness, efficiency, simplicity and fairness of the tax system while generating sufficient revenue to finance government programs and priorities. This Sub-Program develops and evaluates federal taxation policies and legislation, and negotiates international tax treaties, tax information exchange agreements, and tax elements of comprehensive land claim and self-government agreements with Aboriginal governments. The Sub-Program is also involved with international tax policy matters, federal-provincial tax harmonization and coordination, federal-provincial tax collection and reciprocal taxation agreements, federal-Aboriginal Tax Administration Agreements, and tax policy research and evaluation.

Business Income Taxation

Description:Information on federal business income tax policy including material dealing with corporations, small business taxation, resource sector taxation, the taxation of financial institutions, and the tax treatment of non-profits, co-operatives, and Crown corporations.
Document Types: Background studies, briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, draft speeches, empirical models, estimates, gender-based analyses, house cards, international comparisons, interprovincial comparisons, memoranda, policy papers, presentations, quantitative analysis (including calculations, evaluations, simulations, projections and forecasts), strategic environmental assessments, and statistical reports.
Record Number: FIN TPB 001

Excise Taxes, Excise Duties and the Air travellers Security Charges

Description: Information on federal excise taxes and duties on specific goods, including fuel, alcohol and tobacco products, automobile air conditioners, and fuel-inefficient vehicles.
Document Types: Background studies; briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, draft remission orders, draft speeches, empirical models, estimates, gender-based analyses, house cards, international comparisons, interprovincial comparisons, memoranda, policy papers, presentations, quantitative analysis (including calculations, evaluations, simulations, projections and forecasts), strategic environmental assessments, and statistical reports.
Record Number: FIN TAX 755

Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

Description: Information on GST and HST issues such as: general operations, design and structural issues, harmonization issues, border issues, input tax credits, and zero-rated and exempt goods and services. Also includes information on the operation of the GST/HST in specific sectors such as: real property, financial services, and public sector bodies including governments and municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, charities and other non-profit organizations.
Document Types: Agreements with provinces, background studies, briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, draft remission orders, draft speeches, empirical models, estimates, gender-based analyses, house cards, international comparisons, international tax agreements, interprovincial comparisons, memoranda, policy papers, presentations, quantitative analysis (including calculations, evaluations, simulations, projections and forecasts), strategic environmental assessments, and statistical reports.
Record Number: FIN TAX 747

Intergovernmental Tax Policy, Evaluation and Research

Description: Information on federal-provincial and aboriginal tax policy matters, and the evaluation and analysis of tax measures and policies. Specifically, this includes information on: intergovernmental tax policy, federal-provincial meetings, provincial budgets, reciprocal taxation agreements, tax collection agreements, tax expenditures, tax evaluations and research. Also includes information on aboriginal tax policy issues such as court cases, Indian Act tax exemption, self-government and comprehensive claims, and tax administration agreements.
Document Types: Agreements with provinces, territories, and aboriginal governments, background studies, briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, house cards, international comparisons, interprovincial comparisons, memoranda, policy papers, presentations, quantitative analysis (including calculations, evaluations, simulations, projections and forecasts), and statistical reports.
Record Number: FIN TPB 002

International Taxation

Description: Information on all aspects of international taxation, including tax agreements between Canada and other countries. This includes double taxation agreements, international organizations, foreign income earned by Canadian residents, and the taxation of non-resident individuals and corporations who earn income in Canada.
Document Types: Background studies, briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, remission orders, house cards, documents relating to international tax treaty negotiations, memoranda, policy papers, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN TAX 731

Personal Income Taxation

Description: Information on federal personal income tax policy and tax-based transfers to individuals and families. This includes material dealing with the tax treatment of income from employment, investments, savings, and pensions, as well as expenses related to education, charitable donations, employment, child care, disabilities, and medical expenses. Also includes information on personal income tax credits and deductions, tax-assisted savings vehicles (i.e. Registered Retirement Savings Plans, Tax-Free Savings Accounts, Registered Pension Plans, Registered Education Savings Plans, Registered Disability Savings Plans, Pooled Registered Pension Plans), and other provisions of the income tax system relevant to specific segments of the population such as families, seniors, students, and homeowners.
Document Types: Background studies, briefing notes, conference reports, correspondence, divisional work plans, draft legislation, draft regulations, draft speeches, empirical models, estimates, gender-based analyses, house cards, international comparisons, interprovincial comparisons, memoranda, policy papers, presentations, quantitative analysis (including calculations, evaluations, simulations, projections and forecasts), strategic environmental assessments, and statistical reports.
Record Number: FIN TAX 730

Economic and Fiscal Policy, Planning and Forecasting

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials so that they can make informed decisions on the Government of Canada's economic and fiscal agenda. The Sub-Program analyzes the economic and fiscal position of Canada, the provinces and other countries; advises on the government's economic policy framework, its budget planning framework, and policy priorities; monitors and prepares forecasts of Canada's economic and fiscal position; plays a lead role in the management of the government's fiscal framework; and provides analytical support on a wide range of economic and financial issues related to the government's macroeconomic and structural policies.

Canadian Forecast

Description: Information on short and medium term forecasts for the Canadian economic outlook, including surveys of private sector economists. Includes technical material related to the internal forecast model of the Canadian economy.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, briefing notes, presentations, house cards background and research papers, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EAF 133

Demand and Labour Analysis

Description: Information and analysis of past and present conditions affecting real economic activity in the Canadian economy, including consumption, investment and international trade.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, briefing notes, presentations, house cards, economic indicator tables, statistical reports, background and research papers, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EAF 123

Economic Analysis and Forecasting

Description: General information on analyses of current economic and financial conditions in Canada and the provinces and territories as well as the economic outlook for Canada, United States and other advanced economies for inclusion in the government's annual Budget and the Economic and Fiscal Update; assesses the impact of policy measures and other events on the Canadian economy.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, briefing notes, consultations, correspondence, economic indicator tables, presentations, background and research papers.
Record Number: FIN EFP 001

Economic and Financial Policy Analysis

Description: Information and analysis of monetary policy and financial issues in Canada; and specific sectoral and regional issues of the Canadian economy. This includes analysis of inflation trends and commodity price developments.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, briefing notes, presentations, house cards, correspondence, background and research papers.
Record Number: FIN EAF 120

Expenditure Analysis and Forecasting

Description: Information on federal government expenditure planning. This section conducts the forecast of the Government's expenditure framework, and analyzes the fiscal implications of the federal budget.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, Fiscal Monitor, memoranda, briefing notes, Cabinet briefings, house cards, presentations, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN FPD 055

Fiscal Policy Analysis

Description: Information on short and medium-term applied research concerning a wide range of fiscal issues such as population aging, long-run fiscal forecasts, structural budget balances, automatic stabilizers, intergenerational equity, health spending, and issues related to fiscal prudence/planning.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, memoranda, Memoranda to Cabinet, house cards, presentations and research papers.
Record Number: FIN FPD 062

  • Tax Data - Evaluation and Formulation of Fiscal Policy
    Description: This bank describes information that is used in support of evaluation and formulation of fiscal policy. The personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, citizenship status, credit information, date of birth, financial information, physical attributes and social insurance number (SIN). 
    Class of Individuals: General Public (dependents, spouses and children).
    Purpose: The personal information is used to for the evaluation and formulation of fiscal policy. Personal information is collected pursuant to 241(4)(d)(i) of the Income Tax Act (ITA), 295(5)(d)(i) of the Excise Tax Act (ETA) and 211(6)(e)(i) of the Excise Tax Act, 2001 (EA, 2001). The Social Insurance Number is collected pursuant to the 241(4)(d)(i) of the Income Tax Act (ITA), 295(5)(d)(i) of the Excise Tax Act (ETA) and 211(6)(e)(i) of the Excise Act, 2001 (EA, 2001) and is used for the evaluation and formulation of fiscal policy. 
    Consistent Uses: The information may be used or disclosed for the evaluation and formulation of fiscal policy.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development
    RDA Number: Under development
    Related Class of Record Number: FIN FPD 062
    TBS Registration: 20120169
    Bank Number: FIN PPU 100
Forecasting and Model Development

Description: Information on various aspects of the Department's Canadian Economic and Fiscal Model and development of other models for use in the Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch; evaluates and reports on the impact of changes in policy or other aspects of the economic environment on the Canadian economy; interacts with model users and developers in the private sector, other government departments and agencies, and international institutions.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, background and research papers.
Record Number: FIN EAF 140

Intergovernmental Fiscal Policy

Description: Information on the ongoing fiscal situation and prospects of the provinces and territories and their local governments. This section also provides briefing material and analysis on the ongoing financial situation and perspectives of the Organization for the Economic Co-operation and Development countries and the G-20 nations. Further, this section undertakes applied research on a range of related issues.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, Economic Statements, memoranda, summaries of provincial and territorial budgets, research papers, house cards, presentations, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN FPD 060

Macro Analysis

Description: Information on economic analysis to inform policy decisions on macroeconomic issues such as fiscal and monetary policy, population ageing, trade and climate change. This section is also responsible for the development and the maintenance of macroeconomic models to be used to perform the analyses on these topics and to examine and evaluate the medium-term economic challenges and risks facing Canada.
Document Types: Analytical notes, briefing notes, working papers, presentations, special Budget chapters, medium-term economic agenda chapters, house cards, and study assessments.
Record Number: FIN SPA 137

Policy Analysis

Description: Information on economic research, including the development of models, to inform policy decisions on long-term issues related to trade, foreign direct investment, productivity, innovation, long-term economic growth, taxation, and financial markets.
Document Types: Analytical notes, briefing notes, working papers, presentations, conference summaries, house cards, study assessments, special budget chapters, and medium-term economic agenda chapters.
Record Number: FIN EAF 135

Revenue Analysis and Forecasting

Description: Information on federal government revenue planning. This section conducts the forecast of the government's revenues, prepares revenue monitoring for the Fiscal Monitor, and analyses of the fiscal implications of the federal budget.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, Economic Statements, Fiscal Monitors, annual financial reports, memoranda, briefing notes, Cabinet briefings, research papers, house cards, presentations, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN FPD 057

Structural Analysis

Description: Information on economic research and relevant economic analysis to inform policy decisions on structural issues such as developments in labour markets, income distribution, and the social security system.
Document Types: Analytical notes, briefing notes, working papers, decks, presentations, conference summaries, special Budget chapters, medium-term economic agenda chapters, house cards and study assessments.
Record Number: FIN SPA 136

United States Economic Analysis and Forecasting

Description: Information on key developments in the United States economy and short and medium term forecasts for the United States economic outlook.
Document Types: Economic and Fiscal Updates, briefing notes, presentations, background and research papers and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EAF 115

Economic Development Policy

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior officials so that they can make informed decisions on the fiscal and economic implications of sectoral and microeconomic policy issues, policies and programs. The Sub-Program fulfills the challenge function of the Department of Finance Canada on sectoral and microeconomic policy issues by conducting policy analysis and research regarding the fiscal and economic implications of economic policies and proposals developed by other departments in areas such as the knowledge-based economy, business financing, defence, transportation, public infrastructure, environment, energy and resources, agriculture and fisheries. This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to the Minister of Finance and senior government officials in support of meetings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, the annual budget and fiscal updates. The Sub-Program also plays a lead role in advising the government on the management of its corporate assets.

Agriculture

Description: Information on the economic and financial situation of the agriculture and agri-food sector, the development of agricultural and food safety policies in Canada and the allocation of federal financial resources to various programs implemented under the portfolio of the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 480

Climate Change

Description: Information on policies and issues related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the status of international negotiations on climate change, as well as the development of domestic approaches to manage climate change and its potential impacts.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 424

Corporate Analysis

Description: Information on issues affecting the corporate sector and industrial corporations in Canada, including institutional issues and policies, and economic and financial issues.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence and corporate plans.
Record Number: FIN EDD 520

Corporate Finance and Asset Management

Description: Information on issues related to the Canada Development Investment Corporation, the Corporate Asset Management Review, Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Canada Eldor Inc., Canada GEN Investment Corporation, Canada CH Investment Corporation.
Document Types: Briefing notes, proposals, research papers, analyses, correspondence and corporate plans.
Record Number: FIN EDD 423

Crown Corporations

Description: Information on selected Crown Corporations, including PPP Canada Inc., Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Business Development Bank of Canada, Canada Lands Company Limited, Canada Post Corporation, Cape Breton Development Corporation, Defence Construction (1951) Limited, Old Port of Montreal Corporation Incorporated, and Parc Downsview Park Incorporated.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN PRI 400

Economic Development

Description: General information on the development of sectors of the economy.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 430

Emergency Management

Description: Information on the Government of Canada's emergency management responsibilities, including Public Safety Canada, the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, critical infrastructure protection, mitigation strategies, and cyber security.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 385

Energy

Description: General information on energy and energy policy, except oil, gas and nuclear energy.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN ERP 425

Energy Efficiency

Description: Information on issues affecting energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions in the Canadian economy as well as the development of energy efficiency policies and measures, including regulations and programming, targeted at end use sectors (e.g., residential, commercial buildings, transportation and industrial).
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 422

Environment

Description: Information on policies and programs to improve the quality of the environment and on issues related to such initiatives. Includes such issues as air and water quality, pollution, contaminated sites, national parks and historical sites, biodiversity, invasive species, national wildlife, sustainable development, and environmental assessments.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence, and environmental assessments.
Record Number: FIN ERP 405

Fisheries and Oceans

Description: Information on fisheries and oceans management policies, the economic and financial situation of the fish and seafood harvesting and processing sectors, the allocation of federal financial resources to Department of Fisheries and Oceans programs and industry support initiatives, aboriginal, federal-provincial-territorial and international relations related to fisheries and oceans management, as well as legislation and regulations.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 495

Forestry

Description: Information on forestry policy and the forest industry, including pulp and paper.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 521

Industrial Development

Description: Information on government policies and programs to promote the development of major Canadian industries and related issues. Includes analyses of individual sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, tourism, and biotechnology.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 435

Infrastructure

Description: Information on infrastructure policies and programs including initiatives and legislation, particular infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships and other infrastructure investments.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 525

Marketplace Frameworks

Description: Information on policies, laws and regulations related to key marketplace frameworks, including corporate and insolvency law, competition, foreign investment, copyright, patents and trade-marks, and internal trade.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 526

Minerals

Description: Information on mining and mine reclamation and the production and marketing of minerals, including reviews, associations, missions to other countries, federal and provincial legislation, and specific minerals.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN ERP 410

National Defence

Description: Information on national defence, including policies, funding, procurements, domestic and international affairs and relations, infrastructure, and personnel.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 383

Northern Development

Description: Information on various aspects of development in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, and related federal policy.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence
Record Number: FIN ERP 415

Nuclear Energy

Description: Information on electrical power generated by nuclear means including the Atomic Energy Control Act and Board, liability in case of accidents, building of nuclear reactors in Canada, sale of nuclear reactors and heavy water plants to foreign countries, production and sale of heavy water in Canada.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, memoranda, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN ERP 395

Oil and Gas

Description: Information on oil and gas policy, including initiatives and legislation, federal-provincial negotiations, particular energy projects (e.g. oil sands, Hibernia, upgraders) and proceedings of intergovernmental and interdepartmental committees.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence, and expert studies.
Record Number: FIN ERP 420

Policy Analysis and Coordination

Description: Information on policy development and financial resource management issues of a departmental nature, including corporate reporting and horizontal initiatives.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 432

Projects

Description: Information on several major policy or economic projects, including the Norman Wells, Ontario Power Generation, Petro-Canada, and Port Hope.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence, asset-specific studies, and market assessments.
Record Number: FIN PRI 002

Regional Analysis and Development

Description: Information on policies and programs to promote the development of the economies of Canada's regions, and on issues related to such measures in specific sectors of the national economy and in provinces or regions of Canada including regional and sectoral analyses, industries, and sectors.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence, studies, federal, provincial and municipal agreements.
Record Number: FIN EDD 450

Science and Technology

Description: Information on the development of policies related to science and technology in Canada, including research, development and innovation, and the federal government's programs for encouraging these activities.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 460

Small and Medium Enterprises

Description: Information on policy and programs to promote small and medium enterprises as well as small business issues and access to capital.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN EDD 461

  • Venture Capital Action Plan
    Description:
    This bank describes information that is used in support of the Venture Capital Action Plan. Personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, citizenship, credit information, date of birth, educational information, financial information, physical attributes, signature, views and opinions of or about individuals and information on legal proceedings within the last 5 years when the firm or its affiliates or members of the investment team have been a party.
    Class of Individuals: Individual firm members (e.g. Partners, principals, investment professionals) and collaborating agents (e.g. co-investors, consultants) and individuals used as references for the firm or its members. In addition information is collected on firm members’ relationships in the context of identifying and assessing conflicts of interest. If applicable, this may include information on friends or family members.
    Purpose: The personal information which is collected pursuant to section 15 and 15.1 of the Financial Administration Act and section 14(1) of the Business Development Bank of Canada Act is used for screening to determine if an applications firm is eligible to a) receive investments from the Government under the high-performing venture capital funds component of the Venture Capital Action Plan; or b) be selected to manage funds to be established under the Venture Capital Action Plan.
    Consistent Uses: The information will be shared with the Business Development Bank of Canada and is stored in their PIB BDC PPU 550 Loan Applications – Client Files who will use the information to conduct credit verifications. Personal information may also be shared with other federal government institutions, and provincial government co-sponsors participating in the Venture Capital Action Plan initiative.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development
    RDA Number: Under development
    Related Class of Record Number: FIN EDD 461
    TBS Registration: 20140002
    Bank Number: FIN PPU 200
Telecommunications

Description: Information on the development of policies on telecommunications, including spectrum, broadband, satellites, and wireless services.
Document Types: Briefing notes, research papers, analyses, correspondence, and technical papers.
Record Number: FIN EDD 465

Transportation

Description: Information on the development of policies on air, surface, and marine transportation systems in Canada, including airports, civil aviation, harbours and ports, highways and roads, highways and bridges, marine mode, motor vehicle, rail mode, shipping, and urban transport.
Document Types: Proposals, memoranda, analyses, reports, correspondence, and studies.
Record Number: FIN EDD 470

Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy

This Sub-Program designs fiscal arrangements between Canada and the provinces and territories, to facilitate the funding of shared priorities and to support the provision of reasonably comparable services at reasonably comparable tax rates across the country. The Sub-Program prepares legislation and regulations on major transfers that fall under the responsibility of the Minister of Finance. This Sub-Program also provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the fiscal and economic implications of federal-provincial relations and social policies, programs and issues. The Sub-Program fulfills the challenge function of the Department of Finance Canada by conducting policy analysis and research regarding the fiscal and economic implications of federal social policies and programs in the areas of health care, justice, immigration, Employment Insurance and pensions, post-secondary education, Aboriginal and cultural programs, and programs for seniors, persons with disabilities, veterans and youth. This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to the Minister of Finance and senior government officials in support of meetings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, the annual budget, fiscal updates, and responsibilities for Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan legislation.

Aboriginal Policy

Description: Information on the development of policies related to Aboriginal issues, including land claims; specific claims; self-government financing agreements; Aboriginal litigation; treaties, and socio-economic conditions and programs for Aboriginal people.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, correspondence, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN SPD 001

Conferences, Committees and Meetings

Description: Information relating to Finance Ministers' Meetings, Continuing Committee of Officials; Fiscal Arrangements Committee; and meetings, committees and sub-committees pertaining to federal-provincial-territorial relations.
Document Types: Briefing notes, agendas, speaking notes, presentations, summary notes of discussions and statements, correspondence, and backgrounders.
Record Number: FIN FPR 235

Income Security

Description: Information on the development of policies relating to income security programs, including child benefits, elderly benefits, the Canada Pension Plan, the Pension Benefits Standards Act 1985, persons with disabilities, veterans, and information related to the provision of private and public pensions in Canada.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, correspondence, decision records, background/analytic papers, information papers, statistics, consultations, draft legislation, draft regulations, annual reports, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN SPD 296

Labour Markets/Employment/Learning

Description: Information on policies and programs relating to the labour market, including immigration, post-secondary education, Employment Insurance, job creation and training programs, labour adjustment policies and programs, youth employment programming, and the Canada Labour Code.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, correspondence, presentations, consultations, and draft legislation.
Record Number: FIN SPD 301

Quebec Abatement

Description: Information on Quebec Abatement including Alternative Payments for Standing Programs and the Youth Allowances Recovery.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, background papers, evaluations, presentations, reports, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FPR 215

Social Policy

Description: Information on the development of social policies relating to health, justice, public safety, culture, heritage, multiculturalism, official languages, sport, labour markets, education, housing programs and women's issues.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, correspondence, background / analytic papers, statistics and presentations.
Record Number: FIN SPD 290

Financial Sector Policy

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials so that they can make informed decisions on matters that impact the Government of Canada's financial sector policy agenda. The Sub-Program ensures the overall stability, soundness, efficiency and competitiveness of Canada's financial sector to support strong and sustainable economic growth. The Sub-Program also provides analysis of Canada's financial services sector and financial markets, and develops the legislative and regulatory frameworks for federally regulated financial institutions (banks, trust and loan companies, insurance companies and co-operative credit associations) and federally regulated pension plans. This Sub-Program also plays a lead role in the federal strategy to combat money laundering and terrorist financing; in representing Canada at international forums; and in conducting Canada's relations, and in negotiating Canada's commitments, with foreign governments in the area of trade in financial services. The Sub-Program works with provinces and territories to improve the capital markets regulatory system.

Anti-money Laundering and Anti-terrorist Financing Issues

Description: Information on policies related to domestic and international anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing activities including the Proceeds of Crime - (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and Regulations; the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada; the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering; the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memoranda, minutes of meetings, correspondence, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FID 195

Bank of Canada

Description: Information on governance and administration of the Bank of Canada, including appointments of Board directors and of senior officers, as well as Bank financial statements.  Includes information on policies and programs of the Bank of Canada including the composition and design of bank notes and treasury management services that the Bank provides for the Government of Canada, such as management of the public debt and of Canada's foreign exchange reserves, which are held in the Exchange Fund Account in the name of the Minister of Finance. 
Document Types: Memoranda, Bank of Canada publications, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN DMD 155

Consumer Affairs

Description: Information on consumer-related policies, regulations, and legislation in the financial services sector, including areas such as access to financial services, business practices, disclosure, and dispute resolution. Information on liaisons with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, which is a federal agency established to ensure compliance with the consumer provisions in the federal financial institutions' statutes (e.g. the Bank Act), to promote consumer awareness of financial services and products, and improve Canadians' financial literacy.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, and minutes of meetings, legislative and regulatory documents, correspondence, briefing notes, house cards, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN FID 002

Financial Services Trade and Relations

Description: Information on the federal government's international relations in the area of trade in financial services, namely bilateral trade agreements such as the administration of Canada's commitments under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization General Agreement on Trade in Services, negotiations related to the development of those agreements, as well as international advocacy and outreach efforts.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, agreements, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, correspondence, house cards, and minutes of meetings.
Record Number: FIN FID 155

Financial Institutions Analysis and Transactions

Description: Information on major financial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Research on trends within the financial sector, including financial institutions' corporate strategies and performance, industry and market analysis, industry profiles, trends and performances. General information on Canada’s financial institutions, including pbanks, trust and loan companies, insurance companies, cooperative credit associations, private pension plans..
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, and minutes of meetings correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FSP 001

Financial Institutions Framework Policy and Structural Initiatives

Description: Information on planning and communications related to financial sector issues and priorities (including legislative and regulatory reforms) and policy development with respect to current issues. Information relating to the corporate organization, permitted activities, and regulation of financial institutions, including winding up of institutions.  Specifically, information on ownership, business powers, investments, foreign entrants, holding companies and other restructuring, and corporate governance, including the review of past legislative developments, international considerations and best practices as they relate to changes in the Canadian financial services sector.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, legislative and regulatory documents, minutes of meetings, correspondence, presentations and house cards, email and presentations.
Record Number: FIN FSP 014

Financial Stability Issues

Description: Information on financial stability and prudential issues, as well as Canada's supervisory framework for federally regulated financial institutions including policy and legislation, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation, critical infrastructure, industry and market analysis from a stability perspective, as well as information related to the development of policies relating to financial institutions and federal deposit insurance, financial institution resolution issues, and international organizations including the Financial Stability Board.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FSP 005

Housing Finance Review

Description: Information on the government's mortgage insurance guarantee. Research on trends within the housing finance sector, and analyses of legislative and regulatory issues concerning the provision of mortgage insurance and mortgage loans by financial institutions.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, and minutes of meetings, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FSP 012

Markets Policy

Description: Information on the federal government’s involvement in capital markets and on capital markets development in the areas of foreign exchange, bonds and equities, venture capital, pension funds, hedge funds and mutual funds, and stock exchanges.  Investment and pension policy, Canadian dollar and market reports.
Document Types: Memoranda, research papers, house cards, financial reports, funding agreements and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN CMD 145

Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

Description: Information on the financial sector, legislation, regulation, and approvals administered by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions; information on accounting, capital and other prudential standards for federally-regulated financial institutions; information on financial stability, competition, and pension fund issues; information on administration, policies and programs of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, guidelines, rulings, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, minutes of meetings, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN FSP 004

Other Issues

Description: Other information on policies related to Canada's financial institutions and markets, such as directors' liability; environmental liability, and small business financing;.  Information on relationships with parliamentary committees, parliamentarians and other government agencies and departments in the area of policy development.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, and minutes of meetings.
Record Number: FIN FSP 157

Payments

Description: Information related to payments systems, including the Department's oversight responsibilities over the Canadian Payment Association activities and its clearance and settlement systems, which include the Automated Clearing and Settlement System, the Large Value Transfer System, and other systems such as the Continuous Linked Settlement  service, the Canadian Depository for Securities Limited , the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation and over the credit and debit card networks.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FSP 007

Pensions

Description: Informatino related to private pension plans in Canada, the legislative and regulatory pfreamework for frederally regulated private pension plans, developments in provincial pension legislative frameworks, initiatives of the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA), international trends and developments and activites of international organizations in the area of pensions, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Organization of Pension Supervisors (IOPS).
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FSP 007

Securities and Enforcement Policy

Description: Information on cooperation between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to establishthe Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System, the Canadian Securities Transition Office, the regulation of capital markets including legislation, rules and policies, capital markets economic analysis and research, investor protection, securities related enforcement, fair and efficient national capital markets and the management of systemic risk in capital markets.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, correspondence, and house cards
Record Number: FIN FSP 006

Structural Initiatives related to Financial Sector Issues

Description: Information on planning and communications related to financial sector issues and priorities (including legislative and regulatory reforms) and policy development related to current issues, including policy development related to federal credit unions and cooperative credit associations. General information on the structure and operation of the financial services industry and the associated legislative and regulatory framework.
Document Types: Contracts, statements of work, proposals, evaluation criteria, memoranda, procedures, policies, project plans, surveys, statistical reports, agendas, legislative and regulatory documents, minutes of meetings, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FID 009

International Trade and Finance

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials so that they can make informed decisions on the Government of Canada's international trade and finance policy agenda. The Sub-Program develops and implements policies on trade and tariffs, international development assistance and finance, and global macroeconomic coordination in order to foster sustainable international and domestic economic growth. The Sub-Program also manages the Department of Finance Canada's participation in international financial institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; regional multilateral development banks, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and international economic coordination groups, such as the G7, the G20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum.

Agreements

Description: Information on the negotiations and the development of policies on international agreements between Canada and other countries (e.g. Israel, Costa Rica, Chile, European Free Trade Association countries) and between other countries.
Document Types: Agreements, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN IER 565

Anti-dumping

Description: Information on anti-dumping actions taken, including statements of reasons, decisions and panel (either World Trade Organization or North America Free Trade Agreement review of those decisions; Canadian commodities, cases other than steel, steel cases.
Document Types: Memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN IER 551

Canada - United States Free Trade Agreement, North America Free Trade Agreement

Description: Information on initial tariff reductions negotiated with the United States and Mexico, accelerated tariff reductions following domestic industry consultations, rules of origin regarding which goods are entitled to preferential tariff treatment, special safeguard provisions for agricultural products (surtax).
Document Types: Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement; North America Free Trade Agreement; articles of the agreements, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN TAR 695

Canada - United States of America, and Mexico Trade Agreement

Description: Information on the development and implementation of policies affecting trade relations between Canada, the United States of America, and Mexico.
Document Types: North America Free Trade Agreement, correspondence, and briefing notes, house cards
Record Number: FIN IER 557

Canada United States Trade Agreement

Description: Information on the development and implementation of policies affecting trade relations between Canada and the United States of America, i.e. anti trust and business acquisition; Chapter 18, Chapter 19 panel; contingency protection; customs and tariffs; sectoral matters agriculture, automotive and aerospace, energy and the environment; mining and metals.
Document Types: Free Trade Agreement, correspondence; briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN IER 553

Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

Description: Information on the development and implementation of policies affecting trade relations between Canada and Chile.
Document Types: Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement; articles of the Agreement, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN WTO 001

Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

Description: Information on the development and implementation of policies affecting trade relations between Canada and Israel.
Document Types: Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement; articles of the Agreement, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN WTO 002

Canadian Development Assistance Programs

Description: General information on the Canadian government's international assistance to poor countries and regions including Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as the Commonwealth and La Francophonie. It covers bilateral and multilateral allocations to global public goods such as health, food security, climate change, and peace and security, as well as responses to humanitarian crises. It may include committees, conferences, meetings, programs, reviews. Includes information on the federal government agencies that administer these programs, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Vevelopment and International Development Research Centre.
Document Types: Memoranda, reports, reviews, correspondence, briefing notes, house cards, and projects
Record Number: FIN IFD 625

Commonwealth Relations

Description: Information on the administration, programs and policies of the Commonwealth and its organizations and the Canadian government's position on these policies and programs. This covers developmental assistance and technical cooperation in areas such as finance, food security, rural development, education, trade, and economic development. It may also include Commonwealth organizations, Commonwealth Secretariat administration, committees, conferences of Commonwealth officials, and meetings (heads of government, ministers).
Document Types: Memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 630

Economic and Statistical Reports on International Economic and Financial Activity

Description: Information on international economic and financial activity (i.e. Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy), other industrialized Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, the European Union; emerging market economies and the states of central and eastern Europe, as well as Russia and some other states of the former Soviet Union.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 610

European Union Trade Relations

Description: Information on the development and implementation of trade policies affecting trade relations between Canada and the European Union, including agriculture policy, external economic relations, policies; tariff and trade issues.
Document Types: Memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IER 554

Export Finance Programs

Description: Information on the administration, policies and programs of Export Development Canada, the Canadian Commercial Corporation, and the Credit Grain Sales Program, and the Agri-Food Credit Facility of the Canadian Wheat Board, set up by the federal government to facilitate and develop trade between Canada and other countries, long term export financing and financing projects; insurance and investment; and provisions for sovereign and commercial exposure.
Document Types: Memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 635

Francophone Relations

Description: Information in regards to Canada’s relations with La Francophonie, in particular activities of the Department of Foreign Affairs,Trade and Development Canada, cooperation initiatives of the international Organisation of La Francophonie, and the Francophonie program for developing country partners.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 633

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

Description: Information on the preparation of detailed positions on tariff matters, customs valuation (where customs authorities assign a monetary value to a good or service for the purpose of import or export), and the conduct of negotiations on multilateral trade issues under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
Document Types: Article XXVIII renegotiations for the multilateral reduction of customs duties, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN TAR 690

General Agreement on World Trade Organization

Description: Information on the development of policies, negotiations, decisions, reports, meetings, joint committee review of member countries subsidies, countervailing and anti-dumping legislation on the General Agreement on World Trade Organization.
Document Types: Articles of agreement, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN WTO 003

International Economic and Financial Relations

Description: General information on international economic and financial relations, including conferences  and meetings, economic and financial relations with other countries; G-7; G-10; G-20; finance ministers from member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; Finance Ministers of the Americas and Caribbean.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 605

International Financial Institutions - Individual Institutions

Description: Information on the administration, policies, and programs of individual institutions and the Canadian government's position on these policies and programs. Covers African development Bank; African Development Fund; Asian Development Bank; Asian Development Fund; Caribbean Development Bank; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Inter-American Development Bank; International Bank for Reconstruction and Development; International Development Association; International Finance Corporation; Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency; International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 645

International Monetary Fund

Description: Information on the administration, operation and policies of the International Monetary Fund and Canada's participation in it. Includes information on executive directors, financial operations, lending facilities of the International Monetary Fund; resources of the International Monetary Fund(gold, quotas, special drawing rights, standing borrowing arrangements); International Monetary and Financial committee; international liquidity; relations - other countries.
Document Types: Publications and reports, memoranda, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 600

International Trade Relations

Description: Information on the conduct and formulation of specific trade policies, including Trade Agreements in force or under negotiation - General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; World Trade Organization; Free Trade Agreement; North America Free Trade Agreement; Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; Free Trade Area of the Americas; automotive agreement; Canadian customs and tariffs; Canadian International Trade Tribunal references/studies; commodities - general textile, conferences, committees and meetings, includes international energy conferences, International Energy Agency, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. bilateral trade and economic relations; countervailing duties economic sanctions; Investment Policy, countries - review process; relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs,Trade and Development and Canada Border Services Agency; Special Import Measures Act subsidies; anti-dumping; government procurements; safeguards measures.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IER 550

Multilateral Coordination of Aid and Export Financing

Description: Information on international policies, programs and projects to provide financial and other assistance to promote development. This includes information on development assistance programs of inter-governmental groups, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, its Development Assistance Committee and Development Centre, meetings, reporting, programs, working parties and groups, Export Credits Group documents, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits, the International Working Group on Export Credits,  and practices of other export credit agencies.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 660

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Description: Information on the activities of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, including reports, analysis and positions of Canada with respect to activities of specific committees - including Economic and Development Review Committee, Economic Policy Committee, Investment Committee, and Ministerial Council Meeting.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, house cards committee and meeting reports.
Record Number: FIN IER 556

Other Import Measures

Description: Other information on the importation of goods into Canada, including information on the preferential treatment accorded to some countries, specific commodities, customs tariffs and duties and the government agencies that administer these tariffs and duties. Includes international commodity group; Canadian customs; Canadian customs tariff; Canadian International Trade Tribunal; generalized system of preferences country files.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN TAR 595

Other International Organizations

Description: Information on the administration, operations, and policies of international organizations dealing with international economic relations. United Nations; European communities; European Free Trade Area, European Economic Community, European Free Trade Association, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Includes information on the policies, programs, and reports on the activities of international organizations and the Canadian government's position on their policies, programs, and reports.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IER 560

Special Import Measures

Description: Information on measures in respect of the importation of subsidized or dumped goods. Covers international anti-dumping, international countervailing duties, Special Import Measures Act, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, commodities, Canadian countervailing duties, low cost imports.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IER 590

Tariff Items

Description: Information on representations from industry for specific changes reductions or elimination of rates of customs duty duties for individual tariff items or classes of items, rules of origin regarding which goods are entitled to preferential tariff treatment, concessionary codes according lower rates of duty for specific end-uses, and the Harmonized System , the internationally standardized system of names and numbers for classifying goods, developed and maintained by the World Customs Organization.
Document Types: Amendments, Harmonized System conversion; correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN TAR 700

Tariff Policy

Description: General information on the development of policies on customs tariffs and trade, including acts, legislation, agreements, tariff simplification; bilateral and multilateral trade agreements; surtaxes; remissions and drawbacks; preferences for developing countries; marking of imported goods; Canadian International Trade Tribunal procedures; orders in council.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, house cards, draft legislation and supporting documents.
Record Number: FIN TAR 675

United Nations

Description: Information on the administration, policies, and programs of the United Nations and the Government of Canada's position on these policies and programs. Covers economic commissions (Europe) and committees; United Nations General Assembly economic and social committees(ad hoc) the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) session, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, international economic order, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention), peacekeeping operations, programs, the United Nations Secretariat, Security Council, specialized agencies, financial operations and special United Nations summits.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 665

United Nations Agencies

Description: Information on the administration, policies, and programs of the agencies of the United Nations and the Canadian government's position on these policies and programs. Covers United Nations Conference on Trade and Development administration, committees, and conferences, financial operations; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Trade and Development Board, permanent committee, sessions, transfer of technology; United Nations Development Programmes administration, financial operations, Economic and Social Council commissions, committees - standing, trans national corporation; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; United Nations Environmental Programme governing council; Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations conferences and meetings, council, world food publications; United Nations Industrial Development Organization conferences and meetings, International Atomic Energy Agency administration, conferences and meetings, financial operations, nuclear power; United Nations Children's Fund; International Fund for Agricultural Development; International Labour Organization administration, conferences; Law of the Sea and Ocean Dumping Convention - administration, conferences and meetings, negotiating issues; Pan American Health Organization; United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East; World Food Programme committees; World Health Organization administration, financial operations; World Health Assembly.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN IFD 670

TRANSFER AND TAXATION PAYMENT PROGRAMS

This Program enables the Government of Canada to meet its transfer and taxation payment commitments. The Program administers transfer and taxation payments to provinces and territories and Aboriginal governments in compliance with legislation and negotiated agreements. The Program also fulfills commitments and agreements with international financial organizations to support the economic advancement of developing countries. The Government of Canada sometimes enters into agreements or enacts legislation to respond to unforeseen pressures. These commitments can result in payments, generally statutory transfer payments, to a variety of recipients, including individuals, organizations and other levels of government.

Fiscal Arrangements with Provinces and Territories

This Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada's fiscal arrangements with provinces and territories are efficiently managed. The Sub-Program administers transfer payments to provinces and territories in compliance with legislation and negotiated agreements. In addition, the Sub-Program sometimes provides additional, time-limited, targeted support to provinces and territories in areas of shared priorities. The Sub-Program uses funding from the following transfer payments: Fiscal Equalization (Part I—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act); Territorial Formula Financing (Part I.1—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act); Canada Health Transfer (Part V.1—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act); Canada Social Transfer (Part V.1—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act); Statutory Subsidies (Constitution Act, 1867; Constitution Act, 1982, and other statutory authorities); Additional Fiscal Equalization to Nova Scotia (Part I—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act); Additional Fiscal Equalization Offset Payment to Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador Additional Fiscal Equalization Offset Payments Act); Youth Allowances Recovery (Federal-Provincial Fiscal Revision Act, 1964); and Alternative Payments for Standing Programs (Part VI—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act).

Canada Health and Social Transfer

Description: Information on the level of federal transfers to provinces and territories in support of health care, post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, including early childhood development and early learning and childcare.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, correspondence, presentations, and statistics.
Record Number: FIN SPD 307

Canada Health Transfer

Description: Information on the level of federal transfers to provinces and territories in support of health. The Canada Health Transfer provides long-term, growing support for health care to provincial and territorial governments, and is legislated to grow by 6 per cent annually until 2013-14. It supports the government's commitment to maintain the national criteria and conditions of the Canada Health Act (comprehensiveness, universality, portability, accessibility, and public administration and the prohibitions against user fees and extra-billing) and commitments made under the 2000, 2003, and 2004 Health Accords.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, decision records, evaluations, policies, presentations, publications, house cards, background papers, reports, statistics, studies, plans, consultations, draft legislation and regulations, orders in council, and regulatory impact analysis statements.
Record Number: FIN FPR 230

Canada Social Transfer

Description: Information on the level of federal transfers to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, including early childhood development and early learning and childcare. The Canada Social Transfer provides long-term, growing support to provincial and territorial governments to assist them in financing social programs, postsecondary education, and programs for children, and is legislated to grow by 3 per cent annually until 2013-14. It gives provinces and territories the flexibility to allocate payments among supported areas according to their priorities and supports the federal government's commitment to prohibit minimum residency requirements for social assistance. Payments for these major transfers are made in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the FPFAA and associated regulations.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, decision records, evaluations, policies, presentations, publications, house cards, background papers, reports, statistics, studies, plans, consultations, draft legislation and regulations, orders in council, and regulatory impact analysis statements.
Record Number: FIN FPR 240

Equalization and Policy Development

Description: Information on Equalization program. Equalization payments are made to eligible provincial governments in fulfillment of the constitutional commitment to ensure provincial governments have sufficient revenues to provide reasonably comparable levels of public services at reasonably comparable levels of taxation.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, decision records, evaluations, policies, presentations, publications, house cards, speeches, background papers, reports, statistics, studies, plans, consultations, draft legislation and regulations, orders in council, and regulatory impact analysis statements.
Record Number: FIN FPR 210

Fiscal Arrangements

Description: Information on transfer programs such as the Canada Health Transfer, Canada Social Transfer, Equalization, and Territorial Formula Financing.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, decision records, evaluations, policies, presentations, publications, house cards, speeches, background papers, reports, statistics, studies, plans, consultations, draft legislation and regulations, orders in council, and regulatory impact analysis statements.
Record Number: FIN FPR 205

Territorial Formula Financing and Northern Policy Development

Description: Information on the Territorial Formula Financing program for Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Territorial Formula Financing achieves the same objective for all three territorial governments, recognizing the unique circumstances in the North. The payments are made in accordance with the terms and conditions established in the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act and associated regulations.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, decision records, evaluations, policies, presentations, publications, house cards, background papers, reports, statistics, studies, plans, consultations, draft legislation and regulations orders in council, and regulatory impact analysis statements.
Record Number: FIN FPR 220

Trust Funds

Description: Information on third-party trust funds administered by the Federal-Provincial Relations Division. A third-party trust fund is a financial vehicle used by the Government of Canada to provide funding to provinces and territories.
Document Types: Briefing notes, house cards, and correspondence
Record Number: FIN FPR 255

Wait Times Reduction Transfer

Description: Information on the level of federal transfers to provinces and territories to reduce wait times according to their respective priorities. The government provided support for the development and implementation of patient wait time guarantees and vaccination against human papillomavirus to protect against cervical cancer. The payments are made in accordance with the terms and conditions established in associated legislation and regulations.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, house cards, background papers, evaluations, presentations, reports, statistics, studies and consultations.
Record Number: FIN FPR 250

Tax Collection and Administration Agreements

This Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada's tax collection and administration obligations and arrangements and other tax policy-related payments are efficiently managed. The Sub-Program manages the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, the First Nations Goods and Services Tax Act, and payments to provinces and territories and Aboriginal governments in compliance with the terms and conditions of Tax Collection Agreements, Tax Administration Agreements, and Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreements. Payments relate to provincial and territorial personal income tax and corporate income tax, provincial revenue entitlements associated with the harmonized sales tax, and Aboriginal sales and income taxes. The Sub-Program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Incentive for Provinces to Eliminate Taxes on Capital (Part IV—Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act).

Intergovernmental Taxation

Description: Information on the administration of federal provincial income Tax Collection Agreements; and of Tax Administration Agreements with aboriginal governments. Specifically, this includes information on: federal-provincial meetings, provincial budgets, administration and negotiation of Tax Collection Agreements, provincial legislation and the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act. Includes information on aboriginal tax policy issues such as court cases, issues related to the Indian Act, self-government and comprehensive claims, Tax Administration Agreements, First Nation government tax powers, treatment of First Nation government institutions, and First Nations taxation (policy, tax exemption).
Document Types: Contracts; general information material; legal issues (including court settlements); legislation and agreements; liaison documents - federal, provincial, aboriginal governments and other interested parties; payment calculations and requisitions.
Record Number: FIN TPB 768

Commitments to International Financial Organizations

This Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada's commitments to international financial organizations are efficiently funded. The Sub-Program administers the payments and capital subscriptions for Canada's commitments to international financial institutions, such as the International Development Association of the World Bank, and other regional multilateral development banks, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The Sub-Program uses funding from the following transfer payments: Payments to the International Development Association; Debt Payments on Behalf of Poor Countries to International Organizations Pursuant to section 18(1) of the Economic Recovery Act (stimulus);and International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for the Agriculture Advance Market Commitment (Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act, section 8).

International Programs

Description: General information on programs and events in developing countries and payments made in respect of multilateral debt reduction agreements, and at the Paris Club, an informal group of international creditors who negotiate solutions to address debt-related issues of creditor’s countries.
Document Types: Correspondence, briefing notes and house cards
Record Number: FIN IFD 615

Receipts From AND Payments to Individuals AND Organizations

This Sub-Program ensures that payments owed to and due from individuals and organizations are efficiently managed. The Sub-Program administers payments in compliance with the agreed terms and conditions. The Sub-Program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Harbourfront Centre Funding Program (Vote 5).

Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative

Description: Information on the participation of the Government of Canada in the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative and on the management of the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative contribution program. The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative is both an infrastructure and an urban renewal investment. The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation is the not-for-profit entity mandated with leading and implementing the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative. Funding from the three levels of government has been provided to the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation through contribution agreements for infrastructure projects such as the creation of parks, green spaces, and recreation facilities. Federal Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative funding has supported over 50 public infrastructure projects, including Canada’s Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Park and the Don River Park. Federal funding for Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative projects sunsets on March 31, 2013, and the Secretariat supporting the initiative winds up by March 31, 2014.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, and contribution agreements.
Record Number: FIN EDD 001

Harbourfront Centre Funding Program

Description: Information on the management of the Harbourfront Centre Funding Program. The primary objective of the Harbourfront Centre Funding Program is to provide operational funding support to Harbourfront Centre, a not-for-profit organization that offers cultural and recreational programming on the Toronto waterfront. Such support assists Harbourfront Centre in covering its fixed operational costs and also facilitates Harbourfront Centre’s ability to leverage funding from other levels of government and to pursue other revenue-generating strategies. The Harbourfront Centre Funding Program was renewed in 2011 for five years ending on March 31, 2016.
Document Types: Briefing notes, correspondence, and contribution agreements.
Record Number: FIN EDD 002

TREASURY AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS

This Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the management of the treasury and the financial affairs of the Government of Canada. The Program ensures that the treasury and financial affairs of the Government of Canada are efficiently managed on behalf of Canadian taxpayers. The Program provides direction for Canada's debt management activities, including the funding of debt and service costs for new borrowings. This Program manages investments in financial assets so that the Government of Canada can meet its liquidity needs. The Program supports the ongoing refinancing of government debt coming to maturity, the execution of the Budget Plan, and other financial operations of the government, including governance of the borrowing activities of major federal government-backed entities, such as Crown corporations. The Program also oversees the system that ensures that Canada has an adequate supply of circulating Canadian currency (banknotes and coins) to meet the needs of the Canadian economy.

Federal Debt Management

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the management of the federal debt. The government's debt management program includes the payment of interest costs on existing debt instruments and the servicing costs for new borrowings. The Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada can fund its financial requirements on a timely and effective basis.

Canada Savings Bonds

Description: Information on the history of Canada investment and savings; Bank of Canada; committees; co-operation and liaison - departments and agencies, international, provincial; treasury evaluation program; executive management reporting; product development and management; non-marketable bond product line; taxation and legislation; post-campaign audit; marketable securities; public relations - media; sales and distribution; payroll savings plan; information technology; projects.
Document Types: Agreements, correspondence, reports, briefing notes, presentations, and advertising market research.
Record Number: FIN CIS 170

Debt Management

Description: Describes records relating to cash management activities that ensure the Government has sufficient funds to meet its operating requirements. Includes information on domestic debt strategy planning, programs and reporting, including the Debt Management Report and the Debt Management Strategy, debt management governance, and the Funds Management Governance Framework. Records may also include information on legislative authority and documentation governing the Government of Canada’s borrowing limit and debt management activities. Also contains records related to the Retail Debt Program, Canada Savings Bonds and Canada Premium Bonds.
Document Types: Reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence, briefing notes, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN FSP 008

Public Debt

Description: Information on bonds and bonding - costs of issuing new loans - Bank of Canada; domestic borrowing - swap agreements; foreign borrowing - United States of America currency; unmatured debt; accrued interest; interest due and outstanding; Interest expense; matured debt; redemption of interest and principal; specified purpose accounts - annuities, claims, deposit, and trust accounts; Government of Canada marketable bonds; investments by the Government in Purchase and Resale Agreements; non marketable bonds - Canada Savings Bonds; public accounts; revolving standby credit facilities; statements and statistics; securities investment account; source documents; Treasury bills; trust.
Document Types: Reports, correspondence, briefing notes, and presentations
Record Number: FIN ADM 795

Bonds and Securities

Description: Information on Debt management policies; bonds; cancellation of securities; Government of Canada bonds; perpetual bonds 3% 1936; real return bonds; securities deposit matters; Treasury bills; wartime loans and bonds; information on specific Government of Canada bonds is filed by date of issue.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, correspondence, briefing notes, and presentations.
Record Number: FIN DMD 165

Canada Investment and Savings

Description: Information on the History of Canada Investment and Savings; Canada Savings Bond; Bank of Canada; Committees; Cooperation and liaison - Departments and agencies, International, Provincial; Treasury evaluation program; executive management reporting; product development and management; non-market table bond product line; taxation and legislation; post-campaign audit; marketable securities; advertising; market research; public relations / media; sales and distribution; payroll savings plan; information technology; projects.
Document Types: Agreements, correspondence, emails, reports, briefing notes, presentations, business plans, advertising; market research, and annual reports.
Record Number: FIN CIS 001

Major Federal-Backed Entities Borrowing

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the borrowing activities of major entities that are backed by the full faith and credit of the government such as Crown corporations and similar entities. The Sub-Program ensures that major federal government-backed entities receive timely and effective funding and that their borrowing is cost-effective and compliant with the principles of prudent risk management.

Financing Abroad

Description: Information on the borrowing of money in other countries by the federal, provincial and municipal governments and by Canadian corporations.
Document Types: Memoranda, research papers, reports, correspondence and house cards
Record Number: FIN FPR 175

Prudential Liquidity and Reserves Management

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the management of prudential liquidity and reserves. The Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada can meet its liquidity needs on a timely and effective basis. The Sub-Program safeguards the government's ability to meet payment obligations in situations where normal access to funding markets may be disrupted, and promotes foreign currency liquidity and orderly conditions for the Canadian dollar in foreign exchange markets, if needed. Prudential liquidity and reserves management involves maintaining domestic cash deposits at the Bank of Canada and financial institutions, and acquiring and managing cash reserves, loans, investments and advances in the government's Exchange Fund Account.

Official International Reserves, Exchange Rates and Risk Management

Description: Information on official reserves, the external value of the Canadian dollar, and associated treasury management and risk policies including the Currency Act, official international reserves, the Exchange Fund Account, gold, the Canadian dollar, reports on international financial and exchange markets, the analysis on credit and market risk, the cross-currency, and interest rate swap program and International Swaps and Derivatives Association.
Document Types: Emails, reports, memorandums, minutes of meetings, briefing notes, presentations, agreements, correspondence, and house cards.
Record Number: FIN FAD 185

Domestic Currency System

This Sub-Program provides analysis, research and advice to ministers and senior government officials on the currency system, which involves the production of banknotes by the Bank of Canada and the circulation of coinage by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Sub-Program ensures that the Government of Canada has a cost-effective, adequate and robust supply of domestic currency to meet the needs of the Canadian economy.

Capital Markets

Description: Information on the federal government's involvement in capital markets and on capital markets development in the areas of foreign exchange, bonds and equities, venture capital, pension funds, hedge funds, mutual funds, and stock exchanges. Investment and pension policy, Canadian dollar and market reports, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, capital markets research, Investment and pension policy.
Document Types: Memoranda, research papers, house cards, financial reports, funding agreements, and correspondence.
Record Number: FIN CMD 145

Government Financing

Description: Information on Crown corporation borrowings, financial risk management, and capital and dividend policy, project financing and loan guarantees, the Royal Canadian Mint, treasury audit and evaluation and the Consolidated Borrowing Program.
Document Types: Memoranda, research papers, reports, correspondence, agreements, guidelines, and contracts.
Record Number: FIN FSP 011

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.

Acquisition Services

Acquisition services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

Communications Services

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well-coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public—internal or external—receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

Financial Management Services

Financial management services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

Human Resources Management Services

Human resources management services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans.

Information Management Services

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

Information Technology Services

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

Legal Services

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

Management and Oversight Services

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies or plans.

Materiel Services

Materiel services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Classes of Personal Information

In the course of conducting the programs and activities of the Department of Finance Canada, personal information may be accumulated that is not contained in the specific information banks described in this entry. This information exists in a fragmented form throughout the subject files of the Department. This information is stored as part of the general subject files, where records are normally retrieved by the name of the individual or other personal identifier. This form of information is retrievable only if specifics are provided concerning the subject matter, related departmental activity, as well as the date at which the information was received by the Department and to whom it was addressed.

The personal information contained in the subject files is retained for the same period of time as the related subject information and disposed of according to the appropriate record schedules.

Manuals

  • Corporate Reporting System, Business Intelligence Tool
  • Expenditures and Finance
  • Financial Coding Manual
  • Internal Audit Engagement Process

Additional Information

Formal Access to Information Requests

Please see the Introduction to Info Source for information on formal access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The Department's Access to Information and Privacy Division's website includes links to request forms and contact information.

Completed Access to Information Requests

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through requests outside of the formal ATIP process. Records released in response to completed Access to Information Act requests processed by the Department can be obtained informally. A list of completed request summaries and contact information for making a request are available here.

Privacy Impact Assessments

The Department of Finance Canada conducts Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) to ensure that privacy implications will be appropriately identified, assessed and resolved before a new or substantially modified program or activity involving personal information is implemented. Summaries of completed PIAs are available here.

For additional information about the programs and activities of the Department of Finance Canada please contact:

Consultations and Communications Branch
Department of Finance Canada
14th floor
90 Elgin Street 
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5

Phone: 613-369-3710
Facsimile: 613-369-4065
TTY: 613-995-1455
E-mail: finpub@fin.gc.ca

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act, areas on the premises of this institution have been designated as public reading rooms. The addresses are:

Access to Information and Privacy Office
90 Elgin Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario

Finance Canada Library
90 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario