STRONG AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND BIO-PRODUCT SECTORS AND STRONG RURAL COMMUNITIES - VOTE 108

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STRONG AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND BIO-PRODUCT SECTORS AND STRONG RURAL COMMUNITIES - VOTE 108

Under this strategy, the ministry supports agriculture, food and bio-product sectors through a comprehensive approach. Components of this strategy that contribute to the framework for these sectors include: delivery of farm income stabilization and other assistance programs to the agriculture sector; working with agri-food partners in identifying needs and opportunities, and adopting new technologies; investing in agri-food research; investment attraction and investment retention efforts for the processing sector; promoting Ontario food and agricultural sales in export and domestic markets.

This strategy also assists rural Ontario in building strong, vital communities with diversified economies and healthy social and environmental climates by working collaboratively with rural communities, municipalities, businesses and organizations to undertake economic development initiatives.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2008-09

Estimates
2007-08

Difference
Between
2008-09
and
2007-08

Actual
2006-07

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Economic Development 136,537,900 85,417,900 51,120,000 77,845,800
3 Research 65,941,200 114,947,600 (49,006,400) 53,436,300
4 Business Risk Management Transfers 277,469,500 463,518,200 (186,048,700) 290,840,600
6 Regulated Marketing 1,932,900 1,876,300 56,600 1,672,700
  Total Including Special Warrants 481,881,500 665,760,000 (183,878,500) 423,795,400
Less: Special Warrants - 93,700,000 (93,700,000) -
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 481,881,500 572,060,000 (90,178,500) 423,795,400
Special Warrants - 93,700,000 (93,700,000) -
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 5,000 5,000 - 3,019,600
Statutory Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
Statutory Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 15,000 15,000 - -
  Total Statutory Appropriations 22,000 22,000 - 3,019,600
  Total Operating Expense 481,903,500 665,782,000 (183,878,500) 426,815,000
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2 Economic Development 300,000 300,000 - -
5 Business Risk Management Transfers 3,000,000 3,000,000 - -
  Total Including Special Warrants 3,300,000 3,300,000 - -
Less: Special Warrants - 600,000 (600,000) -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 3,300,000 2,700,000 600,000 -
Special Warrants - 600,000 (600,000) -
  Total Operating Assets 3,300,000 3,300,000 - -
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital 211,365,000 183,640,600 27,724,400 307,891,214
  Total Including Special Warrants 211,365,000 183,640,600 27,724,400 307,891,214
Less: Special Warrants - 56,400,000 (56,400,000) -
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 211,365,000 127,240,600 84,124,400 307,891,214
Special Warrants - 56,400,000 (56,400,000) -
  Total Capital Expense 211,365,000 183,640,600 27,724,400 307,891,214



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
108-1 Economic Development      
  Salaries and wages     22,084,500
  Employee benefits     3,075,800
  Transportation and communication     1,991,500
  Services     29,082,800
  Supplies and equipment     894,100
  Transfer payments      
     Agriculture Development   4,536,000  
     Biogas Climate Change   2,900,000  
     Canadian Agricultural Skills Service - Federal   5,000,000  
     Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund   27,230,000  
     Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program   4,600,000  
     Orchards and Vineyards Transition Federal   10,000,000  
     Orchards and Vineyards Transition Provincial   2,200,000  
     Other Assistance Rural   3,569,000  
     Rural Economic Development Program   19,915,000  
     Rural Summer Jobs Program   2,865,000 82,815,000
  Subtotal     139,943,700
  Less: Recoveries     3,405,800
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     136,537,900
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     5,000
Statutory    Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
108-3 Research      
  Salaries and wages     1,680,400
  Employee benefits     234,500
  Transportation and communication     139,000
  Services     872,800
  Supplies and equipment     75,000
  Transfer payments      
     Competitive Research   1,350,000  
     Food Safety Research   500,000  
     Grants in Lieu of Taxes   357,000  
     Strategic Partnerships   1,132,500  
     University of Guelph   59,600,000 62,939,500
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     65,941,200
108-4 Business Risk Management Transfers      
  Transfer payments      
     Agricorp   14,812,600  
     AgriInsurance   34,500,000  
     AgriInvest   15,000,000  
     AgriStability   55,000,000  
     Ontario Risk Management Program   155,145,000  
     Other Assistance for Risk Management   2,631,900  
     Provision for Loans Guarantees - Commodity Loan Guarantee Program   380,000 277,469,500
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     277,469,500
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     15,000
108-6 Regulated Marketing      
  Salaries and wages     1,217,800
  Employee benefits     169,900
  Transportation and communication     231,400
  Services     331,800
  Supplies and equipment     12,000
  Subtotal     1,962,900
  Less: Recoveries     30,000
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     1,932,900
  Total Operating Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     481,903,500
  OPERATING ASSETS      
108-2 Economic Development      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses      
     Economic Development - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses     300,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     300,000
108-5 Business Risk Management Transfers      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses      
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Agricorp   1,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, AgriInsurance   1,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, AgriInvest   1,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, AgriStability   2,995,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Other Assistance for Risk Management   1,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Risk Management Program   1,000 3,000,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     3,000,000
  Total Operating Assets for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     3,300,000
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
108-7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital      
  Transfer payments      
     Agri-Food and Animal Health Laboratory Infrastructure   500,000  
     Broadband Access Strategy   6,375,000  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund   82,057,700  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   82,057,700  
     Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund   1,900,000  
     Millennium Partnerships   9,223,000  
     Millennium Partnerships-Canada Ontario Infrastructure Program   5,796,000  
     Ontario Small Town and Rural Infrastructure   19,203,600  
     Ontario Small Town and Rural Infrastructure - Canada Ontario Infrastructure Program Contribution   1,000  
     Other Rural Infrastructure   1,000  
     Research and Education Base Building Investments   3,250,000  
     Research and Education Infrastructure Renewal   1,000,000 211,365,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     211,365,000
  Total Capital Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     211,365,000