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

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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; dealing with regulated marketing issues; and 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
2011-12

Estimates
2010-11

Difference
Between
2011-12
and
2010-11

Actual
2009-10

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Economic Development 162,487,000 162,221,800 265,200 159,402,709
3 Research 75,721,400 75,169,700 551,700 72,255,855
4 Business Risk Management Transfers 326,190,000 180,507,800 145,682,200 191,705,196
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 564,398,400 417,899,300 146,499,100 423,363,760
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 5,000 5,000 - 72,784
Statutory Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - 2,234,383
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 - 1,295,658
  Total Statutory Appropriations 22,000 22,000 - 3,602,825
  Total Operating Expense 564,420,400 417,921,300 146,499,100 426,966,585
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2 Economic Development 300,000 300,000 - -
5 Business Risk Management Transfers 5,000,000 5,000,000 - 666,154
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 5,300,000 5,300,000 - 666,154
  Total Operating Assets 5,300,000 5,300,000 - 666,154
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital 557,698,800 2,342,407,900 (1,784,709,100) 1,176,720,464
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 557,698,800 2,342,407,900 (1,784,709,100) 1,176,720,464
  Total Capital Expense 557,698,800 2,342,407,900 (1,784,709,100) 1,176,720,464



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     25,435,700
  Employee benefits     3,594,900
  Transportation and communication     4,786,800
  Services     23,563,200
  Supplies and equipment     894,200
  Transfer payments      
     Agriculture Development   4,370,500  
     Branding and Marketing Ontario Foods   3,500,000  
     Growing Forward - Federal - Economic Development   5,110,000  
     Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund   61,000,000  
     Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program   4,600,000  
     Other Assistance Rural   3,569,000  
     Rural Economic Development Program   27,385,000  
     Rural Summer Jobs Program   2,865,000  
     Wine Grape Transition Program   3,000,000 115,399,500
  Subtotal     173,674,300
  Less: Recoveries     11,187,300
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     162,487,000
  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     2,218,900
  Employee benefits     297,800
  Transportation and communication     166,700
  Services     803,800
  Supplies and equipment     90,000
  Transfer payments      
     Competitive Research   1,350,000  
     Food Safety Research   500,000  
     Grants in Lieu of Taxes   550,000  
     Growing Forward - Federal - Research   9,306,700  
     Strategic Partnerships   632,500  
     University of Guelph   59,805,000 72,144,200
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     75,721,400
108-4 Business Risk Management Transfers      
  Transfer payments      
     Agricorp   17,473,000  
     AgriInsurance   40,000,000  
     AgriInvest   25,000,000  
     AgriRecovery   1,000  
     AgriStability   83,204,100  
     Ontario Risk Management Program   153,700,000  
     Other Assistance for Risk Management   4,630,900  
     Provision for Loans Guarantees - Commodity Loan Guarantee Program   181,000  
     Wildlife Damage Compensation - Federal   1,000,000  
     Wildlife Damage Compensation - Provincial   1,000,000 326,190,000
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     326,190,000
  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
  Total Operating Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     564,420,400
  OPERATING ASSETS      
108-2 Economic Development      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses      
     Economic Development - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses   299,000  
     Rural Community Development - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses   1,000 300,000
  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   4,996,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Other Assistance for Risk Management   1,000 5,000,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     5,000,000
  Total Operating Assets for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     5,300,000
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
108-7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital      
  Transfer payments      
     Agri-Food and Animal Health Laboratory Infrastructure   500,000  
     Broadband Access Strategy   4,091,700  
     Broadband Infrastructure Fund   30,123,800  
     Broadband Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   14,000,000  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component   71,650,200  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component - Federal Contribution   71,650,200  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component Intake 2   25,216,900  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component Intake 2 - Federal Contribution   25,216,900  
     Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component   23,876,400  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund   1,568,000  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   1,568,000  
     Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund   45,000  
     Green Infrastructure Fund   15,984,400  
     Infrastructure Stimulus Fund   119,283,000  
     Infrastructure Stimulus Fund - Federal Contribution   123,674,300  
     Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program - Phase 3   15,000,000  
     Other Rural Infrastructure   4,000,000  
     Research and Education Base Building Investments   3,000,000  
     Research and Education Infrastructure Renewal   7,250,000 557,698,800
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     557,698,800
  Total Capital Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     557,698,800