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
2012-13

Estimates
2011-12

Difference
Between
2012-13
and
2011-12

Actual
2010-11

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Economic Development 141,495,800 162,487,000 (20,991,200) 175,295,644
3 Research 73,546,400 75,721,400 (2,175,000) 73,517,499
4 Business Risk Management Transfers 330,447,900 326,190,000 4,257,900 145,230,186
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 545,490,100 564,398,400 (18,908,300) 394,043,329
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 5,000 5,000 - -
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 - 6,007,985
  Total Statutory Appropriations 22,000 22,000 - 6,007,985
  Total Operating Expense 545,512,100 564,420,400 (18,908,300) 400,051,314
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2 Economic Development 300,000 300,000 - -
5 Business Risk Management Transfers 4,999,000 5,000,000 (1,000) 163,128
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 5,299,000 5,300,000 (1,000) 163,128
Statutory Business Risk Management - Prior Year Advances and Recoverable Amounts, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 - 1,000 -
  Total Statutory Appropriations 1,000 - 1,000 -
  Total Operating Assets 5,300,000 5,300,000 - 163,128
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital 198,687,700 557,698,800 (359,011,100) 1,773,167,522
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 198,687,700 557,698,800 (359,011,100) 1,773,167,522
  Total Capital Expense 198,687,700 557,698,800 (359,011,100) 1,773,167,522


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     22,383,000
  Employee benefits     3,266,500
  Transportation and communication     1,785,200
  Services     21,933,500
  Supplies and equipment     485,100
  Transfer payments      
     Agriculture Development   3,508,500  
     Growing Forward - Federal - Economic Development   8,230,000  
     Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund   61,100,000  
     Ontario Wine Grape Transition Program   2,835,000  
     Other Assistance Rural   569,000  
     Rural Economic Development Program   13,535,000  
     Rural Summer Jobs Program   2,865,000 92,642,500
  Subtotal     142,495,800
  Less: Recoveries     1,000,000
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     141,495,800
  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     176,700
  Services     534,200
  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   7,079,300  
     Strategic Partnerships   944,500  
     University of Guelph   59,805,000 70,228,800
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     73,546,400
108-4 Business Risk Management Transfers      
  Transfer payments      
     Agricorp   17,073,000  
     AgriInsurance   34,000,000  
     AgriInvest   25,000,000  
     AgriRecovery   1,000  
     AgriStability   79,944,000  
     Ontario Risk Management Program   172,390,000  
     Other Assistance for Risk Management   30,900  
     Provision for Loan Guarantees - Commodity Loan Guarantee Program   1,000  
     Wildlife Damage Compensation - Federal   1,008,000  
     Wildlife Damage Compensation - Provincial   1,000,000 330,447,900
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     330,447,900
  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     545,512,100
  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   4,995,000  
     Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Other Assistance for Risk Management   1,000 4,999,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     4,999,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Advances and recoverable amounts      
Statutory    Business Risk Management - Prior Year Advances and Recoverable Amounts, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  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   1,672,000  
     Broadband Infrastructure Fund   32,285,500  
     Broadband Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   21,756,300  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component   41,670,300  
     Building Canada Fund - Communities Component - Federal Contribution   41,670,300  
     Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component   12,601,800  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund   567,900  
     Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   655,600  
     Green Infrastructure Fund   10,441,000  
     Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program - Phase 3   13,300,000  
     Other Community Infrastructure - Federal   1,000  
     Other Community Infrastructure - Provincial   851,700  
     Research and Education Base Building Investments   3,000,000  
     Research and Education Infrastructure Renewal   17,714,300 198,687,700
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     198,687,700
  Total Capital Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     198,687,700