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Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities - VOTE 108

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food supports the province's agriculture, food, bio-product and horse racing sectors by: investing in agri-food and bio-product research; promoting the adoption of best management practices and new technologies; delivering assistance programs, including farm income stabilization; supporting investment attraction and retention for the food processing sector; and promoting Ontario agri-food and agri-product sales in domestic and export markets. The Ministry of Rural Affairs is committed to building strong and vibrant rural communities with diversified economies. MRA will continue to work collaboratively to develop and deliver timely economic development programs including infrastructure, as well as providing tools and information to rural communities in Ontario.

Vote Summary
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2014-15

Estimates
2013-14

Difference
Between
2014-15
and
2013-14

Actual
2012-13

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Economic Development 299,364,300 202,504,100 96,860,200 147,171,529
3 Research 78,355,300 85,076,200 (6,720,900) 90,883,973
4 Business Risk Management Transfers 244,983,900 238,055,900 6,928,000 269,209,557
Total Including Special Warrants 622,703,500 525,636,200 97,067,300 507,265,059
Less: Special Warrants 135,655,000 - 135,655,000 -
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 487,048,500 525,636,200 (38,587,700) 507,265,059
Special Warrants 135,655,000 - 135,655,000 -
S Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
S Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 5,000 5,000 - -
S Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 1,000 - -
S Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 2,015,000 2,015,000 - 1,769,175
  Total Statutory Appropriations 2,022,000 2,022,000 - 1,769,175
  Total Operating Expense 624,725,500 527,658,200 97,067,300 509,034,234
  OPERATING ASSETS        
2 Economic Development 300,000 300,000 - -
5 Business Risk Management Transfers 5,000 5,000 - -
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 305,000 305,000 - -
  Total Operating Assets 305,000 305,000 - -
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital 240,627,600 151,345,200 89,282,400 194,010,408
Total Including Special Warrants 240,627,600 151,345,200 89,282,400 194,010,408
Less: Special Warrants 40,068,300 - 40,068,300 -
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 200,559,300 151,345,200 49,214,100 194,010,408
Special Warrants 40,068,300 - 40,068,300 -
  Total Capital Expense 240,627,600 151,345,200 89,282,400 194,010,408


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     22,451,700
      Employee benefits     3,293,800
      Transportation and communication     1,785,200
      Services     24,425,000
      Supplies and equipment     485,100
      Transfer payments      
          Agriculture Development   4,118,500  
          Bio-products Initiatives   6,500,000  
          Food Industry   40,000,000  
          Growing Forward - Federal - Economic Development   18,500,000  
          Horse Racing Industry Transition Program   1,000  
          Horse Racing Partnership Funding Program   100,000,000  
          Ontario Ethanol Growth Fund   48,000,000  
          Ontario Wine Grape Transition Program   2,835,000  
          Other Assistance Rural   569,000  
          Rural Economic Development Program   24,535,000  
          Rural Summer Jobs Program   2,865,000 247,923,500
  Subtotal     300,364,300
  Less: Recoveries     1,000,000
  Total Operating Expense     299,364,300
  Statutory Appropriations      
      Other transactions      
Statutory         Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
      Other transactions      
Statutory         Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     5,000
108-3 Research      
      Salaries and wages     2,218,900
      Employee benefits     297,800
      Transportation and communication     176,700
      Services     542,400
      Supplies and equipment     90,000
      Transfer payments      
          Competitive Research   1,350,000  
          Food Safety Research   500,000  
          Grants in Lieu of Taxes   750,000  
          Growing Forward - Federal - Research   6,300,000  
          Strategic Partnerships   3,944,500  
          University of Guelph   62,185,000 75,029,500
  Total Operating Expense     78,355,300
108-4 Business Risk Management Transfers      
      Transfer payments      
          Agricorp   14,248,000  
          AgriInsurance   36,000,000  
          AgriInvest   23,000,000  
          AgriRecovery   1,000  
          AgriRisk Federal   1,000  
          AgriRisk Provincial   1,000  
          AgriStability   45,893,000  
          Beekeepers Financial Assistance Program   4,000,000  
          Ontario Risk Management Program   119,750,000  
          Other Assistance for Risk Management   30,900  
          Provision for Loan Guarantees - Commodity Loan Guarantee Program   1,000  
          Wildlife Damage Compensation - Federal   1,058,000  
          Wildlife Damage Compensation - Provincial   1,000,000 244,983,900
  Total Operating Expense     244,983,900
  Statutory Appropriations      
      Other transactions      
Statutory         Payments: re: Guaranteed Bank Loans, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
      Other transactions      
Statutory         Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     2,015,000
  Total Operating Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     624,725,500
  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   1,000  
          Business Risk Management - Deposits and Prepaid Expenses, Other Assistance for Risk Management   1,000 5,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     5,000
  Total Operating Assets for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     305,000
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
108-7 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Capital      
      Transfer payments      
          Agri-Food and Animal Health Laboratory Infrastructure   500,000  
          Broadband Infrastructure Fund - Federal Contribution   7,562,600  
          Building Canada Fund - Communities Component   15,789,600  
          Building Canada Fund - Communities Component - Federal Contribution   17,259,000  
          Building Canada Fund - Major Infrastructure Component   3,690,000  
          Green Infrastructure Fund   12,030,000  
          Municipal Infrastructure   147,134,300  
          Ontario Small Waterworks Assistance Program - Phase 3   5,466,100  
          Other Community Infrastructure - Federal   1,000  
          Other Community Infrastructure - Provincial   1,195,000  
          Research and Education Base Building Investments   3,000,000  
          Research and Education Infrastructure Renewal   27,000,000 240,627,600
  Total Capital Expense     240,627,600
  Total Capital Expense for Strong Agriculture, Food and Bio-product Sectors and Strong Rural Communities     240,627,600