Hon. John C. Crosbie (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency):
The Atlantic Fisheries Adjustment Program, AFAP, provides for the expenditure of $584 million over five years ending on March 31, 1995. The program containing a package of policy and program initiatives is delivered through several federal agencies. The follow-
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ing breakdown reports on the financial status of AFAP initiatives by agency.
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) $ million
Total budget allocation 356.0
Total planned five-year expenditures and commitments as of March 31, 1993 341.6
Balance of program funds available 14.4
Over the remaining years of the program, DFO intends to target its program efforts to ensuring adjustment in the processing industry, encouraging professionalization in the groundfish fishery and economic diversification in Atlantic Canada. Efforts will focus on the means to achieve effective conservation such as through gear selectivity, further enforcement and protection measures, and optimization of the effectiveness of the current enforcement system.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Total budget allocation 90.0 millionTotal five-year expenditures and commitments as of April 30, 1993 62.3 millionUncommited balance 27.7 million
ACOA efforts under the Fisheries Alternatives Program will focus on supporting eligible projects and activities proposed by the private sector which will promote economic diversification of expansion in fishery dependent areas of Atlantic Canada.
Department of External Affairs and International Trade (EATTC)
Total budget allocation 1.6 millionTotal five-year expenditures and commitments as of March 31, 1993 1.6 millionUncommitted Balance 0.0 million
The AFAP funding provided to EAITC has been used to supplement over a five-year period the department's efforts to enhance international marketing and trade in Canadian underutilized and value added fish and seafood products. Efforts are continuing as planned.
Industry, Science and Technology Canada (ISTC)
Total budget allocation 6.4 millionTotal five-year expenditures and commitments as of March 31, 1993 6.4 millionUncommitted balance 0.0 million
The seafood and marine products sector campaign, an ISTC initiative, has been partially funded from AFAP. The campaign, a multiyear national initiative, is designed as a joint effort with industry to improve the long run international competitiveness of the Canadian fish processing sector. The initiative is proceeding as per plan and within the established budget.
Employment and Immigration Commission Canada (EIC)
Total budget allocation 120.0 millionTotal five-year expenditures and commitments as of October 1, 1992 95.5 millionUncommitted balance 24.5 million
Financial commitments under the community development fund will proceed as planned for the remaining years of the program. CEIC will also respond as required to requests from affected individuals in the fisheries sector for adjustment services and other program benefits.
Total budget allocation 10.0 millionTotal five-year expenditures and commitments as of March 31, 1993 2.8 millionUncommitted balance 7.2 million
Labour Canada, through the Program for Older Worker Adjustment, POWA, provided income assistance to fish plant workers affected by designated lay-offs as a result of the downturn of the Atlantic fisheries. POWA was used as an interim financial assistance vehicle until the announcement of the Plant Workers Adjustment Program in May 1990. While POWA remains available, no further demands on the program are anticipated.
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