Standing Senate Committee on National Finance

Report of the committee

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Senate Committee on National Finance has the honour to present its

TENTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, to study the federal government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure funding program, respectfully requests funds for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, and requests, for the purpose of such study, that it be empowered to engage services of such counsel, technical, clerical and other personnel as may be necessary.

Pursuant to Chapter 3:06, section 2(1)(c) of the Senate Administrative Rules, the budget submitted to the Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration and the report thereon of that committee are appended to this report.

Respectfully submitted,

LARRY SMITH

Chair

................Page Break................

STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL FINANCE

Study on the federal government infrastructure funding program

APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

Extract from the Journals of the Senate of Tuesday, February 23, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Smith (Saurel) moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Manning:

That the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance be authorized to examine and report on the design and delivery of the federal government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure funding program;

That, in conducting such a study, the committee take particular note of:

• how infrastructure projects are funded;

• the criteria that applicants (provinces, territories, municipalities, Aboriginal governments, organizations, etc.) need to meet to be eligible for funding;

• the type of infrastructure projects that receive funding;

• how to ensure project funding is timely, efficient and economical;

• the way the money is distributed among large and small communities, actually used and, if need be, monitored;

• should conditions be applied to any project approval, how these conditions are tracked and satisfied;

• lessons learned from previous Canadian infrastructure programs and in other jurisdictions; and

• other related matters.

That the committee submit its final report to the Senate no later than December 31, 2016, and retain all powers necessary to publicize its findings for 180 days after tabling of the final report.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Extract from the Journals of the Senate, Thursday, November 17, 2016:

The Honourable Senator Smith moved, seconded by the Honourable Senator Martin:

That, notwithstanding the order of the Senate adopted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the date for the final report of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance in relation to its study on the design and delivery of the federal government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure program be extended from December 31, 2016 to June 30, 2018.

After debate,

The question being put on the motion, it was adopted.

Charles Robert

Clerk of the Senat

................Page Break................

SUMMARY OF BUDGET

General Expenses

$18,000
TOTAL

$18,000

The above budget was approved by the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

The undersigned or an alternate will be in attendance on the date that this budget is considered.












Date
Président du Comité sénatorial permanent des finances nationales
LARRY SMITH
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on National Finance











Date
Président du Comité permanent de la régie interne, des budgets et de l’administration
LEO HOUSAKOS
Chair, Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration

................Page Break................

STANDING SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL FINANCE

Study on the federal government infrastructure funding program

EXPLANATION OF BUDGET ITEMS APPLICATION FOR BUDGET AUTHORIZATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2017

GENERAL EXPENSES









PROFESSIONAL AND OTHER SERVICES




















CONSULTANTS



1.Communications consultant - graphic design services (0303)3,500









2.Consultant services - Sole sourcing - Steve Saunders - (0431)14,000




(40 x $350/day)




Sub-total
$17,500









ALL OTHER EXPENDITURES












PRINTING



1.Printing (0321)500


Sub-total
$500









Total of General Expenses
$18,000

The Senate Administration has reviewed this budget application.












Date
Blair Armitage, Principal Clerk,
Committees Directorate











Date
Nathalie Charpentier, Comptroller,
Finance and Procurement Directorate

APPENDIX (B) TO THE REPORT

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration has examined the budget presented to it by the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance for the proposed expenditures of the said committee for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, for the purpose of its special study on the federal government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure funding program, as authorized by the Senate on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. The approved budget is as follows:

General Expenses

$18,000
TOTAL

$18,000

(includes funds for sole source for professional services)

Respectfully submitted,

LEO HOUSAKOS

Chair