Details on transfer payment programs of $5 million or more: 2016 to 2017 Departmental Results Report

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Name of transfer payment program

Payments in lieu of taxes (PILT)

Start date

1950

End date

Ongoing

Type of transfer payment

Payments in lieu of taxes

Type of appropriation

The PILT Program is a statutory program administered under the authority of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act.

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

The last major update of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act was in fiscal year 2000 to 2001.

Strategic outcome

High quality, central programs and services that ensure sound stewardship on behalf of Canadians and meet the program needs of federal institutions.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation management and real property services

Description

This sub-program administers the PILT Program on behalf of the Government of Canada by issuing payments to taxing authorities under the authority of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. Local taxing authorities benefit through receipt of payments that recognize the services they provide federal property located in their jurisdictions.

Learn more about payments in lieu of taxes.

Results achieved

Local taxing authorities receive fair, equitable and predictable payments on behalf of the Government of Canada as a contribution to the cost of local government.

Comments on variances

The variance between actual spending and planned spending is due to the timing in the payment recoveries from other governmental organizations.

Audits and evaluations completed or planned

Planned: Departmental risk-based audit and evaluation 2018 to 2019

Engagement of applicants and recipients

The recipients of PILT, such as Canadian taxing authorities hosting a federal property, receive payments in a timely manner and in accordance with their due dates. Taxing authorities receive a letter with each payment providing them with the name and coordinates of the PILT regional office as well as instructions on requesting a review before the PILT dispute advisory panel if they disagree with the amount of the payment.

Performance information (in dollars—totals may not add up due to rounding)
Type of transfer payment 2014 to 2015 actual spending 2015 to 2016 actual spending 2016 to 2017 planned spending 2016 to 2017 total authorities available for use 2016 to 2017 actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2016 to 2017 actual minus 2016 to 2017 planned)
Payments to municipalities and other taxing authorities 549,406,363 450,405,782 583,575,839 593,474,917 593,474,917 9,899,078
Recoveries from custodian departments (549,406,363) (450,405,472) (583,575,839) (562,019,872) (562,019,872) 21,555,967
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 0 310 0 31,455,045 31,455,045 31,455,045

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