Portfolio Investments

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Portfolio investments represent investments in entities with share capital owned jointly by the Government and other governments or organizations to further common objectives. Additional information on these entities is provided in the President of the Treasury Board's Annual Report to Parliament on Crown Corporations and Other Corporate Interests of Canada.

Under the terms of Section 147 of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, the Superintendent of Bankruptcy has received shares in a number of corporations in lieu of a cash levy payable to the Crown.

Table 9.11 presents a summary of the balances and transactions for the various types of portfolio investments.

Table Summary

The table presents, to the nearest dollar, the portfolio investments. It consists of five columns: a detailed listing of components; April 1 of the current year; payments and other charges; receipts and other credits; March 31 of the current year. The rows list the portfolio investments by departments and by programs. The last row presents the total.

Table 9.11
Portfolio Investments

  April 1, 2014
Payments and other chargesLink to footnote 1
Receipts and other credits
March 31, 2015
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency — Equity Investment   11,359,396   11,359,396
Environment — Parks Canada Agency — Co‑operative Housing Project 337,106     337,106
Finance — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board 100     100
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development — Canada Investment Fund for Africa 72,856,389 167,518 21,549,165 51,474,742
Industry — National Research Council of Canada — Equity Ownership 282,906     282,906
Natural Resources — Lower Churchill Development Corporation Limited 14,750,000     14,750,000
Treasury Board — Public Sector Pension Investment Board 100     100
Western Economic Diversification — North Portage Development Corporation   1   1
Total 88,226,601 11,526,915 21,549,165 78,204,351

Equity Investment

In order to help fulfill its mandate to promote economic development in the Cape Breton Region of Nova Scotia, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) had taken equity interests in several companies to help the organizations expand or innovate.

Upon ECBC's dissolution on June 19, 2014, all of ECBC assets and obligations, except real property, were transferred to Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). ACOA has been given the authority to hold or exercise, or surrender, sell, assign or otherwise dispose of, a stock option, share or other similar financial instruments that it acquires from ECBC or any of its subsidiaries.

Co‑operative Housing Project

The Parks Canada Agency has invested in the Rocky Mountain II Co‑operative Housing Association, along with five other entities, to provide accommodation for Parks Canada employees and employees of other entities in Banff, Alberta.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) was created pursuant to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act. The CPPIB's objectives are to assist the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in meeting its obligations to contributors and beneficiaries and to manage any amounts transferred to it in their best interest.

The Government holds 100 percent of the share capital of the CPPIB that consists of 10 shares having a fair value of $10 each issued as per legislation. The assets managed by the CPPIB are included in the CPP financial statements. They are excluded from the Government's consolidated financial statements since CPP is not part of the Government's reporting entity as explained in Note 1 of the Government's financial statements.

Canada Investment Fund for Africa

The Canada Investment Fund for Africa (CIFA) is a joint public‑private sector initiative designed to provide risk capital for private investments in Africa that generate growth. The CIFA is a direct response to the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and the G8 Africa Action Plan. The main objectives of the CIFA are to optimize public‑private investment in the Fund, to confer a beneficial development impact on Africa by way of increased foreign direct investment and to optimize the beneficial impact of the Fund's activities on Canadian interests.

The Government of Canada is a limited partner in the CIFA and its commitment towards the Fund was subject to matching funds of other investors and was to be equal to the lesser of: (i) $100 million or (ii) the aggregated commitments of all other limited partners of the partnership.The investment period in the CIFA ended January 1, 2009. From thereon, until the term of the partnership is reached on December 31, 2015, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) will only receive income returns of capital. Since its inception, the Canadian International Development Agency (now amalgamated with DFATD) received capital reimbursement from CIFA amounting to $55.4 million and investment income of $8.2 million.

Equity Ownership

In order to help fulfill its mandate to promote industrial innovation in Canada, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has taken equity interests in several new firms based on NRC technology. NRC provides financial assistance at better than market conditions to firms through access to equipment, intellectual property and incubation space in laboratories and in the organization's Industry Partnership Facilities.

Since these companies often cannot afford to pay the full cost of the assistance received from the NRC, the NRC takes an equity position in a company in order to help the firms survive the critical development stage. In turn, it allows NRC to earn a return that somewhat reflects the risk taken should the company become successful.

This investment in equity is authorized under subsection 92(1)(b) of the Financial Administration Act which allows for the acquisition or the sale or other disposal of shares or assets in the ordinary course of a business of providing financial assistance to publicly and privately held companies and are recorded at cost.

The Government's holdings of shares represent a minority interest in two publicly traded companies and one privately held company.

Lower Churchill Development Corporation Limited

The Lower Churchill Development Corporation (LCDC) was incorporated in 1978 under the Companies Act of Newfoundland, with the objective of developing all or part of the hydroelectric potential of the Lower Churchill Basin. It is owned 51 percent by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, the designate for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and 49 percent by Canada. LCDC in not an active operating company.

Canada owns 1,475 class A shares, which it purchased for $10,000 per share in the initial years of the corporation. Funds were used to finance feasibility studies for proposed Lower Churchill projects. The corporation's only asset was an Option Right to purchase the Gull Island Production Company's assets and acquire hydroelectric development rights on the Lower Churchill River, granted by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in exchange for its initial ownership stake, valued at $5,200,000.

The option has expired and has not been extended by the province, resulting in an investment write‑down for LCDC.

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSPIB) was created pursuant to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board Act. Its mandate is to invest the amounts transferred since April 1, 2000 by the Government of Canada. These amounts represent contributions less benefits and other payments for the pension plans of the Public Service, Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and since March 1, 2007 for the Reserve Force Pension Plan. The PSPIB's objective is to achieve maximum rates of return on investments, without undue risk while respecting the requirements and financial obligations of those plans.

The Government holds 100 percent of the share capital of the PSPIB that consists of 10 shares having a par value of $10 each issued as per legislation. The assets managed by the PSPIB are recorded against the pension obligations.

North Portage Development Corporation

The Corporation was incorporated under The Corporations Act of Manitoba, to foster the social and economic development of the North Portage area in the core area of Winnipeg. The objective of the Government's participation is to stimulate economic recovery in Canada and Manitoba.

The Government's holding of common shares represents 33.3 percent of the shares outstanding. The Corporation is owned equally by the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada. There are 3 common shares issued, having a par value of $1 each.


Footnote 1

Payments and other charges may include transactions such as loans, adjustments, etc.

Return to footnote 1 referrer

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