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Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador Additional Fiscal Equalization Offset Payments Act (S.C. 2005, c. 30, s. 85)

Act current to 2021-02-15 and last amended on 2015-06-19. Previous Versions

PART 1Additional Fiscal Equalization Offset Payments for Nova Scotia (continued)

Marginal note:Review of the Canada–Nova Scotia Arrangement

 On or before March 31, 2019, the Minister, on behalf of the Government of Canada, and the minister designated by the Province for the purpose will review the Canada–Nova Scotia Arrangement in accordance with clause 8 of that Arrangement.

Marginal note:Discussions

 The Government of Canada shall enter into discussions with the Province if requested to do so by the Province under the terms of clause 9 of the Canada–Nova Scotia Arrangement.

Marginal note:Determination

 A determination, for any fiscal year, of the additional fiscal equalization offset payment for the Province and for any other calculation that is necessary for the purposes of this Part shall be made by the Minister at the same time as the final computation of the amount, if any, of the fiscal equalization payment that is payable to the Province is made for that fiscal year under Part I of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act.

PART 2Additional Fiscal Equalization Offset Payments for Newfoundland and Labrador

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Part.

additional fiscal equalization offset payment

additional fiscal equalization offset payment means the payment that may be made under section 20, 21 or 26. (paiement de péréquation compensatoire supplémentaire)

fiscal equalization offset payment

fiscal equalization offset payment[Repealed, 2015, c. 4, s. 113]

fiscal equalization payment

fiscal equalization payment means

  • (a) for the purposes of section 22, the fiscal equalization payment that would be received by the Province for a fiscal year if the amount of that payment were determined in accord- ance with section 3.2 of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act, without regard to section 3.4 of that Act; and

  • (b) for the purposes of sections 24 to 26, the fiscal equalization payment that would be received by the Province for a fiscal year under Part I of the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act if the Province’s total per capita fiscal capacity were the amount determined by the formula

    A + B + (C / F)

    where

    A,
    B, C and F have the same meaning as in the definition total per capita fiscal capacity in subsection 3.5(1) of that Act. (paiement de péréquation)
offshore revenue

offshore revenue, in respect of any fiscal year, means the aggregate of the following amounts paid to the Province for that fiscal year:

  • (a) amounts paid under paragraph 214(2)(b) of the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act;

  • (b) amounts paid with respect to the portion of tax under subsection 165(2) and sections 218.1, 220.05, 220.06 and 220.08 of the Excise Tax Act that is attributable to offshore activity in the Newfoundland offshore area, within the meaning of subsection 123(1) of that Act; and

  • (c) the royalties paid under the Hibernia Development Project Royalty Agreement signed on September 1, 1990, as amended from time to time. (recettes extracôtières)

petroleum

petroleum has the same meaning as in section 2 of the Canada–Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act. (hydro­carbures)

Province

Province means the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. (Version anglaise seulement)

  • 2005, c. 30, s. 85 “18”
  • 2007, c. 29, s. 82
  • 2014, c. 13, s. 115
  • 2015, c. 4, s. 113

Marginal note:Payment of $2 billion

 The Minister shall make a payment to the Province in the amount of $2 billion to allow the Province to reduce its outstanding debt.

Marginal note:Additional fiscal equalization offset payment of $133.6 million

  •  (1) For the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the Minister shall make an additional fiscal equalization offset payment to the Province in the amount of $133.6 million.

  • Marginal note:Additional fiscal equalization offset payment of $188.7 million

    (2) For the 2005-2006 fiscal year, the Minister shall make an additional fiscal equalization offset payment to the Province in the amount of $188.7 million.

Marginal note:Additional fiscal equalization offset payment for the 2006-2012 period

 For each fiscal year between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2012, the Minister shall make an additional fiscal equalization offset payment to the Province calculated in accordance with section 22.

Marginal note:Calculation of payments

 The additional fiscal equalization offset payment that shall be made to the Province for a fiscal year corresponds to the amount determined by the Minister in accordance with the formula

A – B

where

A
is the fiscal equalization payment that may be made to the Province for the fiscal year under the equalization formula in effect at that time, calculated as if the Province did not have any offshore revenue or petroleum production; and
B
is the fiscal equalization payment to the Province for that fiscal year under the equalization formula in effect at that time.
  • 2005, c. 30, s. 85 “2”
  • 2015, c. 4, s. 114

Marginal note:Restriction

 Despite any other provision of this Act, no payment shall be made under sections 20 to 22 by the Minister to the Province except to the extent that the aggregate of the payments determined under those sections for the fiscal year and the preceding applicable fiscal years exceeds $2 billion.

Marginal note:Restriction

 For any given fiscal year between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2012, the Province will not receive the additional fiscal equalization offset payment provided for in section 21 if it does not receive a fiscal equalization payment for that fiscal year.

 [Repealed, 2015, c. 4, s. 115]

Marginal note:Additional fiscal equalization offset payments for the 2012-2020 period

  •  (1) For any fiscal year between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2020, the Minister shall make additional fiscal equalization offset payments to the Province, determined in accordance with the formula set out in section 22, if

    • (a) the Province qualified for a fiscal equalization payment in either of the 2010-2011 or 2011-2012 fiscal years;

    • (b) the Province’s per capita debt servicing charges as of March 31, 2012 were not lower than those of at least four other provinces; and

    • (c) the Province receives a fiscal equalization payment for that fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Determination of per capita debt servicing charge

    (2) For the purpose of paragraph (1)(b), “per capita debt servicing charges” as of March 31, 2012, means the amount determined by the Minister in accordance with the formula

    (A - B - C + D) / E

    where

    A
    is the total of a province’s debt servicing charges for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, based on figures published in the fully consolidated audited financial statements presented on a full accrual basis of accounting in the province’s Public Accounts for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, with any necessary adjustments, as required, to include all of the debt charges related to unfunded pension liabilities, post-employment benefits and debt charges of government organizations and entities whose inclusion would be consistent with the accounting principles of full consolidation;
    B
    is the portion of A, if any, related to borrowings made by a province on behalf of self-supporting government business enterprises that are not dependent on transfers, grants or other direct funding from the province to fund their day-to-day operations or debt repayments;
    C
    is the portion of A, if any, related to borrowings made by a province on behalf of municipalities that are not in default on their interest payment obligations to the province;
    D
    is the total of a province’s debt servicing charges for the 2011-2012 fiscal year related to borrowings made by the province on behalf of municipalities that are in default on their interest payment obligations to the province, if these are not already included in A; and
    E
    is the total population of a province on July 1, 2011 based on the latest Statistics Canada official estimates available as soon as all provinces have released their Public Accounts for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

Marginal note:Restriction

 For greater certainty, if the Province does not meet the conditions set out in paragraphs 26(1)(a) and (b), it will not receive the additional fiscal equalization offset payment provided for in section 26 for any of the fiscal years between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2020.

Marginal note:Transitional payments for the 2012-2020 period

  •  (1) If for any fiscal year between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2020 the Province does not receive an additional fiscal equalization offset payment but it received an additional fiscal equalization offset payment for the previous fiscal year, the Minister shall, for that fiscal year, pay to the Province a transitional payment equal to two thirds of the additional fiscal equalization offset payment it received for the previous fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Transitional payments for 2012-2020 period

    (2) If for any fiscal year between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2020 the Province does not receive an additional fiscal equalization offset payment and did not receive an additional fiscal equalization offset payment for the previous fiscal year, but received an additional fiscal equalization offset payment for the fiscal year two years before that fiscal year, the Minister shall, for that fiscal year, pay to the Province a transitional payment equal to one third of the additional fiscal equalization offset payment it received for the fiscal year two years before that fiscal year.

 
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