Aboriginal Fisheries

Aboriginal fishing policy in Canada is guided by a vision of supporting healthy and prosperous Aboriginal communities through:

  • building and supporting strong, stable relationships;
  • working in a way that upholds the honour of the Crown; and
  • facilitating Aboriginal participation in fisheries and aquaculture and associated economic opportunities, and in the management of aquatic resources.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada delivers a number of programs in support of these objectives. See the links on the right for information on specific programs and legislation affecting Aboriginal fishing in Canada.

Aboriginal Program Service Standards
# Service Interaction Service Standard Target (%) AAROM AFS AFSAR AICFI PICFI
SS1 Acknowledgement Acknowledge receipt of proposal or application within 7 calendar days. 95% 100% 81% 58% 96% 100%
SS2 Assessment of Application and Decision Assess proposed workplan and provide a funding decision within 30 calendar days of receipt of a fully completed application. 95% 91% 89% 63% 93% 99%
SS3 Department Signature (Ratification Date) Sign and return the Contribution Agreement within 15 calendar days of receipt of the Recipient signed Contribution Agreement. 95% 96% 99% 97% 99% 100%
SS4 Requisition of payments (including initial payments) associated with reports Authorize payment (or communicate additional requirements to Recipient) within 25 calendar days of receiving complete reports, which have the required supporting documentation. 95% 96% 90% 98% 100% 97%

Please note that 2015-16 is the first year DFO’s Aboriginal Programs have tracked and published Service Standards. Regional and operational variations in program delivery yielded slight differences in the measurement of individual service interactions; however, the results reported fairly represent the standard achieved to date. We will continue to refine our reporting system to ensure that results are tracked consistently across programs and regions.

Information by Region

Related Links

For more information on Aboriginal issues and programs in Canada: