Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Sub-program 1.3.2 - British Columbia Aquaculture Program


The British Columbia Aquaculture Program is designed to establish federal regulations under the Fisheries Act and a federally-delivered program to regulate the fisheries and environmental aspects of British Columbia aquaculture. The new regulatory regime involves the implementation of a program that would incorporate matters previously managed by the province of British Columbia such as licensing, containment measures, and fish health management plans, as well as matters currently managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada such as habitat authorizations and conditions, introductions and transfer permits, and nuisance seal permits. The creation of the British Columbia Aquaculture Program addresses a February 2009 British Columbia Supreme Court decision that held that the activity of finfish aquaculture is a fishery and falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government under the Constitution Act, 1867.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
50 50 50

Performance Measurement

A transparent regulatory regime for aquaculture in British Columbia Percentage of planned activities for review of aquaculture and environmental policies completed 25% by March 31, 2014
Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans for finfish and shellfish created, taking into account the Aquaculture Management Advisory Process established to hear the views of First Nations and other stakeholder groups Percentage of actions required to implement the Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans for finfish and shellfish completed 100% by March 31, 2014

The British Columbia Aquaculture Sub-program is part of the Sustainable Aquaculture Program.