Supplementary Information Tables

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-16, presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). In keeping with the objectives of the FSDA to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) presents the results for Theme I - Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II - Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, Theme III - Protecting Nature and Canadians, and Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint - Beginning with Government.


2. Themes I-III: Department/Agency-led Targets


FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target FSDS Performance Status
Goal 4: Conserving and Restoring Ecosystems, Wildlife and Habitat, and Protecting Canadians - Resilient ecosystems with healthy wildlife populations so Canadians can enjoy benefits from natural spaces, resources and ecological services for generations to come. Percentage of total coastal and marine territory conserved in marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. Marine Ecosystems: By 2020, 10% of coastal and marine areas are conserved through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. Approximately 1.9%

Estimated percentage of Canada's marine territory conserved through federal and provincial Marine Protected Areas is approximately 0.9%, with an additional approximate 1% considered as potential “other effective area-based conservation measures”. The percentage value of “other measures” is an estimate and has been rounded to the nearest whole number because of uncertainty related to the following:

1) departmental screening criteria for “other measures” are still under development; and

2) DFO is developing a protocol for calculating spatial percent coverage, which may slightly impact percent coverage results.

Goal 5: Biological Resources - Efficient economic and ecological use of resources - Production and consumption of biological resources are sustainable. Percentage of major fish stocks where the harvest rate or level is at or below approved levels. Sustainable Fisheries: Improve the management and conservation of major stocks.

97%

151 out of 155 stocks were harvested at a rate at, or below, approved levels (97%), which is an increase of 0.2% compared to 2013-14.
Aquaculture under a science framework: The extent to which aquaculture is managed under a science-based environmental regulatory framework. Sustainable Aquaculture: By 2020, all aquaculture in Canada is managed under a science-based regime that promotes the sustainable use of aquatic resources (including marine, freshwater, and land based) in ways that conserve biodiversity.

100%

The entire Canadian aquaculture sector (100%) is managed under the science-based environmental framework of the Fisheries Act and its associated regulations, and compliance with this regime remains very high. Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans have been completed for British Columbia finfish and shellfish. The plan for freshwater species is currently in development. National aquaculture science programs are in place to inform other regulatory processes (e.g., Aquaculture Activities Regulations) under the Fisheries Act.

3. Themes I-III: Implementation Strategies

Please see Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Implementation Strategies to support Sustainable Development Strategy.


4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 6: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions and Energy

Target 6.1: GHG Emissions Reduction

The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Departmental Target

11% below 2005 levels by 2020

Scope and Context

Fisheries and Oceans Canada monitors and reports greenhouse gas emissions on 70% of owned floor space and the entire motor vehicle inventory. The quantification of emissions for the remainder of the floor space is impractical due to the effort involved in obtaining complete and accurate data. DFO owns many small structures located in remote areas, such as lighthouses, search and rescue stations and sites with seasonal operations. Greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian Coast Guard vessels and aircraft are monitored and reported; however, these emissions are not part of the greenhouse gas reduction target for national safety and security reasons.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.


Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015 Approved April 9, 2015

Plan was completed in March 2015 but final approval was obtained in April 2015.

GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005-06 44.8 kt
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2014-15, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable 38.7 kt
Renewable power emission credits applied in fiscal year 2014-15 (kt CO2 equivalent) 0 kt
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005-06 to fiscal year 2014-15, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable. 13.6% decrease
Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions [indicate if not applicable] Yes. The Experimental Lakes Area was divested effective April 1, 2014. Operations were transferred to the Province of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. As a result, a total of 455 tCO2e were removed from DFOs base year as per Public Works and Government Services Canada's (PWGSC) “Guidelines for Accounting for Changes in Departmental Real Property Portfolios”.

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance

As of April 1, 2014, and pursuant to departmental Real Property Sustainability Frameworks, an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Scope and Context

Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Real Property portfolio is administered by three departmental custodians: Small Craft Harbours, Canadian Coast Guard and Real Property. The real property asset base is geographically dispersed, varied complex and includes a combination of custodial and leased facilities. These properties include office space provided via PWGSC, major laboratories, Coast Guard bases and other special purpose facilities, and minor sites that support smaller structures such as fish ladders, wharves and hatcheries. For the purposes of Target 7.1: Real Property Environmental Performance, DFO reports progress achieved at its custodial properties only, and not at facilities that are leased from PWGSC.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

An industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.


Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
A Real Property Sustainability Framework in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015. Approved March 30, 2015
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings (over 1000 m2) and new lease or lease renewal projects (over 1000 m2) where the Crown is the major lessee, assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool, and associated floor space (m2). Three (3) Crown-owned buildings
28,990 m2
0 new lease or lease renewal projects
0 m2
Assessment tool used: BOMA BESt
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects and major renovations projects achieving an industry recognized level of high environmental performance, and associated floor space (m2). Three (3) Crown-owned buildings

28,990 m2

Performance level achieved: Victoria, and Prince Rupert-Seal Cove (and MCTS) both achieved BOMA BESt Level 1. Institute Maurice Lamontagne achieved BOMA BESt Level 2

0 new construction projects

0 m2

Performance level achieved: Not applicable

0 build-to-lease projects

0 m2

Performance level achieved: Not applicable

0 major renovation projects

0 m2

Performance level achieved: Not applicable

Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance. 0 fit-up and refit projects

0 m2

Performance level achieved: Not applicable

Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Performance Level Achieved
7.1.1.1. [Mandatory] Achieve a level of performance that meets or exceeds the custodian's current commitment(s) to sustainable buildings using industry-recognized assessment and verification tool(s). DFO has reached “Achieved” status, as defined in the Greening of Government Operations (GGO) implementation guidelines for this area.

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.


Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Achieved - Green Procurement is a mandatory course for all DFO Procurement Officers. All DFO Procurement Hub tenders include reference to, and a link to, the Policy on Green Procurement.
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2014-15. At the end of 2014-15, 20 out of 23 Procurement Hub officers had completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (87%).
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2014-15. Achieved - 100% of Procurement and Materiel Management Managers and Functional Head's Performance Management Agreements include support and contribution toward green procurement.

Departmental Green Procurement Target
Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of audio visual equipment will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment. On track - Systems controls are currently being implemented in DFO's financial system in order to better report and track these types of purchases.
By March 31, 2017, 70% of office furniture purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the furniture. On track - Systems controls are currently being implemented in DFO's financial system in order to better report and track these types of purchases.
By March 31, 2017, 90% of vehicles purchased are right sized for operational needs and are the most fuel efficient in their class available at the time of purchase and/or are an alternative fuel vehicle. Exceeded - The current Fleet Rationalization Initiative program ensures that 100% of vehicles purchased are right sized for operational needs and are the most fuel efficient.
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. On track - Clients are encouraged to utilize common use procurement instruments available internally or from PWGSC when within their delegated authority. Requirements appropriate for the common use procurement instruments that are restricted to use by the Procurement Hub are processed centrally.
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Achieved - All acquisition cardholders need to follow a mandatory training which includes green procurement before any card is issued.
Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
On track - Communication Strategy is in place.

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.


Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace is in place by March 31, 2015. Approved April 9, 2015

Approach was completed in March 2015 but final approval was obtained in April 2015.

Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings). Printer Ratios: DFO has reached “Achieved” status, as defined in the Greening Government Operations implementation guidelines for this target area.

Paper Usage: DFO has reached “Achieved” status, as defined in the GCO implementation guidelines for this target area. The Department has maintained a reduced level of paper usage compared to baseline year 2011-12.

Green Meetings: DFO has reached “Achieved” status, as defined in the Greening Government Operations  implementation guidelines for this target area.

7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. DFO disposes of e-waste via Ontario Electronic Stewardship, a not-for-profit organization that ensure the safe, environmentally sound and secure disposal of e-waste.

Goal 8: Water Management

Target 8.1: Water Management

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result

Water is managed sustainably in Government of Canada real property operations.


Performance Indicator Performance Level Achieved
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework by March 31, 2015. Approved March 30, 2015
Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m2 that includes water metering, in fiscal year 2014-15 (where feasible). DFO is exploring options to track this data in the future and in consideration of other requirements for both the amount of m2 and percentage of existing Crown-owned.
DFO is exploring options to track this data in the future and in consideration of other requirements for both the amount of m2 and percentage of new Crown and built-to-lease.
[Insert amount] m2 major renovations

DFO is exploring options to track this data in the future and in consideration of other requirements for both the amount of m2 major renovations and percentage.

DFO is exploring options to track this data in the future and in consideration of other requirements for both the amount of m2 leases and percentage.

5. Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

All Fisheries and Oceans Canada's initiatives for the 2014-15 reporting cycle have been listed in the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-14.

6. Sustainable Development Management System

Sustainable development is the lens through which Fisheries and Oceans Canada undertakes its business and plays an important role in decision-making on policy, plans and programs.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada uses integrated processes, a multi-skilled workforce and broad stakeholder engagement to inform decisions. Ecosystems management approaches support resources sustainability and economic prosperity for commercial, Aboriginal, and recreational fish harvesters and communities with the common goal of a sustainable, economically viable, and international competitive industry. Internally, senior-level decision-making is supported by a departmental governance structure that integrates consideration of environmental science, economic analysis, and regional expertise. It is also informed by the results of departmental initiatives that seek the collaboration and input of external stakeholders (e.g., other federal departments and agencies, provincial and territorial governments, international governments and organizations, universities, industry sectors and potentially implicated aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities across Canada).

To support accountability and transparency, consideration of Canada's environmental goals and targets under the FSDS is being integrated into Fisheries and Oceans Canada's business planning processes, in reports to Canadians and in tools to support decision-making, such as strategic environmental assessments.

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2014-15 reporting cycle, Fisheries and Oceans Canada considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. As Fisheries and Oceans Canada did not develop any initiatives that required a detailed strategic environmental assessment, no related public statements were produced.