Supplementary Information Tables

Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees

In 2014-15, there were no Parliamentary Committee reports that required a response.

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Audit on Marine Navigation in the Canadian Arctic

Chapter 3 of the 2014 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

The objective of this audit was to determine whether Transport Canada, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), including the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the Canadian Hydrographic Service, adequately support safe marine navigation in Canadian Arctic waters. Safe marine navigation is critical for preventing spills. The audit work included examining whether these federal departments had a shared vision and coordinated strategies to support safe marine transportation in the Arctic. The Office of the Auditor General also audited the services that departments provide to support safe navigation and prevent spills.

The overall conclusion of the audit is that Environment Canada, Transport Canada and DFO/CCG adequately support safe marine navigation in the Arctic, in the context of current levels of vessel traffic. The audit also concluded that the mechanisms used by DFO/CCG and Transport Canada in the Artic for the surveillance and monitoring of marine traffic are in place to support their enforcement of shipping-related safety and pollution prevention laws in the Arctic. However, the audit found gaps and emerging risks in the following areas: hydrographic surveys and charts; aids to navigation; weather and ice information; icebreaking services; and the long-term strategic vision for marine transportation in the Arctic. As such, five recommendations were issued to DFO/CCG and a response was prepared for each.

Response to External Audits Conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

In 2014-15, there were no external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages that required a response.