2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Minister's Message

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo

I am presenting the 2014-15 Departmental Performance Report for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as well as the Canadian Coast Guard. This report summarizes actions taken to manage Canada's vast fisheries, oceans and freshwater resources while also ensuring safe and secure waterways for commercial and recreational activities.

Canada is uniquely blessed with an abundance of freshwater, marine and coastal areas that are ecologically diverse and economically significant. As the new Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I am privileged to have the opportunity to guide, support and promote the important programs and services that the Department provides on behalf of Canadians.

The Department's work is guided by three broad strategic outcomes:

  • Economically Prosperous Maritime Sectors and Fisheries;
  • Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems; and
  • Safe and Secure Waters.

To achieve these outcomes, the Department established four organizational priorities for 2014-15. These include:

  • Improving fisheries management, both domestically and internationally, through incremental fisheries management reforms and improving access to export markets for Canadian fish and seafood;
  • Renewing Canadian Coast Guard assets and service delivery;
  • Advancing policy and program changes so they are closely aligned with a strong legislative and regulatory framework as well as enhancing the Canadian Coast Guard's environmental preparedness and response capacity to ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada's aquatic ecosystems; and
  • Advancing management and operational excellence to modernize and improve the design and delivery of Departmental programs and services in order to provide better results for Canadians.

As Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, I have an abiding respect for those who make their living from, or on, the sea. As the first Inuk to hold this office, I take particular pride in representing the countless fishing families and coastal communities that form the backbone of this nation, from the Pacific to the Arctic to the Atlantic. I am committed to working on behalf of all Canadians who have ties to the sea, not only for the benefit of our current generation but also for future generations.

The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard