2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.10 - Territorial Delineation

Description

The definition and description of Canada's maritime boundaries is reliant on hydrographic data and marine geodetic expertise. Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2003 and in December 2013 submitted evidence in support of the establishment of the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf beyond the current 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the provision of ongoing marine geodetic expertise and hydrographic data to defend Canada's evidence submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission). The Department will continue to work closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and Natural Resources Canada in this endeavour. In addition to its direct contribution to Canada's submission to the Commission, the program defines the geographic positions for all Canadian offshore maritime boundaries and provides the geodetic evidence to resolve boundary disputes (e.g., Beaufort Sea) and prosecutions related to the violation of international maritime law (e.g., foreign fishing). Through the international recognition of these limits and boundaries, Canada is able to assert its sovereign right and secure its maritime boundaries. There is a linkage between this program and Maritime Security and Enforcement.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
742,607 742,607 1,675,797 1,574,650 832,043

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
13.0 7.4 -5.6

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of delays in staffing.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Canada's maritime limits and boundaries are well defined in accordance with international standards and are made available and supported with ongoing geodetic expertise for advice to decision-makers and regulators Percentage of materials (documentation, models, software, etc.) successfully archived for Canada's December 2013 submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf 100% by March 31, 2015 100%
Percentage of advice and expert reports accepted for defining or defending the geographic description of Canada's maritime limits and boundaries 100% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

All DFO materials were successfully archived and maintained for Canada's December 2013 submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The first field season for the Arctic submission was successful in collecting some data. The planning for 2015 field season got underway and the need for funding for an extra year of survey was flagged to ensure sufficient data is collected for the Arctic submission.

All advice and expert reports were accepted for defining or defending the geographic description of Canada's maritime limits and boundaries and to the full satisfaction of the clients.