2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.11 - Climate Change Adaptation Program

Description

As a federal department contributing to the growth and sustainability of numerous maritime sectors, and with billions of dollars in associated infrastructure, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is positioning itself to adjust its decisions and activities to consider the vulnerabilities, risks, impacts, and opportunities associated with a changing climate. Through the program's assessment of risk, and the development of science-based knowledge and applied adaptation tools, the Climate Change Adaptation program enables the integration of climate change considerations and adaptive management strategies into departmental decision-making on mandated areas of responsibility. Whether it is the management of the fisheries resource, small craft harbours, or marine navigation, decision-making within the Department and by Canadians must take into account a changing climate so that Canada can continue to derive socio-economic benefits from our oceans and inland waters. This program is one element of a horizontal programFootnote1 involving not only Fisheries and Oceans Canada but also Environment Canada, Transport Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Parks Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
2,310,465 2,310,465 2,365,700 2,081,064 -229,401

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
7.0 15.3 8.3

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of hiring additional, determinate staff as project work was undertaken.

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicators Target Actual Results
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has the knowledge and tools to respond to the impacts and opportunities presented by a changing climate Overall number of adaptation measures undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada that demonstrate that the impacts and opportunities of climate change on oceans and inland waterways have been considered >7
(2012-13 baseline value) by
March 31, 2015
23
Percentage of relevant Fisheries and Oceans Canada Program Alignment Architecture programs for which risks have been identified and adaptation measures have been developed for use by Fisheries and Oceans Canada program managers, in the consideration of climate change impacts and opportunities 100% by
March 31, 2016
100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Climate Change Adaptation program met its target to develop more than seven adaptation measures that demonstrate that the impacts and opportunities of climate change on oceans and inland waterways have been considered. Twenty-three applied adaptation tools are being developed through the implementation of the program's competitive funding program. To ensure that the most relevant and scientifically sound projects were funded, a competitive, prioritized, risk-based approach to the selection and funding of research projects was utilized. All funds under the competitive funding envelopes have been allocated for the remainder of the Program.

Climate risks have been identified for 100% of relevant Program Alignment Architecture programs. Adaptation tools are being developed for use by program managers in approximately 65% of the relevant program areas under the Department's Program Alignment Architecture.

Knowledge is being acquired to respond to the impacts and opportunities presented by a changing climate in approximately 65% of the relevant program areas. A competitive, prioritized, risk-based approach to the selection and funding of research projects was utilized to ensure that the most relevant and scientifically sound projects were funded. All funds under the competitive funding envelopes have been allocated for the remainder of the Program.