2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Program

Description

The mission of the Sustainable Aquaculture Program is to create the conditions for growth in the Canadian aquaculture sector by supporting a more attractive investment climate while ensuring the long term sustainability of the sector. The regulatory mandate of the program is derived from the Fisheries Act, the Fisheries Development Act, and the Oceans Act. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as the lead federal organization for aquaculture, provides a horizontally managed and integrated intradepartmental approach to create the optimal conditions for the sector, mainly via the establishment of regulations and extensive collaboration with private and public sector stakeholders. The program is delivered in collaboration with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments, industry, the private sector, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders. The Department's scientific expertise plays an important role in supporting sustainable aquaculture production.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference
(actual minus planned)
29,222,400 29,222,400 25,960,740 24,747,548 -4,474,852

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
173.5 222.3 48.8

Note: For an explanation of the variance between planned and actual human resources, please see Sub-program 1.3.1 Aquaculture Management and Sub-program 1.3.2 British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Sustainable Aquaculture Program decision-making is informed by sound knowledge and information as well as engagement from provinces, territories and a range of other partners and stakeholders Percentage of planned regulations, policies, projects and activities that are completed based on sound knowledge and information and external engagement 100% by
March 31, 2015
100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

All planned projects and activities were completed based on sound knowledge, information, and extensive internal and external engagement, including industry stakeholders.


Sub-program 1.3.1 - Aquaculture Management

Description

Aquaculture Management focuses on managing existing regulatory responsibilities as well as working with provinces and territories on regulatory consistency and streamlining, particularly through the development and implementation of the Release of Aquaculture Substances Regulatory Regime and the current federal-provincial-territorial initiative, under the Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers, to implement a renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms. Aquaculture Management includes activities that support sustainable growth and development of the sector, including consideration of market opportunities and needs, transparency through sustainability reporting, and managing risks associated with the movement of aquatic organisms. Aquaculture Management also includes ensuring that domestic regulatory responsibilities are consistent with international commitments and responsibilities. Liaison among the Aquaculture Management sub-program and other departmental policies and programs that affect aquaculture (e.g. Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program, fisheries renewal and fisheries protection) will continue to be provided. In addition, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in partnership with other government departments will support the increasing number of Aboriginal communities interested in aquaculture to develop viable aquaculture business plans and assist in bringing them to fruition.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference (actual minus planned)
8,308,944 6,881,095 -1,427,849

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
16.0 87.4 71.4

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of the omission of regional full-time equivalents from the planned human resources. This has been corrected for future years.

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicators Target Actual Results
Increasing transparency, coordination and streamlining regulations, policies, projects and implementation activities Percentage of planned activities for regulatory/policy improvements that are completed 90% by
March 31, 2015
90%
A renewed and coordinated national approach to managing ecological and genetic risks associated with the movement of aquatic organisms Completed steps necessary to implement Canada's renewed National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms 100% by
March 31, 2015
100%

Performance Analysis

The Aquaculture Management sub-program was successful in achieving its target, by completing 90% of all planned activities for regulatory/policy improvements.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada completed all steps necessary to implement Canada's National Code on Introductions and Transfers of Aquatic Organisms. Final implementation is pending application of the domestic movement controls of the National Aquatic Animal Health Program by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have pursued several additional opportunities to further streamline federal authorizations to move aquatic organisms.


Sub-program 1.3.2 - British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program

Description

The British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program was developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada in response to a February 2009 British Columbia Supreme Court decision which held that the activity of finfish aquaculture is a fishery and falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government. Specifically, the Program is designed to implement federal regulations under the Fisheries Act (Pacific Aquaculture Regulations) and to ensure that aquaculture in British Columbia is sustainable and is conducted in a manner that minimizes the risks to wild fish stocks. The British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program includes a range of areas and activities, including and related to: introductions and transfers licensing, conditions of licence, environmental and fish health management, compliance and enforcement, consultations and engagement, and public reporting.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
6,327,663 4,133,700 -2,193,963

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
50.0 35.8 -14.2

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of additional full-time equivalents being attributed to other departmental programs under the Program Alignment Architecture (i.e., Internal Services and the Compliance and Enforcement program). These full-time equivalents still contributed to the successful implementation of the British Columbia Aquaculture Regulatory Program.

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
A transparent regulatory regime for aquaculture in British Columbia Percentage of planned activities for regulatory/policy improvements that are completed 90% by March 31, 2015 100%
Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans for freshwater created, taking into account the Aquaculture Management Advisory Process established to hear the views of First Nations and other stakeholder groups Completed actions required to implement the Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plan for freshwater 100% by March 31, 2015 79%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

All planned activities for regulatory/policies improvements were completed.

The priority in 2014-15 was on implementation of the finfish and shellfish Integrated Management of Aquaculture Plans. The Department is on track and continues to work closely with industry to develop an appropriate planning process for freshwater aquaculture, to effectively respond to the unique characteristics of the industry, involved stakeholders and DFO's mandate in freshwater.


Sub-program 1.3.3 - Sustainable Aquaculture Science Program

Description

Science has an important role to play in supporting the Department's commitment to sustainable aquaculture. Fisheries and Oceans Canada's science, risk assessment and advisory efforts are directed towards understanding the environmental and biological interactions between aquaculture and the aquatic environment including fish health management, in order to support the Department's regulatory, policy and management decisions, and through contributing new knowledge to support sustainable aquaculture in Canada. This research results in more scientific certainty about how the anticipated growth of aquaculture can take place in a manner consistent with the assimilative capacity of the natural aquatic environment and Canada's commitment to sustainable development and informs the development and implementation of effective area-wide/ecosystem and integrated management strategies.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
14,585,793 13,732,752 -853,041

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
107.5 99.1 -8.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Policy and decision-makers have access to a sound aquaculture science knowledge base Percentage of key priority areas addressed as agreed to in advance with senior management 90% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis

All planned projects and activities were completed based on sound knowledge, information and extensive internal and external engagement, including industry stakeholders.