2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.6 - Biotechnology and Genomics


Both knowledge and its application through innovative technology are vital for fostering advances in the sustainable development of aquatic resources. The Department is responsible for developing the knowledge necessary to inform the federal government's responsibility for regulation and the assessment of risk associated with fish products of biotechnology. Through the adoption of leading-edge genomics research and biotechnology tools and techniques, the Department also improves Fisheries and Oceans Canada's ability to protect endangered species, manage the opening and closing of fisheries, avoid overexploitation of resources, prosecute poachers, improve aquaculture practices, control disease outbreaks, and remediate contaminated sites.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
2,918,827 2,918,827 3,726,528 3,676,552 757,725

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
21.0 18.1 -2.9

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada decision-makers have access to biotechnology knowledge and advice for the regulation of fish products of biotechnology Percentage of responses to requests for biotechnology knowledge and advice completed and provided to decision-makers within the required timeline 100% by March 31, 2015 100%
Fisheries and Oceans Canada decision-makers have access to genomics knowledge and advice for the management of fisheries and oceans Percentage of Genomics Research and Development Initiative projects that provided genomics knowledge and advice to decision-makers 100% within three years following completion of a project by March 31, 2015 88%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Biotechnology and Genomics program was successful in responding to 100% of requests for biotechnology knowledge; 11 requests were received and all were responded to within the required timelines.

The program completed seven out of eight (88%) Genomics Research and Development Initiative projects, providing genomics knowledge and advice to decision-makers. Due to unforeseen circumstances, one project out of eight was delayed and is currently being completed.