2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.7 - International Engagement

Description

Through multilateral and bilateral engagements, this program promotes and protects the interests of Canadians by ensuring access for Canadians to fish resources managed internationally, promoting and influencing sustainable regional fisheries management and healthy global marine ecosystems, and contributing to a stable international trade regime for Canadian fish and seafood products. This is achieved through a coordinated and proactive approach that reflects domestic positions and interests and the Government of Canada's international priorities, and that is grounded in the Department's scientific expertise and best management practices. The program's goals are also advanced through building broad and constructive relationships with international partners based upon common goals and strategies. Many Canadians directly benefit from internationally managed fish stocks, and the Canadian seafood sector as a whole relies heavily on international trade. As Canada also shares three oceans, effective relations and collaboration with international, regional, and domestic partners are essential to addressing fisheries and ecosystem challenges and to advancing international standards, agreements, and management decisions that reflect Canadian approaches.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
14,882,983 14,882,983 15,555,098 14,848,021 -34,962

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
45.0 45.1 0.1

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
International fisheries management agreements and decisions reflect Canada's positions and interests Percentage of Canadian quotas/allocations for high seas fish stocks managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to which Canada is a member, that are set within scientific advice 100% by March 31, 2015 100%
Fisheries and Oceans Canada influence in relevant free trade agreements support access to international markets for Canadian fish and seafood products Percentage of ongoing trade negotiations and/or newly completed free trade agreements that incorporate Fisheries and Oceans Canada positions/suggested text 100% by March 31, 2015 100%
International governance regimes that ensure sustainable resource management and healthy marine ecosystems and that reflect Canadian interests Renegotiation of Chapter 4 - Fraser River Sockeye - of the Pacific Salmon Commission 100% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The International Engagement program was successful in achieving its target of 100% of Canadian quotas/allocations for high seas fish stocks being managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations to which Canada is a member, that are set within scientific advice. This objective was completed for all stocks managed internationally. However, this will continue to be challenging in future years as the Department will face pressures (both domestically and among international partners) to expand fishing opportunities.

All ongoing trade negotiations and/or newly completed free trade agreements incorporated Fisheries and Oceans Canada positions/suggested text. Departmental positions were reflected in draft negotiating text for all ongoing negotiations. In consultations on key stocks in advance of international negotiations, officials gain different perspectives and better understand where key stakeholders stand on fishing opportunities. Officials also learn positions and views of other countries at international meetings. Fisheries and Oceans Canada engagement in negotiations is key to ensuring agreements reflect departmental and stakeholder interests.

The amended Pacific Salmon Treaty Chapter 4, dealing with Fraser River sockeye and pink salmon, was ratified by both Canada and the United States through an exchange of diplomatic notes in May 2014.