2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.8 - Marine Navigation


The Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Navigation program provides Canadian and international commercial marine transportation sectors, fishers, and pleasure craft operators with information and services that facilitate economical and efficient movement of maritime commerce in support of economic prosperity. Program services include providing survey and forecast information on certain commercial channels to identify available water depth, restrictions, or hazards to navigation; dredging services; marine structures contributing to the maintenance of certain waterway's ship channels; aids to navigation systems including short-range marine aids such as buoys and fixed aids to navigation, the Differential Global Positioning System, and information to mariners; assistance to beset vessels in ice; opening of tracks through shore-fast ice; harbour breakouts; ice routing advice, ice information, and escorting service to ships in ice-covered waters; and risk management of flooding on the St. Lawrence River through the monitoring, prevention, and breaking up of ice jams. Program services also contribute to Arctic sovereignty by transporting goods/supplies to northern communities and being a visible federal government marine presence in the Canadian North. Marine Navigation supports economic prosperity by ensuring economical, efficient, and safe access to the Canadian marine transportation networks.

This program is guided by various international organizations such as the International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities, of which the Canadian Coast Guard is an active member.

This program is delivered in coordination with Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Shore-Based Asset Readiness programs, Canadian Hydrographic Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Environment Canada. Legal authority for this program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867; the Oceans Act; and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
34,167,537 34,167,537 50,624,156 50,624,156 16,456,619

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
231.0 222.0 -9.0

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
The commercial shipping industry and mariners are provided with marine navigation support to facilitate access to/movement through main marine channels Five-year average of total annual international and domestic tonnage handled Maintain or improve five-year average of 452,000t (most recent available period - 2006-10)* by March 31, 2015 468,000,000t

* Target should read "Maintain or improve 5-year average of 452,000,000t (most recent available period - 2007-2011)". These updates were not available in time for the 2014-15 Report on Plans and Priorities.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The program facilitated the improvement of the five-year average as stated in Statistics Canada's catalogue on Shipping in Canada.