2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.3 - Species at Risk Management


The Species at Risk Act is the legislative basis for the Government of Canada's strategy for the protection of wildlife species at risk. It establishes a process for conducting scientific assessments of the population status of individual wildlife species and a mechanism for listing extirpated, endangered, threatened and special concern wildlife species. The Species at Risk Act also includes provisions for the protection, recovery and management of listed wildlife species and their critical habitats and residences. As one of two competent Ministers named under the Species at Risk Act, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has the legislated responsibility and mandate for the protection and recovery of all aquatic species in Canada (except those on federal lands under the responsibility of Parks Canada). Management of the program reflects key Species at Risk Act principles, such as: stewardship and engagement, consultation and cooperation, and compliance and enforcement. This program is informed by sound scientific research and considers socio-economic, stakeholder, and community knowledge in support of activities in the Species at Risk conservation cycle, including the assessment and listing of species; the recovery and protection of species at risk through the development of recovery strategies, action plans and management plans; the identification and protection of species' critical habitats; implementing recovery measures; and reporting on progress for the survival or recovery of species. The Species at Risk Management program helps improve the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems so that they remain healthy and productive for future generations of Canadians.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
22,350,000 22,350,000 21,760,898 20,730,807 -1,619,193

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
115.5 147.5 32.0

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of a range of staffing arrangements, based on needs and priorities.

Performance Measurement

Expected Results Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Government authorities have the necessary information to protect listed aquatic species at risk and their critical habitat Percentage of listed endangered or threatened species with critical habitat identified 85% by March 31, 2016 43%
Aquatic species at risk are prevented from being extirpated or becoming extinct and are supported in their recovery Percent of listed aquatic species at risk where the risk status has either improved or remained the same as reassessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada 85% by March 31, 2018 83%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has posted proposed recovery strategies for 67 species, of which 29 have critical habitat identified (43%). Progress was made in 2014-15 toward the March 2016 target to identify critical habitat for endangered and threatened listed aquatic species. Of the 38 species for which critical habitat remains to be identified, 13 have draft recovery documents with critical habitat identified.

In 2014-15, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada reassessed six of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's 111 listed aquatic species. Of those six, five were reassessed at the same or improved risk status as its current listed SARA status.