2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.4 - Environmental Response Services


The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for ensuring an appropriate response to all ship-source and mystery pollution spills in Canadian waters and for the support of countries under international agreements. The objectives of the Environmental Response Services program are to minimize the environmental, economic, and public safety impacts of marine pollution incidents. Through the Environmental Response Services program, the Canadian Coast Guard establishes an appropriate and nationally consistent level of preparedness and response services in Canadian waters; monitors and investigates all reports of marine pollution in Canada in conjunction with other federal departments; and maintains communications with the Program's partners, including Transport Canada and Environment Canada, to ensure a consistent approach to the response to marine pollution incidents. Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness is an integral contributor to the delivery of this program. This program is delivered in coordination with other federal departments for surveillance information and scientific advice. Within Canada's Marine Oil Spill Preparedness Response Regime, response capacity arrangements between ship owners and commercial Response Organizations are essential in support of the regime. The legal basis and authority for the Environmental Response Services program is found in the Oceans Act, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Constitution Act, 1867, and, by virtue of an agreement with Transport Canada, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
12,932,842 12,932,842 18,896,376 18,887,268 5,954,426

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
107.0 74.7 -32.3

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of a delay in some World Class Tanker Safety System initiatives in 2014-15.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Environmental, economic and public safety impacts of marine pollution events are mitigated Percentage of reported cases in which the response was appropriate relative to the pollutant, threat and impact 100% by March 31, 2015 100%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Environmental Response Services program achieved its target by responding to 100% of reported cases with an appropriate response relative to the pollutant, threat and impact. All cases were rated according to their severity and degree of impact and the responses evaluated based on a systematic process. Results confirm that Environmental Response Services continue to respond to reports of marine pollution in the most efficient and effective manner possible, given current funding levels.