2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.1 - Search and Rescue Services

Description

The Canadian Coast Guard's maritime Search and Rescue Services program leads, delivers, and maintains preparedness for the 5.3 million square kilometre maritime component of the federal search and rescue system; it does so with the support of multiple stakeholders and partners, including the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Department of National Defence. Through communication, coordination, and the delivery of maritime search and rescue response and operational awareness, this program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations. Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Marine Communications and Traffic Services programs are integral contributors to the delivery of this program. The legal basis or authority for the Search and Rescue Services program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867, the Oceans Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
30,359,815 30,359,815 35,840,130 35,840,130 5,480,315

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
106.0 127.7 21.7

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of not including an increase in the annual intake of In-Shore Rescue Boat students in the planned full-time equivalents.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Loss of life or injury to mariners in distress is minimized Percentage of lives saved relative to total reported lives at risk in the maritime environment > 90% by March 31, 2015 99%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Search and Rescue system (which includes CCG resources, Auxiliary partners and vessels of opportunity) is working effectively throughout Canada. Our ideal goal is to save 100% of lives at risk. Given the extremes and vastness of Canada's maritime environment, this is not always possible.


Sub-program 3.1.1 - Search and Rescue Coordination and Response

Description

Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Coordination and Response program provides coordination and response services to increase the likelihood of survival of people at risk of loss of life or injury in the maritime environment, ensuring they have access to assistance by: coordinating and delivering on-water response to maritime search and rescue cases; supporting the safety of life at sea; assisting the Department of National Defence in response to aeronautical and humanitarian cases; providing search and rescue response capacity; and managing partnerships essential for the efficient coordination of activities. Through communication, coordinating, and delivering maritime search and rescue response, and operational awareness, the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue program increases the chances of rescue for people caught in dangerous on-water situations. Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Marine Communications and Traffic Services programs are integral contributors to the delivery of this sub-program. Legal basis or authority for the Search and Rescue Coordination and Response program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867, the Oceans Act, and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
25,338,815 30,819,130 5,480,315

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
106.0 127.7 21.7

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of not including an increase in the annual intake of In-Shore Rescue Boat students.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
People in maritime distress are assisted Three year average (2008-10 most recent period available) number of maritime Search and Rescue incidents coordinated by the Canadian Coast Guard (M1, M2, M3 only. Not M4 as they are false alarms)Footnote1 6,000 by March 31, 2015 4,819

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Our target represents a historical three year average of incidents coordinated by the Canadian Coast Guard. The actual result is positive and could be a reflection of many improvements in the Search and Rescue program (e.g. prevention activities and greater use of safety equipment). This represents a reduction of people in maritime distress.


Sub-program 3.1.2 - Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary

Description

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) is organized into federally incorporated, not-for-profit volunteer organizations. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans maintains a formal Contribution Agreement with each of the CCGA corporations for related costs. The corporations are separate legal entities from the Government of Canada and work in close partnership with the Canadian Coast Guard. The majority of CCGA members are commercial fishers and pleasure boaters who donate their time and vessels to assist the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Services program. The remaining CCGA members are volunteers from local communities who crew community-based dedicated response vessels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CCGA has approximately 4,000 members and access to approximately 1,100 vessels. Their local knowledge, maritime experience, seafaring talents and professional conduct makes them one of Canada's greatest maritime assets. This activity is arranged for under a contribution agreement and delivered in coordination with Coast Guard's Search and Rescue Services and Marine Communications and Traffic Services. Specific authority for this contribution program is by Cabinet Directive. The broader legal basis for the CCGA contribution program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867. This sub-program uses funding from the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Contribution program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
5,021,000 5,021,000 -

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
- - -

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA) members are available to respond to maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) incidents Percentage of maritime Search and Rescue responses by CCGA relative to the total number of maritime Search and Rescue incidents 20% by March 31, 2015 27.5%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The sub-program exceeded its target of 20%. Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary's response effort is an important part of Maritime Search and Rescue and represents great value for money within our Contribution program with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. The growth of their volunteer organization is beneficial to maritime Search and Rescue throughout Canada.