2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.7 - Hydrographic Products and Services


The safe use of Canadian waterways requires knowledge of the physical limitations to navigation. The Canadian Hydrographic Service contributes to safety on Canadian waterways by undertaking hydrographic surveys from primarily Canadian Coast Guard vessels to, measure, describe, and chart the physical features of Canada's oceans and navigable inland waters. As Canada's hydrographic authority, the Canadian Hydrographic Service uses these data to produce up-to-date, timely and accurate navigational products in support of domestic and international marine transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, and the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life At Sea Convention. In addition to supporting Safe and Secure Waters strategic objectives, hydrographic information is a foundational support for a spectrum of research and development applications in engineering, ocean research, maritime security, marine navigation, ocean management, ecosystem science and the renewable and non-renewable energy sectors.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
26,671,207 26,671,207 30,458,779 30,287,492 3,616,285

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
264.4 228.1 -36.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Users of Canada's waterways have the products and services they need for safe navigation on Canada's waterways Percentage of the planned chart production completed in national priority areas 75% by March 31, 2015 63.2%
Percentage of Canadian Hydrographic Service publicized levels of service that are met or near met 75% by March 31, 2015 75%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Hydrographic Products and Services program completed 63.2% of the planned charts for national priority areas. Furthermore, an additional 63 unplanned products were deemed high priority and were also released, resulting in a total of 202 released charts.

The program has achieved the indicator target; 75% of the levels of service were met.