2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 3.8 - Ocean Forecasting


As a maritime nation bordered by three oceans and an extensive network of inland waters, Canada has a requirement to understand ocean processes to enable the prediction of ocean conditions and their influences on our environment, ecosystems, and coastal communities. This is accomplished through research and the long-term monitoring of key ocean parameters (temperature, sea level, nutrients, tides, salinity, etc.) via space-based, aerial, autonomous vehicles, and vessel-based observations and the management of data to ensure its integrity and accessibility. This program is the foundation for marine information, including ocean prediction products and services that are used to support emergency preparedness (e.g., tsunami warnings, storm surges), adaptation to climatic change, search and rescue, the mitigation of oil spills, and at-sea operations such as fisheries and offshore energy. Clients of the program include internal users such as the Canadian Coast Guard, other federal government departments and agencies (e.g., Environment Canada, Department of National Defence, Transport Canada, Public Safety Canada), various maritime industries (e.g., commercial shipping, off-shore energy, fishing industry), the Canadian and international marine science community, and Canadians.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
8,799,464 8,799,464 17,201,935 17,201,935 8,402,471

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
96.7 102.0 5.3

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicators Target Actual Results
Canadians are informed on current and future physical and biochemical state of Canada's oceans and waterways Percentage of approved requests for science advice on ocean forecasting that are completed within the required timeline 90% by March 31, 2015 N/A
Percentage of requests for scientific data completed in the time required 95% by March 31, 2015 94%

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

No formal requests for advice were received during 2014-15.

The program completed 94% of requests for scientific data in the time required.