Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.10 - Territorial Delineation


The definition and description of Canada's maritime boundaries is reliant on hydrographic data and marine geodeticFootnote1 expertise. Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 2003 and has until 2013 to submit evidence in support of the establishment of the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf beyond the current 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the provision of hydrographic data and marine geodetic expertise to prepare, present, and defend Canada's evidence submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the Commission). The Department works closely in this endeavor with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada and Natural Resources Canada. In addition to its direct contribution to Canada's submission to the Commission, the program defines the geographic positions for all Canadian offshore maritime boundaries and provides the geodetic evidence to resolve boundary disputes (e.g., Beaufort Sea, Hans Island) and prosecutions related to the violation of international maritime law (e.g., foreign fishing). Through the international recognition of these limits and boundaries, Canada is able to assert its sovereign right to resources and secure its maritime boundaries.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
2.2 2.2 0.8 0.8

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
18 13 13

Performance Measurement

Canada's maritime boundaries are well defined in accordance with international standards and are made available and supported with ongoing geodetic expertise for advice to decision-makers and regulators Technical analysis has been completed to meet Canada's December 2013 submission to the United Nations Commission on Limits of the Continental Shelf 100% by March 31, 2014
Percentage of advice and expert reports accepted for defining or defending the geographic description of Canada's offshore boundaries 100% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Aligning Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Support Long-term Sustainability and Prosperity Priority

  • Canada's Arctic and Atlantic Continental Shelves - Collect and analyze bathymetric data to support Canada's submission to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. This Program provides the sound scientific evidence to support Canada's submission for extended jurisdiction on the Arctic and Atlantic continental shelves, beyond the current 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, for the living and non-living resources on or below the seafloor.