Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.11 - Climate Change Adaptation Program


As a federal department contributing to the growth and sustainability of numerous maritime sectors, and with billions of dollars in associated infrastructure, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is positioning itself to adjust its decisions and activities to consider the vulnerabilities, risks, impacts, and opportunities associated with a changing climate. Through the Program's assessment of risk, and the development of science-based knowledge and applied adaptation tools, the Climate Change Adaptation Program enables the integration of climate change considerations and adaptive management strategies into departmental decision-making on mandated areas of responsibility. Whether it is the management of the fisheries resource, Small Craft Harbours, or marine navigation, decision-making within the Department and by Canadians must take into account a changing climate so that Canada can continue to derive socio-economic benefits from our oceans and inland waters. This program is one element of a horizontal programFootnote1 involving not only Fisheries and Oceans Canada but also Environment Canada, Transport Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Parks Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
3.1 3.1 2.3 2.4

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
7 7 7

Performance Measurement

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has the knowledge and tools to respond to the impacts and opportunities presented by a changing climate Overall number of adaptation measures undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada that demonstrate that the impacts and opportunities of climate change on oceans and inland waterways have been considered >7
(2012-13 baseline value) by
March 31, 2014
Percentage of relevant Fisheries and Oceans Canada Program Alignment Architecture programs for which risks have been identified and adaptation measures have been developed for use by Fisheries and Oceans Canada program managers, in the consideration of climate change impacts and opportunities 100% by
March 31, 2016
Amount of externally leveraged funding (cash and in-kind) for each program dollar invested in research projects and the development of applied adaptation tools 20% to 25% by
March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • Integrated Risk Assessments - Complete and integrate the results of science-based integrated risk assessments (include socio-economic, policy, and program considerations) to inform the Department's programs of the impacts and opportunities of climate change.
  • Applied Climate Change Adaptation Tools - Develop applied science-based climate change adaptation tools for use by program managers in the delivery of departmental programs, products, and services to Canadians.
  • Increased Understanding of Climate Change Impacts - Develop new knowledge by undertaking research to address the Department's needs for a more comprehensive understanding of the impacts of climate change across the Department's strategic outcomes and programs.