Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.7 - International Engagement


Through multilateral and bilateral engagements, this program promotes and protects the interests of Canadians by ensuring access for Canadians to fish resources managed internationally, promoting and influencing sustainable regional fisheries management and healthy global marine ecosystems, and contributing to a stable international trade regime for Canadian fish and seafood products. This is achieved through a coordinated and proactive approach that reflects domestic positions and interests and the Government of Canada's international priorities, and that is grounded in the Department's scientific expertise and best management practices. The Program's goals are also advanced through building broad and constructive relationships with international partners based upon common goals and strategies. Many Canadians directly benefit from internationally managed fish stocks, and the Canadian seafood sector as a whole relies heavily on international trade. As Canada also shares three oceans, effective relations and collaboration with international, regional, and domestic partners are essential to addressing fisheries and ecosystem challenges and to advancing international standards, agreements, and management decisions that reflect Canadian approaches.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
15.0 15.1 15.1 15.2

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
24 24 24

Performance Measurement

International fisheries management agreements and decisions reflect Canada's positions and interests Percentage of Canadian quotas/allocations for high seas fish stocks managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, to which Canada is a member, that are set within scientific advice 100% by March 31, 2014
New free trade agreements support access to international markets for Canadian fish and seafood products Removal or reduction of existing tariffs 90% by March 31, 2014
International governance regimes that ensure sustainable resource management and healthy marine ecosystems and that reflect Canadian interests Renegotiation of Chapter 4 - Fraser River Sockeye - of the Pacific Salmon Commission 100% by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Improving Fisheries Management Priority

  • Free Trade Negotiations - Provide advice on fisheries trade policy to inform Canadian international trade discussions.
  • World Trade Organization Challenge on Seal Products - Review the decisions of the World Trade Organization seal panel (to be released Fall 2013) and develop an action plan for the Department's next steps for supporting seal products.
  • Amended 1994 Canada-France Procès-verbal Treaty - Ratify and implement the amended 1994 Canada-France Procès-verbal Treaty which establishes fishing rights between Canada and France for Saint-Pierre and Miquelon located off the south coast of Newfoundland.
  • Canada-United States Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty - Seek the renewal of the Canada-United States Pacific Albacore Tuna Treaty which provides access for Canadian and American Pacific albacore tuna harvesters to fish and land tuna in each other's domestic waters.

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

  • Canada's Chairmanship of the Arctic Council - Continue engagement in the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment working group of the Arctic Council in order to advance relevant Canadian Chairmanship themes and priorities.