Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.8 - Marine Navigation


The Canadian Coast Guard's Program provides Canadian and international commercial marine transportation sectors, fishers, and pleasure craft operators with information and services that facilitate economical and efficient movement of maritime commerce in support of economic prosperity. Program services include providing survey and forecast information on certain commercial channels to identify available water depth, restrictions, or hazards to navigation; dredging services; marine structures contributing to the maintenance of certain waterway's ship channels; aids to navigation systems including short-range marine aids such as buoys and fixed aids to navigation, the Differential Global Positioning System, and information to mariners; assistance to beset vessels in ice; opening of tracks through shore-fast ice; harbour breakouts; ice routing advice, ice information, and escorting service to ships in ice-covered waters; and risk management of flooding on the St. Lawrence River through the monitoring, prevention, and breaking up of ice jams. Program services also contribute to Arctic sovereignty by transporting goods/supplies to northern communities and being a visible federal government marine presence in the Canadian North. Marine Navigation supports economic prosperity by ensuring economical, efficient, and safe access to the Canadian marine transportation networks.

This program is guided by various international organizations such as the International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities, of which the Canadian Coast Guard is an active member.

This program is delivered in coordination with Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness and Shore-based Asset Readiness programs, Canadian Hydrographic Services, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and Environment Canada. Legal authority for this program is found in the Constitution Act, 1867; the Oceans Act; and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
42.4 42.4 45.5 45.5

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
226 226 226

Performance Measurement

The commercial shipping industry and mariners are provided with marine navigation support to facilitate access to/movement through main marine channels Five-year average of total annual international and domestic tonnage handled Maintain or improve five-year average of 452,000 tonnes (most recent available period - 2006-10) by March 31, 2014

Planning Highlights - Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery Priority

  • Northern Marine Transportation Corridors - Develop an Arctic Strategy and implementation plan defining the Canadian Coast Guard's approach to establishing safe and efficient Northern Marine Transportation Corridors.
  • e-Navigation - Begin the development of a policy for the use of the Automatic Identification System that will support the implementation of the e-Navigation concept, in collaboration with other key federal departments and the shipping industry. In addition, work will continue on furthering the e-Navigation portal and gap analysis.
  • Marine Services Fees Working Group - Establish a Marine Services Fees Working Group to review and rebuild the Marine Services Fees costing methodology in accordance with the User Fees Act, with a view to amending the fees. This multi-year initiative will produce a consultative framework that will successfully engage clients and stakeholders on the services to which the Marine Services Fees relate, and any proposed changes to the cost and revenue elements of the fees. It will also result in an updated methodology for appropriately identifying and allocating the costs of Canadian Coast Guard services to the users of these services, which would be the basis of any amended fees.
  • Shore-based Asset Renewal - Complete the definition phase of the Shore-based Asset Renewal initiative and identify major activities and timelines for the initiative's implementation.