Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.9 - Small Craft Harbours


The Small Craft Harbours Program operates and maintains a national network of harbours capable of supporting the principal and evolving needs of the commercial fishing industry and the broader interests of coastal communities. Investment in small craft harbour infrastructure is essential to support the economic prosperity of Canada's fisheries and maritime sectors as well as to contribute to public safety. Small Craft Harbours focuses its resources on keeping fishing harbours that are critical to the commercial fishing industry in good repair. Nearly 80% of all fish landings in Canada, valued at approximately $1.6 billion, occur at Fisheries and Oceans Canada's small craft harbours. The Program is delivered in cooperation with Harbour Authorities, local not-for-profit organizations representing the interests of both commercial fish harvesters and the broader community, who manage the harbours under lease agreement with the Department. Low activity fishing harbours, as well as recreational fishing harbours, are transferred to local communities through divestiture so that the Program can focus its resources on core commercial fishing harbours. The Small Craft Harbours Program is funded through an annual appropriation and is also supported by two component Transfer Payment Programs: the Small Craft Harbours Class Grant Program and the Small Craft Harbours Class Contribution Program. The Program operates under the authority of the Fishing and Recreational Harbours Act and its regulations, as well as the Federal Real Property and Federal Immovables Act.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
97.9 97.9 93.0 93.0

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
169 169 169

Performance Measurement

Network of safe and accessible harbours that contribute to the commercial fishing industry Percentage of facilities at core fishing harbours in fair or better condition 80% by March 31, 2014
Small Craft Harbour activities result in economic benefit Gross domestic product generated by Small Craft Harbour activities $80.0 million
(2011-12 A-base baseline)
by March 31, 2014
Harbour Authorities operate and manage core fishing harbours Percentage of core fishing harbours that are operated and managed by Harbour Authorities 95% by March 31, 2015

Planning Highlights - Advancing Management and Operational Excellence and Improving Fisheries Management Priorities

  • Long-term Small Craft Harbours Strategy - Develop a long-term strategy for Small Craft Harbours which will consider options for cost-effective alternative business models to best meet the needs of harbour users in light of evolving fisheries.
  • Long-term Infrastructure Plan - Continue the development of a multi-year Long-term Infrastructure Plan for Small Craft Harbours.