Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.2 - Fisheries Protection


With responsibilities under the Fisheries Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Fisheries Protection Program is a federal regulator of development projects occurring in or around waters that support commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries across the country. The Program's activities contribute to managing threats to the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries. In the context of government-wide initiatives for Responsible Resource Development and streamlined regulations, the Program helps Canadians avoid, mitigate, or manage serious harm to fisheries of commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal importance. The Program uses scientific knowledge and understanding to develop regulations and policies; provide formal advice and direction; engage with individuals, organizations, and other levels of government; and, in order to manage compliance in support of its fisheries protection objectives.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
58.4 58.4 43.1 37.4

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
542 341 302

Performance Measurement

Progress toward transformation from the management of fish habitat to providing for the sustainability and ongoing productivity of commercial, recreational, and Aboriginal fisheries A new, national Fisheries Protection Policy framework is in place 100% by March 31, 2015

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

  • Fisheries Act Legislative Changes - Implement the Fisheries Protection Program reflecting legislative changes to the Fisheries Act that, when fully in effect, would establish the Fisheries Protection Provisions.