Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.3 - Species at Risk Management


The Species at Risk Act is the legislative basis for the Government of Canada's strategy for the protection of wildlife species at risk. It establishes a process for conducting scientific assessments of the population status of individual wildlife species and a mechanism for listing extirpatedFootnote1, endangered, threatened, and special concern wildlife species. The Species at Risk Act also includes provisions for the protection, recovery, and management of listed wildlife species and their critical habitats and residences. As one of three competent Ministers named under the Species at Risk Act, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has the legislated responsibility and mandate for the protection and recovery of all aquatic species in Canada (except those on federal lands under the responsibility of Parks Canada). Management of the program reflects key Species at Risk Act principles, such as: stewardship and engagement, consultation and cooperation, and compliance and enforcement. The Program is informed by sound scientific research and considers socio-economic, stakeholder, and community knowledge in support of activities in the Species at Risk conservation cycle, including: the assessment and listing of species; the recovery and protection of species at risk through the development of recovery strategies, action plans, and management plans; the identification and protection of species' critical habitats; implementing recovery measures; and reporting on progress for the survival or recovery of species. The Species at Risk Program helps improve the ecological integrity of aquatic ecosystems so that they remain healthy and productive for future generations of Canadians.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
23.6 23.6 22.5 15.1

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
123 123 121

Performance Measurement

Government authorities have the necessary information to protect listed aquatic species at risk and their critical habitat Percentage of listed endangered or threatened species with critical habitat identified and legally protected 85% by March 31, 2016
Aquatic species at risk are prevented from being extirpated or becoming extinct and are supported in their recovery Percent of listed aquatic species at risk where the risk status has either improved or remained the same as reviewed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada 85% by March 31, 2018

Planning Highlights - Program-level

  • Interdepartmental Evaluation of Programs and Activities in Support of the Species at Risk Act - Respond to the results of the Interdepartmental Evaluation of Programs and Activities in Support of the Species at Risk Act with Environment Canada and Parks Canada.