Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14
Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome
Program 2.4 - Environmental Response Services
The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for ensuring an appropriate response to all ship-source and mystery pollution spillsFootnote1 in Canadian waters and for the support of countries under international agreements. The objectives of the Environmental Response Services Program are to minimize the environmental, economic, and public safety impacts of marine pollution incidents. Through the Environmental Response Services Program, the Canadian Coast Guard establishes an appropriate and nationally consistent level of preparedness and response services in Canadian waters, monitors and investigates all reports of marine pollution in Canada in conjunction with other federal departments, and maintains communications with the Program's partners, including Transport Canada and Environment Canada, to ensure a consistent approach to the response to marine pollution incidents. Coast Guard's Fleet Operational Readiness Program is an integral contributor to the delivery of this program. This program is delivered in coordination with other federal departments for surveillance information and scientific advice. Within Canada's Marine Oil Spill Preparedness Response Regime, response capacity arrangements between ship owners and commercial Response Organizations are essential in support of the regime. The legal basis and authority for the Environmental Response Services Program is found in the Oceans Act, the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Constitution Act, 1867, and, by virtue of an agreement with Transport Canada, the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, 2001.
Financial Resources ($ millions)
Human Resources (FTE)
|Environmental, economic, and public safety impacts of marine pollution events are mitigated||Percentage of reported cases in which the response was appropriate relative to the pollutant, threat, and impact||100% by March 31, 2014|
Planning Highlights - Renewing Canadian Coast Guard Assets and Service Delivery and Aligning Legislative and Regulatory Frameworks to Support Long-term Sustainability and Prosperity Priorities
- Strengthening the Coast Guard's Environmental Response Program - Continue responding to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development's 2010 audit, Oil Spills from Ships, and the Department's internal Audit of the Environmental Response Services Program through an equipment recapitalization plan, based on the results of the Environmental Response Capacity Review, and by developing strategic guidance for the implementation of an Incident Command System.
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