Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 2.5 - Oceans Management


The Oceans Act and its supporting policy, Canada's Oceans Strategy, affirm Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate and role as the lead federal authority for the oceans and provide a framework for modern management of estuarineFootnote1, coastal, and marine ecosystems. Oceans Management involves an integrated approach to decisions and actions relating to the oceans, in collaboration with other federal departments, other levels of government, Aboriginal groups, users, and other non-government stakeholders. Building on a foundation of science, Oceans Management seeks to address a number of challenges facing Canada's oceans, such as oceans health, marine habitat loss, declining biodiversity, and growing demands for access to ocean resources. Implementation of integrated decisions and actions will result in the protection, conservation, and sustainable use of Canada's ocean space and resources.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
30.1 30.1 29.9 29.9

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
266 265 265

Performance Measurement

Oceans related decisions and actions are integrated and take into account the health of Canada's oceans Percentage of Exclusive Economic Zones with Marine Protected Areas and other conservation measures in place 3% by 2020*

* The target represents conservation measures within Fisheries and Oceans Canada's mandate. The Fisheries and Oceans Canada target of 3% contributes to the national target of 10%.

Theme III

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Target Led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada

FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target
Goal 6: Ecosystem/Habitat Conservation and Protection:
Maintain productive and resilient ecosystems with the capacity to recover and adapt; and protect areas in ways that leave them unimpaired for present and future generations
Percentage of marine area under a conservation regime Marine Ecosystems: Improve the conservation of ocean areas and marine ecosystems

Note: In 2013-14, the government will finalize the second three-year cycle of the FSDS (2013-16), which will provide the basis for year-end performance reporting in 2013-14.

Theme III

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

  • Conservation and Sustainable Development of Canada's Oceans - Develop tools to promote the sustainability of Canada's oceans and to facilitate responsible marine development.
  • Tools to Support Decision-Making - Develop tools to provide and facilitate access to reliable information to inform decisions related to oceans management and to increase the Program's ability to report on its progress and achievements.
  • Risk Management Approach to Integrated Oceans Management - Develop a risk-based management approach to inform the implementation of integrated oceans management. This approach will help scope, scale, and prioritize marine issues and management options to target investments in areas of need and is in response to the Management Action Plan of the 2012 Integrated Oceans Management Program Evaluation.

The Oceans Management Program is delivered through two sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture: